Jackie Chan! Everybody knows Jackie Chan! Everybody loves Jackie Chan!
Jackie is an international super star, singer, stuntman, actor, martial artist, you name it. An entertainer to the core. With Jackie, the willing suspension of disbelief in movies is simply automatic. He is so real with his actions and stunts that you begin to wonder what the guy is really made of. He is overly and absolutely perfect for entertainment. At the same time, he is a known academician, philanthropist, political activist and entrepreneur.
Jackie was born on 7 April 1954 in Hong Kong. His parents were refugees from the Chinese Civil War. He moved with his parents to Australia at a young age. He completed his education and perfected his martial arts training – karate, judo, taekwondo, and Jeet Kune Do. Jackie Chan is a black belt holder.
We cannot say it enough, this Asian entertainer is the king of acrobats. He takes the lead after the legendary Bruce Lee. He is well-trained in Kung fu and Wing Chun. How can you ever see a movie he stars in and not crack your ribs? Jackie often takes the role of the regular happy jolly fellow. But as funny as he appears, Jackie in reality is blunt about his political views.
In 2009, he was a Chinese anti-drug ambassador and a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
He takes the credit for the global success of the Police Story sequels, the Armour of God and Drunken Master, which is listed in Time’s top 100 movies of all times. In 2001, he starred with Chris Tucker in the comic action movie, Rush hour. The movie became an all time Hollywood and worldwide success with a $347 million gross earning. Other Hollywood comic action successes include the Spy Next Door and The Karate Kid (his first dramatic American movie)
Jackie has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films. He started out as a stuntman, starring alongside Bruce Lee in the Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973). Although a minor role, Chan featured in the 1981 film The Cannonball Run, but surprisingly his skills landed the movie a worldwide recognition and a whooping sum of $100 million.
Jackie Chan holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Stunts by a Living Actor”, and has a star in the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. He has amassed countless awards for his career and personality. Jackie has got the energy – utterly hyperactive in his acting career. Chan has done loads and loads of stunts. He has sustained injuries and serious fractures but the perfectionist still lives true to his specialty.
As a certified and trained operatic vocalist, he has equally produced musical albums and sung some movie soundtracks. He produced a couple of official albums for the 2008 Olympic games.
Jackie Chan is a well-known philanthropist and is surprisingly, well read. He has not less than 2 honorary doctorate and professorial awards from several institutions. He is the dean of the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy. What else is left to create a more charming personality? He is so loved by children and adults as well that he has become an icon. His character has been made for cartoons and video games.
Jackie has a net worth of $350 million (Forbes 2015). He is married to a Taiwanese actress and has 2 children. Jackie is an entrepreneur – owns production companies, a clothing line and a sushi restaurant chain. Jackie Chan is a one of a kind phenomenon in the entertainment industry. I guess once in a while the world is blessed with a super-human personality. Jackie could just be one of those.