Referring to Jackie Chan, people will immediately think of blockbuster movies. With his ability, he has followed in the footsteps of senior Bruce Lee, straight to the Hollywood screen and shine in the world cinema capital with many prestigious awards. However, not only famous for his talent and wealth, people also remember him with his private life scandals that shook the entertainment industry.
From a poor boy to a rich “martial arts superstar”
Jackie Chan was born in 1954 in a poor family. The situation was so dire that the birth was so difficult that the doctor had to operate in order to save both mother and son. However, because of the difficulty, he was almost sold to pay for the hospital. Since childhood, Jackie Chan was taught martial arts by his father to have health and to develop patience and courage. At the age of 7, his father was called to work as a chef for the US Embassy in Australia. Because he could not bring his son with him, he sent him to master Vu Chiem Nguyen at the Academy of Chinese Drama.
The extremely harsh and stressful training environment here gave Jackie Chan a solid foundation and gave him more opportunities to quickly fall in love with the screen. Jackie Chan’s acting career started as a child actor in the movie Big and Little Wong Tin Bar when he was 8 years old. After that, he continued to act in a number of musical films and got his first lead role in 1973 with Little Tiger of Canton. However, it was not until 1978, with Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, that the acting career had a big breakthrough.
Overcome with victory, Jackie Chan attacked and confirmed his position as a Hong Kong movie star with classic kung fu comedy storms such as Drunken Master (1978), The Fearless Hyena (1979), Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1980). and The Young Master (1980). Before long, he rose to become the highest paid actor in Hong Kong and a famous star in all of Asia.
In the early 1980s, Jackie Chan tried his luck in Hollywood and won many big and small awards in the following years. In 2002, Jackie Chan was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and honored with the Taurus Award. In his more than 40-year acting career, Jackie Chan has acted in more than 100 movies, many of which he wrote, directed, produced, and directed martial arts. It is for those dedications and contributions that, in 2016, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his extraordinary achievements in the field of cinema.
Entering the entertainment industry at a young age, after decades of struggling with the profession, the remuneration of the “king” of Asian action movies is worth any actor’s covet. When it comes to wealth, no one in Hong Kong is unaware of the saying “Two Chau Nhat Thanh” (Chau Tinh Tri, Chau Nhuan Phat and Jackie Chan). However, compared to the other two colleagues, Jackie Chan owns a much larger fortune. He is a successful artist both in acting and real estate investment.
In 2015, Jackie Chan was the second highest earning star in the world with a year’s earnings of $50 million. According to Sina, up to now, Jackie Chan’s fortune is estimated at 400 million USD (about 8100 billion VND) and is classified as one of the richest people in China.
Currently, Jackie Chan owns more than 10 houses in the world, dozens of supercars, $32 million aircraft and a valuable antique collection… Despite being rich, the actor is also very proud. In particular, he is very enthusiastic about charity and social activities. It was the poor past that helped him have more love and compassion for the difficult lives.
‘Because in the past I was too poor and my family was poor, so I was almost sold by my father. So, now seeing the difficult situation of many children, I cannot be indifferent,’ the actor once shared.
A few years ago, Jackie Chan also announced that he would donate his entire fortune to charity and would not give his son “a penny” because he wanted Phung To Minh to make his own business with his own labor. .
Although he is almost 70 years old, Jackie Chan has never been tired of work. He said that as long as he is alive, he will still dedicate himself to doing useful things for society.
A great actor but a bad father, troubled private life
Although successful in career and rich in life, Jackie Chan’s private life is not very complete but full of scandals. There are even scandals that even the “Chinese martial arts star” has to admit and be ashamed of himself. , this love of self.
One of the unforgettable stains in this talented star’s life is groping colleagues. Not only that, the “Rush Hour” actor also admitted that he had been immersed in alcohol, gambling, drugs and “had slept with a dozen prostitutes” in his autobiography. Not stopping there, Jackie Chan was once on the list of the Panama Papers – the name of the tax evasion scandal that is making the whole world wobble. However, this is not the first time the actor has been involved in a financial scandal. In 2012, he was also accused of using charity to launder money.
Not only is his career always associated with scandal, but Jackie Chan is also a husband – a father who failed when he was caught up in adultery, did not care about his wife and children, had a child but did not accept it. He married Lam Phung Kieu in 1982, the two had a son, Phung To Danh, but had a “fallen child” with Miss Ngo Ỷ Loi. The Hong Kong superstar has said that he was cheated on love and refused to recognize his daughter. Up to now, the famous actor and his daughter have never met.
Not only indifferent to his son, Jackie Chan also has little time to pay attention to his biological son “righteous speech”. His son once confessed: “In the past, in 6 years, I only met my father 6 times. You’re too busy with work!” Also because he felt guilty, the actor showed affection and took care of his children by throwing money at his son. Not receiving a complete education from his father, the To Danh Chamber fell into addiction, many times in prison and released from prison for smoking opium.
Although Jackie Chan is hailed as the king of martial arts, the audience still sighs when looking at the actor’s scandal-filled private life.
U70 is old and weak, afraid of facing loneliness
To have a top career, Jackie Chan also has to make many trade-offs. He is known as the star who never used a stuntman during his action film career. Therefore, after more than 40 years of filming, the actor has suffered many serious injuries. This also has a significant impact on his health in old age.
Now, when he is nearly 70 years old, Jackie Chan’s health has deteriorated a lot. It seems that a recurring injury to his back made him unable to walk straight. Most of the time he appeared at a recent event, the actor showed many signs of age. In close-up videos, Jackie Chan’s skin sags and wrinkles. He walked slowly, could not stand up straight, even had to be helped. Not only that, his hair is now much thinner.
Not only physical decline, in the years of old age, Jackie Chan’s spirit also changed. The actor said he feels lonely every night. In recent years, Jackie Chan has been working hard in the arts, but he has also reduced his work because his health is no longer as good as before. It can be said that at the age of U70, although the name and influence of Jackie Chan has not faded in the hearts of the audience. However, now, the actor knows how to “do his own strength” to choose more suitable roles or leave the glory to the younger generation.