|Pinyin||Wēi Zǐ (Mandarin)|
|Birth name||王巍 (Wáng Wēi)|
|Born||1956 (age 57–58)
|Years active||1988 – present|
He graduated from the Ningxia College of Art in 1978 and was assigned to the Ningxia Repertory Theatre the same year.
In 1985, he was accepted to the Central Theatre Academy. It was one of the two higher educational institutions of modern theatre in entire China and highly professional coming only second to the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
In January 1989, Wei Zi was admitted to Beijing People's Art Theatre, a first-rate national theatre company of China where he was recognized as a National Class-A Actor (国家一级演员). He left BPAT in 1994.
For his 1988 university graduation, it was required for the students to perform in a play entitled "Stories of Mulberry Village" based on Zhu Xiaoping's three novellas about hardship and struggles in a village in Northern China. Wei played the role of a lunatic farmer and received the highest score for his performance. Later the play went public and unprecedentedly was a huge success. People's Daily described it as "Turning a New Leaf of China's Modern Theatre" and senior authorities such as drama master and Beijing People's Art Theater president Cao Yu and vice-president of the Chinese Film Artists' Association Chen Huangmei who seldom seen in public events attended the performance . Wei was and won the Plum Blossom Award for the best performer in 1988.
Wei's first appearance in front of the camera dates back to 1989 when he acted in the "Ballad of the Yellow River", a film by the famous director Teng Wenji which describes the past lives of the people living along the old course of the Yellow River. It won the Best Director Award in the 14th Montréal World Film Festival . Their cooperation continued in 1996 with "The Conqueror" and "The Story of Xiangxiang" and again in 2005 with another Montréal World Film Festival nominee  "Sunrise, Sunset",.
In 1992 he starred in his second movie "The Scientist Jiang Zhuying", a biographical based on the true life of Jiang Zhuying for which he was nominated for a best actor award at the Golden Rooster Awards. The film itself was awarded the Best Feature Film Prize by the Ministry of Radio, Film, and Television . The same year Wei Zi appeared in his first TV drama entitled "Qing Man Zhu Jiang". In 1994 he was nominated again for the best actor award at the Golden Rooster Awards for his notable performance in the movie "Stay in the Village".
In 2000, China Central Television (CCTV) decided to produce a mainland adaptation of one of Jin Yong's Wuxia novels entitled The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Wei Zi was offered the role of the negative character of the novel Yue Buqun because the director Huang Jianzhong believed that he was the only one who could perform that difficult character very well . At first Wei Zi showed no interest in it since it was a martial arts themed project but agreed to read the script. Upon reading the scenario he noticed the dual characteristics of the hypocrite Yue Buqun who was wearing a gentleman's face while a devil was hidden inside him. Wei Zi found this a challenging role and finally expressed his acceptance of doing it. His successful development of the character was received quite well by both the audience and the critics and paved the way more for his further presence in the TV dramas. "The Great Dunhuang", "The Red Merchant Hu Xue Yan", "Thrill", "Betrayal", "The World's First Restaurant" and "DA Division" are some of his other notable series in the 21st century.
|1993||The Scientist Jiang Zhuying
|1994||Xiangxiang Renews Oil Vender
|1994||The Day the Sun Turned Cold
|1994||Stay in Village
|1998||Green Snake Assassin
|2013||Crimes of Passion|
|1992||Qing Man Zhujiang
|1994||Fei Jia You Nü
|1995||Beijing Shenqiu De Gushi
|also known as Dushi Ping'an Ye (都市平安夜)|
|1999||Meiyou Jiayuan De Linghun
|2000||Laughing in the Wind
|2002||Days of Passion and Spirit
|2002||The Price of Glory
|2003||Wolong Xiao Zhuge
|2003||Hong Qi Pu
|2003||The World's First Restaurant
|2004||Lihun Zai Hun
|also known as Nüren Buhao Re (女人不好惹)|
|2004||The Red Merchant Hu Xueyan
|2005||Blossom of Hibiscus Flowers
|2005||The Great Dunhuang
|Prince of Ning|
|2006||Chuan Zheng Fengyun
|2007||Menghui Chun Gu
|Yan Zhanfei||also known as Canghai Yingxiong (沧海英雄)|
|Zhou Zhilong||also known as Zhenfeng Xiangdui (针锋相对)|
|also known as Chun Xia Qiu Dong (春夏秋冬)|
|2008||Tai'an Tang Yu Jing Chuanqi
|also known as Tejing Xiongfeng (特警雄风)|
|2011||Journey to the West
|2012||Chinese Traditional Magic
Notable Stage Performances
- Stories of Mulberry Village 《桑树坪纪事》 (1988)
- Tiger Tally 《虎符》
- Fei, Faye C; William H. Sun (1994). ""Stories of Mulberry Village" and the End of Modern Chinese Theatre". TDR (JSTOR) 38 (2): 131–137. doi:10.2307/1146336. JSTOR 1146336.
- (Chinese) Xu, Linzheng (2005-08-10). "Late Bloomer Wei Zi: From the First Level Actor to Entrepreneur 巍子：从一级演员到个体户". Sina. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- (Chinese) "Wei Zi 巍子". China Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
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