Chow Yun-Fat

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Chow Yun-fat

周潤發
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Chow Yun-fat in 2007
Born (1955-05-18) 18 May 1955 (age 65)
Other namesDonald Chow
Alma materCity University of Hong Kong
OccupationActor
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)
Candice Yu
(m. 1983; div. 1983)

Jasmine Tan (m. 1986)
Parents
  • Chow Yung-Wan (father)
  • Chan Lai-fong (mother)
Awards
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Actor
1987 A Better Tomorrow
1988 City on Fire
1990 All About Ah-Long

Golden Horse AwardsBest Actor
1985 Hong Kong 1941
1987 An Autumn's Tale

TVB Anniversary AwardsMy Most Memorable Male Leading Role
1999 The Bund

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese周潤發
Simplified Chinese周润发

Chow Yun-Fat SBS (born May 18, 1955), formerly called Donald Chow,[1] is a Hong Kong actor and singer. He often worked with John Woo in the action movies A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and Hard Boiled. He also acted in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and has acted in many drama movies.[2]

Career[change | change source]

His parents were farmers and poor. He grew up on an island without electricity.[3][4][5][6] While in college, Chow began training to become an actor with TVB. He first appeared on the 1980 TV series The Bund. Chow appeared in many TV series, but he wanted to act in movies. He acted in a few movies, but they were very bad.[7] He finally became sucessful when he teamed with John Woo in A Better Tomorrow.


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  2. "Chow's 'Pirates' scenes cut in China". Abc.net.au. 2007-06-17.
  3. "Chow Yun-Fat". Biography.com. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, The (14 May 2018). "Chow Yun-fat". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 15 May 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. "Yun-Fat Chow Biography (1955-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23.[dead link]
  6. "A man of melodrama: Action films made Chow Slightly-Fat famous, but 'The Corruptor' star says he's an actor". The Kansas City Star: p. D4. 1999-03-15. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=KC&p_theme=kc&p_action=search&p_text_direct-0=0EAF46E2D345CD11&p_field_direct-0=document_id. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. Hughes, Justyn (2012-10-20). "Chow Yun Fat: Profile". Asianmoviespulse.com. Retrieved 2019-09-01.