|Who is it?||Actor, Writer, Soundtrack|
|Birth Day||May 18, 1955|
|Birth Place||Lamma Island, Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Age||65 YEARS OLD|
|Chinese name||周潤發 (traditional)|
|Pinyin||Zhōu Rùnfā (Mandarin)|
|Spouse(s)||Candice Yu (1983–1983) Jasmine Tan (m. 1986)|
|Awards Hong Kong Film AwardsGolden Horse AwardsTVB Anniversary Awards||Awards Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor 1987 A Better Tomorrow 1988 City on Fire 1990 All About Ah-Long Golden Horse Awards Best Actor 1985 Hong Kong 1941 1987 An Autumn's Tale TVB Anniversary Awards My Most Memorable Male Leading Role 1999 The Bund Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor 1987 A Better Tomorrow 1988 City on Fire 1990 All About Ah-Long Golden Horse Awards Best Actor 1985 Hong Kong 1941 1987 An Autumn's Tale TVB Anniversary Awards My Most Memorable Male Leading Role 1999 The Bund Best Actor 1987 A Better Tomorrow 1988 City on Fire 1990 All About Ah-LongBest Actor 1985 Hong Kong 1941 1987 An Autumn's TaleMy Most Memorable Male Leading Role 1999 The Bund|
|Hong Kong Film AwardsGolden Horse AwardsTVB Anniversary Awards||Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor 1987 A Better Tomorrow 1988 City on Fire 1990 All About Ah-Long Golden Horse Awards Best Actor 1985 Hong Kong 1941 1987 An Autumn's Tale TVB Anniversary Awards My Most Memorable Male Leading Role 1999 The Bund Best Actor 1987 A Better Tomorrow 1988 City on Fire 1990 All About Ah-LongBest Actor 1985 Hong Kong 1941 1987 An Autumn's TaleMy Most Memorable Male Leading Role 1999 The Bund|
|TranscriptionsStandard MandarinHanyu PinyinYue: CantoneseYale RomanizationIPAJyutping||Transcriptions Standard Mandarin Hanyu Pinyin Zhōu Rùnfā Yue: Cantonese Yale Romanization JāuYeuhnfaat IPA [tsɐ́u jɵ̀nfāːt] Jyutping Zau1Jeon6faat3 Zhōu RùnfāJāuYeuhnfaat[tsɐ́u jɵ̀nfāːt]Zau1Jeon6faat3|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Zhōu Rùnfā|
Hong Kong Film Awards
(13 Best Actor nominations, 2 Best Supporting Actor nominations, 2 Best Original Film Song nominations)
When Chow appeared in the 1980 TV series The Bund on TVB, it did not take long for him to become a household name in Hong Kong. The series, about the rise and fall of a gangster in 1930s Shanghai, was a hit throughout Asia and made Chow a star.
Chow has been married twice; first was in 1983 to Candice Yu, an Actress from Asia Television; the marriage lasted nine months. In 1986, Chow married Singaporean Jasmine Tan. The couple have no children, though Chow has a goddaughter, Celine Ng, a former child model for Chickeeduck, McDonald's, Toys'R'Us and other companies.
Although Chow continued his TV success, his goal was to become a big-screen actor. However, his occasional ventures into low-budget films were disastrous. Success finally came when he teamed up with Director John Woo in the 1986 gangster action-melodrama A Better Tomorrow, which swept the box offices in Asia and established Chow and Woo as megastars. A Better Tomorrow won him his first Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It was the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong history at the time, and set a new standard for Hong Kong gangster films. Taking the opportunity, Chow quit TV entirely. With his new image from A Better Tomorrow, he made many more 'gun fu' or 'heroic bloodshed' films, such as A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987), Prison on Fire, Prison on Fire II, The Killer (1989), A Better Tomorrow 3 (1990), Hard Boiled (1992) and City on Fire, an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
Chow may be best known for playing honorable tough guys, whether cops or Criminals, but he has also starred in comedies like Diary of a Big Man (1988) and Now You See Love, Now You Don't (1992) and romantic blockbusters such as Love in a Fallen City (1984) and An Autumn's Tale (1987), for which he was named best actor at the Golden Horse Awards. He brought together his disparate personae in the 1989 film God of Gamblers (Du Shen), directed by the prolific Wong Jing, in which he was by turns suave charmer, a broad Comedian and an action hero. The film surprised many, became immensely popular, broke Hong Kong's all-time box office record, and spawned a series of gambling films as well as several comic sequels starring Andy Lau and Stephen Chow. The often tough demeanor and youthful appearance of Chow Yun-Fat's characters has earned him the nickname "Babyface Killer".
The Los Angeles Times proclaimed Chow Yun-Fat "the coolest actor in the world". In the mid '90s, Chow moved to Hollywood in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to duplicate his success in Asia. His first two films, The Replacement Killers (1998) and The Corruptor (1999), were box office disappointments. In his next film Anna and the King (1999), Chow teamed up with Jodie Foster, but the film suffered at the box office. Chow accepted the role of Li Mu-Bai in the (2000) film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It became a winner at both the international box office and the Oscars. In 2003, Chow came back to Hollywood and starred in Bulletproof Monk. In 2006, he teamed up with Gong Li in the film Curse of the Golden Flower, directed by Zhang Yimou.
In 2007, Chow played the pirate captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. However, his part was omitted when the movie was shown in mainland China, where government censors felt that Chow's character "vilified and humiliated" Chinese people.
On 26 June 2008, Chow released his first photo collection in Hong Kong, which includes pictures taken on the sets of his films. Proceeds from the book's sales were donated to Sichuan earthquake victims. Published by Louis Vuitton, the books were sold in Vuitton's Hong Kong and Paris stores.
In October 2014, Chow supported the Umbrella Movement, a civil rights movement for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. His political stance eventually resulted in censorship by the Chinese government.
In February 2015, Chow reprised his role as Ken in the sequel From Vegas to Macau II. He was paid 5 million USD (39 million HKD) for the film.
As of 2016, Chow's net worth stands at US$80 million. Chow also said he would donate 99% of his wealth to charity via setting up a foundation to help the needy.