But it was an accidental stick to the face in 1973 that Chan considers his best story ever.
The accident occurred on the set of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. Chan, who was 18 or 19 at the time, was a prison thug extra in the film. When the moment came for Chan to attack Lee, he got more than he bargained for.
"I run out and boom-pow suddenly my eyes are all black," Chan said. "I do nothing. I just felt a little dizzy. I look at Bruce Lee and he doesn't do anything. He looks at everybody, keeps acting, and turns around until the director says cut. Then he threw the stick down. Run to me and lift me up [saying] 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry.'"
Chan recounted the story on George Stroumboulopoulos YouTube channel TheHour. It has been viewed more than 73,000 times.