Born Chan Kong Shang on April 7, 1954, Jackie Chan was born in Victoria Peak in the former Crown Colony of Hong Kong to Charles and LeeLee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War. He was nicknamed Paopao (cannonball) because of his high energy and always rolling around. Jackie Chan spent his formative years on the grounds of the consul residence since his parents worked for the French Consul to Hong Kong.
Jackie attended the Nah Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island. Failing his first year, his parents withdrew him from the school. In 1960 his father immigrated to Canber ra, Australia as a head cook for the American Embassy and Jackie was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School. Jackie trained rigorously for the next decade excelling in martial arts and acrobatics.
Here is where he met his best friends and group mentors Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, the three of them later known as the three brothers or three dragons. Jackie became part of the 7 little fortunes, a group made up of the school’s best students. At the tender age of 8, he and fellow “Little Fortunes” appeared in the film Big and Little Wong tin bar (1962) with LiLi Hua playing his mother.
The following year he also appeared with Li in the Love Eterne (1963) and a small role in King Hu 1966 film Come Drink With Me. At age 17, Jackie worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung. Due to commercial failures in his earlier films, in 1975 Jackie starred in a comedic adult film All in the Family which features Jackie Chan’s first and possibly only nude sex scene filmed to date. It is the only film he has made to date that did not feature a single fight scene or stunt sequence.
Jackie Chan first major breakthrough was the 1978 film Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow. Under director Yuen Woo Ping, Jackie Chan was allowed complete freedom over his stunt work. The film established the comedic kungfu genre. Jackie later then starred in Drunken Master which finally propelled him to mainstream success. Ever since, Jackie has appeared in over 100 films and received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As a world renowned famous icon, Jackie Chan is an accomplished actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, director, producer, philanthropist, screenwriter, entrepreneur and stunt performer. Here’s to u Jackie HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!