Born in Beijing, Jet Li started training in traditional Chinese martial arts when he was just eight years old. By age 11 he had won a national championship and by 19, he had already starred in his first movie. With just a handful of roles under his belt, Li moved to Hong Kong where he became the hottest martial arts star in Asia's booming film industry. American audiences first came to know him when he starred as the gang overlord in Lethal Weapon 4. Li was the star of a real life disaster in December 2004, when he dragged his young daughter to safety after a deadly tsunami wave crashed through the lobby of their hotel in the Maldives.