Jaycee Chan

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Jaycee Chan
Chinese name 房祖名 (traditional)
Chinese name 房祖名 (simplified)
Pinyin Fáng ZǔMíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Fong4 Zo2 Ming4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chan Jo-Ming
陳祖明 (Traditional)
陈祖明 (Simplified)
Chén ZǔMíng (Mandarin)
Chan4 Zo2 Ming4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Linzi, Shandong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Jaycee Fong
Occupation Singer, actor, composer, lyricist, guitarist
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Guitar
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active 2004–2014(hiatus)
Parents Jackie Chan and Lin Feng-Jiao
Official Website Official website

Jaycee Chan Jo-ming (born 3 December 1982) is an American-born Hong Kong actor and singer. In 2004, he released his first Mandarin CD album in Hong Kong. He was based in Taiwan to continue his music career. He is the son of the Hong Kong martial artist and actor, Jackie Chan and his wife, Lin Feng-Jiao. He sings and performs in Mandarin and Cantonese. He is currently on a hiatus from the entertainment industry after he was arrested and jailed for providing his apartment in Beijing for drug users to smoke marijuana in but he stated that he has a plan to make a comeback and to even direct a film.

Early life and education[edit]

Jaycee was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Hong Kong action/martial arts star Jackie Chan and Taiwanese actress Lin Feng-Jiao. Sources, including Jackie Chan's autobiography, state that he was born in 1984 and that his parents were married in 1983. On the other hand, Jackie's official website states that he was born in 1982.

Jaycee briefly attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia for two semesters, but did not graduate. He was later revealed that he was expelled due to low grades.[1][2] He has a penchant for luxury cars and nightlife and stated that he left school because “all you can see in Virginia is sheep.”[3][4]

Jaycee speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.


Giving up on school, Jaycee moved to Hong Kong in 2003 to pursue his career. His film debut was The Twins Effect II, which his father had a cameo on. His second role was a Hong Kong romance film 2 Young, where he co-starred with Hong Kong Cantopop singer Fiona Sit.They both worked together again on Break Up Club in 2010.

Despite heavy promotions and awards, his albums and movies have had dismal sales. His film Double Trouble only grossed US$9,000 in Hong Kong, making it one of the biggest box office failures ever.[5] His studio, though, is adamant that he will be a success one day at whatever cost.

In early 2009, Chinese websites reported that he has given up his United States citizenship in favor of Chinese citizenship (Hong Kong residency) to appeal to local audiences.[6]

He voiced the younger version of his father's character, Master Monkey in Secrets of the Furious Five.[7] In addition, he voiced Master Crane in the Cantonese version of Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2.[8]

For the film Little Big Soldier, his mother Joan Lin suggested that Jaycee costar with his father, but Jackie was highly[clarification needed] against it.[9] However, Jaycee has since reconciled with his father, and they starred together in Jackie's 100th film, 1911.[10] The team-up resulted in Jackie Chan's least profitable and worst reviewed film to date.[11]

To appeal to non-Chinese audiences, his studios hired Korean and Singaporean artists, Jang Nara and Fann Wong, to promote Jaycee's new film, Whoever. The film was meant to satire Jaycee's life as a playboy from a famous father. Once again, the film was a box office disaster, not placing in the Chinese top ten, despite a government mandate requiring it to be played at half the nation's theaters.[12] The studios decided not to release the film theatrically in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Before his arrest in August 2014, Jaycee was filming The Monk but it is unknown if his role will be affected or not.

in 2015, his father revealed that Jaycee had shown interest on writing a script for a sequel to CZ12 and we make the film "if it's right".[13]

Relationship with Jackie Chan[edit]

During an awards ceremony in Beijing in April 2011, Jackie stated that he would be donating half his money to charity when he dies, instead of to his son.[14][15] Jackie explained, "If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money."[14][15]

It was reported that he and his father, Jackie Chan have an estranged relationship with each other. On Father's Day, the elder Chan would scold his son by saying "I am not into celebrating any holidays as we should be nice to each other and treasure our family every day." He also regrets not sending his son to the Army and even got to the point by asking Will Smith if he could swap his son with Jaden Smith.[16]

After serving six months behind bars, Jaycee finally met up with his father for the first time in Taiwan. The two seem to have reconciled. "I hadn't seen him for too long. I feel he's matured this time," Jackie Chan said. "We didn't talk about unhappy things. It was all family chat. We talked into the night and didn't sleep." Before leaving to do a promotion, he gave his son a haircut.[17]

Legal issues[edit]

On 18 August 2014, it was reported that Chan had been arrested on 14 August by Beijing police due to drug possession, alongside Ko Chen-tung, a Taiwanese actor.[18] Police later found more than 100 grams of marijuana after searching Chan's apartment.[19] While Ko was set to be released 14 days after his arrest, Chan faces criminal charges and sentences up to the death penalty or life imprisonment for allegedly hosting others to consume marijuana.[20] Chan, whose father Jackie had been China's anti-drug goodwill ambassador since 2009, admitted to taking drugs for 8 years.[21] Soon after, Jackie Chan has made an public apology for his son's drug use and takes some of the responsibility for not teaching him well.[22] On September 17, 2014, procurator’s office have approved the formal arrest of Chan on suspicion of “accommodating drug users”.[23] Chan has been formally charged with providing a venue for drug use, a criminal charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.[24]

