Jet Li biographyJet Li is a famous Chinese and Singaporean film actor, film producer, and martial artist. The most famous films with Jet Lee are «Kiss of the «Dragon» (2001), «Hero» (2002), «Unleashed» (2005), «The Expendables» (2010).
Childhood and Early LifeJet Li (real name – Li Lianjie) was born on April 26, 1963, in Beijing in a family with many children. Jet Li had two elder brothers and two elder sisters. Actor's father had died before Jet turned two years old and the family faced difficult times.
During competitions, the boy was noticed by famous coaches, who soon started to develop athletic abilities of the teenager. One of the coaches actually bought food for Jet's family as they couldn't afford to buy meat, which was so essential for the correct muscle development.
In 1977 a young man became a leader in Dao sward competitions. Afterward, Jet Lee became a master in several wushu styles and also studied other kinds of Chinese martial arts and mastered the main types of wushu weapons.
Acting careerThe fame gained in sports had led Li Lianjie to the film industry - first in China, then in Hong Kong. His stage name «Jet Li» the future actor received in 1982 in the Philippines, when the advertising company stated that his real name is too complicated to pronounce. PR specialists came to assistance and compared Li's successful career to skyrocketing aircraft. The posters of the sportsman's debut film «Shaolin» Temple displayed the name of Jet Li.
In 1998 Jet made a debut in the American action movie «Lethal Weapon 4» with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Joe Pesci. The remarkable fact that it was the first movie in which the actor played a villain.
However, eventually Jet starred in several other significant films. In 2001 he acted in high-budget actions «The One» (first starring together with Jason Statham) and «Kiss of the Dragon» with Bridget Fonda. One of the most remarkable roles of Jet Li became acting in the fantasy drama of Zhang Yimou – «Hero», where he starred the Nameless contractor of the king.
In 2005 Jet Li took a serious dramatic role in the film «Unleashed», where he starred a man raised in tough conditions. Although in this film Jet used his martial art skills, this project was much different from his other works by higher drama level.
Initially Jet was planning to star together with Vin Diesel in the adventure action film «XXX: Return of Xander» (2017), but he was replaced by Donnie Yen.
In November of 2017 a short film «Gong Shou Dao» has been released. In the film, the main hero fought with different martial arts masters. Besides Jet Li the film was starring Jack Ma, an actor starred in Shaolin - Wu Jing, and the star of action films Fearless and The Warlords - Jacky Heung.
Personal life of Jet LiIn 1987 Jet married a member of Beijing Wushu Team Huang Qiuyan. They had two daughters in the marriage - Si, and Taimi. In 1990 the couple separated.
In 2009 Jet Li renounced his earlier granted USA citizenship. In July of 2009 actor became a citizen of Singapore. Jet chose this country for a high-level education system necessary for his younger daughters.
Social activitiesSince 2006 Jet has been a «philanthropic ambassador» of the Red Cross Society of China. He has contributed 500 000 yuan ($62 500) to the foundation from his film Fearless (2006). In the spring of 2007 Jet founded his own non-profit foundation called The One Foundation, which supports international efforts for disaster relief and suicide prevention.
Jet Li todayCurrently, the actor is already less active in films but was involved in the role of the emperor in the remake of the cartoon "Mulan", which will premiere in 2020.
At the end of 2019, Jet Li after a long illness published a photo on Instagram, in which, according to fans, he looks noticeably younger and more cheerful. However, the actor did not name the reason for such positive changes.