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 53)
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. He also acted in The Lion Men, The Lion Men: Ultimate Showdown and Mr. Unbelievable.

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" 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 sitcom Spouse for House 2, 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
2016 Hero
大英雄
Guan Ah'li
关阿礼
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
2015 Mr. Unbelievable
Unbelievable先生
Eric Kwek Hock Seng
郭富城
It would be his first movie leading role
Spouse for House 2 Eric Kwek Channel 5, Cameo
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
Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Star Awards 2016
2013 Ilo Ilo
爸妈不在家
Lim Teck Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 50th Golden Horse Award 2013
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 赵光义
First Step 踏上征途
Men of Valour 盗日英雄传 岳锋
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

Accolades[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

References[edit]

  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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