Paris Awards Jackie Chan With Medal

The mayor of Paris has awarded Jackie Chan (search) an honorary medal from the city, praising the Hong Kong action star for his film career — and his smile.

"It would have been an immense pleasure just to shake your hand," Mayor Bertrand Delanoe (search) told Chan on Tuesday.

Delanoe called the 51-year-old director, actor and stuntman a "master of humor, of the burlesque and of self-deprecation."

"This mayor knows everything about me!" Chan joked.

The "Rush Hour (search)" star was in Paris for a film festival that will honor his work.