Chen Tianwen

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Chen Tian Wen
Chinese name 陳天文 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈天文 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Tiānwén (Mandarin)
Birth name Chai Tian Bian
Origin Singapore
Born (1963-05-28) May 28, 1963 (age 54)
State of Singapore, British Empire
Other name(s) Unbelievable Tian Wen (Fan Club)
Occupation Actor
Label(s) Mediacorp (1984 - Present)
Years active 1984 – present
Spouse(s) Bao Xiaohui
Children Genghis Chai

Chai Tian Bian or better known as Chen Tianwen (Chinese: 陈天文; Wade–Giles: Ch'en2 T'ien1 Wen2) is a Singaporean veteran actor. He starred in many Mandarin dramas throughout the 1990s, and his film credits include Ah Boys to Men 2, Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen and The Lion Men: Ultimate Showdown.

Chen was educated at the now defunct Serangoon Garden Secondary Technical School. He joined the SBC after completing the 5th artiste drama training class and made his debut in 1984. He holds a black belt in taekwondo and his martial arts background led him to being cast in many wuxia dramas in the 1990s and as characters with fight scenes in other drama series. He is also a member of the Singapore Celebrity Soccer Team.[1]

The Straits Times remarked that Chen's "much-praised understated turn" in the Cannes Film Festival award-winning Ilo Ilo put him in the spotlight once again.[2]

