Martial Arts Actor Jackie Chan

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 16, 2003

I'm a big fan of Jackie Chan. Can you tell me his age and height? Does he have new projects coming up? Is there a fan club?
—Adrienne T., Washington

Born Chan Kong-sang in Hong Kong, the athletic martial arts actor is 48 years old and 5 feet 8 inches tall. When he was 7, Chan was enrolled in the China Drama Academy. The many theatrical skills he learned there included kung fu and gymnastics. After school, he started working as a stuntman, eventually working in the Bruce Lee films Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. When he moved into starring in his own films in Hong Kong, Chan imitated the great Lee, but had no success. It wasn't until he let his sense of humor and personality shine through that he rose to stardom, first in China and then in the United States. For the most part, he does all his own stunts. As a result he's broken his nose three times, his ankle, most of the fingers in his hand, both of his cheekbones, and cracked his skull. Coming up for the dynamic star: Shanghai Knights and Around the World in 80 Days. He does have an official fan club. Check out or write to Jackie Chan Fan Club USA, P.O. Box 2281, Portland, OR 97208. Chan has been married since 1983. He and his wife have one child.