Eric Tsang

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Eric Tsang
Eric Tsang at Shanghai Film Festival.jpg
Erc Tsang at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2007
Chinese name 曾志偉 (traditional)
Chinese name 曾志伟 (simplified)
Pinyin Zēng Zhìwěi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zang1 Zi3-wai5 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Wuhua County, Meizhou, Guangdong, China
Born (1953-04-14) 14 April 1953 (age 61)
Hong Kong
Occupation Master of Ceremonies, actor, director, producer, comedian
Children Bowie Tsang
Derek Tsang

Eric Tsang MH (born 14 April 1953), also known as Tsang Chi-wai (曾志偉), is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, and television host best known for hosting the variety show Super Trio series on the Hong Kong television network TVB over 18 years.[1]

Family background[edit]

Tsang's father, Tsang Kai-wing, served in the Hong Kong Police Force from 1940 to 1972. He fled to Taiwan to escape from the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 1976 after being convicted of corruption and sentenced to three years in jail, while still free pending an appeal. In 2001, the Department of Justice seized his house in La Salle Road and later auctioned it for HK$4.35 million after 10 years of civil proceedings. Tsang Kai-wing died in Taiwan in 2011 with his son Eric and other family members around him.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Due to his popularity, Tsang is often the master of ceremonies (MC) in events organised by the Hong Kong television network TVB, and he was nicknamed "Prize Master" (獎門人)).[citation needed] In his youth, Tsang was a Hong Kong professional soccer player.[citation needed]

Tsang began his showbusiness career as a stuntman. He is known for being a short plump guy with a habit of speaking before thinking, often landing himself into hot water.[citation needed] His insults have led to him being assaulted by rumoured triads over bad mouthing singer Joey Yung.[citation needed] As an MC in the Miss Chinese International Pageant, he often favours contestants in Hong Kong.[citation needed]

Nevertheless, Tsang also appeared in many successful Hong Kong films, gaining actor awards and nominations. Early on in his career, he was typecast as a bumbling, ugly, and crude sidekick, and it was not until encouragement from his daughter to stop doing comedic roles that he went on to star in a film with friend Alan Tam and was awarded a Hong Kong best actor award.[citation needed] Perry Lam, a cinema critic from Muse, wrote that Tsang 'brings directness, straightness and a lack of nonsense to whatever role he plays, and occasionally demonstrates an uncanny ability to enter the egoless states of which only the greatest of character actors like Robert Duvall are capable.'[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tsang is an avid Buddhist, often leading other actors in efforts to raise money for Hong Kong Buddhist temples and events.[5]

Tsang's best friends are Natalis Chan and Alan Tam, who are also famous singers and actors from Hong Kong. Tsang has married three times. His daughter, Bowie Tsang, from his first marriage, is a Mandopop singer, while his son, Derek Tsang, from his second marriage, is an actor and writer.

Tsang is a cousin of former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Eric Tsang
Avenue of Stars Eric Tsang.JPG
Eric Tsang's hand print and autograph at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Simplified Chinese 曾志伟
Traditional Chinese 曾志偉

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.meizhou.cn/news/1206/08/12060800068.html Eric Tsang's ancestry, 8 June 2012
  2. ^ Central Station (31 August 2009). "The worst of times for Fred Ma". 
  3. ^ a b Tsang Kai-wing dies aged 94 after 35 years as corruption fugitive, SCMP, Danny Mok, 19 Jan 2011
  4. ^ Lam, Perry (April 2008). "'Little big man'". Muse Magazine (15): 94. 
  5. ^ "组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少". QQ News (in Chinese). 27 February 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Eric Tsang". imdb.com. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Eric Tsang". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Leslie Cheung
for Days of Being Wild
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor
1992
for Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
for 92 Legendary La Rose
Preceded by
Law Kar-ying
for Summer Snow
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor
1997
for Comrades: Almost a Love Story
Succeeded by
Jiang Wan
for The Soong Sisters
Preceded by
Chin Kar-lok
for Full Throttle
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Supporting Actor
1997
for Comrades: Almost a Love Story
Succeeded by
Francis Ng
for Too Many Ways to be No.1