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Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood

Updated on January 31, 2015

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood

There are quite few but well known Chinese actors who are famous in Hollywood. Some of them are : Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Russell Wong. A Japanese actor Ken Watanabe is included here.

This is my list of the best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood and they became famous because of their skills in martial arts, acting, comedy and drama. Jackie Chan is famous for his stunts and acrobatic moves while Bruce Lee popularizes "Jeet Kune Do" and Jet Li for his exceptional skills in 'wushu".

I like them all, and I will also include Ken Watanabe a Japanese for his performance in "The Last Samurai" (2003), "Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)" and the Memoirs of A Geisha (2005)"

JACKIE CHAN
JACKIE CHAN
CHOW YUN FAT
CHOW YUN FAT
BRUCE LEE
BRUCE LEE
JET LI
JET LI

 

 

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood 1 -- JACKIE CHAN

In 1954, a martial artist was born and was named Jackie Chan. He is my favorite alongside Jet Li as he is very funny. He came to Hollywood after being successful in Hong Kong and he became a living legend.

Who wouldn’t know Jackie Chan? He made 100 movies so far and he is famous for his style-- acrobatic, comedy remarks and stunts, awesome ones indeed. He is a cultural icon too, in the sense that he was made a reference in cartoons, video games and pop songs. He also produced film and a philanthropic businessman. He said in one of is interview that he is donating half of his wealth to charity when he dies.

He was given the famous “Hollywood Walk of Fame” too.

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood 2 -- Chow Yun Fat

He is an award winning actor. He is known for the movie, “A Better Tomorrow,” “The Killer,” and “Hard boiled.” He is Li Mu Bai in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”He is also a three time best actor in drama category having garnered award in Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Award in Taiwan for Best Actor.

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood 3 -- Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is of course a legend too like Jackie Chan, but he is dead already. He became famous first in Hong Kong then came to the US and he is the father of Jeet Kune Do. He is a famous performer, actor, martial artist, film director and philosopher too.

He is considered by many as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century, and a cultural icon just like Jackie Chan. He was named by the TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. His works and his films are well acclaimed in the Western world and through the whole world, plus his martial arts is well acclaimed too.

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood 4 -- Jet Li

He was also successful in China then came to Hollywood. Like Bruce lee he is a multi-awarded “wushu” artist and an international actor. He is famous in his own chosen martial arts like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

He became famous after his first film, “Shaolin Temple“(1982), “Once Upon A Time in China” series. He was a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). His first major role is in “Romeo Must Die” (2000). “In Forbidden Kingdom“, he co-starred with Jackie Chan too, Mark Dacascos, “Cradle 2 The Grave” (2003) and as the titular villain in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor“ (2008).

 

Best and famous Chinese actors in Hollywood 5 -- Russell Wong

He became successful in New York, he is an American Chinese actor.

Some of his famous films are “The Sanctuary” (2009) "Unshakable" (2009) “Dim Sum Funeral” (2008), "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008) Undoing (2007) "Honor "(2006) Black sash (2003) “True Crime: streets of LA” (2003), video game “Romeo Must Die” (2000), “Takedown” (2000), “The Prophecy II” (1998) “Vanishing Son” (1994), “The Joy Luck Club” (1993), “New Jack City” (1991) and “China Cry : A True Story.”

KEN WATANABE, a Japanese but a well known actor too.
KEN WATANABE, a Japanese but a well known actor too.

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      viola ks 2 years ago

      i luv it ...thnx fr he grt wrk.....jackie chan,jet li and bruce are so inspirational...their work is remarkable.

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      ... 5 years ago

      All though this was good I would like to say he missed a hole lot of information about Bruce lee.

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      Arun Arjun 5 years ago

      List of best Chinese actors

      1. Bruce Lee - Greatest Legend of all time. Acted only in 5 movies & becomes popular world wide. Even after 30 years of his death people from this corner of the World (New Zealand) to that corner of the World (America) knew him. Mind Blowing! He is a masterpiece created by God!!!

      2. Jackie Chan - It is difficult to mix serious & funny thing at the same time. But Jackie Chan did it! Action + Comedy at the same time!!!

      3. Jet Li - Once upon a time in China was his best of all time.

      4. Donnie Yen - Donnie Yen Ji Dan not in the list???!!! His best movies are Iron Monkey, IP Man, Flash Point, Hero as 'Sky'. Also acted as villain in Once upon a time in China 2 & Shanghai Knights.

      5. Chow Yun Fat - Nice actor. I like his movie The Killer & Prison on Fire Part 1 & 2.

      6. Tony Jaa (Thailand actor) - Not in the list???!!! Best Muay Thai actor. Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong are must watch Martial Arts movies. Ong Bak 2 is fine.

