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Jet Li

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
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Full Name: Li Lianjie
Profession: Chinese Actor and Martial Artist

Nationality:
China
Chinese

Why Famous: Won great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film "Shaolin Temple" (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films such as "Hero" (2002) and the "Once Upon a Time in China" series (1991–1993).

His first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in "Romeo Must Die" (2000).

Born: April 26, 1963
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Age: 57 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1999-09-19 Chinese martial artist Jet Li (36) weds actress Nina Li Chi (37) in Los Angeles

Events in the Life of Jet Li

  • 1982-01-21 Shaolin Temple" martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role
  • 2002-10-24 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)
  • 2004-08-27 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to No.1 at US box office

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