Jackie Chan is the world-famous martial arts icon. He has been a prosperous actor, director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman. He is famously recognized in Asia as well as in the West for his impeccable comic timing and his impeccable fighting style. Even after breaking and hurting almost every part of his body, Chan is known to have worked all of his stunts on his own. He has appeared in more than 100 Hong Kong as well as Hollywood movies, out of which more than 10 were his own directorial experiments.
He has worked in popular movies like ‘Rush Hour’, ‘Rush Hour2’, ‘Shanghai Knights’, ‘Shanghai Noon’, ‘The Tuxedo’, ‘The Karate Kid’, etc. and has been well declared for each one of them. He began his career as a child artist in Hong Kong cinema and his talent and hard work soon earned him a known figure in Hollywood. In 2012, at the Cannes Film Festival, he stated that he is taking semi-retirement from the action movies as he needs to take care of his body now.
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Chan was born in Hong Kong as Chan Kong-sang to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War. His parents nicknamed him Pao-Pao because the dynamic child was always rolling around. His parents served for the French ambassador in Hong Kong, and Chan contributed his developmental years within the grounds of the consul’s home in the Victoria Peak district.
Chan joined the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents removed him from the school. In 1960, his father immigrated to Canberra, Australia, to serve as the head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was transferred to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen.
Chan prepared rigorously for the next decade, exceeding in martial arts and acrobatics. He finally became part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group made up of the school’s best students, getting the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master. Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, and the three of them later became recognized as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons.
After joining the film industry, Chan along with Sammo Hung got the chance to train in hapkido under the grand master Jin Pal Kim, and Chan finally attained a black belt. Jackie Chan also practiced in other styles of martial arts such as Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, and Jeet Kune Do.
Chan met his parents in Canberra, Australia in 1976, where he quickly attended Dickson College and served as a construction worker. A fellow builder called Jack took Chan under his wing, thus earning Chan the nickname of “Little Jack,” later reduced to “Jackie”, which has stuck with him ever since. In the late 1990s, Chan became his Chinese name to Fong Si-lung, since his father’s original surname was Fong.
In 1982, Chan married Joan Lin, a Taiwanese actress. Their son, singer, and actor Jaycee Chan was born that same year. After he engaged in an extra-marital affair with Elaine Ng Yi-Lei, an illegitimate daughter by the name of Etta Ng Chok Lam was born on 18 January 1999.
It changed into a scandal within the media. Although he reportedly gave Elaine 70,000 HK dollars each month for her living expenses and 600,000 HK dollars when she went to Shanghai, the transactions were later claimed to be nonexistent by her lawyer.
Despite lamenting the results of the affair, Chan told he had “only committed a fault that many men in the world commit”. During the incident, Elaine said she would take care of her daughter without Chan.
Jackie Chan Net Worth
Jackie Chan has a net worth of $420 million.[table id=2017 /]
The “Rush Hour” film franchise grossed a cumulative $845 million globally to date. In 2018, it was published that his films have grossed $1.84 billion in the United States and in Canada alone. Adjusted for expansion, this number becomes $2.44 billion. Worldwide, Chan’s films have made more than $5 billion in box office earnings.
In 2016, Jackie Chan was the second-highest paid actor in the world. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Jackie Chan earned $60 million from his various endeavors. Between June 2019 and June 2020, he earned $40 million.
In addition to JCE Movies Limited, Chan also owns a range of other production companies and a chain of cinemas throughout China. He also started his own clothing line and a range of food products. Jackie Chan is heavily involved in charity and has donated considerable sums to those in need.
Jackie Chan Movies And TV Shows
- In 1976, Chan got an opportunity from a film producer in Hong Kong named Willie Chan to work in his movie as a stuntman. The film was called ‘New Fist of Fury’ and it had Chan in the main lead. The movie did not do very well as Chan could not show Bruce Lee’s martial arts style and the whole movie was supposed to be modeled on his style.
- In 1978, Chan served in the movie named ‘Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow’ which proved to be a major success in his film career. Chan had full freedom to stage his stunts as he liked. This film was responsible for establishing the comedic kung fu genre, which became very familiar with the Hong Kong audience.
- After the death of martial arts prodigy Bruce Lee, it came upon Chan to follow him. But Chan chose to come up with his own style of filmmaking.
- In the year 1978, he was named to be the most popular martial arts superstar in all of Asia.
- In 1980, he directed his first movie ‘The Young Master. This movie became a super hit and was granted the first innovation combination of slapstick comedy and martial arts.
- In 1982, he directed and starred in another venture called the ‘Dragon Lord’. In this movie, he extensively experimented with intricate stunts.
- In 1983, Chan acted in the movie ‘Project A’ which included the dangerous stunt-driven style of martial arts. This movie was announced as the winner of the Best Action Design Award at the 3rd annual Hong Kong Film Awards.
