The Untold Truth About Jackie Chan’s Wife – Joan Lin (Biography)

April 18, 2024
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Who is Joan Lin?

Joan Lin Feng-jiao was born on 30 June 1953 under the zodiac sign of Cancer, in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a 68-year-old Taiwanese former actress but is probably best recognized for being the wife of the legendary Chinese martial artist Jackie Chan.

How rich is she, as of now? Joan Lin Net Worth

As of early 2022, Joan Lin’s net worth is estimated at over $1 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment during the time her career was active from 1972 to 1982. Moreover, it’s assumed that she enjoys the wealth of her famous husband, Jackie Chan, who is one of the highest-paid actors in the world with a fortune estimated at over $400 million.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Joan Lin spent her early years in her hometown of Taipei, where she was raised by her parents; however, their names and professions are unknown. She’s the second of five children but there’s no information about her siblings. She holds Taiwanese nationality and belongs to Asian ethnic group. Regarding her education, Joan Lin dropped out of school when she was 12 years old due to her family’s poverty.

Professional Career

Joan Lin started pursuing her acting career at the age of 19, when she made her debut feature film appearance in the Kung Fu film “The Hero Of A Chui Chow” – her outstanding performance led to her winning numerous roles over the next several years, many of which were films based on Chiung Yao’s novels.


She gained much success and critical acclaim for her performance in “The Story Of A Small Town” in 1979, which earned her a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress. The same year, she also won an Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her part in “He Never Gives Up”.

Throughout the 1970s, she was one of the biggest names in the Taiwanese and Hong Kong film industries, among Chin Han, Charlie Chin, and Brigitte Lin. They were known as ‘Two Chins, Two Lins’ and appeared together in several commercially successful films. She retired from acting after getting married, to focus on her family. During her short career, Joan garnered more than 80 film appearances.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Joan Lin has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 4ins (1.62m), weighs around 116lbs (53kgs), with vital statistics of 32-25-33, bra size 32B. Information about her dress and shoe sizes isn’t available.

Personal Life

Joan Lin met her future husband Jackie Chan in January 1981, and they started dating shortly afterwards. They tied the knot at a secret wedding ceremony held in a private room in a coffee shop in Los Angeles, California, on 2 December 1982. They welcomed their only child, a son named Jaycee Chan, the following day; their son is also an actor, and a singer and songwriter. The family divides their time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.


Who is her husband? Jackie Chan Short Wiki/Bio

Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong-sang on 7 April 1954 under the zodiac sign of Aries, in Hong Kong, China, raised in a poor family by his parents Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, who worked for the French ambassador there. Growing up, he earned the nickname ‘Pao-Pao’ because he was a very energetic child. He attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School but failed his first year, then went to the China Drama Academy, where he learned and excelled in acrobatics and martial arts. In the late 1970s, he moved with his parents to Canberra, Australia, where he worked as a construction worker, and earned the nickname ‘Jackie’.

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Career Beginnings

Jackie Chan started making small appearances in film at the age of five, while his official debut feature film appearance came in 1962 when he was eight years old, featuring alongside his classmates in “Big And Little Wong Tin Bar”. He then continued to appear as an extra in such film titles as “The Eterne” (1963), “Come Drink With Me” (1966), and “A Touch Of Zen” (1971). He also started working as a stuntman, in numerous films including Bruce Lee’s legendary films – “Fist Of Fury” in 1972 and “Enter The Dragon” in 1973. He landed his first starring role when he played Hsiao Hu in “Little Tiger Of Canton”, which was directed by Chu Mu and released also in 1973.


Rise to Prominence

Jackie Chan’s big break came with the 1978 film “Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow”, which was a huge commercial success. Later that year, he skyrocketed to fame with his role in “Drunken Master”, in which he established his unique kung fu comedy style. His life completely changed when he met film producer Willie Chan, who helped him to book his first role in Hollywood in the 1980 film “The Big Brawl”. He initially didn’t have much success in breaking into the American market, so he returned to work on Hong Kong films and quickly became the cinema’s top star in his country, appearing in such box office hits as “The Young Master” in 1980 and “Dragon Lord” in 1982.

Nonetheless, he eventually managed to attract the attention of a wider audience in Hollywood, due to his acrobatic abilities and stunts in the 1995 film “Rumble In The Bronx”, which broke the box office records in Hong Kong, and became his mainstream breakthrough in the United States.

International Recognition

Jackie Chan became a household name after starring in the “Rush Hour” franchise, in which he landed the role of Detective Inspector Lee, next to Chris Tucker. The franchise consists of three film titles released from 1998 to 2007, and grossed nearly $850 million worldwide, making him the most famous Hong Kong actor in Hollywood.


He continued his international success when he collaborated with Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu on “Shanghai Noon” in 2000, and its sequel “Shanghai Knights” in 2003. Thereafter, he founded his own film production company called JCE Movies Limited, and continued to work on more dramatic roles. Besides that, he did the voice-over of Master Monkey in the “Kung Fu Panda” film series from 2008 to 2016.


Thanks to his accomplishments, Jackie Chan’s one of the most famous and influential actors in the world. So far, he’s worked on more than 200 film titles, and won over 47 prestigious awards for his work, including seven Hong Kong Film Awards and five Golden Horse Awards in different categories, among others. Although he’s never received an Academy Award nomination, he won an Academy Honorary Award in 2017.

Martha Clifford

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