While filming a movie in Hong Kong, the elder Chan confirmed with reporters that he and Lin Feng-jiao were completely unaware with their son's drug use and if he had known about it, he would have beaten him to death. He also believes that his son is not a drug addict but just too naive and did not know that it would get him in big trouble. Lastly, he also believes that his son will change into a better person after his arrest.[25] Chan spent his 32nd birthday in custody, which revealed that he has indeed changed as his mother stated that her son has borrowed more than a hundred books to read ever since he was detained. In the past, whenever he was presented a script, he would ask his colleagues to read it out loud to him after claiming that he has dyslexia.[26] On 22 December 2014, four months after his arrest, Chan has been indicted by Chinese authorities for sheltering other people to use drugs but did not say when his trial will start.[27] His trial finally began on January 9, 2015 in Beijing, after spending 148 days in detention. Chan was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of 2,000 yuan (~$320 USD). Due to the time that he had already spent in detention before his trial began, he is scheduled to be released on February 13. Chan confessed that he broke the law and he should be punished for his actions and once he is released, he will not do it again. Both of his parents did not attend their son's hearing although the elder Chan was reportedly in Beijing. His father repeatedly said that he will not use his connections to lighten his son's sentence.[28][29]

It was later revealed that during his detention, Chan wrote a three page remorse letter to his mom which helped him on getting a lighter sentence. In his letter, he apologized to his mom for his mistakes and he blamed his father's "Insufficient love" caused him to fall into the drug habit because he thought it would help him to forget all his problems. He revealed that he shoulder enormous stress being the son of a megastar. He promised his mom that he will not repeat his mistakes in the future.[30]

Chan is expected to be release on February 14 and the elder Chan said that he and his wife will not pick him up from prison. "He is an adult, and should be able to look after himself. Do not live under my shadow," his father stated. It is unclear what Chan's plan would be after he is released but reports say that he will move to Taiwan to be with his mom.[31] Chan was released from jail on February 13 during midnight hours and he is expected to hold a press conference in Beijing the next day along with his mother to apologize for his wrongdoings.[32] One day after he was released from jail, Chan held a conference in Beijing to make an public apology by saying that he had "no reason" and "no excuse" for his law breaking and his arrest had “a negative impact on society” and that it disappointed his supporters while causing losses for those who worked with him. In his four minute speech, he promised that the will be a law abiding citizen and while he still have plans to continue in the entertainment industry, he is more focused on spending Chinese New Year with his parents. He stated that prison life was "harsh" and his father did not use any connections to help ease his sentence. He extended a deep bow before and after his speech.[33][34]

After his public apology, Chan reportedly left Beijing and went back to Taiwan to be reunited with his mother.[35]


Year Title Chinese Title Role
2004 The Twins Effect II 千機變II: 花都大戰 "Charcoal Head" / "Star of Rex"
2005 2 Young 早熟 "Ka Fu"
2006 McDull, the Alumni 春田花花同學會 "Office staff" (cameo)
The Heavenly Kings 四大天王 Himself
2007 The Sun Also Rises 太陽照常升起 "The Son"
Invisible Target 男兒本色 "Officer Wai King Ho"
The Drummer 戰鼓 "Sid"
PK.COM.CN 誰說青春不能錯 "Zhang Wen Li"
2008 Kung Fu Panda 功夫熊猫 "Crane" (Cantonese voice)
Secrets of the Furious Five 虎胆五俠 "Master Monkey" (voice)
2009 Tracing Shadow 追影 "Lord Xu"
Mulan 花木蘭 "Fei Xiao Hu" A.K.A. "Tiger"
2010 Break Up Club 分手說愛你 "Joe"
2011 1911 辛亥革命 "Zhang Zhen Wu"
Kung Fu Panda 2 功夫熊猫2 "Crane" (Cantonese voice)
Lee's Adventure 李獻計歷險記 "Li Xian Ji"
East Meets West 東成西就2011
2012 Her Father His Father 春暖花開
Double Trouble 寶島雙雄 "Jay"
Whoever 愛誰誰
Chrysanthemum to the Beast 給野獸獻花
2013 Machi Action 變身 cameo
The Ideal City 一座城池
Love Speaks 意外的戀愛時光 "Zhou Tong"
2015 Great Mr. Zhou 了不起的周先生
The Monk 道士下山


Released Title Language Track listing
2004 "Jaycee" [Self-titled AVCD – an audio CD that also contains music videos] Mandarin
2008 "一路好走" "Safe Journey" [An EP dedicated to his grandfather Charles Chan] Mandarin
  1. "一路好走" "Safe Journey"
2010 亂 "Chaos" Mandarin


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  2. ^ List of College of William and Mary alumni
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  18. ^ 柯震东和房祖名在京吸毒被拘留, Beijing Times
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  22. ^ [4]
  23. ^ 房祖名被北京东城检察院批捕 面临三年以下徒刑, Xinhua News Agency
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  35. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/movies/story/jaycee-chan-gives-the-media-the-slip-meet-his-mum-lin-feng-jiao-secret-locati

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