Chinese action film legend Jackie Chan has been given an honorary Academy Award for his “extraordinary achievements” in film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members voted in Chan for the Honorary Oscar. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described Chan as “a true pioneer and legend in his craft.”  She added “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, directed and produced – more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong, charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma. Since Rumble in the Bronx in 1996, he has gone on to enormous worldwide success with the Rush Hour movies,  Shanghai NoonShanghai KnightsAround the World in 80 DaysThe Karate Kid and the Kung Fu Panda series of animated films.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Jackie Chan posted the following message on his Facebook thanking fans and the Academy: