Unbelievable Facts About Jackie Chan’s Wild Life

Hailing from Hong Kong, Jackie Chan has had an extensive and successful career as a martial artist, actor, singer, director, and more. Although he got his start acting at an incredibly young age, he became increasingly popular over time until he became one of the most recognizable, influential, and highest-paid actors in the world. Aside from his acting, he is well-known for his philanthropy work and his staggering estimated net worth of over $350 million. Now, let’s take a look back at Chan’s life to learn some of the lesser-known facts about the beloved kung-fu fighting actor’s past and his rise to fame.

He Is A Trained Opera Singer And A Cantopop/Mandopop Star

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Jackie Chan was enrolled at the Chinese Opera Research Institute from the ages of 11 to 17. There, he was put through heavy training, sometimes up to 19 hours a day, in order to prepare for a career in theater — whether it be singing, dancing, or martial arts.

After leaving school, he released 11 studio albums, nine compilation albums, sang a song at the 2008 Bejing Olympics closing ceremony, and has received Japan’s Best Foreign Singer Award. However, by the time Chan graduated, it became clear that he wasn’t going to become an opera star. He had decided to focus on doing martial arts in films.