- In 1985, Chan produced and directed as well as starred in ‘Police Story’, which was a Hollywood influenced action-comedy. The movie bagged the Best Film award at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
- Chan formulated the ‘Jackie Chan Stuntmen Association’ in the year of 1985 because many stuntmen were hurt during the filming of the movie ‘Police Story’ and no one was ready to work with Chan again. This association was formed to keep the safety and benefits of stuntmen in mind.
- In 1987, he acted and directed the movie ‘Armour of God’ which became his biggest domestic success at the box office. It was said to have grossed around 35 million Hong Kong dollars.
- After this, he made ‘Miracles – Mr. Canton and Lady Rose’ which also did great business. Due to the success of these two movies, Chan made the production company called the ‘Golden Way’.
- From 1988-1998, a huge number of offers started coming his way all the way from the Hollywood, like: ‘Rumble in the Box’, ‘Police Story 2’, ‘Armour of God II: Operation Condor’, ‘Police Story 3: Super Cop’, ‘Drunken Master II’ and ‘Police Story 4: First Strike’.
- Initially, Chan was offered to play the villain in Hollywood movies but he did not want the typical roles or play a stereotypical character. He declined the role offered to him in the movie ‘Demolition Man’ by Sylvester Stallone. He was awarded more and more roles despite his limited knowledge of the English Language.
- In 1998, Chan acted in the Hollywood movie ‘Rush Hour’ which was a huge hit at the box office. He worked in the movie with the comic actor Chris Tucker. With the huge success of this movie, both the stars reteamed again for the sequel ‘Rush Hour 2’ in 2001.
- Subsequently, he served in big-budget movies like ‘The Tuxedo’ , ‘Shanghai Knights’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ (opposite Owen Wilson).
- Chan voiced the character ‘Shang’ in the movie ‘Mulan’ and sang its original soundtrack. Also, from the years 2000-2005, he lent his voice to the cartoon ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’, to the character based on him.
- In 2003, he teamed up with the British comedian Lee Evans and Claire Forlani in the movie ‘The Medallion’. This movie did not do very well at the box office.
- In 2004, he worked in the movie called ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ which was a decent success at the box office.
- The year 2005 saw his releases like ‘The Huadu Chronicles: Blade of the Rose’, ‘New Police Story’, ‘The Myth’, and ‘Robin-B-Hood’. I
- In 2007, ‘Rush Hour 3’ grossed over 258 million US dollars, in which Chan starred with Roman Polanski.
- In 2011 ‘The Karate Kid’ was remade starring Chan and Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith in it. The movie was a big success at the box office, earning over 358 million US dollars. It was the much talked about film of the year, which showcased a combination of Chinese-American martial arts.
- The 100th movie of his career ‘1911’ was released in 2011. This movie is his first directorial attempt after ‘Who Am I?’, released in 1998.
Facts About Jackie Chan
- While doing his stunts, he has experienced many injuries including fracturing his nose thrice, breaking most of his fingers, and fracturing his cheekbones and skull.
- In 1989, the British monarchy bestowed him the honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire for his enormous contribution to the entertainment industry.
- In 1976, he chose to undergo plastic surgery to get his eyelids reshaped, which advised him to get more of a western look.
- Before getting his breakthrough as an actor, he used to work as a stunt coordinator for the great Bruce Lee.
- In 2012, with the deliverance of Chinese Zodiac, he became the first person to carry out about 15 creative characters in a single movie. This got him one of the two Guinness World Records.
- In 2009, the Chinese government made him the brand ambassador for the anti-drugs campaign. In an ironic twist of fate, his own son was arrested for cannabis use five years later.
- In 1988, he founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation with an aim to support young people in Hong Kong. The foundation also provides assistance to victims of natural disasters.
- In 2001, the Entertainment Weekly magazine had him at the 70th position in the list of Top 101 Most Influential People.
- In 2006, Forbes magazine held him in the list of “Top 10 Most Generous Celebrities.”
- Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was elected as one of the Olympic Torch carriers.
- When it was stated that he had got married, one of his fans committed suicide, whereas another was saved from the apparent suicide attempt.
- He served as a construction worker in Canberra, Australia in 1976.
- His name was written in Panama Papers in April 2016.
Recently, during a stunt gone wrong while filming one of his latest films, Vanguard, an incident with a jet ski left Jackie Chan underwater and trapped under a rock. In an odd coincidence, that very film’s January premiere in China has been postponed indefinitely, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Two martial arts icons, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee had a humorous encounter in the early 1970s. It was during the filming of entering the Dragon that Bruce Lee had an interesting meeting with Jackie Chan, who had yet to become a star but had worked as a stuntman on Bruce Lee’s second movie, Fist of Fury.
At the Peking Opera School, Jackie Chan trained martial arts and acrobatics for a decade. When he entered the film industry, he learned Hapkido and eventually attained his black belt. He is also known to have trained in other martial art forms such as Karate, Judo, TaeKwonDo, and Jeet Kun Do.
In terms of Martial Arts, Bruce Lee is undoubtedly better. He is often quoted and amply studied. In terms of movies, Jackie Chan is the greater. I like Chan, he is fun to watch but look closely at what he does.