The actor, director, producer and writer Jackie Chan (real name Chan Kong-Sang) is the only son of Charles Chan, former chef of the French consulate in Hong Kong and the U.S. embassy in Australia, and Lee-Lee Chan who took care of household chores in the same diplomatic missions.
Before getting these jobs and given their extreme poverty, marriage Chan was about to give her child up for adoption.
Since 1961 and until 1971 Jackie studied martial arts, music and dance at the Chinese Opera Research Institute. In 1962 at the age of eight he made his debut in the film speaking in the movie “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar” (1962).
During the 70 was familiar with the film industry, working as a specialist uncredited principle and secondary characters. That appeared alongside Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury (1972) or “Operation Dragon” (1973).
A mid 70′s would take several pseudonyms, such as Lung Cheng and Chan Yuan Lung, starring in films like “The Hand of Death” (1976) of John Woo or “betrayal Kill” (1977) by Wei Lo.
When his stunts in the fight said the comedy, Chan achieved international fame, being known as the Buster Keaton of martial arts.
Some of his most outstanding films at the end of the decade were “The Drunken Monkey in the Eye of the Tiger” (1978) or “The snake in the shadow of the eagle” (1978). By this time also begin to assume management duties .
In 1980 American film debut with “The Big Brawl” (1980), a title directed by Robert Clouse. Later appeared in “The Cannonball Run” (1981) and its sequel “The Cannonball Run II” (1984), both directed by Hal Needham.
In 1983 Jackie married Taiwanese actress Lin Feng-Jiao, who was already a star in Hong Kong cinema before his marriage to Chan.
In Hong Kong would roll successful titles like “Pirates on the seas of China” (1983), “Weapons invincible” (1985), “The Armor of God” (1987 ), “Going Troubles” (1988) and “Supercop” (1992).
In the United States reached fame with “Die Hard” (1996), a title directed by Stanley Tong who opened the doors to the star role in Hollywood. The mixture of action and comedy was used to achieve significant commercial relevance ” Rush Hour “(1988), a buddy movie co-starring Chris Turner and directed by Brett Ratner.
Later he teamed up with Owen Wilson to succeed with “Shanghai Noon” (2000), a western made by Tom Dey, and was paired with Jennifer Love Hewitt in “The Tuxedo” (2002) and Claire Forlani in “The Medallion” (2003).
One of his last roles was that of Passepartout in the new version of the Jules Verne classic “Around the World in 80 Days” (2004).
His relationship with Lin Feng-Jiao was broken in 1998, the year that Jackie had an affair with Miss Asia Elaine Ng.
In the animated film “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) put the monkey original voice.
In “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) shared the spotlight with another star of the time in the martial arts movie: Jet Li.
In the action comedy “The Super Babysitting” (2010) played a spy become caregivers.
In “Karate Kid” (2010), a film remake of the 80′s namesake, was Mr. Han, the martial arts mentor Jaden Smith. The latter’s father, Will Smith, produced the film.
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