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Roy Chiao Hung

Other names : 乔宏
Roy Chiao
Roy Chiao Hsiung
Birthdate : 16/4/1927
Date of death : 16/4/1999
Nationality : China
Workplace : Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA
Activities : Actor (87)


After graduating from the university in the late forties, he joined the United States Army and worked as an interpreter with the rank of a lieutenant (later captain). In 1950, he moved to Hong Kong before he was sent to the Korean battlefield to serve as a translator in the American headquarters. He did his best to assist in negotiating peace between the USA and China but for doing this he was verbally attacked by the advocates of Senator McCarthy. He then resigned from the army and retired to private life. He was a good friend of Pai Kuang ,the biggest star of pre-1949 Shanghai cinema, and she introduced him to the film industry in HK.

His film debut was The Fresh Peony (1956) and he was soon recognized as one of the top leading men of the Mandarin cinema in HK (which was more powerful than Cantonese cinema at the time). His strong masculine portrayals soon earned him the film nickname of the “Lion” of Mandarin film. His stardom continued into the 70s with roles in classics such as King Hu’s ATouch Of Zen (1970), The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) and The Valiant Ones (1975).

He was also in one of the more important film precursors to the New Wave with The Arch in 1970. His dignified and noble bearing gave his characters in these films great weight and authority. Since the late 70s, he also was in many commercially successful films collaborating with John Woo, Johnny Mak, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. From an acting perspective perhaps, the pinnacle of his career may have been in the 90s. Both Cageman (1992) and Summer Snow (1995), in which he was the leading actor, were awarded the Best Picture of the HK Film Awards and he won a best actor for playing the lonely old man in the latter film.

Though not born to Christianity, Roy became a devout one during his life. The reason for this conversion was quite peculiar. In Korea, he survived a car crash and he later came through a jet crash without being injured when he was flying a mini-plane. He also suffered from three heart attacks but he remained strong and healthy. He said 'There must be a God who takes care of me!' and he became a very devoted Christian. During the last days of his life, he established a Christian fellowship among actors, the Artists Home, which helped to deal with different problems faced by the actors in HK. When he finally died on the 16th of April 1999, many people in HK wept for him. It seems that he was one of the favorite Asian supporting actors of the Western filmmakers in the 50s to 80s.

He appeared first in Ferry to Hong Kong (1959), which starred Orson Welles, then in Five Golden Fingers (1967), with Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski also in it, Golden Needles in 1974. Then, in 1984, he even participated in the production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and in 1988 co-starred with Jean Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport! (JC)

 [ 1990 - 1980 - 1970 - 1960 - 1950 - 1940 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Sometimes, Miracles Do Happen 1999 Actor
 All's Well, End's Well 97 1997 Actor
 Age Of Miracles, The 1996 Actor
 Blind Romance 1996 Actor
 Only Fools Fall In Love 1995 Actor
 Summer Snow 1995 Actor
 Treasure Hunt 1994 Actor
 Angel Of The Road 1993 Actor
 Cageman 1992 Actor
 Kid From Tibet, A 1992 Actor
 Bamboo In Winter 1991 Actor
 King Of Gambler 1990 Actor
 Shadow Of China 1990 Actor
 Blonde Fury 1989 Actor
 Burning Ambition 1989 Actor
 Bloodsport 1988 Actor
 Dragons Forever 1988 Actor
 Life Is A Moment 1987 Actor
 Family Strikes Back, The 1986 Actor
 Inspector Chocolate 1986 Actor
 Righting Wrongs 1986 Actor
 Protector, The 1985 Actor
 Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom 1984 Actor
 Musical Singer 1984 Actor
 I Do ! 1983 Actor
 Lost Generation 1983 Actor
 Happy Sixteen 1982 Actor
 Once Upon A Mirage 1982 Actor
 Krazy Kops 1981 Actor
 Mad Mad Mad Sailors, The 1981 Actor
 Second Class Resident 1981 Actor
 Tower Of Death 1981 Actor
 Killer In White, The 1980 Actor
 Itchy Fingers 1979 Actor
 Murder Most Foul 1979 Actor
 Enter The Fat Dragon 1978 Actor
 Follow The Star 1978 Actor
 Game Of Death, The 1978 Actor
 Old Soldiers Never Die 1978 Actor
 Foxbat 1977 Actor
 ICAC Investigation 1977 Actor
 Good, The Bad And The Loser, The 1976 Actor
 Ming Patriots, The 1976 Actor
 Golden Needles 1975 Actor
 Last Message, The 1975 Actor
 Valiant Ones 1975 Actor
 Games Gamblers Play 1974 Actor
 Shatter 1974 Actor
 Black Dragon, The 1973 Actor
 Fate Of Lee Khan, The 1973 Actor
 Cheating In Panorama 1972 Actor
 Touch Of Zen, A 1971 Actor
 Arch, The 1970 Actor
 Dial For Murder 1970 Actor
 Escorts Over Tiger Hill 1969 Actor
 Invisible Sabre, The 1968 Actor
 Travel With A Sword 1968 Actor
 Blue Bees, The 1967 Actor
 White Swan, The 1967 Actor
 Dark Heroine Mu Lanhua, The 1966 Actor
 Debt Of Blood, A 1966 Actor
 Double Exposure 1966 Actor
 Three Smart Girls 1965 Actor
 Imperial Lady, The 1964 Actor
 Romance Of The Forbidden City 1964 Actor
 Story Of Three Loves (Part 1), The 1964 Actor
 Story Of Three Loves (Part 2), The 1964 Actor
 Because Of Her 1963 Actor
 It's Always Spring 1962 Actor
 Ladies First 1962 Actor
 Lily of the Valley 1962 Actor
 Girl with the Golden Arm, The 1961 Actor
 You Were Meant for Me 1961 Actor
 Between Tears and Laughter 1960 Actor
 Death Traps 1960 Actor
 Devotion 1960 Actor
 Happily Ever After 1960 Actor
 June Bride, The 1960 Actor
 Miss Secretary 1960 Actor
 Sister Long Legs 1960 Actor
 Swindler's Delight 1960 Actor
 Air Hostess 1959 Actor
 Ferry To Hong Kong 1959 Actor
 Spring Song 1959 Actor
 Tragedy of Love 1959 Actor
 Fresh Peony, The 1956 Actor
 Happenings In Ali Shan 1949 Actor

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 Roy Chiao Hung pictures :  (Hide)
Treasure Hunt
Blonde Fury
Burning Ambition
Dragons Forever
Righting Wrongs
The Protector
Tower Of Death
Follow The Star
The Game Of Death
The Fate Of Lee Khan
A Touch Of Zen
Death Traps
Air Hostess
 Other Roy Chiao Hung pictures :  (Hide)
All's Well, End's Well 97 (1)
Treasure Hunt (2)
Bloodsport (2)
Righting Wrongs (1)
The Protector (1)
Tower Of Death (1)
Enter The Fat Dragon (1)
Follow The Star (2)
Valiant Ones (2)
Enter The Dragon (1)
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