Jet Li

Birthday: Apr 26, 1963
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Following closely on Jackie Chan's well-calloused heels as one of the most dazzling physical performers of the silver screen, Jet Li's lightning-fast moves, friendly sense of humor, and genuine concern for his fans have endeared him to a generation of international action-film lovers as one of the most respected figures in martial arts cinema. The youngest of five siblings (consisting of two brother and two sisters) whose father died when he was only two years old, one might say that the painfully honest momma's boy has, since reaching adulthood, slightly overcompensated for his admittedly over-protected childhood (the future daredevil didn't even learn how to ride a bicycle until in his early teens). Sent during summer recess to what is now referred to as the Beijing Sports and Exercise school, Li was fatefully assigned to the wushu class and was one of a mere handful of students asked to return when the season ended and students filed back into classrooms in the fall. An exceptionally adept wushu student despite being only eight years of age, the experience boosted the confidence of the shy youth despite urges to join his classmates in after-school play. Leaving home for the first time the following year to attend competition, Li took first place at the event and was concurrently given the honor of performing at the opening ceremony of the eagerly anticipated Pan-Asian-African-Latin American Table Tennis Championships, an honor which also included the youth receiving personal praise from none other than Premier Zhou Enlai. No longer required to attend conventional schooling, the young wonder was admitted to a rigorous sports school. Eventually remaining with a group that consisted of 20 of China's finest young wushu practitioners, the students were then put through another kind of training entirely -- this time of the Western etiquette persuasion -- for an extremely important goodwill tour of the United States. Despite a potentially embarrassing international incident in which the overly excited youngster expressed his excitement when he spotted what he thought was a Chinese airplane in Hawaii (the plane was actually Tawianese, an extremely sensitive and important distinction at the time) and travels with a heavily guarded entourage, the journey went fairly well and gave Li a newfound sense of independence. Winning the coveted All-China Youth Championships upon his return to China provided Li with his first national championship title, though it was only a prelude to a slew of awards to come including a bloodied performance at the qualifying round of China's National Games, during which Li accidentally cut his head with his saber (the determined youngster didn't even realize what had happened, assuming he was simply perspiring, until his form was nearly finished). Despite his serious injury, the 12-year-old Li went on to win first place in the National Games to the amazement of the enraptured crowd. Competing frequently in the following years and surviving a close brush with death in a faulty cargo plane (the passengers were literally given pads of paper to write out their wills), Li was later appointed to an official welcoming committee for American presidents due to his previous contributions to positive Sino-American relations. Later attempting to live up to his title of "All-Around Wushu Champion of China," the 16-year-old who many referred to as all capable decided to do all he could to live up to the title by internalizing his understanding of the wushu practice through philosophy. Operating on the basic principle of Taiji (similar to yin/yang in the balance/counterbalance theory), Li began an internal voyage that would be just as rewarding as the physical labors he had so diligently pursued. Breaking into the world of film with an exciting performance in 1979's Shaolin Temple, Li's screen presence was undeniable and ignited a boom in the kung-fu film industry during the 1980s. Though he took an unsuccessful attempt at

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet League Of Gods (Feng Shen Bang) Actor 2016
32% The Expendables 3 Yin Yang $34.8M 2014
31% Bai she chuan shuo (The Sorcerer and the White Snake) Fa Hai $11.1K 2013
No Score Yet Bu er shen tan (Badges of Fury) Huang 2013
69% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Chow Wai-On $96K 2012
67% The Expendables 2 Yin Yang $85.1M 2012
No Score Yet Ocean Heaven (Haiyang tiantang) Actor 2010
42% The Expendables Yin Yang $103M 2010
63% Warlords (Tau ming chong) General Pang Qingyun 2010
13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Emperor Han $101.7M 2008
64% The Forbidden Kingdom Monkey King/Silent Monk $40.1M 2008
14% War (Rogue Assassin) Rogue/Victor Shaw $22.4M 2007
73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) Huo Yuanjia Executive Producer Producer $24.6M 2006
66% Unleashed Danny Producer $24.4M 2005
No Score Yet Jet Li and the Legend of Wong Fei Hun Actor 2005
95% Hero The Warrior $53.6M 2004
No Score Yet Chop-Socky: Cinema Hong Kong Actor 2004
25% Cradle 2 the Grave Su Duncan $34.7M 2003
No Score Yet Tai Chi Master Actor Producer 2003
No Score Yet Modern Warriors Actor 2002
80% Contract Killer Actor 2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights Actor 2002
No Score Yet Invincible Executive Producer 2001
14% The One Gabe/Yulaw/Lawless 2001
51% Kiss of the Dragon Producer Liu Jian $34.8M 2001
88% Once Upon a Time in China Wong Fei-hung 2001
33% Romeo Must Die Han Sing 2000
52% Lethal Weapon 4 Wah Sing Ku 1998
No Score Yet Hitman Fu 1998
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China and America Wong Fei Hung 1997
48% Black Mask Tsui Chik 1997
No Score Yet Dr. Wai In The Scriptures With No Words Actor 1996
No Score Yet Dr. Wai in 'The Scripture with No Words' (Adventure King)(Mo him wong) Chow Si-Kit/Dr. Wai 1996
No Score Yet Top Fighter Actor 1995
54% Gei ba ba de xin (My Father is a Hero) (Jet Li's The Enforcer) Kung Wei 1995
No Score Yet High Risk Kit Li 1995
No Score Yet Zhong hua wu shu (This Is Kung Fu) Actor 1994
71% Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (The Defender) (The Bodyguard from Beijing) Hui Ching Producer 1994
No Score Yet Legend of the Red Dragon Hung Hei-Kwun 1994
100% Fist of Legend (Jing wu ying xiong) Producer Chen Zhen 1994
No Score Yet Jet Li's The New Legend of Shaolin Actor 1994
No Score Yet Shaolin Kung Fu Actor 1994
No Score Yet Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di (The Legend 2)(The Legend II) Fong Sai Yuk 1993
67% Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung (Deadly China Hero) (Claws of Steel) (Last Hero in China) Wong Fei Hong 1993
No Score Yet Lord of the Wu Tang (Kung Fu Master) (Yi tian tu long ji: Zhi mo jiao jiao zhu) (The Evil Cult) Actor 1993
63% Once Upon a Time in China 3 (Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba) Wong Fei-Hung 1993
89% The Legend (Fong Sai Yuk) Fong Sai-yuk 1993
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China: The Next Chapters Actor 1993
No Score Yet Kung-fu master! Producer Chang Mo Kei 1993
71% The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II) Ling Wu Chung 1992
93% Once Upon A Time In China II Wong Fei-hung 1992
No Score Yet Swordsman II Ling Wu Chung 1992
No Score Yet Huang Fei Hong jiu er zhi long xing tian xia (The Master) Actor 1989
No Score Yet Long Zai Tian Ya Lee Kwok-lap 1988
No Score Yet Dragons of the Orient Actor 1988
No Score Yet Born to Defense Director Actor 1986
No Score Yet Martial Arts of Shaolin Zhi Ming 1985
86% Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Shao Lin xiao zi (Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin) Tin Lung 1984
No Score Yet The Shaolin Temple Actor 1982

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001
  • 2000

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