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Tony Leung Chiu Wai

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Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Template:Zh-cp) (born June 27, 1962) is a Hong Kong movie and ex-television actor. He is not to be confused with another actor, Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

Born in Hong Kong, with ancestry in Taishan, Guangdong, China, Tony Leung was brought up under a single-parent family by his mother. In 1982, after passing the training courses of the television channel "TVB", Tony Leung became an actor and became known for his comedy roles in television and film. During his career he soon showed his versatility in about 60 films.

Many consider Tony Leung's breakthrough role to be in director John Woo's 1992 action film Hard Boiled acting alongside with Chow Yun-Fat. Leung however first gained international exposure through Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion.

Tony Leung often collaborates with director Wong Kar-Wai and has appeared in many of his films. His most notable roles in Wong Kar-Wai's films include his lonely policeman in Chungking Express (1994), his homosexual Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together (1997), and a repressed victim of adultery in In the Mood for Love (2000), for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes.

He is considered by many to be the finest actor in Hong Kong of his generation. Robert de Niro, who is an admirer of his work, has called Leung Asia's answer to Clark Gable. He is good friends with actor and comedian Stephen Chow. His well-known life partner since 1989 has been actress Carina Lau.

Leung also has an on-and-off Cantopop singing career.

Awards and nominations

  • Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award in 2000 (In the Mood for Love)
  • Golden Horse Film Festival
    • Best actor award in 2003 (Infernal Affairs)
    • Best actor award in 1994 (Chungking Express)
  • Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor awards. Nominated nine time, won five times:
    • 2005 Won Best Actor ("2046")
    • 2003 Won Best Actor, for his role as the undercover cop Yan (Infernal Affairs)
    • 2001 Won Best Actor (In the Mood for Love)
    • 1999 Nominated Best Actor (Longest Nite)
    • 1998 Won Best Actor (Happy Together)
    • 1995 Won Best Actor (Chungking Express)
    • 1993 Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Hard-Boiled)
    • 1990 Won Best Supporting Actor (My Heart Is That Eternal Rose)
    • 1988 Won Best Supporting Actor (People's Hero)
    • 1987 Nominated Best Actor (Love Unto Waste)

Filmography, as actor, includes

External links

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