|Chinese name||石天 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||石天 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Shí Tiān (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Sek6 Tin1 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Liu Wei Cheng|
October 17, 1950 |
|Other name(s)||Charlie Shek|
Dean Shek (sometimes written Shek Tien) aka Dean Shek Tien (born 17 October 1950) is a veteran Hong Kong feature film actor and film producer with over 92 films acting credits to his name. Shek is perhaps best known as Professor Kai Hsien in 1978 film Drunken Master and Snooker in 1990 film Dragon from Russia.
History and early career
Shek began his career as a contracted actor at Shaw Brothers Studio in 1968, making his first brief appearance in the film Twin Blades of Doom (1969). He received more substantial roles at Shaws, in musicals such as The Singing Killer, romantic films including A Time For Love (1970), comedies such as The Human Goddess (1972) and martial arts films such as The Fists of Vengeance (1972).
Shek left Shaw Brothers in 1973. The same year, he appeared in Master with Cracked Fingers, the first film to feature Jackie Chan in a starring role. He made his directorial debut in 1975 with The Monk, and worked as assistant director on Black Alice (1975), A Queen's Ransom (1976), Iron Fisted Monk (1977).
Throughout the late 1970s, Shek continued to work with the likes of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung on period kung fu films including Broken Oath (1977), Warriors Two (1978), Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978), Drunken Master (1978), Odd Couple (1979) and Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979).
Shek is credited as producer on 22 films, most of which were for the production company Cinema City & Films Co., which he co founded with Karl Maka and Raymond Wong in 1980. Throughout the 1980s, he appeared in action crime and comedies including the first 2 films were Aces Go Places and John Woo's A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987). He also directed 4 films were - The Perfect Wife?! (1983), A Family Affair (1984), Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985) and The Family Strikes Back (1986).
Final film and retirement from acting
Shek played his final role as Uncle Choi in the 1991 film The Raid.
In 1992, Shek retired from acting at the age of 42, after working as a producer in 1992 fantasy horror film Angel Hunter.