FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Facts About Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is known even to a small kid interested in martial art movies. He is respected all over the world for his expertise in Kung Fu. He has made a special place in our hearts with his dangerous stunts and comedic stunts. Many actors may come in the future, but none can take his place in the industry. Here are 15 lesser-known, intriguing facts about Jackie Chan – A humble man who touched the pinnacle of success.

1. Jackie Chan’s mother was an opium smuggler and his father was a spy.

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Traces of the Dragon: Jackie Chan and his family, a documentary on Jackie Chan revealed a rather colorful past of Jackie Chan’s parents. Jackie Chan’s mother was an opium dealer, a gambler and an important figure in China’s organized crime underworld. His father was a spy for Nationalist government and later become the boss of the gangland (underworld). Chan’s father met his mother when he arrested her for smuggling opium.(source)

2. Jackie Chan’s family was so poor he was almost sold to a wealthy British Couple when he was still a baby.

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Jackie Chan’s parents who fled to Honk Kong from mainland China were impoverished. When Jackie Chan was born, his parents were unable to pay the hospital bills. They tried to settle the bills by selling off the newborn Jackie Chan to the wealthy British doctor couple.(source 12)

3. His real name is Kong-sang Chan, Jackie Chan got the name Jackie while working as a construction worker in Canberra, Australia.

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Jackie Chan was born as Chan Kong-Sang. When film work dried up in 1970’s Jackie was forced to move in with his parents in Canberra. He took up a job as a construction worker in Canberra and there a fellow builder named Jack took him under his wings. He was soon known as “Little Jack”which was soon shortened to Jackie.(source)

4. Jackie Chan was trained as an opera singer as a child and has released 20 albums with songs in 5 different languages in Asia.

Besides his success as an actor, Jackie Chan is also a singer in Asia, singing in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Taiwanese. Jackie studied opera at the Peking Opera School when he was a little boy and trained in singing alongside his Kung Fu. Jackie often sings the theme songs for his movies which play over the closing credits.(source)

5. Jackie Chan and his stunt team are blacklisted by all insurance companies so he has to pay himself whenever somebody in his movies gets hurt.

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Jackie’s death-defying stunts are deemed so dangerous that none of the insurance companies are ready to insure him or his stunt team. Jackie has voluntarily agreed to pay for the cost of the treatment for the injuries sustained during a stunt for the entire life of the injured team member.(source)

6. Jackie Chan broke twelve concrete blocks with his hand while keeping the egg he was holding intact.

When Jackie Chan was invited to a talk show, he not only charmed the audience with the interview but also impressed the audience with his Kungfu skills. He broke 12 concrete blocks with his bare arm! The blocks were divided into groups of four and were stacked one top of the other. Jackie cupped an egg in his palm and using that same hand broke all the blocks in one go! The egg remained unbroken throughout this stunning display of his prowess and controlled strength.(source)

7. At the age of seventeen, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon.

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Jackie Chan worked as a stuntman under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung the Bruce Lee movies. While shooting a stunt sequence, Bruce Lee inadvertently hit the energetic 17-year-old Jackie on the side of his head causing dizzy spells and intense pain to Jackie. Jackie Chan considers this the best ever moment of his life because Bruce Lee was overcome with remorse and was concerned about Jackie.(source)

8. He is a perfectionist, Jackie Chan once shot over 2900 retakes for one scene.

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The 1982 movie, Dragon Lord had a sequence where Jackie was supposed to kick a feathered shuttlecock in one continuous moment. Jackie decided to shoot this acrobatic action sequence in one continuous shot and it took 2900 takes and over forty days to get that perfect shot! (source)

9. Jackie Chan, working as a nightclub bouncer, once spent two days after a fight trying to push his bone back into his fist. He later found that it wasn’t his bone… It was the other guy’s tooth.

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Jackie Chan gave up his dreams of becoming a nightclub bouncer after he realized that his martial arts skill could actually hurt people. Jackie knocked out a man in a fight, he made a horrifying discovery that a part of his bone was protruding out, he did not go to the hospital fearing police, instead he tried pushing the bone inside. Two days later he realized that the whitish bone lodged in his knuckle was the tooth of the man he knocked out.(source)

10. Jackie Chan used to carry multiple guns and even a grenade to protect himself and other artists from the Triad in the 80s and 90s.

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In the 80s and 90s, the Triad (crime organization) had infiltrated the Honk Kong film industry. The Triad used the film industry for money laundering . The cinema industry also had to pay protection money to ensure their survival. Jackie Chan refused to bow to the extortionists thus angering the triad. They started to dog his every step, forcing Jackie and his other artists to carry guns and grenades for their own safety. (source)

11. Jackie Chan has a permanent hole in his head filled with a plastic plug and slight hearing loss in one ear because of the injury he suffered while filming Armour of God.

Jackie Chan has performed several death-defying stunts, however, a routine stunt while filming the movie Ärmour of God”almost sent him to death. The scene required Jackie to leap onto a tree from the ledge. But the branch he grabbed broke under his strength. Jackie hurtled to the ground and cracked his skull, a piece of his skull bone broke and pierced his brain. Now, Jackie has a permanent hole in his head filled with plastic and a slight hearing loss in his right ear.(source)

12. Jackie Chan actually jumped out of a plane and landed on top of hot air balloon while filming Armour of God.

The viewers of Armour of God would remember Jackie Chan jumping off a cliff and landing on top of the hot air balloon but in reality, Chan actually jumped from the plane and landed on top of the balloon. For the shot of him jumping off the cliff, the crew rigged him up to a safety wire since he had no experience in base jumping.(source)

13. When Jackie Chan announced his plan to marry his girlfriend, 2 of his female fans committed suicide; “One girl committed suicide in the subway. The second girl committed suicide in front of my office.”

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Jackie Chan has a huge fan base, most of them comprising mostly of young girls. This immensely dedicated and loyal fandom was greatly hurt and shocked when Jackie announced that he was planning to wed his longtime girlfriend. 2 of his female fans could not bear the thought of Jackie marrying another girl, one of the girls jumped on the subway and another girl drank poison in front of his office.(source)

14. He also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “most stunts performed by a living actor” and “most credits in one movie.”

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Action legend has accomplished much in his life and Guinness Book of World Records endorsed his accomplishments by awarding two entries into Guinness Records. He was awarded, “Most stunts by a living actor” and “Most Credits in One Movie” – Chan holds 15 credits to his name with writer, director, lead actor as Asian Hawk, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, theme tune vocalist, props and stuntman for the movie Chinese Zodiac(source)

15. Jackie Chan’s Son Will Get None Of His $130 Million Fortune, he said “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”

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Despite being the only son of the action superstar, Jaycee Chan will not receive even a penny of Jackie’s $130 million fortune. While accepting an award, Jackie Chan confessed that he did originally plan to leave half of his enormous wealth to his family and the other half to charity but then he had a change of heart and now he intends to leave all his wealth to the charity. Speaking about his son, Jackie said,“If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.” (source)


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