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April 21, 2008: "Jackie Chan and Jet Li Fight It Out at Top of US Box Office"
A martial arts dream team - Jackie Chan and Jet Li - won the weekend as their movie "The Forbidden Kingdom" premiered at No. 1 with $20.9 million in ticket sales.
The tale of a modern teen hurtled back in time to a kung fu adventure in ancient China, "The Forbidden Kingdom" features Chan and Li in their first big-screen duel.
Actor,Martial Artist,Director,and Screenwriter Jackie Chan pictures(pics)and photo gallery.
Birth name:Chan Kong-Sang.
Born:April 7, 1954 Hong Kong.
He is a Chinese martial artist, action star, actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, singer and stunt performer.
Chan is one of the best known names in kung fu and action movies worldwide for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of props including furniture and other set pieces as improvised weapons and performing many of his own stunts. Chan has appeared in over a hundred films and is one of the most recognisable Asian movie stars in the world. He has a star on the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong as well as on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Chan is also a major pop star in Asia and has released over 100 song titles in 20 albums since 1984. He sings in many different languages including English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. He also sings many of the theme songs to his films.
Jackie Chan Biography(bio):
Jackie Chan was born on Victoria Peak, Hong Kong (now part of People's Republic of China). Chan is the son of Lee-Lee and Charles Chan, who emmigrated to Canberra, Australia in 1960 as refugees from the Chinese Civil War. Prior to leaving China, Lee-Lee and Charles had worked as a maid and butler respectively, for the French ambassador to Hong Kong, with Chan spending his formative years within the confines of the embassy. Chan's Chinese name at birth was Chan Kong-Sang, meaning "born in Hong Kong".
Before he adopted the Westernized name, "Jacky", and later, "Jackie", he was known by a variety of other nicknames. As he was a heavy baby - 5.5kg (12 lb) at birth, he claims to have spent 12 months in the womb - his mother nicknamed him "Pao Pao" (meaning "Cannonball"). Later, while studying at the Peking Opera School he was known as Yuen Lo, as a mark of respect to his master, Yu Jim-Yuen.
In his early stuntman and acting career (prior to New Fist of Fury in 1976) he was known as Chen Yueng Lung (or Chen Yuen Lung). In his autobiography Chan states that he used this name, which is close to his opera brother Sammo Hung's opera name, so that he didn't have to put his name on films he wasn't happy with. He was thereafter known as "Jacky", named by his Australian co-workers when living in Australia in 1976-1977. Working on a building site alongside a labourer named Jack, Chan's co-workers nicknamed him "Little Jack", and later shortened this to Jacky. However, he changed Jacky to Jackie during the filming of "The Big Brawl" and has been known by it ever since. Because his father's family name was originally Fong and was changed only when arriving in Hong Kong, Chan's Chinese name was changed in family records years later to "Fong Si Lung". He has also been listed as "Sing Lung" (meaning "already a dragon" in an attempt to jump out of Bruce Lee's shadow), particularly in relation to his music and it may be no coincidence that his character in the film Fearless Hyena was called "Shing Lung".