Considering how long he has been in the acting business, Jackie Chan’s age has often been a topic for discussion, mostly because the world-class actor took his time before showing signs of aging. A living legend, Chan is known for his acrobatic fighting style which involves the use of improvised weapons. He also has a penchant for comic timing and performs most of his innovative stunts, a feat that has his name cemented in the cinematic world as a force to reckon with.
Jackie Chan is arguably one of the most recognizable personalities in the world, you don’t need to be a movie lover to know the name that resonates across the globe. His numerous film appearances and other endeavors have not gone without recognition – he has carved his own stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame respectively.
Jackie Chan’s Age – How Old Is The Hong Konger?
In April 2019, Jackie Chan’s age turned 65. The multi-talented entertainer was born on 7th April 1954 in Hong Kong. He was named Chan Kong-sang by his Chinese refugee parents – Charles and Lee-Lee Chan. As a child, Chan was very energetic and always on the move which earned him the nickname Pao-Pao – meaning “Cannonball”. Not cut out for academics, Jackie Chan was pulled out of school by his folks when he failed in his first year in Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island. However, he would later excel when he enrolled in China Drama Academy, recording massive improvement in martial arts and acrobatics.
Chan’s mastery of Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do would become the beaming arrow that pointed him to the path of success as an actor. Jackie Chan started acting at a young age in 1962 in Hong Kong and gradually made his way to Hollywood, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to conquer the biggest entertainment industry in the world.
How Jackie Chan Achieved an Estimated Net Worth of $400 Million
Jackie Chan is a martial arts expert, film director, producer, stunt performer, singer and is perhaps the most recognized actor in the world. He has done a great job so far in all the foregoing fields, making it apparent where his jaw-dropping net worth stems from.
The legendary actor has been acting since the early 1960s with more than 150 films under his belt. From an early age, Jackie Chan started with small roles as a child actor when he was just five years old. As a teenager, he worked as a stuntman in Bruce Lee‘s Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon, his performance earned him a starring role in the New Fist of Fury. His breakthrough came in the 1978 film Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, after which he was further pushed to superstardom with the release of in Drunken Master.
Some of his popular films include Project A, Police Story, Armour of God, Dragons Forever, Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour, Kung Fu Panda, The Medallion and Karate Kid, among several more. He perfectly performed his own stunts (which were mostly dangerous) in the movies he has appeared in.
As early as 1995, Chan recorded earnings of more than HK$500 million (US$70 million) in Hong Kong for his films. The projects also boasted ¥39 billion (US$489 million) in Japan, as well as 11.5 million box office admissions in France, and 9.9 million box office admissions in Germany.
In Asia, especially Hong Kong, Chan is a successful singer with 20 albums in his resume. He started his singing venture in 1984 and often sings the theme songs in most of his films.
Despite his rocky start in academics at a young age, Jackie Chan found a way to get things right and is now a known figure in education. He has an honorary Doctor of Social Science degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University which he bagged in 1996. In 2008, he received an honorary professorship by the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong while another honorary doctorate from the University of Cambodia came along in 2009.
Not as active as he used to be in his heydays as an actor, Chan now teaches Tourism Management as a faculty member of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Notably, the icon sits among the most charitable celebrities. Apparently, his net worth of $400 million is not just for a life of luxury. Also, Jackie Chan’s age has not stopped him from achieving more in the entertainment industry.