Mars (actor)

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Mars
Chinese name 火星 (traditional)
Chinese name 火星 (simplified)
Pinyin Huò Xīng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Fo2 Sing1 (Cantonese)
Birth name 蔣榮發 (Cheung Wing Fat)
Born (1954-02-28) 28 February 1954 (age 60) [1]
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Chiang Wing Fat
Sing Feng
Huo Hsing
Huo Shing
Fo Sing
Occupation Actor, action director, stuntman, producer, martial artist
Years active 1966-present

Mars (Chinese: 火星), born Cheung Wing Fat (Chinese: 蔣榮發) is a Hong Kong actor, action director, stuntman and martial artist. He is one of Jackie Chan's best friends.

Early life[edit]

Cheung Wing Fat was born in Hong Kong in 1954. He got the nickname "Weird Fire Star" after being involved in a car accident leaving him with two scars on his head. While working as a stuntman on a film in Thailand he got promoted to a supporting actor and needed a stage name. He picked "Mars" based on his nickname.[2] He became a student of Madame Fan Fok Wah (粉菊花, aka Fen Juhua) in The Spring and Autumn Drama School. Everyday, he practiced from 5am to 9pm.[3]

Film career[edit]

Mars started acting in 1966 at the age of 12. He started out as an extra and later in supporting roles. Lackey and the Lady Tiger (1980) is only the film in which he played the leading role.

In 1971, Mars got his nickname "Mars" from a stunt co-ordinator who suggested it to him since his nickname on stage was Martian Monster, and he ended up with the name Mars after filming The Rescue.

In 1979, he joined the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and focused more on being a stuntman and action director rather than an actor. Being a very close friend of Chan, Mars has worked with Chan in numerous films starting with The Young Master (1980). He played a major supporting role in Chan's hit films, Police Story 1 and 2. Mars also had a minor villain role in Chan's other hit films, Crime Story, Drunken Master II and Thunderbolt. He also acted in many of Chan's other films and was also a stuntman in his films.

Ever since working in Jackie Chan's 1998 film Mr. Nice Guy, he has been using his real name instead. He is a senior member in both Jackie Chan's and Sammo Hung's stunt team.[4]

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