Although Jackie Chan has performed uncountable death-defying stunts, I believe his narrowest (or at least most notable) escape occurred on September 11, 2001. At 7:00 am on this infamous date Jackie was scheduled to film scenes for the MGM action-comedy Nosebleed on top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. One can only imagine what sort of feat Jackie might have been attempting at 8:45 when United Airlines flight 175 crashed into that same tower. So what would Jackie Chan do?
"As I had to be at the top of one of the towers I would probably have died."
-- Jackie Chan, Oriental Daily News
Jackie Chan's life is usually saved through careful planning, kung fu skills and (when all else fails) on-set medical personnel. In this case it was a late scriptwriter who unwittingly caused the shoot to be cancelled at the last minute.