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Jackie Chan
Forecourt Ceremony held on Thursday, June 6, 2013
 
Born: Chan Kong-sang, April 7, 1954, in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Age at the time of the ceremony: 59
 
Jackie Chan is a key figure in world cinema. Revolutionizing the Hong Kong action film, Chan's wild combination of martial arts and action, along with his merry sense of fun, brought his gifts to American screens — in a big way.

Chan's parents had refugeed to Hong Kong during the Chinese civil war, where they worked for the French ambassador. They nicknamed him "Cannonball" due to his rambunctious nature. He was a terrible student in school.

With the family moving to Canberra, Australia to work for the U.S. ambassador there, The Cannonball was left behind in Hong Kong to attend the China Drama Academy, to learn Peking Opera techniques from Master Yu Jim-yuen. Over his long career, Chan has mastered hapkido, karate, judo, taekwondo and jeet kune do.

At the age of 12, and calling himself Yuen Lo to honor his Master, he starred as The Kid in Da xiao Huang Tian Ba - Big and Little Wong Tin Bear (released in December 1962). Somewhat later, he was a stunt double and played a Jing Wu student in Jing Wu men - Fist of Fury (released in March 1972) with Bruce Lee.

He played a gang leader on Nu jing cha - Police Woman (released in April 1973) with Charlie Chin, then returned to work with Bruce Lee once more, doing stunts and playing a "thug in prison" in Enter the Dragon (released in Hong Kong in July 1973, and which played the Chinese in August 1973).

Joining his parents in Canberra in 1976, he took a job as a construction worker, where he became "Jackie" Chan. At this time, he began to work with producer Willie Chan, who became his manager for many years. Chan worked on several films, bringing with him a comic sense of action, derived by Chan's love of Buster Keaton. This comic / action idea brought him his first great success: Zui quan - Drunken Master (released in October 1978) with Siu Tin Yuen, became a cult favorite all over the world.

A desire to work with Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham got him a role in the director's The Cannonball Run (released in June 1981) with Burt Reynolds. The Hong Kong actioner Kuai can che - Wheels on Meals (released in August 1984) with Biao Yuen, became the first of Chan's films to be distributed in the U.S.

Chan co-directed and starred in Ging chaat goo si - Police Story (released in December 1985) with Maggie Cheung, which had several sequels. Chan also co-directed Lung hing foo dai - Armour of God (released in January 1987) with Alan Tam. This was followed by Jui kuen II - Drunken Master II (released in February 1994) with Ho-Sung Pak.

Hung fan kui - Rumble in the Bronx (released in January 1995) with Anita Mui, was a huge hit in Hong Kong, China, Japan, and, after it was released by New Line Cinema in a dubbed version, America as well. Spanning the Pacific rim was Ging chaat goo si III - Police Story 3: Super Cop released in the U.S. as Super Cop (released in July 1992) with Michelle Yeoh.

Finally, the planets aligned and Chan's first English language film became Rush Hour (which played the Chinese in September 1998) with Chris Tucker. The American leg of Chan's career continued with Shanghai Noon (released in May 2000) with Owen Wilson, its sequel, Shanghai Knights (released in February 2003) with Owen Wilson, and Rush Hour II (released in August 2001) with Chris Tucker.

Reportedly, his experience co-starring in Around the World in 80 Days (released in June 2004) with Steve Coogan, annoyed Chan to the point where he pulled up sticks and began producing pictures in Hong Kong once more.

Chan got started with San ging chaat goo si - New Police Story (released in September 2004) with Nicholas Tse, and continued with Bo bui gai wak - Rob-B-Hood (released in September 2006) with Michael Hui.

New Line Cinema paid Chan a bunch of money to appear in Rush Hour 3 (released in August 2007) with (an even more highly paid) Chris Tucker getting top billing (for once). Chan did the voice for Master Monkey in Kung Fu Panda (released in June 2008) with Jack Black, and took over the Pat Morita role in a remake of The Karate Kid (released in June 2010) with Jaden Smith in the title role; the film was a whopping hit worldwide.

Back in Hong Kong, Chan starred in Xin Shao Lin si - Shaolin (released in January 2011) with Andy Lau. A solid hit for Chan recently has been The Foreigner (released in October 2017) with Pierce Brosnan.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Jackie Chan Forecourt ceremony, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Jackie Chan, stands on top of the world in his tabi shoes.
 
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