Alexander Fu Sheng

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Alexander Fu Sheng
Born
Cheung Fu-sheng (simplified Chinese: 张富声; traditional Chinese: 張富聲; pinyin: Zhāng Fùshēng)

(1954-10-20)20 October 1954
Died7 July 1983(1983-07-07) (aged 28)
Burial placeFung Ying Seen Koon, Fanling, Fanling–Sheung Shui New Town, British Hong Kong
ResidenceBritish Hong Kong
Alma materMoral Training English College
Occupationactor
Years active1972–1983
Spouse(s)
Jenny Tseng (m. 1976–1983)
ChildrenMelody Tseng (daughter)
Parent(s)Cheung Yan-lung (father)
Angela Liu Fung-wo (mother)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese傅聲
Simplified Chinese傅声

Alexander Fu Sheng (simplified Chinese: 傅声; traditional Chinese: 傅聲; pinyin: Fù Shēng; Jyutping: Fu6 Sing1) (born Cheung Fu-sheng (simplified Chinese: 张富声; traditional Chinese: 張富聲; pinyin: Zhāng Fùshēng); 20 October 1954 – 7 July 1983),[1] also known as Fu Sheng was a Hong Kong martial arts film star in the 1970s.

Life and career[edit]

Born Cheung Fu-sheng in British Hong Kong in 20 October 1954. He was the ninth child of a wealthy New Territories indigenous inhabitant businessman Cheung Yan-lung. His birth mother was Angela Liu Fung-wo. As a child, his family lived in Hawaii for a few years and there he began training in judo and karate.[2]

In 1971, he enrolled at Shaw Brothers Southern Drama School and instantly drew the attention of director Chang Cheh. Cheh had Fu Sheng train with Lau Kar-leung for 6 months. Fu Sheng made his film debut as an extra in the 1972 film The Fourteen Amazons. His first lead role was in Cheh's Police Force. Some of his other films include Heroes Two, Five Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Temple and the Brave Archer series. He eventually made a total of 23 films with Cheh.

In 1976, he married singer and actress Jenny Tseng, who had appeared with him in the film New Shaolin Boxers.[3]

He suffered a series of injuries in 1978 and 1979. On the set of The Deadly Breaking Sword a wire suspending him snapped and he fell eight feet landing on his head. While working on Heroes Shed No Tears, he shattered bones in his right leg.

Fu Sheng was supposed to star in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow but was refused by Run Run Shaw; head of the Shaw Brothers Studio. Jackie Chan was eventually cast in the role.

On 7 July 1983, Fu Sheng died as the result of an automobile accident.[4] At the time, he was filming The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter in which he was to be the hero. The film was partially re-written and the remainder of the film was shot. In the finished film, Fu Sheng's character abruptly disappears and the focus was put on co-star Gordon Liu's character.[4]

His funeral was organised by the Shaw Brothers committee. His remains were cremated[5] and was interred at Fung Ying Seen Koon at Fanling town, part of Fanling–Sheung Shui New Town in Hong Kong.

He made his final film appearance the film Wits of the Brats which was also the only film he directed and was released almost a year after his death.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Fu Sheng-3". Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
  2. ^ "The Website of Jena Pang". www.jenapang.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  3. ^ Stokes, Lisa Odham (5 February 2007). Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema. Scarecrow Press. pp. 413–. ISBN 9780810864580. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b Meyers, Ric (March 2011). Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book. Eirini Press. pp. 109–. ISBN 9780979998942. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  5. ^ Documentary about Shaw Bros actor Fu Sheng – With Subtitles on YouTube

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