Simon Yam

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Simon Yam
Simon Yam @ NYAFF 2010.jpg
Chinese name 任達華 (traditional)
Chinese name 任达华 (simplified)
Pinyin Rén Dáhuá (Mandarin)
Jyutping Jam6 Daat6-wa4 (Cantonese)
Born (1955-03-19) 19 March 1955 (age 59)
Hong Kong
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Ho Sui-yi (1981–86)
Sophia "Qi Qi" Kao (1997–present)
Children Ella Yam (b. 2004)

Simon Yam (born 19 March 1955), also known as Yam Tat-wah (任達華), is a Hong Kong actor and film producer. He received international acclaim for his performances in international film festival hits like Naked Killer, SPL (aka Kill Zone), Election, Election 2 (aka Triad Election), Exiled, The Thieves.

Background[edit]

Yam started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television series prior to "apply his trades" in the film industry in 1987. His elder brother is Yam Tak-wing, a retired former Deputy Commissioner of Hong Kong Police.

Career[edit]

In 1989, he starred in the Japanese-Hong Kong co-production of Bloodfight. This was the first of its kind in which English was spoken throughout the entire film. In 1992, Yam gained critical acclaim for his role as the maniacal Judge in the crime film Full Contact, where he faced off in a bloody battle against Chow Yun-fat's character. In 1993, he starred as "Dhalsim" in the action-comedy film Future Cops, a parody of Street Fighter directed by Wong Jing. In 1996, Yam began his role as Chiang Tin-Sung, the leader of the Hung Hing triads in the first three instalments of the Young and Dangerous film series.

In 2000, Yam starred as Cheung San, the progenitor of all vampires, in the television series My Date with a Vampire II, produced by ATV. In 2003, Yam made his American film debut in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life as a black market antiquities dealer.

In 2013, Yam directed his first film, as part of the Hong Kong portmaneau horror film Tales From the Dark 1.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Yam is married to Sophia Kao, known as Qi Qi, an international model and a spokesperson for SKII. They have a daughter, Ella.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Hong Kong Film Awards

(6 Best Actor Nominations, 4 Best Supporting Actor Nominations)

Golden Horse Awards

  • Best Actor Nomination for PTU

Golden Bauhinia Awards

  • Best Actor for PTU
  • Best Actor for Election

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • Best Performance by an Actor for Sparrow

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Law Don (1979)
  • House of the Lute (1980)
  • The Informer (1981)
  • Twins (1981)
  • He Lives By Night (1982)
  • Green Killer (1982)
  • Goodbye Mammie (1986)
  • Tong – A Chinatown Story (1986)
  • The Big Brother (1987)
  • Tiger Cage (1988)
  • Osmanthus Alley (1988)
  • Burning Snow (1988)
  • Mistaken Identity (1988)
  • Woman Prison (1988)
  • Live Hard (1989)
  • Burning Ambition (1989)
  • Lucky Star (1989)
  • Chinese Cop Out (1989)
  • Framed (1989)
  • The Wild Ones (1989)
  • Mr. Coconut (1989)
  • Final Run (1989)
  • Four Loves (1989)
  • Miracles (1989)
  • Big Man Little Affair (1989)
  • Bloodfight (1989)
  • Bullet in the Head (1990)
  • Killer's Romance (1990)
  • Hong Kong Gigolo (1990)
  • The Cyprus Tigers (1990)
  • Fatal Termination (1990)
  • Return Engagement (1990)
  • Doctor's Heart (1990)
  • The Plot (1991)
  • Bullet for Hire (1991)
  • The Great Pretenders (1991)
  • Gigolo and Whore (1991)
  • Black Cat (1991)
  • Deadly Deal (1991)
  • Sea Wolves (1991)
  • Queen's High (1991)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Bandit (1991)
  • Mission of Condor (1991)
  • The Banquet (1991)
  • Gun n' Rose (1992)
  • Gigolo & Whore II (1992)
  • Cash On Delivery (1992)
  • Once Upon A Time A Hero in China (1992)
  • Dr. Lamb (1992)
  • Friday Gigolo (1992)
  • The Night Rider (1992)
  • Naked Killer (1992)
  • Powerful Four (1992)
  • Full Contact (1993)
  • Holy Weapon (1993)
  • Killer's Love (1993)
  • The Incorruptible (1993)
  • Killer's Love (1993)
  • A Day Without Policeman (1993)
  • Insanity (1993)
  • Can't Stop My Crazy Love For You (1993)
  • Love Among the Triad (1993)
  • The First Shot (1993)
  • Warriors: The Black Panther (1993)
  • Future Cops (1993)
  • Prince of Portland Street (1993)
  • Final Judgment (1993)
  • Run & Kill (1993)
  • Raped by an Angel (1993)
  • Rose Rose I Love You (1993)
  • The True Hero (1994)
  • Awakening (1994)
  • Tragic Fantasy – Tiger of Wanchai (1994)
  • Drunken Master III (1994)
  • Crystal Fortune Run (1994)
  • Crossings (1994)
  • The Devil's Box (1994)
  • Passion 1995 (1995)
  • Twist (1995)
  • Police Confidential (1995)
  • Dragon Killer (1995)
  • Because of Lies (1995)
  • Love, Guns, and Glass (1995)
  • Story of a Robber (1995)
  • Farewell to My Dearest (1995)
  • Ghostly Bus (1995)
  • Man Wanted (1995)

Producer[edit]

TV series[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Elley, Derek (October 14, 2013). "Tales from the Dark 1". Film Business Asia. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Cheung
for Beast Stalker
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2010
for Echoes of the Rainbow
Succeeded by
Nicholas Tse
for The Stool Pigeon
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for Infernal Affairs
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
2004
for PTU
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for 2046
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for 2046
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
2006
for Election
Succeeded by
Lau Ching-Wan
for My Name is Fame