In the martial arts cinema of Hong Kong, actor Jet Li is surpassed only by Jackie Chan. Trained from an early age in wu shu, a modern form of kung fu, Li won several Chinese national championships. His serious martial arts performances are so impressive that they are credible even in the campiest of "wire-fights" (the acrobatic kung fu battles in which the actors are held aloft by supposedly invisible wires). He began his film career with Shaolin Temple, a film that revitalized the kung fu genre. In addition to kung-fu fantasies, he has also starred in dramas such as My Father is a Hero and Bodyguard from Beijing. His most famous body of work is the series that started in 1991 with Once Upon a Time in China, in which he played out fictional adventures of Wong Fei-Hung, a legendary kung fu master and folk hero from Chinese history. In 1998, Jet Li, unaided by wires, wowed American audiences by playing a lead villain in Lethal Weapon 4. This fourth installment in the American buddy-cop franchise included a thrilling hand-to-hand battle with Mel Gibson; many feel that Li stole the show and made a promising mark in the Hollywood action genre.
Date of Birth : 26 April 1963
Place of Birth : Beijing, China