60 Facts About Jackie Chan

1. Jackie Chan is one of the most popular action film stars of all time.

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2. Jackie Chan is an operatically trained vocalist and is a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of music albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.

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3. Jackie 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.

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4. In 1960, his father emigrated to Canberra, Australia to work as the head cook for the American embassy, and Jackie Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen.

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5. Jackie Chan trained rigorously for the next decade, excelling in martial arts and acrobatics.

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6. Jackie Chan joined his parents in Canberra, Australia in 1976, where he briefly attended Dickson College and worked as a construction worker.

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7. Jackie Chan began his film career by appearing in small roles at the age of five as a child actor.

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8. In 1971, after an appearance as an extra in another kung fu film, A Touch of Zen, Jackie Chan was signed to Chu Mu's Great Earth Film Company.

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9. Jackie Chan appeared in the Bruce Lee film Fist of Fury, both as an extra and as a stunt double for the Japanese villain Hiroshi Suzuki (portrayed by Riki Hashimoto), particularly during the final fight scene where Lee kicks him and he flies through the air.

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10. Sammo Hung helped Jackie Chan get minor roles in both of the Bruce Lee films.

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11. Jackie Chan worked as a martial arts choreographer for John Woo's The Young Dragons.

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12. Willie Jackie Chan offered him an acting role in a film directed by Lo Wei.

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13. Jackie Chan gave Chan the opportunity to make his directorial debut in The Fearless Hyena.

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14. Jackie Chan was instrumental in launching Chan's international career, beginning with his first forays into the American film industry in the 1980s.

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15. Jackie Chan produced a number of action comedy films with his opera school friends Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

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16. In 1985, Jackie Chan made the first Police Story film, a crime action film in which Jackie Chan performed a number of dangerous stunts.

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17. In 1986, Jackie Chan played "Asian Hawk," an Indiana Jones-esque character, in the film Armour of God.

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18. In 1988, Jackie Chan starred alongside Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao for the last time to date in the film Dragons Forever.

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19. In 1994, Jackie Chan reprised his role as Wong Fei-hung in Drunken Master II, which was listed in Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Movies.

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20. Jackie Chan rekindled his Hollywood ambitions in the 1990s, but refused early offers to play villains in Hollywood films to avoid being typecast in future roles.

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21. Jackie Chan declined and the role was taken by Wesley Snipes.

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22. Jackie Chan continued his Hollywood success in 2000 when he teamed up with Owen Wilson in the Western action comedy Shanghai Noon.

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23. Jackie Chan experimented with the use of special effects and wirework for the fight scenes in his next two Hollywood films, The Tuxedo and The Medallion (2003), which were not as successful critically or commercially.

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24. Jackie Chan voiced Master Monkey in Kung Fu Panda, appearing with Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, and Angelina Jolie.

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25. Jackie Chan is the lone survivor of his army and must bring a captured enemy soldier Leehom Wang to the capital of his province.

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26. Jackie Chan was the co-director, executive producer, and lead star of the movie.

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27. In 2013, Jackie Chan starred in Police Story 2013, a reboot of the Police Story franchise directed by Ding Sheng, and it was released in China at the end of 2013.

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28. In 2015, Jackie Chan was awarded the title of "Datuk" by Malaysia as he helped Malaysia to boost its tourism, especially in Kuala Lumpur where he previously shot his films.

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29. Jackie Chan starred in the 2016 action-comedy Railroad Tigers and the 2017 action-thriller The Foreigner, an Anglo-Chinese production.

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30. Jackie Chan began producing records professionally in the 1980s and has gone on to become a successful singer in Hong Kong and Asia.

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31. Jackie Chan voiced the character of Shang in the Chinese release of the Walt Disney animated feature Mulan.

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32. Jackie Chan performed the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You", for the film's soundtrack.

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33. In 2007, Jackie Chan recorded and released "We Are Ready", the official one-year countdown song to the 2008 Summer Olympics which he performed at a ceremony marking the one-year countdown to the 2008 Summer Paralympics.

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34. Jackie Chan received his honorary Doctorate of Social Science degree in 1996 from the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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35. Jackie Chan is currently a faculty member of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he teaches the subject of tourism management.

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36. Jackie Chan speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and American Sign Language and speaks some German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai.

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37. Jackie Chan is an avid football fan and supports the Hong Kong national football team, the England national football team, and Manchester City.

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38. Jackie Chan is a fan of the Italian duo Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, from whom he was inspired for his movies.

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39. Police Story contained many large-scale action scenes, including an opening sequence featuring a car chase through a shanty town, Jackie Chan stopping a double-decker bus with his service revolver and a climactic fight scene in a shopping mall.

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40. Jackie Chan holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Stunts by a Living Actor", which emphasises that "no insurance company will underwrite Jackie Chan's productions in which he performs all his own stunts".

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41. In 2008, Jackie Chan met actor Vijay and discussed about his stunts in his films putting his life at risk.

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42. Jackie Chan was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) in 1999.

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43. Jackie Chan inspired video game characters such as Lei Wulong in Tekken and the fighting-type Pokemon Hitmonchan.

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44. Jackie Chan said that several people contacted him to congratulate him on his recent engagement, and soon thereafter contacted him again to ask if he was still alive.

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45. Jackie Chan funded the construction of the Jackie Chan Science Centre at the Australian National University and the establishment of schools in poor regions of China.

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46. Jackie Chan is a spokesperson for the Government of Hong Kong, appearing in public service announcements.

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47. When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, Jackie Chan participated in the opening ceremony.

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48. In November 2013, a statue of Jackie Chan was unveiled in front of what is known as the JC Film Gallery, which opened in the spring of 2014.

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49. On 1 February 2015, Jackie Chan was awarded the honour of Knight Commander of the Order of the Territorial Crown by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia Tuanku Abdul Halim in conjunction with the country's Federal Territory Day.

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50. Police and security personnel separated Chan from scores of protesters shouting "Jackie Chan, get out" when he arrived at Taipei airport in June 2008.

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51. Jackie Chan warned that "publicity seekers" planning to stop him from carrying the Olympic Torch "not get anywhere near" him.

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52. In 2009, Jackie Chan was named an "anti-drug ambassador" by the Chinese government, actively taking part in anti-drug campaigns and supporting President Hu Jintao's declaration that illegal drugs should be eradicated, and their users punished severely.

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53. Jackie Chan remarked, "I hope all young people will learn a lesson from Jaycee and stay far from the harm of drugs.

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54. In 2019, Jackie Chan criticised Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests, saying that the 'Five-starred Red Flag' is respected everywhere around the world.

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55. Jackie Chan expressed his hopes that the size of the venue would afford young, non-commercial directors the opportunity to have their films screened.

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56. Jackie Chan is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and has championed charitable works and causes.

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57. Jackie Chan is a supporter and ambassador of Save China's Tigers, which aims to save the endangered South China tiger through breeding and releasing them into the wild.

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58. In January 2017, Jackie Chan donated $65,000 to help flood victims in Thailand.

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59. In 2005, Jackie Chan created the Dragon's Heart Foundation to help children and the elderly in remote areas of China by building schools, providing books, fees, and uniforms for children; the organisation expanded its reach to Europe in 2011.

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60. In 2010, Jackie Chan served as brand ambassador for Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software in Asia.

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