Zhao Benshan

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Zhao Benshan
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Zhao Benshan
Native name 赵本山
Born (1957-10-02) October 2, 1957 (age 57)
Shizuigou, Lianhua Village, Lianhua Town, Kaiyuan City, Tieling Prefecture, Liaoning, China
Nationality China
Other names Uncle Benshan 本山大叔
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Education Lianhua Middle School[1]
Occupation Actor
Religion Buddhism
Spouse(s) Ge Shuzhen (葛淑珍; former), Ma Lijuan (马丽娟; current)
Children Zhao Yinan (赵一楠), Zhao Yihan (赵一涵)



Zhao Benshan (simplified Chinese: 赵本山; traditional Chinese: 趙本山; pinyin: Zhào Běnshān; born October 1957) is a Chinese skit and sitcom actor, and recently turned TV director. He appears regularly on the CCTV New Year's Gala.


Born in Shizui Cottage in Lianhua Village, Kaiyuan County in Tieling, Liaoning, in a peasant family, he was orphaned when he was 6. Apprenticed to his uncle, he learned many local traditional performance arts, including erhu and Er Ren Zhuan.

Jiang Kun, a Xiangsheng artist, recommend him to the 1987 CCTV New Year's Gala, a TV program broadcast all around China. After his first appearance, he had appeared in each Gala show every year from 1995 to 2011.[2] His performances have included "Yesterday, today and tomorrow", and "Fixing up the house".

Zhao has appeared as an actor in many films, including Zhang Yimou's Happy Times (2000) where he played an aging bachelor who really wants to get married.

Zhao has appeared as the main character in Liu Laogen and Ma Dashuai, as well as a secondary character in Rural Love and their sequels.

Zhao was nominated for the Best Actor Award for his performance in Getting Home at the 2007 Golden Horse Awards, held in Taipei on 8 December, 2007. He did not win, losing to Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for his work in Lust, Caution.

Zhao took part in the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay by being a torchbearer in the Liaoning leg of the relay in Shenyang city, capital of China's Liaoning province.

In 2009, Zhao was studying in the 4th intake CEO class at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. In September 2009, Zhao was in the news again following a cerebral aneurysm rupture. He was said to be in a stable condition after an operation, although close associates have mentioned that he often felt unwell in recent years when he is exhausted on the set.[3]

Zhao did not perform in the 2012 or 2013 CCTV New Year's Gala, raising public speculation about his health and his conflict with director Ha Wen. This marked the first time since 1994 that he has not performed at the annual event.


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  1. ^ "赵本山:不会放弃春晚舞台 网传移民国外是谣言" (in zh-hans). 凤凰网. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Comedian Zhao Benshan quits Spring Festival Gala". China.org.cn. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Chinadaily.com
  4. ^ "Zhao Benshan". imdb.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Zhao Benshan". chinesemov.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 

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