Biography

Leslie Cheung (12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003) was a Hong Kong singer-songwriter, actor, film director, record producer, and screenwriter. Cheung is considered one of the "founding fathers of Cantopop" by "combining a hugely successful film and music career." He rose to prominence as a teen heartthrob and pop icon of Hong Kong in the 1980s, with the turning point in his acting career coming in 1986 with his starring role in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, which broke Hong Kong's box office record. In the following years Cheung was praised for his performances in films which found popularity with audiences worldwide, including A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), Rouge (1987) and Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild (1991). Cheung won the 1991 Hong Kong Film Award (Days of Being Wild) and the 1994 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award (Ashes of Time) for best actor. He had also won the 1994 Japan Film Critics Society Award for best actor for his performance in Farewell My Concubine and ten other best actor nominations, five Golden Horse Awards, three Cannes Film Festival Awards, an Asia Pacific Film Festival Award, and a Venice Film Festival Award. Cheung's music and movies not only captured fans in Hong Kong but also other Asian countries including Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan and South Korea. He is the first foreign artist to hold 16 concerts in Japan that has yet to be broken and the record holder as the best-selling C-pop artist in Korea. Cheung was ranked as the favorite actor in the 100 years of Chinese cinema. In 2010, he was voted the third "Most Iconic Musician of All Time" (after Michael Jackson and The Beatles). CNN considered Cheung as the "Most Beautiful Man from Hong Kong Cinema" and one of "Asia's 25 Greatest Actors of All Time."

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Leslie Cheung (12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003) was a Hong Kong singer-songwriter, actor, film director, record producer, and screenwriter. Cheung is considered one of the "founding fathers of Cantopop" by "combining a hugely successful film and music career." He rose to prominence as a teen heartthrob and pop icon of Hong Kong in the 1980s, with the turning point in his acting career coming in 1986 with his starring role in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, which broke Hong Kong's box office record. In the following years Cheung was praised for his performances in films which found popularity with audiences worldwide, including A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), Rouge (1987) and Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild (1991). Cheung won the 1991 Hong Kong Film Award (Days of Being Wild) and the 1994 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award (Ashes of Time) for best actor. He had also won the 1994 Japan Film Critics Society Award for best actor for his performance in Farewell My Concubine and ten other best actor nominations, five Golden Horse Awards, three Cannes Film Festival Awards, an Asia Pacific Film Festival Award, and a Venice Film Festival Award. Cheung's music and movies not only captured fans in Hong Kong but also other Asian countries including Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan and South Korea. He is the first foreign artist to hold 16 concerts in Japan that has yet to be broken and the record holder as the best-selling C-pop artist in Korea. Cheung was ranked as the favorite actor in the 100 years of Chinese cinema. In 2010, he was voted the third "Most Iconic Musician of All Time" (after Michael Jackson and The Beatles). CNN considered Cheung as the "Most Beautiful Man from Hong Kong Cinema" and one of "Asia's 25 Greatest Actors of All Time."

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1956-09-12

Day of Death 2003-04-01

Place of Birth Hong Kong

Official Site http://www.lesliecheung.cc/

Also Known As

  • Zhāng Guóróng
  • Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing
  • Cheung Kwok-Wing
  • 張國榮
  • 张国荣

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 Ashes of Time Redux as 欧阳锋
2002 Inner Senses as Jim Law
2000 From Ashes to Ashes
2000 Okinawa Rendez-vous as Jimmy Tong
2000 Double Tap as Rick Pang
1999 Shanghai story
1999 The Kid as Wing
1999 Left Right Love Destiny as 阿Sam
1999 Moonlight Express as Tatsuya Misawa / Shek Karbo
1999 Buenos Aires Zero Degree: The Making Of Happy Together as Himself / Ho Po-wing
1998 Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema as Himself
1998 Ninth Happiness
1997 Happy Together as Ho Po-wing
1996 Viva Erotica as Sing
1996 Shanghai Grand as Hui Man Keung
1996 Who's the Man, Who's the Woman as Sam Koo Gai Ming
1996 Temptress Moon as Yu Zhongliang
1996 Tri-Star as Father Zhong Guo Qiang
1995 The Phantom Lover
1995 The Chinese Feast as Chiu Kong Sun
1994 Ashes of Time as Ouyang Feng / Malicious West
1994 Long and Winding Road
1994 He's a Woman, She's a Man as Sam Koo Gai Ming
1994 It's a Wonderful Life as Roberto
1994 Over the Rainbow, Under the Skirt as Himself
1993 The Bride with White Hair 2 as Cho Yi Hang
1993 Farewell My Concubine as Ching Dau Ji (Cheng Dieyi)
1993 The Bride with White Hair as Cho Yi Hang
1993 Eagle Shooting Heroes as Huang Yao Shih
1993 All's Well End's Well Too as David Copper Feel
1992 Arrest the Restless
1992 All's Well, Ends Well as Shang So
1991 The Banquet as Himself/Little B-head
1991 Once a Thief as Jim
1990 Days of Being Wild as York
1990 A Chinese Ghost Story II as Ning Choi San
1989 Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit as Brother Tief
1988 Fatal Love
1987 A Better Tomorrow II as Kit
1987 A Chinese Ghost Story as Ling Choi Sin
1987 Rouge as Chan Chen-Pang
1986 A Better Tomorrow as Kit
1986 Last Song in Paris as Louie
1985 Crazy Romance
1985 For Your Heart Only as Piggy Chan
1985 The Intellectual Trio as ector Chan Wing
1984 Merry Christmas as John
1984 Double Decker as Eddie
1984 Behind the Yellow Line as Paul Chan
1983 First Time
1983 The Drummer
1983 Little Dragon Maiden as Yang Guo / Yang Kang
1982 Nomad as Louis
1982 Energetic-21
1982 Teenage Dreamers as Jackson Chen
1981 Job Hunter as Wing
1980 Encore

Writing

2000 From Ashes to AshesWriter
1999 Left Right Love DestinyWriter
1994 He's a Woman, She's a ManWriter

Directing

2000 From Ashes to AshesDirector
1999 Left Right Love DestinyDirector

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