Jackie Chan said he had achieved "a dream" as he was awarded an honorary Oscar at a ceremony last night.
The 62-year-old Hong Kong actor and martial artist was honoured at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles, where his Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and Tom Hanks paid tribute to him.
British film editor Anne V Coates, documentary maker Frederick Wiseman and casting director Lynn Stalmaster were also recognised at the ceremony.
"It's a dream," Chan said on stage. "After 56 years in the film industry, over 200 films, I broke so many bones, finally this is mine.
"Thank you Hollywood. For all those years you taught me so many things and also you made me a little bit famous.
"Friends, fans around the world, because of you I have a reason to continue making movies, jumping out windows, kicking and punching and breaking my bones."
At the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, Chan revealed he first held an Oscar when he visited Sylvester Stallone's house 23 years ago.
"I touched it, kissed it, smelt it," he said. "I believe my fingerprints are still on it. Then I told myself; 'I really want one'."
He also thanked Hong Kong, which he described as his "hood", and said he was "proud to be Chinese".
Paying tribute to Chan, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks said: "It's especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Jackie's enormous creativity, his enormous gift for physical performance and incredible dedication to his work with this Governors Award.
"Great acting comes in many different forms but when you're an actor you always know it when you see it."
Chris Tucker, who starred in three Rush Hour movies with Chan, said: "Working with a living legend was amazing. Every day I couldn't wait to get on the set to see Jackie Chan.
"Jackie, it was an honour working with you and I can't wait to work with you again."
Chan starred in more than 30 martial arts films in his native Hong Kong before achieving worldwide fame in Rumble in the Bronx in 1996.
He went on to star in a string of Hollywood films including the Rush Hour trilogy, Shanghai Noon and its sequel Shanghai Knights starring Owen Wilson, Around the World in 80 Days, 2010's The Karate Kid and Kung Fu Panda.
Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Kidman, Warren Beatty and Richard Gere were among the star-studded audience at the ceremony.