Born April 7, , in Hong Kong, China. When his parents moved to Australia to find new jobs, the 7-year-old Chan was left behind to study at the Chinese Opera Research Institute, a Hong Kong boarding school. For the next 10 years, Chan studied martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing, and was subjected to stringent discipline, including corporal punishment for poor performance.
He appeared in his first film, the Cantonese feature Big and Little Wong Tin Bar , when he was only 8, and went on to appear in a number of musical films. Upon his graduation in , Chan found work as an acrobat and a movie stuntman, most notably in Fist of Fury , starring Hong Kong's resident big-screen superstar, Bruce Lee. For that film, he reportedly completed the highest fall in the history of the Chinese film industry, earning the respectful notice of the formidable Lee, among others.
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After Lee's tragic, unexpected death in , Chan was singled out as a likely successor of his mantle as the king of Hong Kong cinema. To that end, he starred in a string of kung fu movies with Lo Wei, a producer and director who had worked with Lee. Most were unsuccessful, and the collaboration ended in the late s.
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By that time, Chan had decided that he wanted to break out of the Lee mold and create his own image. Blending his martial arts abilities with impressive nerve—he insisted on performing all of his own stunts—and a sense of screwball physical comedy reminiscent of one of his idols, Buster Keaton , Chan found his own formula for cinematic gold. Before long, Chan had become the highest-paid actor in Hong Kong and a huge international star throughout Asia.
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He exerted total control over most of his films, often taking charge of duties ranging from producing to directing to performing the theme songs. In the early s, Chan tried his luck in Hollywood, with little success. He also had small supporting roles opposite Burt Reynolds in the ensemble comedy The C annonball Run and its sequel. Back in Hong Kong, Chan's star continued to rise. He produced impressive action comedies such as Project A , Police Story and Armor of God , as well as the hit period film Mr. By that time, Chan was far more than a movie star—he was a one-man film industry.
In , he formed his own production company, Golden Way. For his part, Chan claims to have broken every bone in his body at least once while performing stunts. In , during the filming of Armor of God , he fractured his skull after falling more than 40 feet while attempting to jump from the top of a building to a tree branch below. In the early s, Chan broadened his cinematic range, turning in a rare dramatic performance in the melodramatic Crime Story He also made several sequels to his hits Police Story and Drunken Master.
In , Chan created his own comic book character, the central figure in Jackie Chan's Spartan X , a series that hit newsstands in both Asia and the U. That same year, newly anointed directing sensation Quentin Tarantino , fresh off the success of Pulp Fiction , presented Chan with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards Tarantino reportedly threatened to boycott the ceremony if Chan did not receive the award.
Nice Guy , Chan scored another box-office hit with Rush Hour also , an American-produced action comedy.
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Interested in charitable causes, Li has been involved in philanthropy since serving as an ambassador for the Red Cross Society of China. In partnership with the organization, the superstar founded his own non-profit foundation in the spring of called The One Foundation ; which supports international efforts for disaster relief and suicide prevention to the people of China.
Jet Li is a naturalized Singaporean since , an American from — he renounced his earlier granted US citizenship to favor Singapore , and is Chinese by birth. Jet Li got married to Huang Qiuyan in Huang, also being a Kung Fu star herself, met with Li at the age of 13 as a member of the Beijing Wushu Team; with the pair gradually becoming childhood sweethearts.
They both made several films together as teenage actors such as Kids from Shaolin and Martial Arts of Shaolin. However, the couple got divorced in She is an actress based in Hong Kong. Li is from a very poor family. At the age of two, he lost his father; and the family faced hardship. When he began learning wushu, his family realized his talent in the martial arts and sent him to continue his studies at a special school: where he rose to become a national champion and an international film actor. Jet Li is relatively small in stature, a physique that comes in handy in martial arts and stunts.
He stands at a height of cm: weighing 60 kg. The superstar has been plagued by injuries and near-death experiences since his teenage days: suffering his first major injury at 18, and sustaining a serious back injury at In , Li was in the Maldives when a massive tsunami earthquake hit the Indian Ocean. Believed to be dead by the media, the actor only suffered a minor foot injury while he was guiding his then 4-year-old daughter Jane, 1-year-old daughter Jada, and nanny to safety.
The actor said he had been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid in ; and although he took medication, the condition kept coming back. In , he said he was uncertain if he could continue working or being able to perform stressful physical activities due to his condition; stating clearly that doctors said he could end up in a wheelchair if he continued making physically-demanding action films.
A picture of Li went viral in , allegedly showing him as a frail and unrecognizable figure.