- Born to a newspaper editor (father) and martial-arts master (mother) who was named Black Belt magazine's "Kung-Fu Artist of the Year" in 1995.
- Moved from China to Hong Kong when he was 2; and from Hong Kong to Boston when he was 11.
- Studied the non-Chinese martial arts, including karate and tae kwon do, during his rebellious teen years. He also took up hip-hop and break-dancing around that time.
- Hung out in Boston's "Combat Zone" neighborhood—notorious for its seedy and violent elements—during his teen years after joining a gang. It was then that his parents decided to send him to China to study at the Beijing Wushu Academy.
- Landed his first film role, Drunken Tai Chi, in 1984 after a chance meeting with director-action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping in Hong Kong.
- Attacked by a gang outside of a Hong Kong nightclub in the late 1990s. He walked away relatively unscathed while eight of them, it's said, ended up in the hospital.
- Named "Kung Fu Artist of the Year" in 2009 by Black Belt magazine.
- Serves as an ambassador for the Free the Children charity.
- Cecilia Wang — Wife
- Wen Zhuo Zhen — Son
- Ji Jia Zhen — Son
- Kylster Yen — Father
- Jing Ci Liang — Ex-wife
- Ji Ru Zhen — Daughter
- Bow-sim Mark — Mother
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