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Jackie Chan

The bio: Jackie Chan Born: April 7, 1954, in Hong Kong Birth name: Chang Kong Sang -- childhood nickname Pao Pao Early years: His parents were so poor that when he was his born, they considered putting him up for adoption because they couldn't feed him or pay their medical bill. At 6, he was indentured for a decade to the Chinese Opera Research Institute and soon joined the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group of the school's best students. At 17, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee classics "Fist of Fury" and "Enter the Dragon" under the name of Chen Yuen Long. Became a superstar with "Drunken Master" in 1978.
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