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A rapidly rising contender for the title of "the new Bruce Lee," Jet Li was born Li Lian Jie in Bejing, China, on April 26, 1963. He trained in wushu, China's national martial arts style, from childhood, winning his first medal in the sport at age 9.

While a teenager, Li made his film debut in Shaolin Temple, the movie that launched the Hong Kong martial arts craze of the 1980s. A plethora of very popular Hong Kong action flicks (with numerous alternate titles) followed; by the mid-'90s, Once Upon a Time in China, Black Mask and The Defender were getting release, and notice, in America.

Hollywood beckoned, and Li made his U.S. debut as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4. Li turned down the lead in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in favor of his first U.S. starring role, in Romeo Must Die (2000). His American films include Kiss of the Dragon, The One and Cradle 2 the Grave.

Jet Li in The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

2014 PG-13

Maintaining their go-for-broke attitude in this installment of the action franchise, the Expendables square off against villainous arms trader Conrad Stonebanks, who's hell-bent on destroying the team.

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  • Jet Li in The Expendables The Expendables
  • Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Jet Li in Unleashed Unleashed
  • Jet Li in War War
  • Jet Li in The Sorcerer and the White Snake The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  • Jet Li in Fist of Legend Fist of Legend
  • Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4 Lethal Weapon 4
  • Jet Li in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon Kiss of the Dragon
  • Jet Li in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  • Jet Li in The Enforcer The Enforcer
  • Jet Li in Romeo Must Die Romeo Must Die
  • Jet Li in Hero Hero
  • Jet Li in Jet Li's Fearless Jet Li's Fearless
  • Jet Li in Badges of Fury Badges of Fury
  • Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China: Next Chapters Once Upon a Time in China: Next Chapters
  • Jet Li in New Legend of Shaolin New Legend of Shaolin
  • Jet Li in Black Mask Black Mask
  • Jet Li in The One The One
  • Jet Li in Cradle 2 the Grave Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Jet Li in Ocean Heaven Ocean Heaven
  • Jet Li in Fighter / Super Power / Dragon / Life Fighter / Super Power / Dragon / Life
  • Jet Li in Jackie Chan: The Kung Fu Years / Force 5 Jackie Chan: The Kung Fu Years / Force 5
  • Jet Li in Born to Defense Born to Defense
  • Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China Once Upon a Time in China
  • Jet Li in Swordsman 2 Swordsman 2
  • Jet Li in Last Hero in China Last Hero in China
  • Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China 3 Once Upon a Time in China 3
  • Jet Li in This Is Kung Fu This Is Kung Fu
  • Jet Li in Legend of the Red Dragon Legend of the Red Dragon
  • Jet Li in Contract Killer Contract Killer
  • Jet Li in Kung Fu Master Kung Fu Master
  • Jet Li in Modern Warriors: The Martial Way Modern Warriors: The Martial Way
  • Jet Li in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong
  • Jet Li in Legend of Kung Fu Hero/Lee-thal Weapon Legend of Kung Fu Hero/Lee-thal Weapon
  • Jet Li in The Warlords The Warlords
  • Jet Li in Jet Li's Shaolin Fists 10 Pack Jet Li's Shaolin Fists 10 Pack