Best Hong Kong Actors

by angelchang | created - 07 Sep 2011 | updated - 07 Sep 2011 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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...

4. 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 ...

5. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

6. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

7. 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 ...

8. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Mou gaan dou

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 Jue...

9. 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,...

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. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

12. Eric Tsang

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Eric Tsang was born on April 14, 1953 in Hong Kong as Chi-Wai Tsang. He is an actor and producer, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), Hold You Tight (1998) and The Eye (2002). He was previously married to Mei-Hua Wang.

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. Andrew Johnston

Actor | Sei hoi yut gar

Andrew Johnston was born on January 4, 1988 in Hong Kong. He is an actor and producer, known for Sei hoi yut gar (1994), Not Suitable for Children (2012) and Dodo Can't Fly (2005).

16. Edison Chen

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Edison Chen was born on October 7, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Chen Xing Hua. He is an actor, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), The Grudge 2 (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008).

17. 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 ...

18. Ricky Hui

Actor | Geung see sin sang

Ricky Hui was born in Panyu, Guangdong, China on August 3, 1946. Ricky and his family moved to Hong Kong in 1950. His father played the violin and his mother loved Cantonese opera, therefore, Ricky and his siblings loved music and acting. Ultimately, Ricky and his brothers, Michael Hui and Samuel ...

19. Samuel Hui

Actor | Xiao ao jiang hu

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.

20. 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 ...

21. Alex Fong

Actor | Mooi tin oi lei 8 siu see

Alex Fong was born on March 17, 1963 in Portuguese Macau as Lik Fu. He is known for his work on Your Place or Mine (1998), Red Rain (1999) and One Nite in Mongkok (2004). He has been married to Ho-Yan Mok since June 7, 2008. They have one child.

22. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

23. Josephine Siao

Actress | Fong Sai Yuk

One of the best-loved and respected members of the Hong Kong film community, for her long acting career, her stable family life and her devotion to charities, Siao successfully managed successive transitions from child star (she made her film debut at age 7) to leading lady, and then to ...

24. 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 ...

25. Isabella Leong

Actress | The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Isabella Leong was born on June 23, 1988 in Portuguese Macau as Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva. She is an actress, known for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Isabella (2006) and A Chinese Tall Story (2005).



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