Jacky Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴宗宪; traditional Chinese: 吳宗憲; pinyin: Wú Zōngxiàn; Wade–Giles: Wu Tsung-hsien; born September 26, 1962 in Tainan, Taiwan) or Xian Ge (憲哥, literally "Elder Brother Xian"), is a celebrity from Taiwan. He is an accomplished variety show host, singer and actor. He hosts and co-hosts numerous variety shows, such as long running popular Taiwanese variety show GUESS.
In 1974, Wu started out by taking cameo roles in variety shows. He is known for his quick witted humor and open-fire talks, which have attracted both followers and critics.
Jacky Wu currently ranks one of the most popular and richest entertainers in Taiwan. Known for his quick witted humor and open fire talks, Wu has for the most part been a showboat of river joy and sensationalism. His love life has also been a center of tabloids under the public eye. Contemplating whether to retire after he has earned more than enough money, Wu plans to spend more time with his family in the near future.
Jacky Wu—an influential character in Taiwan's entertainment business—discovered Jay Chou's music score at a singing competition and was impressed with its complexity. Wu hired him as a contract composer and paired him with the novice lyricist Vincent Fang. Jay Chou then rose up to become a superstar celebrity in the Chinese arena.
He currently ranks as one of the richest entertainers in Taiwan. He had received honorary (non-academic) bachelor's degree from his alma mater - National Taiwan University of Arts for services in the Taiwanese entertainment industry because he never completed his studies in Performance Arts.
Wu has mentioned in an interview with mainland website Sina.com.cn that the deadline for his retirement is June 30, 2010. He had hinted at his intention to retire many times, after which he will cease working as an entertainer. "I want to lead an easier life," Wu told Sina. "I've been in the show business for so long, I just need a change now," said Wu, whose 27-year-long career has included his stint as a host, singer and actor. The star says he will focus on his new company which makes environmentally friendly LED lamps. He is still continued to be seen hosting other variety shows such as Power Sunday until 2012.
Wu has been the host of a number of popular shows, including the long-running "Guess," which won him an honor in 2008's Golden Bell Awards.
Return to television
- "Winners for 2008 Golden Bell Award". Taiwan Television Enterprise, Ltd.
- "Jacky Wu is back to host Guess Guess Guess on Feb 26". Asia Pacific Arts. 2011-02-18.
- (simplified Chinese) Jacky Wu on sina.com