Jet Li

The bio: Jet Li Born: April 26, 1963, in Beijing Birth name: Lil Lianjie Early years: Began training at age 8 in the martial art of wushu, on the Beijing wushu team during the All China games. He went on to win 15 gold medals and one silver in Chinese championships. His success led to his being named a "national treasure." His fame as a sports star led to him being cast in martial arts movies first in China and then in Hong Kong.
Jennifer S. Altman / for the Times
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