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Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, choreographer, and singer famous for his over-the-top action scenes, stunt work, and for helping popularize Asian martial arts films worldwide. He is one of the world's most prolific actors and his most notable roles include Drunken Master II, Police Story 3, Rush Hour, and Shanghai Noon.
Born Chan Kong Sang in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954, he was an academically poor student who nonetheless excelled at acrobatics and martial arts while attending the Peking Opera School. He was cast in several films as a child and had his first starring role in 1973's Little Tiger of Canton, but had trouble finding acting work as an adult due to the obscurity and commercial weakness of his previous titles. While living with his parents briefly in Canberra, Australia, Chan took a construction job where a coworker gave him the nickname "Little Jack" and was later shortened to "Jackie". The name stuck. He continued filming movies in 1976 with lukewarm success until two years later when he almost-single handedly invented the kung fu comedy genre after being given control over stunts in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow. After polishing his techniques Jackie returned with Drunken Master and officially rose to stardom.
Chan's early foray into Hollywood from 1980 to 1985 were largely ignored at the box office and he returned to HK cinema soon after, delivering the hits Police Story and Armour of God. Chan's triumphant return to American film came in 1995 when he starred in Rumble in the Bronx and attained cult star status internationally and leading to the buddy cop kung fu comedy Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. Frustrated by the lack of control over the movies he was starring in Chan formed his own film studio, JCE Movies Ltd., and has produced a number of successful films since its inception in 2004.