100 of the greatest actors and actresses in Chinese movie 100 yearsby sunying1991 | created - 24 Dec 2014 | updated - 19 Nov 2016 | Public
1. Li Gong
Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...
2. 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 ...
3. Ziyi Zhang
Actress | Shi mian mai fu
Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).
For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...
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...
5. 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 ...
6. 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 ...
7. 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,...
8. Wen Jiang
Actor | Rogue One
Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and Hidden Man (2018). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to Sandrine ...
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...
10. Joan Chen
Actress | Judge Dredd
Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...
11. Lisa Lu
Actress | 2012
Lisa Lu is a Chinese-American actress, born in Beijing. She started her career as a teenager, performing in Kunqu theatrical productions, a traditional style of Chinese opera.
The Chinese Civil War (1927-1949) ended with a Communist victory. While the new regime financially subsidized China's ...
12. 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 ...
13. 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...
14. 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...
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.
17. Brigitte Lin
Actress | Ging chaat goo si
Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Police Story (1985), Chungking Express (1994) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.
20. Anita Mui
Actress | Yim ji kau
With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...
26. Sihung Lung
Actor | Wo hu cang long
Sihung Lung was born on January 1, 1930 in Suqian, China as Hsiung Lang. He was an actor, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) and The Wedding Banquet (1993). He was married to Pao Chia. He died on May 2, 2002 in Taipei, Taiwan.
38. Yang Bai
Actress | Shi zi jie tou
Yang Bai was born on April 22, 1920 in Beijing, China as Yang Chengfang. She was an actress, known for Crossroads (1937), Tears of the Yang-Tse (1947) and Dongmei (1960). She was married to Junchao Jiang and Junxiang Zhang. She died on September 18, 1996 in Shanghai, China.
49. Xuan Zhou
Actress | Malu tianshi
Legendary Chinese actress and singer Zhou Xuan was born on 1 August (year of birth uncertain as either 1918 or 1920) in Jiangsu province, China and originally named Su Pu.
At 3, she was sold by her uncle (by deceit) to the Wang family and thereafter her name changed to Wang Xiaohong. Later she was ...
61. Li-li Li
Actress | Dalu
Born in Beijing in 1915, Li had a miserable childhood - she was a child maid, an adopted daughter, learned Beijing Opera, was admitted to an orphanage. She moved to Shanghai in 1927 and joined a troupe to learn singing and dancing. She became a movie actress in 1931 and appeared in six films by ...
74. Moran Li
Actor | Hua yuan jie wu hao
Moran Li was born on December 21, 1927 in Shangzhi, Heilongjiang, China as Shaocheng Li. He was an actor, known for Hua yuan jie wu hao (1984), Xiong ji (1977) and Jian cha guan (1981). He was married to Chao Long. He died on November 8, 2012 in Beijing, China.
76. Chun-Hsiung Ko
Actor | Huang Bu jun hun
Chun-Hsiung Ko was born on January 15, 1945 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He was an actor and director, known for Huang Bu jun hun (1978), Ai you ming tian (1977) and Wu hu si hai (1992). He was married to Ching-Hua Tsai and Mei-Yao Chang. He died on December 6, 2015 in Tri-Service General Hospital, Neihu,...
81. Meng Xia
Actress | Ri chu
Xia Meng (a.k.a Hsia Moon or Miranda Yang), born Yang Meng in 1933 in Shanghai, China, is a prominent Hong Kong actress and film producer. She was a key figure of Hong Kong's left-wing Mandarin movie scene.
In 1947, Miranda Yang Meng moved with her family to Hong Kong, where she attended Maryknoll ...
97. Baoguo Chen
Actor | Beiping wu zhan shi
Baoguo Chen first made a name for drama series Three Dimensional People (1982), adapted from the best-selling novel. After airing the series was the one of the most popular television show of the year. In 1991, for his performance in Peking Duck Restaurant, Chen nominated Golden Rooster Award for ...
100. Meijuan Xi
Actress | Jiang Zhu Ying
Meijuan Xi graduated from Shanghai Drama Academy acting institute. She was the member of CPPCC and NPC.
As a renown theater actress, Xi won Plum Performance Award and Golden Lion Award for China Dream (1988), which are two most prestige stage awards in China.
For Fake Daughter (1990), Xi crowned ...