1. Datuk Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.
2. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself.
3. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
4. Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games.
6. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.
7. Chan was born on 7 April 1954, in British Hong Kong, as Chan Kong-sang, to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War.
8. He was nicknamed Pao-pao Chinese: ?? (“Cannonball”) because the energetic child was always rolling around.
9. Chan attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents withdrew him from the school.
10. In 1960, his father emigrated to Canberra, Australia, to work as the head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen. He eventually became part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group made up of the school’s best students, gaining the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master.
11. Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, and the three of them later became known as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons. Jackie Chan also trained in other styles of Martial Arts such as Karate, Judo, TaeKwonDo, & Jeet Kune Do.
12. He began his career by appearing in small roles at the age of five.
13. At age eight, he appeared with some of his fellow “Little Fortunes” in the film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962) with Li Li Hua playing his mother.
14. It is the only film he has made to date without a single fight scene or stunt sequence. Jackie Chan later also appeared in one other sex scene, in Shinjuku Incident.
15. Chan joined his parents in Canberra in 1976, where he briefly attended Dickson College and worked as a construction worker.
16. In 1976, Jackie Chan received a telegram from Willie Chan, a film producer in the Hong Kong film industry who had been impressed with Jackie’s stunt work.