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Also Known As: Jet Lee, Li Lianjie, Lee Nin Kit, Jet Li Lianjie Died:
Born: April 26, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beijing, CN Profession: actor, singer, producer

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One of the most popular stars of Hong Kong martial arts films throughout the 1990s, charismatic wushu champion Jet Li was at one time considered the heir apparent to the original master, Bruce Lee. After winning numerous gold medals while an adolescent national champion, Li made an auspicious film debut with the hit martial arts action flick, "The Shaolin Temple" (1982). Though continued success followed after two sequels, Li had a major breakthrough with "Once Upon a Time in China" (1990), a martial arts epic that gave Li what many considered to be the role of a lifetime - one he went back to several times over the course of his career. Despite the enormity of his popularity throughout Asia, Li's career had its share of ups and downs, particularly during the latter half of the nineties. Eventually Hollywood stood up and took notice, allowing the Hong Kong star to make his debut in the hit franchise, "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). Even though he was consigned to playing two dimensional villains, he nonetheless had a toehold in the United States, though it took the Hong Kong epic "Hero" (2004) to turn Li into a bona fide star in America.

One of the most popular stars of Hong Kong martial arts films throughout the 1990s, charismatic wushu champion Jet Li was at one time considered the heir apparent to the original master, Bruce Lee. After winning numerous gold medals while an adolescent national champion, Li made an auspicious film debut with the hit martial arts action flick, "The Shaolin Temple" (1982). Though continued success followed after two sequels, Li had a major breakthrough with "Once Upon a Time in China" (1990), a martial arts epic that gave Li what many considered to be the role of a lifetime - one he went back to several times over the course of his career. Despite the enormity of his popularity throughout Asia, Li's career had its share of ups and downs, particularly during the latter half of the nineties. Eventually Hollywood stood up and took notice, allowing the Hong Kong star to make his debut in the hit franchise, "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). Even though he was consigned to playing two dimensional villains, he nonetheless had a toehold in the United States, though it took the Hong Kong epic "Hero" (2004) to turn Li into a bona fide star in America.

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 Ocean Heaven (2012)
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 Expendables, The (2010)
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 Jian guo da ye (2009)
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 Warlords, The (2008)
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 War (2007)
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1971:
Began to study wu shu, a form of martial arts, at age eight
1974:
Won first gold medal as champion of the youth national athletic competition
1974:
Made first trip to the USA to perform in a wu shu troupe at the White House for President Richard Nixon
1974:
Represented China in wu shu demonstrations throughout the world; also won gold medals in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1979
1982:
Feature film debut in "Shaolin Temple"; also starred in two sequels in 1984 and 1986
1986:
Directorial debut, "Born to Defend"; film was a box-office failure
1988:
Obtained two-year exit visa from China; settled in San Francisco; married and divorced
1989:
First feature filmed in the USA, "The Master" directed by Tsui Hark; film not widely released until 1992
1990:
Moved to Hong Kong; signed to a contract by Golden Harvest
1991:
Breakthrough role of Wong Fei-hung in "Once Upon a Time in China" directed by Tsui Hark
1994:
Producing debut with "Bodyguard From Beijing"; also starred
1998:
Cast in a villainous role in "Lethal Weapon 4"
2000:
Breakthrough role in "Romeo Must Die"
2001:
Had leading role in and co-produced "Kiss of the Dragon"; co-produced and co-written by Luc Besson
2001:
Cast as a man chasing various incarnations of himself across several dimensions in the sci-fi martial arts thriller "The One"
2001:
With Mel Gibson, executive produced the TBS movie "Invincible"
2003:
Reunited with "Romeo Must Die" co-star DMX and director Andrzej Bartkowiak for "Cradle 2 the Grave"
2004:
Teamed with Maggie Cheung in "Hero" (lensed 2001), directed by Zhang Yimou
2005:
Played an orphan, raised by a crime boss (Bob Hoskins) to function like an attack hound in Luc Besson's "Unleased"
2006:
Returned to roots of kung fu in "Fearless" (final martial arts film)
2007:
Played an assassin in "War" opposite Jason Statham
2008:
First onscreen collaboration with fellow Chinese actor Jackie Chan, "The Forbidden Kingdom"
2008:
Cast as the lead villain in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
2010:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Education

Beijing Athletic School: - 1971

Notes

His official Web site is located at www.jet-li.com

"For me, [Hong Kong films] have become too violent. I want to give a smart and postive image to martial arts, not this bloody, fight-for-no-reason image," --Jet Li quoted in Village Voice, July 22, 1997

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wife:
Qiuyan Huang. Actor. Married in 1987; divorced; mother of Li's daughters.
wife:
Nina Li. Married on September 19, 1999.

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daughter:
Jane Li. Born on April 19, 2000.

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