      7. Stephen Chow - Just for comedy. His movies Shaolin Soccer & Kung Fu Hustle are nice comedy movies.

      8. Samo Hung - One of the senior most Chinese action actor. Acted with almost all the Chinese actors.

      9. Yuan Biao - A good friend of Jackie Chan. Also a good fighter.

      10. Brandon Lee - Not as good as Bruce Lee. But he is good. He can be considered more as an American than as a Chinese.

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      asim 5 years ago

      donnie yen................./

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      Joseph Goode 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      great job in this article--

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      captainchris 7 years ago

      Jackie Chan for family entertainment values!

      Nice hub!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks katiem, I like him too, Maita

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great tribute to famous Chinese Actors,I love Jackie Chan, he's my fave. Peace :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I like him too, he is handsoem hehe, maita

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      humahub 7 years ago from pakistan

      hollywood films are great i love tom cruise

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks muhammad!

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      muhammadali4pk 7 years ago from Karachi

      my favorite actor is jackie chan. i love it

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Chin, love Jackie Chan too, na his hilarious and great there, LOL< Thanks Chin, Maita

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      Chin chin 7 years ago from Philippines

      My favorite actor in your list is Jackie Chan. Been watching Jackie Chan movies since I was a child. Can't even remember how many times I've watched Drunken Master, which is one of my all-time favorite.

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      Chin chin 7 years ago from Philippines

      My favorite actor in your list is Jackie Chan. Been watching Jackie Chan movies since I was a child. Can't even remember how many times I've watched Drunken Master, which is one of my all-time favorite.

      Sorry for this double post. Just please delete this.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Shin, nice you came by and read this hub, and you find it interesting too, Maita

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for that Hub, really interesting to read about these guys.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi bobbytnr, thanks and I like martial arts too, Happy New Year, Maita

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      bobbytnr 7 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I love martial arts, thanks for the hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi GH thank you for your kind words, you rock as well, All the best for you! Maita

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      LOL another great Hub here, all of what you mentioned are all famous. You keep on having a series of great hub ha pdh... Whoa you rock as I see many hubs of yours being featured, this is good for you for this will surely boosts your traffic...

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes habee, he is handsome, I wonder why we have the same taste, and we are reading hubs now too, thank you habee, Maita

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. Russell Wong is gorgeous!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      ok aware, I have seen it but didn't notice him there, thanks for the read here aware, Maita

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      chow yun fat is my new fave .in pirates of the Caribbean 3 he was great . also bullet proof monk. if you haven't seen that one its a must watch i think you'd like it a lot

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi ehern, morning, which team are you rooting for in football then?

      Bruce Lee is a legend and a master of Jeet Kune Do too, I am a fan of him too, oh you have all of his film? In my opinion he is the greatest martial arts expert, it is sad that he dies very young though.

      hope you enjoy your weekend, and you are ok,

      thank you for coming back here,

      maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Micky, oh Rush Hour, love that one too, I am good today, woke up in the middle of the night, how about you, are you enjoying your day? how are you too? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Truth, I like Jet Li's face when he gets serious LOL< it is scary, I like wushu too, thanks Truth for reading this hub, and are you watching football today? maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, collection yes, I just appreciate good acting and skills, Chinese actors like I mentioned above are exceptional, thank you for reading, Maita

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Maita, yes I read Bruce Lee's book on Jeet Kune Do and have seen many of his interviews. I have all his films and am a tremendous fan.

      I ejoyed Ken's performance with Tom Cruise, he was able to portray such a wide range of emotions in that movie. I think he is a fabulous actor.

      And to answer your footbal question, I was a fan for many years but have lost interest in it although I still do enjoy a good football game. i just don't follow or watch games week to week.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Jackie Chan is my favorite. I love the "Rush Hour" series! Hope you're doing well.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great Hub Maita, I have enjoyed many of the films that you mentioned, My favorite Actors from your list are Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan, But Jet Li is the one that I watch any movie he does. Thanks

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. You're building up quite a collection for yourself here, Maita. Wonderful work! I enjoyed most of these movies and share in your dedication. Thanks again!

      Dohn

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi ehern, thanks for commenting on this hub,

      Yes, Ken, is Japanese and he co starred with Tom Cruise in the movie,, "The Last Samurai".

      Oh you like Bruce Lee, you must like Jeet Kune Do too?

      thank you ehern, do you watch football on weekends?

      Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi wolf, thanks for the read, they are good people indeed but Bruce Lee is dead already,

      thanks for reading my hub, maita

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Your choices are great. Ihave seen and enjoyed most of their movies. I was a fanatic of Bruce Lee. Wasn't KEN WATANABE in the Last Samurai with Tom Cruise? Chow Yun Fat was great in Crouching Tiger.These two have a sense of inner strength and peace and powerful performers.

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      wolfpack5 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi pdh, great hub. and you are right about those actors. they are very good people and they do there job very well :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh RevLady, yes I remember their death too, tragic, and Bruce is very young too, Ken Watanabe is in The Last Samurai, he is Japs but very good as well, thanks Rev, Maita

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I enjoyed the works of all except Ken (not familiar with) and regretted the deaths of Bruce and his son.

      Thanks again pretty. You always post good stuff!