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Martial Artist Profile: Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan was born on April 7, 1954, in Victoria Peak, in the former Crown colony of Hong Kong, as Chan Kong-sang (meaning "born in Hong Kong"). At the age of 7, he began studying at the Chinese Drama Academy under the famous Chinese Opera Master, Yu Jim-Yuen.
There, the students learned Kung Fu, stunts, flips, somersaults and basic Chinese theatre acting techniques. At the age of 17, Jackie left the Drama Academy and began working stunts on films with the Shaw Brothers Film Company and eventually began working for the Golden Harvest film company as a stuntman, which led to his working with Bruce Lee in the movies “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon”. This was just the beginning of a long and dangerous film career that would see Jackie eventually gain huge success in both Hong Kong and eventually, the US, where he is now most famous. To date, Jackie Chan has performed or appeared in over 100 films and has also done many television appearances and specials.

Although he is known as a movie actor, stuntman and martial artist, this talented phenom has worn many different hats throughout his career. He has also been a filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, director, comedian, singer and entrepreneur. Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, and has over the years released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.

Jackie Chan performs all of his own stunts in his movies, and has suffered numerous injuries over the years as a result of it. His injuries have included: a fractured skull,
dislocated pelvis, broken fingers, broken toes, and he has also broken his nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle and his ribs. None of these injuries, however, have stopped this life long stuntman from showing up on each movie set and giving his best effort. On a side note, Chan also holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Stunts By A Living Actor". His outtakes of scenes at the end of his movies have been a much enjoyed staple and trademark of his. In a few of them, you actually see him get injured.

What does the future hold for Jackie Chan? Well, he does intend to make more movies and continue with his stunt work for as long as his body allows, although he will admit to relying on wires and special effects to do some of his stunts these days. However, his talent and workmanship on all of his films remains unparalleled. Hopefully we can look forward to many more years of mind blowing stunts and fight scenes from this incredibly multitalented actor and life long martial artist.

Want to know even more about Jackie Chan? Then, check out his website and his own personal blog! Up to date news on all things Jackie Chan from the man, himself!

Jackie Chan's Filmography

2000 - present
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Shaolin 2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special2010 The Karate Kid
2010 Little Big Soldier2010 The Spy Next Door2010 The Legend of Silk Boy2009 The Founding of a Republic
2009 Shinjuku Incident2008 Kung Fu Panda2008 The Forbidden Kingdom2007 Rush Hour 3
2006 Robin-B-Hood2005 The Myth2004 New Police Story2004 The Huadu Chronicles: Blade of the Rose
2004 Around the World in 80 Days2004 Da lao ai mei li2003 The Medallion2003 Chin gei bin
2003 Shanghai Knights
2000 Shanghai Noon
2002 The Tuxedo2001 Rush Hour 22001 The Accidental Spy
1999 Dak ging san
yan lui
1999 King of Comedy1999 Gorgeous1998 Rush Hour
1998 Wo shi shei1997 Mr. Nice Guy1996 Jackie Chan's First Strike1995 Thunderbolt
1995 Rumble in the Bronx1994 The Legend of Drunken Master1993 Supercop 21993 Zhong an zu
1993 Sing si lip yan1992 Supercop1992 Shuang long hui1992 Xi Zang xiao zi
1991 Operation Condor1990 Island of Fire
1989 Ji ji1988 Police Story 21988 Dragons Forever1987 Jackie Chan's Project A2
1987 Long xiong hu di1986 Nui ji za pai jun1985 Police Story 1985 Long de xin
1985 Xia ri fu xing1985 The Protector1985 Fuk sing go jiu1984 Kuai can che
1984 Cannonball Run II1984 Shen yong shuang xiang pao1983 Jackie Chan's Project A1983 Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing
1983 Long teng hu yue1982 Dragon Strike1982 Mi ni te gong dui1981 Cannonball Run
1980 The Big Brawl1980 Dian zhi gong fu gan chian chan1980 Shi di chu ma
1979 Long quan1979 Xiao quan guai zhao1978 Drunken Master1978 Fei du juan yun shan
1978 She hao ba bu1978 Spiritual Kung Fu1978 Se ying diu sau1977 Jian hua yan yu Jiang Nan
1977 San shi liu mi xing quan1976 Shao Lin mu ren xiang1976 Feng yu shuang liu xing1976 Shao Lin men
1976 Xin jing wu men1976 The Himalayan1975 Pai an jing ji1975 Hua fei man cheng chun
1974 The Golden Lotus1974 E hu cun1973 Crash! Che botte strippo strappo stroppio1973 Fists of the Double K
1973 Xiao lao hu1973 Enter the Dragon1973 Village on Fire1973 Nu jing cha 1973 Tie wa
1973 Bei di yan zhi1973 Chinese Hercules1973 Bruce Lee and I1973 Return to China
1973 Ambush1972 Blood Fingers1972 He qi dao1972 Fist of Fury
1971 Gui nu chuan1971 The Blade Spares None1971 Guang dong xiao lao hu1970 Lady of Steel
1969 A Touch of Zen
1962 Big and Little Wong Tin Bar
1966 Come Drink with Me1964 Qin Xiang Lian1963 The Love Eterne

1 comment:

Con Artist Trickster said...

What makes me admire Jackie Chan is that he always performs the dangerous stunts himself. During the credits title of some of his films, it;s shown how he got beaten or felt down during the making of the movies. And I believe he could do all of those because of his martial art mastery.

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