Gregor's Top 30 Actors from China/HK

by Movie-Mate | created - 01 Oct 2016 | updated - 12 May 2018 | Public

1. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

2. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or The...

3. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

4. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

5. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

6. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

7. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

8. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

9. Simon Yam

Actor | Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Simon Yam was born 19 March, 1955, also known as Yam Tat-wah, is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television ...

10. Leslie Cheung

Actor | Ah fei zing zyun

Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...

11. Biao Yuen

Actor | Bai ga jai

Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as ...

12. Jing Wu

Actor | Zhan lang

Born in Beijing China in 1974, he was sent to train at Beijing Wushu Academy when he was 6 years old as both his Father and Grandfather were also Martial artists. In 1995 he was spotted by Yuen Woo-Ping who had come to the academy to look for a martial artist for the film Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi ...

13. Jacky Cheung

Actor | Dip huet gai tau

Jacky Cheung was born on July 10, 1961 in Hong Kong as Jacky Cheung Hok Yau. He is an actor, known for Bullet in the Head (1990), Once Upon a Time in China (1991) and As Tears Go By (1988). He has been married to May Mei-Mei Lo since February 15, 1996. They have two children.

14. Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang was born to a British father and a Chinese mother. He never knew his father, since the man left his family when Wong was four years old. He trained acting at ATV and later enrolled into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

After working in several TV Series, he shot to ...

15. Wah Yuen

Actor | Kung fu

Wah Yuen was born on September 2, 1950 in Hong Kong, China as Kai Chi Yung. He is known for his work on Kung Fu Hustle (2004), The Iceman Cometh (1989) and The Way of the Dragon (1972).

16. Dick Wei

Actor | The Deadly Warrant

Dick Wei was born in 1953 in Pingdong, Taiwan as Dik Wai. He is known for his work on The Deadly Warrant (1994), Sha ru di yu (1991) and The Millionaires' Express (1986).

17. Billy Chow

Actor | Shu dan long wei

Billy Chow was born on August 24, 1958 in Canada. He is an actor, known for High Risk (1995), Future Cops (1993) and Robotrix (1991).

18. Jung-Lee Hwang

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

Hwang Jang-Lee is the ultimate bootmaster. Known for his powerful and deadly kicks on screen as well as off, Hwang has a reputation as the Lord of the Superkickers. Born in Japan, Hwang's family moved back to their native Korea, where at the age of 14, Hwang began taking the national martial art of...

19. Carter Wong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Carter Wong was born on March 22, 1947 as Chia-Ta Huang. He is known for his work on Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Rambo III (1988) and Kung Fu Arts (1978).

20. Ka-Yan Leung

Actor | The Man with the Iron Fists

Ka-Yan Leung was born on January 20, 1949 in Guangdong, China. He is an actor and director, known for The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Profile in Anger (1984) and Zou lao wei long (1993).

21. John Liu

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

John Liu was born on May 20, 1944 in Taiwan. He is an actor and producer, known for The Invincible Armour (1977), Made in China (1982) and Zen Kwan Do Strikes Paris (1981).

22. Ching-Ying Lam

Actor | Bai ga jai

Ching-Ying Lam was born on December 27, 1952 in Shanghai, China, the third of six children. He attended Shun Yi Association Elementary School in Hong Kong for 2 years. He later attended the Chun Chau Drama Society to learn Peking Opera, where he portrayed female roles and did stunt-doubling for ...

23. Tak-Hing Kwan

Actor | Huang Fei Hong hu zhao hui qan ying

When he was 13 years old, he joined an entertainment troupe on tour of Singapore. During these years he began to study performing. In 1932 he debuted in the film "Gor Nui Ching Chiu" ("Sentimental Song of Companions' Tide") playing a bit part, shot in San Francisco (USA). Soon he came back to Hong ...

24. Fengyi Zhang

Actor | Chi bi

Fengyi Zhang was born on September 1, 1956 in Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. He is an actor, known for Red Cliff (2008), Temptation of a Monk (1993) and He ping nian dai (1996).

25. Wenzhuo Zhao

Actor | Su Qi-er

Wenzhuo Zhao was born on April 10, 1972 in Ning'an, Heilongjiang, China. He is an actor, known for True Legend (2010), Hero Zheng Chengong (2002) and Once Upon a Time in China V (1994).

26. Nicholas Tse

Actor | Shi yue wei cheng

Nicholas was born in Hong Kong, China. He attended school in Vancouver, Canada. He also attended school for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Hong Kong with his parents Patrick Yin Tse and Deborah Dik, and his sister, Jennifer (Ting Ting). Nicholas started his singing career ...

27. Daniel Wu

Actor | Warcraft

Daniel Wu was born on September 30, 1974 in Berkeley, California, USA as Daniel N. Wu. He is an actor and producer, known for Warcraft (2016), Europa Report (2013) and The Man with the Iron Fists (2012). He has been married to Lisa S. since April 6, 2010. They have one child.

28. Tony Ka Fai Leung

Actor | Hak se wui

Tony Leung Ka-fai is a four-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning film actor. As he is often confused with actor Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", while Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is known as "Little Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures.

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29. Leon Lai

Actor | Do lok tin si

Leon Lai won the 2002 Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in the highly acclaimed horror film, Three, where he portrayed an obsessive husband trying to revive his dead wife with Chinese medicine. In 2003, he appeared in the final installment of the high profile ...

30. Louis Koo

Actor | Moon to

Louis Koo was born on October 21, 1970 in Hong Kong as Louis Tin Lok Koo. He is an actor and producer, known for Protégé (2007), Paradox (2017) and The White Storm (2013).

31. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Robin Shou is the fourth child of a Shanghai tailor and homemaker. His family moved to the US in 1971. Their first home in Los Angeles was a 2 bedroom apartment near Olympic and Vermont, today known as Koreatown.

Shou didn't start attending martial arts classes until he was 19. He took Kenpo (Karate...

32. Shawn Yue

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Branded as the next "Nicholas Tse", Shawn Yue was born and raised in Hong Kong. Spotted at an early age on the streets of Hong Kong by agents of the famous Hong Kong modelling agency "Starz People". He has modelled for Giordano, Sony, Timberland, Gillette, Meko, and is currently a spokesmodel for ...

33. Aaron Kwok

Actor | Fu zi

Aaron Kwok Fu-shing (born 26 October 1965) is a Hong Kong singer, dancer, and actor. He has been active since the 1980s and to the present. He is considered one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Hong Kong. Kwok's onstage dancing and displays is influenced by Michael Jackson. While most of his songs ...

34. Danny Lee

Actor | Dip huet seung hung

Danny Lee Sau-Yin, was born in 1952 in Shanghai. Lee did not do so well in school and sometimes dropped out to help support his family by working. While growing up, he held policemen in high regard and so, upon graduating high school, he tried entering the police academy, but could not complete the...

35. Ekin Cheng

Actor | Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha

Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Earlier in his career he was known as Noodle Cheng, though he has now reverted to a more conventional-sounding first name. Sometimes he uses Dior (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him) as a first...

36. Samuel Hui

Actor | Siu ngo gong woo

Samuel Hui was born on September 6, 1948 in Canton, China. He is known for his work on The Swordsman (1990), Mad Mission (1982) and The Legend of Wisely (1987). He has been married to Rebecca Fleming since December 30, 1971. They have two children.

37. Karl Maka

Actor | Jui gaai paak dong

Karl Maka was born in 1944 in Taishan, Guangdong Province, China. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Mission (1982), Heng cai san qian wan (1987) and Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice (1986).



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