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Chinese Stars Making Waves in the West

Jackie Chan attends the UK Film Premiere of The Karate Kid at Odeon Leicester Square on July 15, 2010 in London, England.

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Jackie Chan

The action star is by far the most recognizable Asian actor in the West, even receiving his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But Chan's foray into the West has not been smooth sailing. His first U.S. film venture in 1980s failed to attract much attention, forcing him to return his focus to the East. His big break finally came in 1995 with the release of Rumble in the Bronx.

The popular Rush Hour franchise, which he co-stars in, was a success in the box office, with its third installment grossing over $250 million in 2007.

That film earned Chan $15 million and 15 percent of the film's gross income, making it a cool grand total of $52.5 million.

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