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 52)
State of Singapore, British Empire
Occupation Actor
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 the Cannes Film Festival award-winning Ilo Ilo, the Ah Boys to Men trilogy: Ah Boys to Men, Ah Boys to Men 2 and Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen, The Lion Men and The Lion Men: Ultimate Showdown.

Chen 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" as Teck in the Cannes Film Festival award-winning "Ilo Ilo" 爸妈不在家 once again put Chen in the spotlight.[2]

Chen hit the headlines again when two parody music videos he starred in, which were featured in the second season of Spouse for House, 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 Ch'ing-yen Huang.[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]


Year Work Role Remarks
2015 Mr. Unbelievable Eric Kwek
Spouse for House 2 Eric Kwek
Life Is Beautiful 初一的心愿 Albert Zhang
2014 Fiji Love 斐济99℃爱情
The Lion Men 狮神决战 Master He 贺师父
118 Zhang Tiancheng 张天成
2013 Ilo Ilo 爸妈不在家 Lim Teck
2012 It Takes Two 对对碰 "Opposition Party" 反对党 Post-production
Ah Boys to Men 新兵正传 Mr. Jin 曾先生
Poetic Justice 微笑正仪 Huang 煌哥
Unriddle 2 最火搭档2 Kuroda 黑田
2011 Mooncake 朋友 Co-production
On the Fringe 边缘父子 Luo Biao
2010 Unriddle 最火搭档 Chai Dexing
No Limits 泳闯琴关 Ou Yingxiong 欧英雄
New Beginnings 红白囍事 Chen Congming 陈聪明
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
Love Blossoms 心花朵朵开
By My Side 不凡的爱 Andy
2007 Kinship 2 手足 2 Chen Anxin
Mars vs Venus 幸福双人床 Ah Wu
Kinship 手足 Chen Anxin
Let It Shine 萤火虫的梦
Life Story Channel 5
2006 Love at 0 °C 爱情零度C
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
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
Health Matters 2 一切由慎开始2
2002 Kopi-O 2 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
Legends of Ne Zha 莲花童子 - 哪吒
1998 Legend of the Eight Immortals 东游记
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
1992 Woman of Substance 悲欢岁月
1991 Legend of a Beauty 一代天骄
The Last Swordsman 最后一个大侠
Private Eyes 妙探智多星
Behind Bars 铁狱雷霆
1990 Navy 壮志豪情
Village Hero 大吉传奇
1989 Turn of the Tide 浮沉
Magic of Dance 鼓舞青春
1988 Ups and Downs 婚姻保险
The Last Applause 舞榭歌台
Teahouse in Chinatown 牛车水人家
Airforce 空军 Wu Hongfa 吴鸿发
1987 Moving On 变迁
1986 The Sword and the Song 绝代双雄
First Step 踏上征途
Men of Valour 盗日英雄传
1985 The Young Heroes 少年英雄
Unyielding Butterflies 铁蝴蝶
Man from the Past 大侠吴三奇
1984 Youth 年轻人
The Awakening 雾锁南洋 Cameo


  1. ^ Celeb Bios
  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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