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Born in Hong Kong in 1954, the aptly named Chan Kong-sang (meaning 'born in Hong Kong') began training for showbiz at just 6-years-old, when after failing out primary school, he was sent to study at the China Drama Academy. There he trained in martial arts and acrobatics for 10 years, performing in the Seven Little Fortunes, a troupe of troupe comprised of the school's best students--including future kung fu stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, with whom he became great friends and constant collaborators. Chan has trained in a variety of martial arts, including karate, judo, taekwondo, and jute kune do. alongside Hung, Chan earned his black belt in hapkido under the tutelage grand master Jin Pal Kim.
Now an international living legend, actor/martial artist/director/producer/singer/generally excellent human Jackie Chan (陳港生) can trace the beginnings of his movie career back to his work as a stuntman for another icon, Bruce Lee's, movies--but by the late '70s, he had emerged as a martial arts star in his own right with the THE DRUNKEN MASTER. After headlining a stream of a wildly popular Hong Kong action-comedies like MY LUCKY STARS throughout the '80s, Chan finally found Hollywood fame in the 90s with the cult favorite RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, then mainstream comedic hits like the buddy cop RUSH HOUR franchise with Chris Tucker and SHANGHAI NOON with Owen Wilson. He'll be tackling a darker role as a vengeful father with lethal abilities in the forthcoming political action-thriller THE FOREIGNER.
Chan's also a talented vocalist; in addition to singing the theme for many of his films, he's had hits on both the Mandopop and Cantopop charts.
This past year, Chan received an honorary Oscar for his decades of amazing contributions to cinema.