How Funny Fighter Jackie Chan Became The Action Comedy King

By | June 7, 2019

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Left: Jackie Chan in Drunken Master (1978). Right: Chan at the Trocadero in Paris in 1981. Sources: IMDB; URLI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

In a career that has spanned over five decades, Jackie Chan has made more than 130 films, with his greatest crossover success on the American market coming in the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon action-comedy series. U.S. audiences were first introduced to Chan in the 1981 comedy The Cannonball Run, though fans of martial arts films already knew him from his classics Snake In The Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master, both released in 1978. Chan has become a beloved film star all over the world not just for his skill as a martial artist and stuntman, but also for his natural gift for comedy.

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Just about everybody in the world knows about Jackie Chan. The happy faced, martial arts master became famous for his ingenious, quirky stunts, and eccentric fighting style. Not to mention, his prodigious laundry list of injuries. However, the backstory on the man with a fighting style like a circus monkey is less known. For instance, did you know his mother was an opium smuggler and his father, a spy? Or how about the fact that his boarding school in China implemented arduous training regimens that could last up to 19 hours! Amazingly, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what you didn’t know about Jackie Chan.