Chow Yun-Fat Biography
Chow Yun-Fat is a Hong Kong actor known in Asia for his collaborations with filmmaker John Woo in the action heroic bloodshed-genre films A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and Hard-Boiled, and in the West for his roles as Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. He mainly plays in dramatic films and has won three Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor and two Golden Horse Awards for Best Actor in Taiwan.
Chow Yun-Fat Age
Chow Yun-fat was born on 18 May 1955 previously known as Donald Chow. He is 64 years old as of 2019.
Chow Yun-Fat Height
He stands at a height of 1.83 meters tall.
Chow Yun-Fat Family
Chow was born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong, to his mother Chan Lai-Fong (陳麗芳) who was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer, and his father Chow Yung-Wan (周容允), who worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. He woke up at dawn each morning to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding on the streets; in the afternoons, he went to work in the fields. His family moved to Kowloon when he was ten. At 17, he left school to help support the family by doing odd jobs including bellboy, postman, camera salesman, and a taxi driver.
Chow Yun-Fat Wife
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 gave birth to a stillborn daughter in 1991. Chow has a goddaughter, Celine Ng, a former child model for Chickeeduck, McDonald’s, Toys’R’Us and other companies.
Yun-Fat Net Worth
The 64-year-old Hong Kong actor, who has starred in numerous Hollywood films as well, allegedly leads the life of an everyday man, regularly having street food and using a phone that her wife gave to him. His reported net worth is HK$5.6 billion (US$714 million). As of 2018, Chow’s net worth stands at HKD$5.6 billion. Chow also said he would donate 99% of his wealth to charity via setting up a foundation to help the needy.
At 17, he left school to help support the family by doing odd jobs including bellboy, postman, camera salesman, and the taxi driver. His life started to change after college when he responded to a newspaper advertisement, and his actor-trainee application was accepted by TVB, the local television station. He signed a three-year contract with the studio and made his acting debut. Chow became a heartthrob and familiar face in soap operas that were exported internationally. Chow appeared in the 1980 TV series The Bund on TVB.
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.
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.
In the poorly received film Dragonball Evolution, Chow Yun-fat played Master Roshi. In 2014, Chow returned to Hong Kong cinema in From Vegas to Macau. For the part, he lost 13 kg within 10 months.
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.
Yun-Fat Movies | Chow Yun-Fat Films
The Battle Among the Clans
Let The Bullets Fly 2010
The Children Of Huang Shi 2008
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End 2007
Curse Of The Golden Flower 2006
Bulletproof Monk 2003
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000
The Corruptor 1999
Anna And The King 1999
The Replacement Killers 1998
Return Of The God Of Gamblers 1994
Cinema Of Vengeance 1993
Full Contact 1992
The Killer 1989
A Better Tomorrow III 1989
A Better Tomorrow II 1987
City On Fire 1987
The Lunatics 1986
A Better Tomorrow 1986
Hong Kong 1941
Yip Kim Fay 1984
Killers Two 1981
Chow Yun-Fat Best Movies
Anna and the King En Espanol
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Replacement Killers
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Children of Huang Shi
Chow donated 99% of his wealth to charity via setting up a foundation to help the needy.
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,
Chow Yun-Fat Pirates Of The Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a video game based on the Pirates of the Caribbean films where he featured in.
Chow Yun-Fat Awards and nominations
Best Actor Nomination for Hong Kong 1941
Best Actor Nomination for Women
Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Love Unto Waste
Best Actor for A Better Tomorrow
Best Actor Nomination for Prison on Fire
Best Actor Nomination for An Autumn’s Tale
Best Actor for City on Fire
Best Original Film Song Nomination for The Diary of a Big Man
Best Original Film Song Nomination for Triads: The Inside Story
Best Actor Nomination for God of Gamblers
Best Actor for All About Ah-Long
Best Actor Nomination for Once a Thief
Best Actor Nomination for Treasure Hunt
Best Actor Nomination for Peace Hotel
Best Actor Nomination for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Actor Nomination for Curse of the Golden Flower
Best Supporting Actor Nomination for The Postmodern Life of My Aunt
Best Actor Nomination for Project Gutenberg