Allan Wu

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Allan Wu
Chinese name 吴振天 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Zhèntiān (Mandarin)
Birth name 吴振宇 (pinyin: Wú Zhènyù)
Ancestry Shenyang, China
Born (1972-06-11) 11 June 1972 (age 42)
California, USA
Occupation Actor, host, model
Spouse(s) Wong Li-Lin
Children 2

Allan Wu (Chinese: 吴振天; pinyin: Wú Zhèntiān, born Chinese: 吴振宇; pinyin: Wú Zhènyù on 11 June 1972) is a Singapore-based Chinese-American actor, host, VJ and former model. He is currently host of the Asian version of The Amazing Race.

Wu decided to change his Chinese name because it was similar to Hong Kong film star Francis Ng (Chinese: 吳鎮宇; pinyin: Wú Zhènyù).[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Wu was born in California, USA to Chinese immigrant parents from Shenyang, China. His first language was actually Mandarin as his parents spoke it at home.[2] He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States and worked in the biotechnology industry for several years. He eventually discovered his desire to become an actor after an accident made him reassess his life. He did some modeling for a while and also participated in an episode of the reality competition series Fear Factor, where he placed 2nd. He moved to Hong Kong where he worked as an actor.[3]

Career[edit]

Despite struggling with limited knowledge of Cantonese, MTV Taiwan gave him a stint as a VJ, during which he co-hosted a Christmas concert. He moved to Singapore and began acting in Chinese language drama series on Channel 8.

He has been the host for all four seasons of The Amazing Race Asia. He is also the host of The Amazing Race: China Rush, the Chinese version of The Amazing Race. In Season 16 of the American version of the Amazing Race, Allan Wu made a cameo appearance in Singapore, handing out clues.

Personal life[edit]

Wu was married to former MediaCorp actress Wong Li-Lin and they have a daughter Sage and son Jonas. The couple is managed by Fly Entertainment.[4]

In September 2011, Wu and his family relocated to Shanghai, China to be nearer to job commitments.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Work Role Notes
2002 Bukit Ho Swee 河水山
Beautiful Connection 九层糕 Du Zhengyu
The Unbeatables III 双天至尊III Ding Wei
2003 True Heroes 真心英雄 Wang Feng 王峰
A Child's Hope 孩有明天
Always On My Mind 无炎的爱
2004 My In-Laws 我的岳父岳母 Sitcom
A Child's Hope II 孩有明天II
2005 My Lucky Charm 情来运转
Baby Blues 谁家母鸡不生蛋
2006 C.I.D. 刑警二人组 Steve
House of Joy 欢乐满屋 Zheng Sanji 郑三吉
Film
Year Work Role Notes
2011 Overheard 2 窃听风云2
2008 Kung Fu Hip Hop Tang Ge
2005 I Do I Do 爱都爱都 Chen Jianfeng 陈健锋
2003 Night Corridor Vincent Sze

Shows[edit]

Year Show Notes
2003 Discover Australia 奥妙无及现
2006-2010 The Amazing Race Asia
2010 The Amazing Race 16 Cameo appearance
2010–present The Amazing Race: China Rush

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's Up with My Chinese Name??". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Allan Wu back in the race". AsiaOne. 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Men’s Health, November 2006
  4. ^ "Amazing Race Asia a 'wild ride' for Allan Wu". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2006-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Allan Wu's culture shock". The New Paper. 6 September 2011. 

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