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Jet Li

 

Jet Li Actor Information

Jet Li is a Wushu champion, one of China’s greatest modern martial arts actors and has starred in many Chinese and foreign films

Names
English name – Jet Li

Chinese name – 李连杰
Pinyin – Li Lian Jie

Details
Date of birth – 26 April 1963
Place of Birth- Beijing China
Current nationality – Singapore
Height – 1.68 meters

Background
Jet Li was the youngest of two boys and two girls and his early life was a struggle after his father died when he was two. Jet Li’s talent for Wushu was recognized when he was eight years old and he was accepted into the Beijing Wushu team. During Jet Li’s Wushu career he won 15 gold medals and 1 silver medal before retiring from competition at the age of 17. His acting career started when he was 19 with his first movie “The Shaolin Temple”.

Jet Li mastered a number of Martial art styles and was proficient in many more. His main styles were the northern Shaolin styles Fanziquan (Tumbling Fist) and Changquan (Northern Long Fist). His other styles were Tanglangquan (Praying Mantis), Yingzhaoquan (Eagle Claw Fist), Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Palm) and Zuiquan (Drunken Fist). He was also proficient in a number of weapons such as the Jian (straight sword), Gan (staff) and Sanjiegun (three piece staff).

Personal Life
Jet Li was married for the first time to Huang Qiuyan who was his fellow team member from the Beijing Wushu team and his co star in “Kids from Shaolin”. He had two daughters with Huang and divorced in 1990. He remarried again in 199 to Nina Li Chi, a Shanghainese actress who was based in Hong Kong at the time. He has also had two daughters with Nina.

Jet Li was granted US citizenship after several years spent in the US working on movies. He renounced his US citizenship in 2009 and took up Singaporean citizenship. His reason for choosing Singaporean citizen ship is for the education of his two daughters.

Jet Li is practices Tibetan Buddhism and he enjoys reading, meditation, bicycle riding, badminton and table tennis.  At present Jet Li promotes his fitness program Wuji that he launched in 2009 that is based on elements of Wushu, yoga, and pilates. He is also active in philanthropy supporting the Red Cross and has his own non profit foundation called “The One Foundation”.

Jet Li Trivia
-Jet Li says he has never used his martial arts in a real fight

-Quote “You can beat me up, but don't touch my hair, I will kill you!”

Chinese Movie Titles
Badges of Fury (2013)
Huang Fei Hong

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
Chow Wai On

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
Abott Fahai

Ocean Heaven (2010)
Wang Xingchang

The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Chen Shaokuan

The Warlords (2007)
General Pang Qingyun (as Lianjie Li)

War (2007)
Rogue

Fearless (2006)
Huo Yuanjia

Hero (2002)
Nameless

Hitman (1998)
Fu

Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)
Wong Fei-Hung

Black Mask (1996)
Tsui Chik / Black Mask

Dr. Wai in the Scriptures with No Words (1996)
Chow Si-Kit

 Meltdown (1995)
Kit Li

The Enforcer (1995)
Kung Wei

Fist of Legend (1994)
Chen Zhen

The Defender (1994)
Allan Hui Ching-yeung / John Chang

Legend of the Red Dragon (1994)
Hung Hei-Kwun

The Evil Cult (1993)
Chang Mo Kei (as Lin-kit Lee)

Tai-Chi Master (1993)
Junbao

The Legend II (1993)
Fong Sai Yuk

Last Hero in China (1993)
Wong Fei-hung (as Lin-kit Lee)

The Legend (1993)
Fong Sai-Yuk

Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
Wong Fei-hung

The Master (1992)
Jet

Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
Wong Fei-Hung

The Legend of the Swordsman (1992)
Ling Wu Chung

Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Wong Fei-hung

Dragon Fight (1989)
Jimmy Lee (as Jet Lee)

Abbot Hai Teng of Shaolin (1988)

Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
Zhi Ming

Born to Defence (1986)
Jet

Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin (1984)
San Lung

The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Chieh Yuan

International Movie Titles
The Expendables 2 (2012)

Yin Yang

The Expendables (2010)
Yin Yang

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Emperor

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
The Monkey King / The Silent Monk

Unleashed (2005)
Danny

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Su

The One (2001)
Gabe Law / Gabriel Yulaw / Lawless

Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Liu Jian

Romeo Must Die (2000)
Han Sing

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Wah Sing Ku

Awards for Film and TV
Jet Li has had over 4 wins and 10 nominations for Film and TV
27th Hong Kong Film Awards

Winner – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – The Warlords

26th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Fearless

45th Golden Horse Awards
Nominee – Best Actor -  Jet Li Lian-Jie – The Warlords

32nd Golden Horse Awards (1995)
Winner – Special Award – Jet Li Lian-Jie

29th Golden Horse Awards (1992)
Nominee – Best Actor -  Jet Li Lian-Jie – Once Upon a Time in China II

2008 Hundred Flowers Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – The Warlords

2006 Hundred Flowers Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Fearless

2008 Asian Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – The Warlords

2011 Beijing Student Film Festival – Jury Award
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Ocean Heaven

2008 Shanghai Film Critics Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – The Warlords

2007 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Fearless

2003 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Fight – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Cradle 2 the Grave

2002 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Fight – Jet Li Lian-Jie – The One

2001 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Fight – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Romeo Must Die

1999 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Villain – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Lethal Weapon 4

2007 People's Choice Awards, USA
Nominee – Favorite Male Action Star – Jet Li Lian-Jie

2007 Chinese Film Media Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Jet Li Lian-Jie – Fearless

Supporting websites for Jet Li

Official Jet Li website
IMDb Actor Database for Jet Li