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Jackie Chan Biography

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Hong Kong
Actor, director, producer, stunts, writer, singer

Fast Facts

  • Prior to marrying each other, both of his parents had children that they were forced to abandon amid the Chinese Civil War and World War II
  • Father's true family name is Fang, and his parents adopted his mother's family name, Chan, to protect themselves from the new Communist government
  • His parents were reunited with their lost children through research for the documentary Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and His Lost Family
  • Attended the strict China Drama Academy from age 7 to 17
  • Students were instructed in acting, singing, martial arts and acrobatics
  • Received the nickname "Jackie" from a coworker while working construction in Australia
  • Performs virtually all of his own stunts and has hurt himself countless times on film shoots
  • He has a permanent hole in his skull from one such injury
  • Very active for various charities and is a UNICEF Ambassador


  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Editing: nominated
  • 1990Independent Spirit Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated


  • Charles Chan -- Father
  • Fang Shide -- Half Brother
  • Fang Shisheng -- Half Brother
  • Chen Guilan -- Half Sister
  • Chen Yulan -- Half Sister
  • Lee-lee Chan -- Mother
  • Lin Feng-Jiao -- Wife