Jackie Chan is my hero because he is an amazing and funny actor. He went through a lot of hard struggles that he had to overcome, and he overcame them. That is also why he is my hero.
He wasn’t born at the time a normal baby would be born. He was born in twelve months instead of nine. His mother had to have a cesarean section done because he weighed twelve pounds! That’s a heavy baby. Jackie was born on April 7th, 1954, in Hong Kong. His father almost had to sell Jackie to pay the hospital because the C-Section cost them so much money. Good thing his friends stepped in and helped to raise the money for the surgery.
Jackie grew up in poverty in Hong Kong until about the age of six. In 1960, he and his family moved to Australia where his dad got a job as a cook for the Australian Embassy. Jackie didn’t do very well in school so the result was that he never had proper education. The amount of education he got was equivalent to American grade 1. So, when he was seven, his family sent him back to Hong Kong to join the Peking Opera school. There he learned all that he knows how to do in movies. That includes: martial arts, acrobatics, singing, dancing and acting.
Jackie does more than just make incredible movies, He founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong, and then in Japan. The foundation provides scholarships to needy students and assists injured performers and their families. He also has a Jackie Chan Youth Center in Hong Kong.
Jackie Chan has come a long way from his poverty-stricken childhood in Hong Kong, but he hasn't forgotten that there are still people suffering. Besides using laughter to heal and entertain his audiences, Jackie continues to dedicate his time and money to worthwhile causes.