We all know this guy – Jet Li is one of the most famous Chinese actors of our time. The master of martial arts has made a dizzy career not only in his homeland but also in Hollywood. Jet Li has played in many popular movies as well as achieved great success in sports. In his homeland, Li got famous at an early age becoming quite literally a national treasure. See, Chinese people love their sports prodigies and that exactly what Jet Li was.
In the 1970s, he won a huge number of Chinese Wushu championships, becoming one of the country’s most famous athletes. He continued to progress winning prizes in various competitions. And in 1974, he became a member of the National Team, as part of which he went to the U.S to represent his country. That’s no mean feat but many people know the actor thanks to the movie characters he played from the age of 18. For that, we have to thank one man. After noticing a boy who had a strong body and excellent Wushu skills, director Zhang Xin Yang invited Li to try his hand as an actor.
It was a movie about a young man who is a martial arts master. The debut film for Li Lianjie, who took his stage name Jet Li, was Shaolin Temple, a film about a northern boy raised in a monastery by Shaolin Monks. The film was released in 1982 and achieved a resounding success. Therefore, directors immediately began to shoot a sequel. So yeah, sequels are not exclusively the plague of our time.
In the late 80s, Jet was invited to star in Hollywood, where he was given the role of a bad guy, something the actor had not previously had to face. Nevertheless, he did an excellent job playing Wah Sing Ku in the blockbuster Lethal Weapon 4. He’s played 48 roles in movies and TV series in total. The actor is also the producer of 13 films. In addition to royalties for his roles, Jet has earned a lot of money using his businessman skills. At different times, he was engaged in selling cosmetics for girls, owned several restaurants under the name “Fat Li Burger” and even managed to launch a new brand of vodka Pure Wonderly in China.
I will not tire of repeating it, a talented man is talented in everything. Jet Li’s capital is estimated at about $250 million. Since the late 1880s, he moved to the US and has already gained worldwide popularity. Action scenes with his participation have always been notable for perfectly staged melee attacks, especially the film Kiss of the Dragon of 2001 stands out in this sense.
Now some details about the personal life of the actor. In 1987, the actor got married for the first time his fiance was Huang Qiuyan, who like him, was a member of the National Wushu Team of China. Huang was also Jet’s partner in his debut film Shaolin Temple. The couple had two daughters but they were together for only 3 years. In 1999, the actor married again. This time, the chosen one was the actress from Hong Kong, Nina Li Chi. They had a daughter Jane and a son Zhu.
As any popular person, Jet Li was no stranger to newspaper gossip. Here’s one such story, in 2008, according to Singapore newspapers, the actor became a citizen of Singapore and bought a property in the capital worth $14 million but neither representatives of the actor nor the immigration authorities have commented on the news.
The last films in which the actors starred were the movies Unstoppable and the drama Ocean of Heaven. The actor looked just great in these movies, not much different from himself of the 1990s. In 2020, the actor appeared in the movie Mulan.
In 2018, some pictures of Jet looking completely different appeared on the net. One of Li’s fans published a joint photo with him taken in Tibet. In the photo, the actor looked aged and unhealthy. Fans were seriously worried and the media is they always do broke the news exaggerating the real situation.
Later it turned out that all the worries were unfounded. It was just a bad photo. Official representatives of Jet Li rushed to say that in fact all is well. In an interview with reporters, they said that Li at the moment doesn’t have any serious health problems. However, the actor’s manager confirmed that Jet Li suffers from such a serious disease as hyperthyroidism.
It is a malfunction of the thyroid gland. The hormones are produced in greater quantities than necessary but this disease is not life-threatening. All in all, we sure hope Jet is well and stays that way for a very long time. Now Jet Li is engaged in charity work and leads a healthy lifestyle of a well-to-do pensioner. At the moment, he’s 59 years old.
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