Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong to Charles and Lee Chan in 1954. The first seven years of his life he lived in a mansion because his father worked as a cook for the French Ambassador. His parents moved to Australia when he was seven years old because his father won a job as a cook and he thus enrolled in the Chinese Opera Research Institute in Hong Kong, which focuses on Peking Opera. The next ten years of his life he intensely studied martial arts, singing, acrobatics and dancing.
His work ethic earned him a spot on the Seven Little Fortunes, a traveling performing troupe. At the age of seventeen he earned spots as a stuntman in two Bruce Lee movies: Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. Two roles early in his career were Lo Wei and Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, which earned him the reputation as a solid comedic martial arts actor. Drunken Master was the breakthrough movie that launched his acting career and made him a household name.
Jackie got his first name from working construction in Canberra, Australia when he returned to meet with his parents. He used a jackhammer on a construction site and his co-workers gave him the name of Little Jack because his skilled use of the machinery. He eventually changed his Chinese first name to that of Jack because of this incident.
Rumble in the Bronx was the first film that introduced the American audience to Jackie’s talents as a comedic martial artist actor. The 1995 movie focused on the story of a young man returning to the Bronx to help his uncle and along the way he encounters gang violence. The film also starred Anita Mui and Francisco Yip. The film grossed more in Hong Kong than in the United States.
Jackie married a famous Taiwanese actress Lin Feng Jiao in 1982 and he became a father the same year, giving birth to a son named Jaycee Chan.
Chan is a practicing Buddhist and speaks many languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Sign language, and English.