April 16, 2024

Joan Lin ( born June 30, 1953) is a renowned Taiwanese actress who has garnered accolades for her remarkable performances. She is known popularly as the wife of the esteemed Chinese-American actor Jackie Chan. Joan Lin’s notable contributions to the entertainment industry have earned her widespread recognition and admiration.

Early Life

Joan Lin is a renowned Taiwanese actress born and raised in the Taipei Province. She was born into a family of five and happened to be the 2nd Child. Joan Lin spent her formative years in Taiwan, where she attended her basic education.

However, due to her family’s financial difficulties, she had to make the difficult decision to drop out of school. Despite this setback, Joan Lin remained determined to support her family and pursue a career in the film industry.

Undeterred by the challenges she faced, Joan Lin began working to contribute to her family’s income while simultaneously pursuing her passion for acting. Joan Lin took on various jobs to make ends meet while honing her acting skills and seeking opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Joan Lin‘s perseverance and talent eventually caught the attention of filmmakers, leading to her breakthrough in the 1970s in the Hong Kong film industry. Her natural acting abilities and captivating presence on screen quickly established her as one of the leading actresses of her time.

Joan Lin worked with renowned directors and actors throughout her career, including her future husband, Jackie Chan. Their collaborations in films such as “Police Woman” and “Project A” brought them further recognition and success.


Joan Lin began acting at 19, landing her first film role in “The Hero of Chiu Chow,” also known as “The Hero of Waterfront.” The film, a kung-fu genre, began her journey in the entertainment industry.

During the 1970s, Joan Lin and Charlie ChinChin Han, and Brigitte Lin emerged as prominent figures in both the Taiwanese and Hong Kong cinema industries. Their collective talent and on-screen presence garnered media attention, particularly their roles in successful film adaptations of Chiung Yao’s novels, which became box-office hits.

In 1979, Joan Lin‘s exceptional performance in “Story of Small Town” earned her the accolade of the 16th Golden Horse Awards as the Best Leading Actress. This recognition further solidified her position as a talented and versatile actress.

With unwavering dedication and passion for her career, Joan Lin appeared in a remarkable 70 films during the decade-long pursuit of her acting ambitions. Her filmography showcases her versatility as she took on various roles across different genres, demonstrating her range as an actress.


  • The Hero of Chiu Chow
  • The Secret Rivals
  • Island of Fire
  • Police Woman
  • Project A
  • Wheels on Meals
  • Heart of Dragon
  • Police Story 3: Super Cop
  • Drunken Master II
  • Mr. Nice Guy
  • Gorgeous
  • The Myth
  • Little Big Soldier

Personal Life

The relationship between Joan Lin and the renowned martial arts actor Jackie Chan began in January 1981 and eventually led to their secret wedding in 1982 on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite the private nature of their ceremony, their union proved successful and enduring. 

Joan Lin gave birth to their only child, Jaycee, shortly after their marriage.

After marrying Jackie Chan, Joan Lin retired from the film industry. While she had a successful career as an actress, she chose to prioritize her family life and focus on raising their son, JayceeJoan Lin‘s decision to step away from acting allowed her to support her husband’s career and nurture their family fully.

Throughout her time in the film industry, Joan Lin made a name for herself with her talent and on-screen presence. However, after marrying Jackie Chan, she transitioned into a more private life away from the public eye.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @joan_lin_min 
  • Twitter: @joan_C_H_lin 

Net Worth

Joan Lin has an estimated net worth of about US$5 million.

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