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English Name : Jet Li (although in some early films he was called Jet Lee)
Chinese (Mandarin) Name : Li Lian Jie
Chinese (Cantonese) Name : Li Nin Kit
Date of Birth : 26th April 1963
Place of Birth : Heibei, Beijing, China
Height : 166 cm
Weight : 66 kilograms
He is a many time champion martial artist. His awards
1974 Gold Champion of Youth National Athletic Competition,
1975 Gold Champion of the 3rd Chinese Martial Competition,
1977 Gold Champion of the National Martial Competition,
1978 Gold Champion of the National Martial Competition,
1979 Gold Champion of the 4th Chinese Martial Competition,
1974-79 Eight times he represented China with guest performances in over 40 countries across all the continents for the Beijing Martial Arts team.
He is a practitioner of the art of Wu-Shu and has won awards for many forms of this art such as fist form, spear form and broadsword form.
Li Lian Jie was born on 26th April, 1963 in Beijing in the province of Heibei, China.
At the age of two, Jet's father died.
At the age of eight, Jet started martial arts training in the art of Wu-Shu under an instructor called Wu Ben at the Beijing Amateur Sports School.
In 1974, at the age of 11, Jet became a member of Beijing's Professional team. In his first National Championships he became the All-Round champion for his performances in many forms. He would repeat this achievement for the next five years.
In 1981 Jet starred in the Chinese mainland's first attempt at a kung fu movie, 'The Shaolin Temple'. This was a great success and led to Jet becoming a star. He also starred in the two sequels.
In 1986 he made his directorial debut with 'Born to Defend'. This was however not very successful and his popularity began to slide. His next few films were not well received and his career hit a low in 1989.
His luck changed when he met director Tsui Hark. The pair had previously collaborated on 'The Master' but the director now cast Jet as Wong Fei Hung in 'Once Upon a Time in China'. Although many had misgivings about Jet in the role of a kung fu hero, the film was a smash hit and not only re-established Jet as a superstar, it re-juvinated the East Asian movie industry. Jet then starred in the subsequent sequels before a disagreement with Tsui which led to him being dropped.
With such great success, Jet became the hottest property in Asia and set up his own production company called Eastern Film Production Ltd. The enterprise produced many successful films including the 'Fong Sai Yuk' films and 'Fist of Legend'.
In 1997 Jet re-took the role of Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon a Time in China and America.
Jet was offered the role of the new bad guy in the fourth 'Lethal Weapon' film. It was the first Hollywood role for Jet and the first time he played the villain. It was very successful and has opened many opportunities for Jet who got many favourable reviews.
Jet is now working on his next film 'Romeo Must Die' and building his fame worldwide.
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Revised: December 12, 2000 .