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Updated 8:47 AM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

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Jackie Chan is Now 60

Hong Kong's action superstar turned another leaf in life on Monday when he turned 60 and still in top form as Asia's most popular martial arts actor.

Jackie Chan (Chan Kong-sang) celebrated his birthday with a charity event,  to win goodwill and donations to support a campaign for Chinese children with cleft lips.

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A concert in Beijing called the "2014 Peace & Love & Friendship" was held Monday evening to generate awareness for Operation Smile.

Project Smile co-founder Dr. Bill Magee praised Chan for his never-ending philanthropy and efforts to raise awareness on their cause.

Artists from Hong Kong and mainland China joined Chan in Monday night's all-star gala of singers and film personalities.

Chan is not only Project Smile's biggest fund-raiser but also actively takes part in visiting sites in rural areas where the organization is at work.

Chan was born on April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong. At the age of 7 when his parents moved to Australia, he took up drama, martial arts, singing and acrobatics at the China Opera Research Institute.

At age 8, he would debut on Hong Kong cinema in "Big and Little Wong Tin Bar" (1962). He would continue with his studies and establish himself as a versatile talent in the field of martial arts.

For a time, Chan was dubbed as the successor to the late legend, Bruce Lee. Jackie will redefine himself as different actor-martial arts artist with his screwball techniques.

By 1973, Chan's star in Hong Kong cinema started to rise, and by 1980, he appeared as a lead player in the film Cannonball run that featured then American icon, Burt Reynolds.

It would take some time for Chan to actually break into Hollywood stardom. In 1997, a Hong Kong film dubbed into English titled, "Rumble in the Bronx" became an overnight hit and other Chan films would become a sensation across America. 

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