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Ming Dao in Guangzhou Crest Health Master Activity, 2010
|Pinyin||Míng Dào (Mandarin)|
|Birth name||Lin Chao Zhang (林朝章)|
|Origin||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
26 February 1980 |
|Other name(s)||Matthew Lin|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Model|
|Years active||1999–present (modeling)
|Associated acts||183 Club|
Ming Dao (Chinese: 明道; pinyin: Míng Dào) was born on 26 February 1980. He is a Taiwanese model, actor and singer of quintet boy band 183 Club since 2004. He is well known for starring in The Prince Who Turns into a Frog, which held the highest single episode average rating of 6.99 for a Taiwanese drama from 2005 to 2008, and the winner of Best Host in Educational Programme at the 39th Golden Bell Awards.
Ming was first discovered in 1999 when he took part in television variety show Guess hosted by Jacky Wu on China Television. He went on to model for various advertisements and appeared in several music videos including Fei Xiang's "She" and R&B's "Love Bubble". Ming also participated in a Taiwanese program Super Sunday in 2000 and worked as a spokesperson for Shiatzy Chen.
Ming hosted King of Adventure (冒險王) on SETTV from 2002, visiting India, Korea, Egypt, Germany, Namibia, New Zealand, Laos, Guam, Fiji, Alaska, Mexico, Oman, and Indonesia as an adventure tour guide. In 2004, Ming won the Best Host in Educational Programme at the 39th Golden Bell Awards.
In 2004, he made his acting debut Heaven's Wedding Gown (天國的嫁衣) as bike-racing champion, Chen Hai Nuo, co-starring Cyndi Wang and Leon Jay Williams. A year later, he starred in The Prince Who Turns into a Frog (王子變青蛙) as Shan Jun Hao and Dang Ou. This drama is the only one in which all five members of 183 Club appeared. Episode seven broadcast on 17 July 2005 achieved an average rating of 6.99 and peaked at 8.05, which broke the previous average record of 6.43 held by Meteor Garden and was the highest peak for a single episode for a Taiwanese drama until it was broken by episode 13 of Fated To Love You which peaked at 8.13 in 2008.
In his next drama, The Magicians of Love (愛情魔髮師), he co-starred with his band mates Sam Wang, Jacky Zhu, and Ehlo Huang from 183 Club. Then in 2006, he starred in The Legend of Star Apple and Angel Lover. Followed by Ying Ye 3 Jia 1, in 2007 in which he plays Ah Jiang, opposite former co-star Joe Chen from The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog. Other cast members include Jason Hsu of 5566, who plays his friend Bulu (Wang Dao Ren). Also released in 2007 was Modern Youth (梦幻天堂).
In 2008 he finished filming Quietly Falling in Love With You and Always Smile! in Hunan, China. In December Ming and Chen Qiao En filmed Staying by You, Staying in the Sunshine/Taking of You, accompanied by the Lights, released in 2009.
After his mainland drama was a success, he went back to the mainland and started shooting Wuxia drama as General Wu Gang. Because of the popularity of Ming Dao on the mainland, a huge mainland station (Anhui TV) contracted him as their star. He was paid a fantastic sum to participate in the idol drama Happy and Love Forever with another actress and model Annie Chan. This drama was a huge success and had high ratings. The producer made a sequel but Ming Dao and Annie only had cameo roles.
In 2010, Ming Dao returned to Taiwan and starred with Cheryl Yang in Zhong Wu Yan. Although he was paid a lot less, he decided to do this drama because he did not want his Taiwanese fans to be disappointed.
Mingdao left his agency J Star and along with Miss Li his manager,they established a new agency MID. Other artists who signed on under his agency were Gino and Anthony. He arranged a pictorial book "STAR" which was a big hit.
Because of his popularity, the popular screenwriter and producer Yu Zheng, scheme of beauty, Palace - The Lock Heart Jade was interested in cooperating with him. Ming Dao was offered to play another Wuxia drama. He was interested in this role as it was different. He played as twins one of good person and the other being evil. This drama garnered him huge praise as an actor.
|2004||La robe de Mariee des cieux
|Chen Hainuo / Harold||CTS|
|2005||The Prince Who Turns into a Frog
|Shan Junhao / Dang O||TTV|
|2006||The Magician of Love
|Du Yasi / Du Yajun||TTV|
|2006||Legend of Star Apple
|2007||Ying Ye 3 Jia 1
|2009||Knock Knock Loving You
|Liang Yufang||Hunan TV|
|2010||Happy & Love Forever
|Yin Dingqiang||Anhui TV|
|2010||Zhong Wu Yen
|King Xuan of Qi||TTV|
|Yin Dingqiang||guest star|
|Ming Chongyan/Ming Yi||Anhui TV|
|2011||Beauties of the Emperor
|2011||Happiness of an Angel
|2011||Happy Michelin Kitchen
|Yin Dingqiang||guest star|
|2012||SOP QUEEN"||guest star|
|Album Information||Tracks Contributed|
|Heaven's Wedding Gown Soundtrack
||"Torture [Zhe Mo]"(折磨) by 183 Club|
|The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog Soundtrack
||"Enticing Trick"(迷魂計) by 183 Club
|The Magicians of Love Soundtrack
||"Perfect Lover" (完美情人) by 183 Club
|Angel Lover Soundtrack
||"Finding True Love" (發現真愛) with Jacky Chu and Ehlo Huang
|Ying Ye 3 Jia 1 Soundtrack
||"To Believe Again" with Chen Qiao En
"Looking for My Best Friend" with Jason Hsu
|2001||Olay Face Wash||Cosmetic|
|Supao Sport Drink 舒跑運動飲料||Beverage|
|2002||KYMCO 光陽機車||Motor sports equipment|
|Jasmine Green Tea 茉莉綠茶||Beverage|
|2004||Sweet Promise - 2SWEET Gold Jewelry 甜蜜約定 2SWEET金飾||Accessories|
|2005||Bolife Juice 波蜜果菜汁||Beverage|
|Proman Underwear 豪門內衣||Clothing|
|US Cotton 美國棉代|
|New Era of Casual Sport Shoes 新紀元休閒鞋||Clothing|
|Eminu Clothing 依米奴休閒服飾||Clothing|
|2008||"Batman Begins 6 - The Dark Knight" Asian voice|
|2010||New York Wedding Photography||Clothing|
- (Chinese) Sina.com 39th Golden Bell Awards winners list - 2004 3 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-06-09
- (Chinese) Xinhuanet.com 電視劇《天國的嫁衣》_分集介紹_劇情介紹_精彩圖片 Retrieved 2011-06-09
- (Chinese) Fated To Love You surpassed Prince Who Turns Into a Frog record. May 27, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.