In 1975, due to the commercial failures of his early ventures into films and trouble finding stunt work, Chan starred in a comedic adult film All in the Family in which Chan appears in his first nude sex scene.It is the only film he has made to date without a single fight scene or stunt sequence.Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.He has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games.His first Hollywood film was The Big Brawl in 1980.Chan then played a minor role in the 1981 film The Cannonball Run, which grossed 0 million worldwide.He also gave Chan the opportunity to co-direct The Fearless Hyena with Kenneth Tsang.
In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
During the shooting of Fearless Hyena Part II, Chan broke his contract and joined Golden Harvest, prompting Lo to blackmail Chan with triads, blaming Willie for his star's departure.
The dispute was resolved with the help of fellow actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu, allowing Chan to stay with Golden Harvest.
He is an operatically trained vocalist and is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. Chan attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents withdrew him from the school.
In 1960, his father emigrated to Canberra, Australia, to work as the head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen.