Ti Lung

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Ti Lung
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Dí Lóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dik6 Lung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name
Taam4 Fu3-wing4 (Cantonese)
Tán Fùróng (Mandarin)
Born (1946-08-03) 3 August 1946 (age 67)
Xinhui, Guangdong, China
Spouse(s) Tao Man-ming
Children Tam Chun-yin, born on (1980-07-30) 30 July 1980 (age 33)

Tommy Tam Fu-Wing (born 3 August 1946 in Guangdong, Republic of China), better known by his stage name Ti Lung, is a Hong Kong actor, known for his numerous starring roles in a string of Shaw Brothers Studio's films, particularly The Sentimental Swordsman and its sequel, and in the classic A Better Tomorrow.

Background[edit]

He studied Wing Chun under the martial arts master Jiu Wan. In 1968 Ti Lung responded to an advertisement placed by the Shaw Brothers and applied at Shaw Acting Course, and upon completion was awarded a minor role in Chang Cheh's Return of the One-Armed Swordsman starring Jimmy Wang Yu. Chang Cheh immediately recognized his potential and offered him the lead in his next production Dead End opposite Golden Chan Hung-lit, a role which would launch his career as one of the best known faces in classic Wuxia film. He became a common face associated with David Chiang, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Chen Kuan-Tai, the Venom Mob, and other Shaw Bros. stars at the time, often cast as a dashing, noble hero as well as a capable martial artist.

Career[edit]

Although he left Shaw Brothers Studios in the 1980s, Ti Lung's career took a turn for the worse until 1986, when John Woo's A Better Tomorrow cast him opposite Chow Yun-fat in the role of a Triad member. The movie was a box office success and placed Ti Lung back in the public consciousness, although it changed his image from the handsome martial youth to the tortured, would-be hero gangster. After that role, Ti Lung's next most recognisable appearance would be with Jackie Chan in Drunken Master II, in which he co-starred as Wong Kei-Ying, father of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung He also worked with Andy Lau in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon as the legendary Guan Yu. From there, he has continued to work in television in a variety of roles. He is the uncle of Jerry Lamb and Jan Lamb.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Justice Pao (包青天) Bao Zheng
1996 ICAC Investigators 1996 (廉政行動1996) Cheung Tin-yan
1998 ICAC Investigators 1998 (廉政行動1998) Cheung Tin-yan
2003 My Fair Princess III (還珠格格3之天上人間) Qianlong Emperor
2004 Xiaying Xianzong (俠影仙蹤) Wang Xizhi
2004 Warriors of the Yang Clan (楊門虎將) Yang Ye
2010 Qin Xianglian (秦香蓮) Bao Zheng

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