|Chinese name||錢志君 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||钱志君 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Qián Zhìjūn (Mandarin)|
July 15, 1987 |
Jinshan District, Shanghai, China
|Other name(s)||"Little Fatty"|
|Years active||2003 – present|
Qian Zhijun (born July 15, 1987), nicknamed "Little Fatty" (小胖 Xiǎo Pàng), is a Chinese actor and entertainer. His fame began during the "Little Fatty" internet meme, and since then he has appeared in a film and a cooking show, hosted a festival for people with alternative body types, and also appeared in advertising.
Qian originated from Jinshan District, Shanghai. In 2003, an individual had taken a photograph of Qian at a traffic safety event. Starting in 2003, his face was superimposed onto various other images.
The boy said that he first discovered the meme when, at an internet café, a person approached Qian and asked him if he was the real "Little Fatty." Qian said that he originally felt humiliation, but "I have tried to turn sorrow into strength. At least this makes people smile and I have had quite a positive response from many surfers."
In the mid-2000s Qian worked as a gas station attendant, with a salary of 1,000 Chinese yuan ($125 USD, £60 GBP, about R1,000 ZAR) per month. He weighed 100 kilograms (220 lb). By 2006, as a result of exposure from the meme, the man had hopes about getting a career as an entertainer. Qian also said that he wanted to become a celebrity chef on television and teach people how to make healthier eating choices.
La Carmina of CNN said that by late 2006 Qian became "one of the most famous faces in China." Carmina added that, as a result of the internet meme, Qian "went from obscurity to movie stardom." Qian accepted an appearance to appear in Beijing on the talk show Tell The Truth. Qian was to star in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, where he was supposed to play Liu Shan, the last emperor of the Shu Han. In 2007 the film script was modified due to financing issues. The Liu Shan role was altered, and Qian's planned role in the film was removed.
In 2007 New Line Cinema invited Qian to act in a film version of "Ghost Blows Out the Light." Qian also became the host of a cooking show on China Food TV. The program, Little Fatty’s Food Diary (小胖美食日记 Xiǎo Pàng Měishí Rìjì), began broadcast from a television station in Qingdao, eastern Shandong Province on January 29, 2007. The program was broadcast on Mainland Chinese television, and it also was broadcast on Sohu, one of China's major web portals.
In 2010 Qian hosted a festival celebrating people with alternative body types in Shanghai. He starred in the 2010 film The University Days of a Dog. This was his first occasion of starring as one of the main characters in a film. Qian did preparatory work before filming, and in an interview he said that he still had to learn a lot about acting.
In 2006 Qian won the New Weekly Online Person of the Year award. In May 2008, at the Global Chinese Creative Advertising Awards (全球华人广告创意功夫奖 Quánqiú Huárén Guǎnggào Chuàngyì Gōngfu Jiǎng), he was nominated for the Best Newcomer in Advertisements (最佳广告新人 Zuìjiā Guǎnggào Xīnrén) award. Qian starred in a short film, released online, called "Hip Hop Quartet" (嘻哈四重奏 Xīhā Sìchóngzòu); it was directed by Lu Zhengyu. In addition Qian also appeared in advertising for 7-Up, Apple Computer, Canon, Master Kong, Pepsi, Shanda Entertainment, SK Telecom, The9, and Tianqi toothpaste.
In July 2011 Qian was married. On July 15, 2011, which was Qian's 24th birthday, his agent, who used the Sina Weibo username "Agent Huldayan," posted their wedding photographs and stated "@ Online Little Fatty Qian Zhijun, wish you dear a happy birthday. In the future please hold my hand tight and let's walk further together." Qian then posted scans of his official wedding documents on his Weibo account.
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- "草根英雄走出网络大行其道." Hangzhou.com.cn. March 8, 2007. Retrieved on May 15, 2011. "小胖，本名钱志君，因为2002年自己无意中的一个表情，五年来被各地网友不断 .... 他来 说最好的机会便是，电影《三国之见龙卸甲》邀请他出演角色，饰演刘备的儿子刘禅。"
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- "上百名“胖胖”聚会过节 网络红人小胖：有自信就美丽." (Archive) Xinmin.cn. August 8, 2010. Retrieved on May 15, 2011. Text: "还认得我么？我就是著名的网络小胖。胖胖节我来当主持人。 新民网记者陆俊彦 静安文化馆现场回传" – Referring to this photograph, which is of Qian
- 《一只狗》原创于深圳宣传造势 场面火爆(图)." "(Archive) Xinmin.cn. September 5, 2010. Retrieved on May 15, 2011.
- "一只狗的大学时光将上映 剧中跑酷味十足." (Archive) Xout.cn. July 30, 2010. "这次是他首次主演电影，谈及在大银幕上的表现，网络小胖谦虚的说自己还有很多需要和前辈学习的地方，为了拍摄这部电影，他也事先做了很多准备工作，希望大家能够满意他在片中的表现。"
- "《一只狗的大学时光》角色介绍：大雄." (Archive) QQ Entertainment News. August 12, 2010. Retrieved on January 22, 2012. " 广告：七喜、百事、CANON、苹果电脑、康师傅、九城、盛大，田七牙膏、韩国SK手机等"
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