Happy Birthday, Jet Li!

Jet Li was born Li Lian Jie on April 26th, 1963, in Beijing, China.

Here’s a sweet Jet Li film montage for you. Sit back and watch him kick some serious…

Jet Li started training at the Beijing Wushu Academy at age 8 (Wushu is China’s national sport and a performance version of martial arts). He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teenage years, he was already a national coach, and before he was 20 he had starred in his first Chinese film ‘Shao Lin tzu’ (1979), or ‘Shaolin Temple’. The movie influenced the beginning of the 1980s Kung-Fu boom in China. He then relocated to Hong Kong, where he was already the biggest Chinese star of the early 1990s.

Off to Hollywood.

Li’s first appearance in a Hollywood film was ‘Lethal Weapon 4′ (1998). For agreeing to play the part of the villain in LW4, Li was promised his first leading role in ‘Romeo Must Die’ (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ and ‘Unleashed’. He co-starred in ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ (2008) with Jackie Chan, ‘The Expendables’ (2010) with Sylvester Stallone, as the title character villain in ‘The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor’ (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser, and many more.

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About Andre Rodriguez

A Chuck Taylor-wearing, Indie film-lover living in the City of Angels. Film, whiskey, love… Repeat.



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