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Born on April 7, 1954 in British Hong Kong, Chan Kong-sang later took the professional name of Jackie Chan. He is a martial artist, actor, comedian, singer, and action choreographer. His parents, refugees from the Chinese Civil War, were Charles and Lee-Lee Chan. They both worked for the French ambassador in HongKong and he spent much of his early childhood at the ambassador's residence. In 1960, Charles left China to work as the head cook for the American embassy, and at that time, Jackie was sent to a Peking Opera school where he trained in martial arts and acrobatics. He worked as a stunt man in two Bruce Lee movies, "Enter the Dragon" and "Fist of Fury," and a few months later, he starred in "Little Tiger of Canton." It did not do well, and he was reduced to taking demeaning roles and working construction. In 1976, he began to be commercially successful in his craft. He has been married to actress Joan Lin since 1982, and they have a son born that year. In 1999, he fathered another child, a daughter, with a woman he had an affair with.

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