Friday, April 7, 2017
What A Life : Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong sang on April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong, China. A student of martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing since the age of 7.Many thought he would take after Bruce Lee in Hong Kong cinema instead he developed his own style of martial arts blended with screwball physical comedy.
One of his earlier movies demonstrated Chan's martial art skills. He is not the legendary Bruce Lee but he does have solid foundation.
In fact Jackie Chan also trained in other style of Martial Arts as well. The list includes Karate, Judo, TaeKwonDo and Jeet Kune Do. At the age of 60+ Jackie Chan's last movie to be made thus far is
Through Chan's career he has made more than 100 films. He started to slow down just a bit and rumors have surfaced from time to time that he has passed. Yet again the internet does not tell the truth.
Jackie's parents may have been characters from one of his movies. Jackie's dad Charles was a spy for the Chinese Nationalist government. His mom Lee Lee performed on stage who sold opium on the side. Charles met , arrested and married Lee Lee Charles would join the Chinese mafia to support their all ready family of 4 children. In 1949 the China communists took over and Charles and Lee Lee fled to Hong Kong they would leave their 4 children behind. This act of abandoning children was not unusual at this time in China. Jackie would be born 1954 and be named "Chan Kong-sang" which means "born in Hong Kong" His parents would try to sell him to the British doctor who delivered him for $26.
Jackie would be placed in a boarding school in Hong Kong at the age of 7. School days were 5 a.m til midnight. Between classes he would learn acrobatics, drama, and martial arts as well as classically training in music. Chan recalls being beaten daily as a form of punishment. Til this day he still struggles in literacy.