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Jackie Chan has left an indelible mark on cinema throughout his long career and now the actor who dazzles audiences with his wit, smile, and butt kicking performances is receiving one of the industry’s top honors.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last week to present Chan with an Honorary Oscar.
Chan trained with the Peking Opera as a child and made his screen debut when he was only eight years old. In the 1990’s, American audiences and filmmakers took notice of his remarkable martial arts skills and on-screen presence in films such as Rumble in the Bronx. His likable personality and knack for comedy made him a natural fit for “buddy pictures.” His most notoriety came opposite Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour series and Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights.
Chan’s global stardom also brought him tremendous wealth as he routinely ranks among Forbes highest paid actors in the world (he recently came in second to Dwayne Johnson).
Expressing his gratitude for the honor, the 62-year-old wrote on Facebook:
“It’s been 56 years since I filmed my first movie when I was six, and I’ve worked on over 200 films to date. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still "young". I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award,” his post read in part.
In addition to Chan, the Academy will also honor editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman with Oscars at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12.