Jackie Chan will receive an honorary Academy Award for his “extraordinary achievements” in film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts”.
All of them will be honored at the Academy’s Governors Awards on November 12.
Jackie Chan, 62, has starred in dozens of martial arts movies in his native Hong Kong, including Police Story, Armor of God and their various sequels.
The actor went on to have huge international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, animated movie Kung Fu Panda and the Rush Hour franchise.
In addition to starring and performing his own stunts, Jackie Chan has written, directed, produced and choreographed many of his movies.
According to the Academy, Jackie Chan has spent four decades “charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma”.
Jackie Chan posted a message on Facebook thanking his family, his fans and the Academy: “I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still <<young>>.
“I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.
“To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case.
“That’s why I’d like to share this honor with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!”
Jackie Chan, who has never been nominated for a competitive Academy Award, added that he had set himself a goal that the honorary statuette “won’t be my last one”.
He said: “I don’t think the Oscars have a rule where you can’t win another golden statue after receiving an honorary award, right?”
Born in Reigate in Surrey in 1925, Anne V. Coates has spent more than 60 years as a film editor and won an Oscar for her work on 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia.
Now 90, she recently worked on Fifty Shades of Grey, the successful film version of EL James’s international best-seller.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1927, Lynn Stalmaster has had a hand in casting more than 200 feature films, including The Graduate and Deliverance.
Frederick Wiseman, meanwhile, has made almost a movie a year since 1967, among them his three-hour 2014 epic about the National Gallery in London.
The honorary Oscars are intended to celebrate “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’s son, Jaycee Chan, has been released from jail in China.
He was jailed for six months for drug offence.
Jaycee Chan was detained in August 2014 after a police raid on his home. He had tested positive for marijuana and was caught with 100g of the drug.
His arrest was part of a wider crackdown on drug use in China.
A Beijing court sentenced Jaycee Chan in January, taking into account his time already spent in jail.
His management company, MStones, said in a statement that Jaycee Chan was released in the early hours of February 13.
It added that Jackie Chan’s son was due to hold a press conference on February 14 “to deliver a public apology and explanation”.
Jaycee Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, was arrested with Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, who was detained for two weeks for drug use.
He faced a more serious charge of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”. He later pleaded guilty.
Jackie Chan is currently on a tour of Asia promoting his new film Dragon Blade.
He reportedly expressed relief about his son’s release and said at a press conference in Singapore earlier this week that he was looking forward to finishing an album with his son “as soon as possible when he gets out”.
Jackie Chan was named an anti-drug ambassador in China in 2009.
He publicly apologized for his son’s actions in December, saying on his microblog account that he was “very angry” and “ashamed”.
The drug crackdown began in June 2014 when President Xi Jinping ordered police to use strong measures to stop drug abuse.
At least 10 locally-known stars, most of them minor celebrities, have been arrested so far, including movie and television stars, film directors and a screenwriter.
China has since banned the transmission of any works by stars who have used drugs or prostitutes. The ban applies to television, online media, film and publishing.
Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, has been charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors in Beijing say.
Jaycee Chan, 32, is accused of sheltering others to use drugs. In August police said more than 100 grams of marijuana were found at his home.
Correspondents say that if convicted, Jaycee Chan could face up to three years in jail.
In June, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “forceful measures” to tackle illegal drug use.
Several film and television stars, including directors and a prominent screenwriter have been arrested.
In August Jackie Chan apologized over his son’s arrest, saying he felt “ashamed” and “sad”.
Jackie Chan was named an official “Narcotics Control Ambassador” by Chinese police in 2009.
Jaycee Chan and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were both detained at his Beijing home in August, with police saying they tested positive for marijuana.
Kai Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use.
Jaycee Chan was put under “criminal detention” for the additional and more serious suspected crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”, Beijing police said at the time.
Jaycee Chan’s management firm M’Stones International apologized on his behalf at the time for the “social impact” caused and said they would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path”.