Li Lianjie or Jet Li after his American name, was born in Beijing on April 1963 in a poor family , being the youngest child. Because money were a real problem in his family and the privilege to a higher education was expensive, he started practicing Wushu at only 8 years old.
At only 11 years old he won his first national championship and was able to travel to over 45 countries worldwide as a member of Beijing Wushu Team, being a real opportunity for him to leave China at that time. In 1974 Jet Li became the National Wushu Champion All Around after participating in a wushu demonstration for US President Richard Nixon. At only 19 years old he retired and started working with film director Chang Hsin Yen making his first appearance in the movie ” Shaolin Temple”, this being the start of his role in martial arts movies that came afterwards such as ” Once upon a time in China ” or ” Fist of Legend “.
His first Hollywood debut was made with the movie ” Lethal Weapon 4″ released in 1998 where he played with the 2 Hollywood stars series actors like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and in 2000 he played the main role in the box office movie ” Romeo Must Die”.
Jet Li has four daughters from two marriages in present being married with Nina since 1999 and taking actions in charitable causes building his own foundation for China called Jet Li One Foundation.