Date of Birth : Apr 26th 1963
Chinese martial artist, actor, wushu champion, and international film star who was born in Beijing, China and who has currently taken up Singapore citizenship. After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from wushu at age 17, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei Hung. His first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), but his first Hollywood film leading role was in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, most recently starring beside Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), also with Mark Dacascos in Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) and as the titular villain in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser. He is set to star in the upcoming film The Expendables.
A brilliant performer in the league of Bruce Lee, Chow Yun-Fat and Jackie Chan, Jet Li is one of the most respected figures in the genre of martial-arts cinema today. Born Li Lian Jie, Jet Li came into the world on April 26th, 1963 in Heibei, Beijing, China. He was the youngest of five siblings, and his father having died when he was but two, he had an increasingly protective mother. His mother’s strict parenting produced a boy too timid to risk learning the bicycle till his teens.
By the time he was sixteen, he had won numerous accolades unmatched till date by anyone else, had won praise for his contribution to Sino-American relations, and experienced a close encounter with death while flying on a faulty plane. He was no longer the timid boy of his childhood, and lived up to his image as the “All-Around Wushu Champion of China,” by practicing Taiji, which involved the internalization of his wushu through philosophy.