Adam Cheng

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Adam Cheng
Cheng in 2019
Born (1947-02-24) 24 February 1947 (age 73)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Koon Jing-wah
  • Cheng On-yee (daughter)
  • Joyce Cheng (daughter)
  • Winnie Cheng (daughter)
  • Cecily Cheng (daughter)
AwardsGolden Needle Award
2006 Lifetime Achievement
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese鄭少秋
Simplified Chinese郑少秋
Musical career
Also known as秋官
OriginHong Kong

Adam Cheng Siu-chow (born 24 February 1947) is a Hong Kong TVB actor and Cantopop singer.


Cheng singing at a Singapore concert

Cheng started his career in the 1970s, where he gained a reputation for playing the lead roles in TVB Wuxia drama series based on the works of Louis Cha and Gu Long, such as The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber and Chor Lau Heung. He also performed some of the theme songs of the TV series he starred in, such as The Greed of Man and Cold Blood Warm Heart. Cheng is still working on TV series with TVB in the present-day and considered to be one of the veteran actors who have maintained their popularity.

Ting Hai effect[edit]

In 1992, TVB released the TV series The Greed of Man, based on the central theme of the stock market and explored the schemes and plots used by people to make their fortune in the market. Cheng played Ting Hai in the series, who made an immense fortune by short selling derivatives and stocks during a bear market. Many people went bankrupt while Ting Hai's family became richer until they were defeated by their nemesis. Cheng became popularly associated with the Ting Hai effect, named after his character in the series. The effect involves a peculiar and unexplained phenomenon, in which global stock markets will fall whenever a new Hong Kong TV drama series, starring Cheng, is aired.

Personal life[edit]

Adam's parents are both university lecturers. He has four daughters. The oldest, Cheng On-yee, was from his first low-profile marriage that ended in divorce. He married well-known actress Lydia Shum in 1985 after 14 years of cohabitation, and Shum brought him to fame. Adam and Shum had a daughter, Joyce Cheng, two years into their marriage. They divorced eight months after their daughter's birth in bad terms. In 1989, Cheng married a Taiwanese actress named Koon Jing-wah. Cheng and Koon have two daughters, Winnie Cheng Wing-yan and Cecily Cheng Wing-hei.

Adam graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Sword
1981 Shaolin and Wu Tang Chao Fung-wu
1981 Return of the Deadly Blade
1982 Cat vs Rat
1982 Fantasy Mission Force Amazon leader
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Ting Yin
1983 Lone Ninja Warrior
1983 The Denouncement of Chu Liu Hsiang Chu Liuxiang
1984 Lover and Sword
1984 General Invincible
1988 Gunmen Haye
1988 Profiles of Pleasure
1989 Seven Warriors
1989 Path of Glory
1993 Painted Skin Scholar
1993 Fong Sai-yuk Chan Ka-lok guest star
1993 Fong Sai-yuk II Chan Ka-lok
1994 Drunken Master III Wong Kei-ying
1994 Shaolin Popey 2: Messy Temple
1994 Shaolin Popeye 2 - Messy Temple
2001 The Dark Tales
2003 Double Crossing
2013 Saving General Yang Yang Ye


Year Title Role Notes
1975 God of River Lok Cho Chik
1976 Chinese Folklore
1976 The Legend of the Book and the Sword Chan Ka-lok / Kin-lung Emperor
1977 The Great Vendetta
1977 The Kingdom And The Beauty
1977 Luk Siu-fung Yip Koo-sing
1978 Vanity Fair
1978 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber Cheung Mo-kei
1978 One Sword
1979 Chor Lau-heung Chor Lau-heung
1979 Over the Rainbow Wai Ching-lap
1980 Five Easy Pieces
1980 Odd Couple
1981 Brothers Four
1981 In Love and War
1981 The Hawk
1981 The Misadventure of Zoo Chu Gam Chun
1982 The Switch
1983 The Sandwich Man
1985 Chor Lau-heung Chor Lau-heung
1985 The Legendary Prime Minister – Zhuge Liang Chu-kot Leung
1986 Legendary of Wud
1986 The Legend of Wong Tai Sin Wong Tai Sin
1987 Fate Takes a Hand
1988 Behind Silk Curtains
1988 Final Verdict
1988 Challenge of the Imperial Palace
1991 Chronicles of Emperor Qianlong
1993 The Greed of Man Ting Hai
1994 Instinct Wong Tin
1994 Forty Something
1995 Chor Lau-heung Chu Liuxiang
1995 Cold Blood Warm Heart Ah Bong
1995 The Legendary Chin Lung II
1996 Once Upon a Time in Shanghai Yu Chun-hoi
1997 Legend of YungChing Yongzheng Emperor
2000 Divine Retribution Ting Yeh
2004 Blade Heart Ling Fung / Yu Man-fung
2004 The Conqueror's Story Lau Bong
2005 The Prince's Shadow Ko Sing
2006 Bar Bender Tony Tseung Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 20)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 20)
2006 Inside the Forbidden City
2007 Return in Glory
2008 The Book and the Sword Qianlong Emperor
2009 The King of Snooker Yau Yat-kiu
2009 God of Medicine
2012 Master of Play Kan Siu Nam Nominated - My AOD Favourite Award for Top 15 Character
2018 Ever Night Confucius [1]

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  1. ^ "《将夜》郑少秋"出山"饰夫子 童瑶陈震尹铸胜加盟". Sina (in Chinese). September 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Adam Cheng". Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Adam Cheng". Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.

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Preceded by
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
Succeeded by
Teresa Carpio