Chen hit the headlines again when two parody music videos he starred in, went viral. The first, titled "Unbelievable", was 'lauded' for the nonsensical line 'I so stunned like vegetable' (sic), drawing the attention of TIME,[3] while the second, "Sandcastle in My Heart", in which Irene Ang also starred in, did not become as popular as the previous one. Both videos are a parody of popular Chinese MVs in the 1970s, particularly the work of Singaporean singer Huang Ching Yuan.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chen told Channel NewsAsia that he and his wife named Bao Xiao Hui met 2 years ago and married in May 2014.[5] He welcomed a new addition, a baby boy, named Genghis, to his family on Friday 12 June 2015.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Work Role Remarks
2018 Mind Matters
心。情
2017 Eat Already? 2
吃饱没?2
Pineapple Head
黄莉头
  • Cameo Appearance 客串
Take 2
遇见贵人
Di Tie
2016-2017 118 II
118 II
Zhang Tiancheng
张天成
2016 Hero
大英雄
Guan A-li
关阿礼
K.O. Li Chengda
李成达
  • Father of Venus Wong
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
  • Toggle Original Series
Lulu The Movie
露露的电影
Brad Pit
  • Supporting Role 男配角
C.L.I.F. 4
警徽天职4
Zhao Xuewei
赵学伟
The Dream Job
绝世好工
Zhang Mingde
张明德
Don't Worry, Be Healthy
家有一保
Hong Maoqiang
洪茂强
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2015 Mr. Unbelievable
Unbelievable先生
Eric Kwek Hock Seng
郭富城
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Albert Zhang
Albert张
  • Pairs up with Aileen Tan
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2014 118
118
Zhang Tiancheng
张天成
  • Father of Dawn Yeoh, Nick Teo & Carrie Wong
  • Pairs up with Liu Lingling
  • Supporting Role 男配角
The Lion Men
狮神决战
Master He
贺师父
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Yes We Can!
我们一定行!
Jiang Wen
江汶
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2013 Ilo Ilo
爸妈不在家
Lim Teck
Sudden
骤变
Chen Huiwu
陈辉吴
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2012 It Takes Two
对对碰
"Opposition Party"
反对党
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Ah Boys to Men 新兵正传 Mr. Jin 曾先生
  • Father of Maxi Lim
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Poetic Justice
微笑正仪
Huang-Ge
煌哥
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Unriddle 2
最火搭档2
Hei Tian
黑田
2011 On the Fringe
边缘父子
Luo Biao
罗飙
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2010 Unriddle
最火搭档
Chai Dexing
拆徳兴
  • Supporting Role 男配角
No Limits
泳闯琴关
Ou Yingxiong
欧英雄
  • Father of Elvin Ng
  • Pairs up with Teo Ser Li
  • Supporting Role 男配角
New Beginnings
红白囍事
Chen Congming
陈聪明
  • Pairs up with Ng Hui
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Happy Family
过好年
Dong Jinxing
董金星
2009 My School Daze
书包太重
Ma Guoliang
马国良
Mr & Mrs Kok
妙探夫妻档
Sitcom
2008 Love Blossoms 2
心花朵朵开2
Lu Gua
卢瓜
Love Blossoms
心花朵朵开
By My Side
不凡的爱
Andy
2007 Kinship 2
手足 2
Chen Anxin
陈安心
Mars vs Venus
幸福双人床
Ah Wu
Kinship
手足
Chen Anxin
陈安心
2006 Love at 0°C
爱情零度C
Liao Qunfang
CID
刑警2人组
Li Fuzhong
李富忠
Magical Hands
猜心妙手
Co-production
2005 The Dragon Heroes
赤子乘龙
Xiang Hai Co-production
2004 Devil's Blues
叛逆战队
A Child's Hope 2
孩有明天 2
Man at Forty
跑吧!男人
Wang Shaoqi
Double Happiness
喜临门
William
2003 A Toast of Love
吃吃面包谈谈情
Wu Guanghui Sitcom
Holland V
荷兰村
Gao Tianxiang
高天祥
Health Matters 2
一切由慎开始2
Lin Xiang Feng
林祥丰
2002 Kopi-O II
浓浓咖啡乌 2
Shen Jianren
沈健仁
No Problem!
考试家族
Bukit Ho Swee
河水山
2001 The Hotel
大酒店
Raymond Boo
Beyond the Axis of Truth
法医X档案
Li Zeyuan
My Genie
我爱精灵
Sitcom
2000 The Legendary Swordsman
笑傲江湖
Tian Boguang Co-production
乱世骗侠 China production
1999 From the Medical Files 2
医生档案2
Zhou Yuhui
周宇晖
Back to School
摩登状元
Liao Guo Ren
廖国仁
Out to Win
步步为赢
Legends of Ne Zha
莲花童子 - 哪吒
Shen Gong Bao
申公豹
1998 Legend of the Eight Immortals
东游记
The Evil Dragon
The Royal Monk 2
真命小和尚 – 十二铜人 2
"Iron Bucket"
铁桶
1997 The Royal Monk
真命小和尚 – 无字天书
Sword and Honour
铁血男儿
Zheng He
郑和
1996 Life on the Line
魂断四面佛
特警上司 Telemovie
Kung Fu Master 1996
掌门人1996
Chen Zhi
陈直
1995 Heavenly Ghost Catcher
天师钟馗
Wang Fu Qu
王富曲
Heartbeat
医胆仁心
Lin Yuan Da
林远大
1994 Silk and Romance
情丝万缕
Shao Wen Xuan
邵文轩
Challenger
勇者无惧
Li Jin
李进
Thunder Plot
惊天大阴谋
Li Baoluo
李保罗
Young Justice Bao
侠义包公
Di Qing
狄青
1993 The Great Conspiracy
莲花争霸
Nan Gong Jian
南宫剑
Endless Love
未了缘
Yu Jia Hui
于家辉
Angel of Vengeance
暴雨狂花
Zhang Hui
张辉
Heavenly Beings
再战封神榜
Hu Jian Sheng
胡剑生
1992 Woman of Substance
悲欢岁月
1991 Legend of a Beauty
一代天骄
Ye Feng
叶峯
The Last Swordsman
最后一个大侠
Liu Sheng Ci Lang
柳生次郎
Private Eyes
妙探智多星
Gao Guangyi
高广义
Behind Bars
铁狱雷霆
Feng Ling Zheng
冯令正
1990 Navy
壮志豪情
Xie Wenhuai
谢文淮
Village Hero
大吉传奇
1989 Turn of the Tide
浮沉
Gu Yongsheng
古永胜
Magic of Dance
鼓舞青春
1988 Ups and Downs
婚姻保险
Deng Qian Fan
邓千帆
Teahouse in Chinatown
牛车水人家
Chen Defu
陈得富
The Last Applause
舞榭歌台
Shen Desheng
沈得胜
Airforce
空军
Wu Hongfa
吴鸿发
1987 Moving On
变迁
Zhuang Rongguang
庄荣光
1986 The Sword and the Song
绝代双雄
Zhao Guangyi
赵光义
First Step
踏上征途
Li Jianhui
黎建晖
Men of Valour
盗日英雄传
Yue Feng
岳锋
1985 The Young Heroes
少年英雄
Chen Tiezhu
陈铁柱
Unyielding Butterflies
铁蝴蝶
Meng Chuqiao
孟楚乔
Man from the Past
大侠吴三奇
Wu Sanqi
吴三奇
1984 Youth
年轻人
The Awakening
雾锁南洋
Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Accolade Works Notes
1997 Star Awards 1997, Best Supporting Actor The Royal Monk Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1998 Star Awards 1998, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2016 Star Awards 2016, Best Supporting Actor 118 Nominated
2016 Star Awards 2016, Best Evergreen Veteran 118 Nominated
2016 Star Awards 2016, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2017 Star Awards 2017, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Celeb Bios Archived 29 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Accolades". The Straits Times. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ TIME: I so stunned like vegetable could become a thing after this video
  4. ^ TIME: I so stunned like vegetable could become a thing after this video
  5. ^ "Ilo Ilo star Chen Tian Wen to become a dad". Channel NewsAsia. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chen Tian Wen welcomes baby boy". Channelnewsasia. June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 

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