Shortly after retiring from the sport at the age of 17, he was offered many starring roles and subsequently began on his film career with director Chang Hsin Yen for SHAOLIN TEMPLE. The success of SHAOLIN TEMPLE propelled Li from a mere martial arts master to a full-fledged Chinese movie star and celebrity almost overnight. His star shone so bright that almost any picture with his name attached became an instant success. KIDS FROM SHAOLIN and MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN, Jet's second and third films respectively, also enjoyed box-office success. Li was to complete 25 successful Asian films before crossing over to America.
Since his first English-language film appearance as the villain in LETHAL WEAPON 4 opposite Mel Gibson, Jet has appeared in films like ROMEO MUST DIE, THE ONE, KISS OF THE DRAGON, and HERO.
After HERO, Li continued with projects such as CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE and UNLEASHED co-starring Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins. In 2005 Li began work on what he said was the culmination of his life-long experience with martial arts. FEARLESS, directed by Ronny Yu, is Jet Li's last wushu film and has received considerable box office and critical success both in Asia and around the world, including a Best Actor award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Association.
Li is extending his fame to charitable causes. Already a Red Cross ambassador, Li recently spearheaded and founded the Red Cross Society of China Jet Li One Foundation Project (One Foundation), a foundation whose goal is to provide counseling to victims of natural disasters and to help young people coping with mental health and psychological issues.
The One Foundation believes that 1 person + 1 dollar +1 month = 1 big family. Says Li, "If each person donates at least one dollar each month, our individual donations will be transformed into a much greater fund. When we combine our charitable strength, we can make sure that the most vulnerable members of our global family will receive the help they need right away."
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Jet Li Facts
|Birth Name||Lian Ji Li|
|Birthday||April 26, 1963 (59)|
|Birthplace||Beijing, People's Rep. of China|
|Height||5' 6½" (1m69) How tall is Jet Li compared to you?|
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