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7 April 1954
7 April 1954
In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
Chan was born in British Hong Kong, as Chan Kong-sang, to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War.
His parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong, and Chan spent his formative years within the grounds of the consul's residence in the Victoria Peak district.
Chan's first major breakthrough was the 1978 film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, shot while he was loaned to Seasonal Film Corporation under a two-picture deal. Director Yuen Woo-ping allowed Chan complete freedom over his stunt work. The film established the comedic kung fu genre, and proved refreshing to the Hong Kong audience.
Chan has performed most of his own stunts throughout his film career, which are choreographed by the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.
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The dangerous nature of his stunts makes it difficult for Chan to get insurance, especially in the United States, where his stunt work is contractually limited. Chan holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Stunts by a Living Actor", which emphasises "no insurance company will underwrite Chan's productions in which he performs all his own stunts". In addition, he holds an unrecognised record for the most number of takes for a single shot in a film, having shot over 2900 retakes for a complex scene involving a Jianzi game in Dragon Lord.
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Chan has been injured frequently when attempting stunts; many of them have been shown as outtakes or as bloopers during the closing credits of his films. He came closest to death filming Armour of God, when he fell from a tree and fractured his skull.
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Chan's greatest regret in life is not having received a proper education, inspiring him to fund educational institutions around the world. He funded the construction of the Jackie Chan Science Centre at the Australian National University and the establishment of schools in poor regions of China.
Chan is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and has championed charitable works and causes. He has campaigned for conservation, against animal abuse and has promoted disaster relief efforts for floods in mainland China and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
In 2005 Chan created the Dragon's Heart Foundation to help children and the elderly in remote areas of China by building schools, providing books, fees, and uniforms for children. The foundation also provides for the elderly with donations of warm clothing, wheelchairs, and other items.
Julie Anne Smith
December 3, 1960
Moore was born at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina. Her father, Peter Moore Smith, was a paratrooper in the United States Army, who later attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge. Her mother, Anne, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, Scotland, who emigrated to the United States as a child in 1950.
Her first screen role came in 1984, in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night.
In 1985 she joined the cast of As the World Turns. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, the intensive work provided an important learning experience for Moore, who looks back on the job fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility".
Moore made her cinematic debut in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, playing a mummy's victim.
The filmmaker Robert Altman saw Moore in Uncle Vanya, and was sufficiently impressed to cast her in his next project: the ensemble drama Short Cuts (1993). Moore was pleased to work with him, as it was Altman who had given her an appreciation for cinema when she saw his 1977 film 3 Women in college.
The year 2002 marked a high point in Moore's career, as she became the ninth performer in history to be nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year.
Moore has been described in the media as one of the most talented and accomplished actresses of her generation. As a woman in her 50s, she is unusual in being an older actress who continues to work regularly and in prominent roles.
In October 2013, Moore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
People magazine has named Moore one of the world's most beautiful people on four of its annual beauty lists (1995, 2003, 2008, 2013).
Alongside her acting work, Moore has established a career as a children's author. Her first book, Freckleface Strawberry, was published in October 2007 and became a New York Times Best Seller.
Freckleface Strawberry has been adapted into a musical, written by Rose Caiola and Gary Kupper, which premiered at the New World Stages, New York, in October 2010. Moore had an input in the production, particularly through requesting that it retain the book's young target audience. The show has since been licensed and performed at several venues, which she calls "extremely gratifying and extremely flattering".
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards
1998: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Boogie Nights
2000: Best Actress in a Leading Role - The End Of The Affair
2003: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Far From Heaven
2003: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - The Hours
Has been nominated for 6 Golden Globes with one win in 2013 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Game Change
The Hand That Roks The Cradle
Benny & Joon
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Myth Of Fingerprints
The Big Lebowski
An Ideal Husband
A Map Of The World
The End Of The Affair
Far From Heaven
Children of Men
The Are All Right
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Pt. 1 & 2