Chew Chor Meng
|Chew Chor Meng|
|Pinyin||Zhōu Chūmíng (Mandarin)|
|Birth name||Chew Chor Meng|
20 November 1968 |
|Other name(s)||Ah Meng|
Mediacorp (1990 - 2010)
|Spouse(s)||Married Deon Chew in 2000|
|Ancestry||Chaozhou, Guangdong, China|
Chew Chor Meng (born 20 November 1968), also known as Zhou Chuming, is a Singaporean television actor. Since 1990, he has been working with MediaCorp on the Chinese-language Channel 8 as a contracted artiste.
Chew started his career in showbiz after winning Star Search in 1990, a bi-annual nationwide talent search. Since then, he has never failed to make it to the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes in the Star Awards, an award ceremony for TV personalities, since its inception in 1994. In 2004, Chew was awarded the All Time Favourite Artiste Award with Li Nanxing and Zoe Tay.
He first earned his acting nomination for his role as Hong San in the 1995 epic The Teochew Family, which he's still known to audiences in China. This was also evident when he bagged the Best Actor Award in Star Awards 2000 in Hainan Kopi Tales. His popularity has also spread across the causeway as he was voted the Most Popular MediaCorp Male Artiste in Malaysia. He made his first crossover to English sitcom in Mr. Kiasu. During the late 1990s to early 2000s, he was best known for his role as Jacky Chang aka Ah Bee, a salesman with a penchant for grabbing 'lobangs' (good opportunities that cannot be missed) in the popular Channel 8 sitcom Don't Worry, Be Happy, which spanned for six seasons. Chew initially dropped out from the role of Ah Bee after the 3rd season due to fear of being typecast, and also because he wanted to focus more on drama and variety shows. He eventually reprised the role for the latter half of the 6th (and final) season for Don't Worry Be Happy, and appeared in a spinoff series Lobang King focusing on Ah Bee and his new league of friends.
Chew is known for his versatility and ability to portray different characters that leave a lasting impression. At the 25th anniversary special in 2007, his character Ah Bee was named as one of the most memorable TV roles and his role as the villain Li Kechun in The Reunion was voted the Top 10 most memorable villains. In 2009 he won the Best Supporting Actor award, despite the nominations being dominated by cast of the popular blockbuster series The Little Nyonya, for his portrayal of a promising young doctor driven to vice and insanity by unfortunate circumstances in The Golden Path.
Now a well-known household name, Chew has gone from acting in drama series to hosting shows and large-scale events including overseas collaborations with Taiwan and China. He was nominated for the Best Info-Ed Host Award at the Star Awards 2010 for co-hosting Food Hometown.
Chew's contract with MediaCorp was set to expire in October 2010. Due to his illness, Chew initially did not expect his contract to be renewed. However, reports surfaced in November 2010 that Chew's contract was renewed for a further two years, with particular emphasis on hosting and new artiste training duties. He made his acting comeback with Channel U's Show Hand, followed by Channel 8 30th anniversary drama special Joys of Life.
Chew was educated from Holy Innocents' High School. He is married to Deon Tan and they have two daughters, born in 2002 and 2004. He revealed during a celebrity talk show in early 2008 that he did not have a happy childhood, often being abused by his overly strict father (a compulsive gambler and alcoholic), who committed suicide when Chew was still in primary school. He began attending a Charismatic church, Renewal Centre from 2007 and was baptised in late November 2008 with his daughters.
On 19 December 2008, Chew announced during a church event that he was suffering from Kennedy's disease, a muscular dystrophy illness that resulted in him limping while filming for his latest role as Wang Zhongkun in Love Blossoms II. Chew said that he was diagnosed with the illness in September 2008, and that he alerted the local press as to his condition, but asked the press to not report it yet, as he was psychologically not ready for it. Chew originally planned on officially announcing his illness during the Star Awards 2008 ceremony, due to be held in March 2009. However, signs of his illness can be clearly seen already, and the news was hard to keep under wraps. The illness has also brought on cardiac problems and diabetes for Chew.
Since the illness was revealed, Chew became a member of the local disabled sports club, and has been taking swimming lessons to strengthen his body.
In September 2016, Chew appeared in episode 6 of I Want To Be A Star that had to be taken down from Toggle's website due to public outcry about the show's casual racism. Chew's character said onscreen that Indians and Africans are "all the same". Fellow actor Shane Pow appeared onscreen in blackface and wearing an Afro wig, after a casting director failed to find a man of African descent to play the role. Toggle, Mediacorp's online service, has apologised on behalf of the show.
|2017||Lucky Boy (天公仔)||Lin Chong|
|2011||It's a Great, Great World (大世界)||Ah Meng|
|I Want To Be A Star
|My First School
|Don't Worry, Be Healthy
|Hong Daming 洪达明|
|2012||The Day It Rained on Our Parade
|Joys of Life
|2011||Secrets For Sale
|Xie Guanghui 谢光辉||
|2009||Police & Thief 6|
|2008||Love Blossoms II
|2007||The Golden Path
|My Dear Kins
|2005||My Lucky Charm
|You Are The One
|2004||Chronicles of Life
|2002||Springs of Life
|Mr Kiasu II||Kiasu|
|2000||Hainan Kopi Tales
|Long Ah Sing
|The Voices Within
|The Legendary Swordsman
|1999||Wok of Life
|You Ri'an/You Yongfu
|1998||Riding The Storms
|The New Adventures of Wisely
|For Better or Worse
|Crimes and Tribulations
|1996||Don't Worry, Be Happy
|The Unbeatables II
|Santa, The Happy Ghost
|Ah Xue II
|Lu Ah He
|The Teochew Family
|1994||Romance in the 7th Month
|The Valiant One
|Challenge of Truth
|Young Justice Bao
|1993||The Witty Advisor
|The Brave Ones
|Angel of Vengeance
|Memories of June
|1991||"The Future Is Mine"
|2011||Living the Golden Age '11 (黄金年华之光辉岁月)||Host|
|Community Chest Truehearts (公益献爱心)||Host|
|2010||Living the Golden Age '10 (黄金年华之光辉岁月)||Host|
|2009||Food Hometown 2 (美食寻根 2)||Host|
|2008||The Fairprice Show (平价与你迎旺年)||Host|
|Let's Go Shopping (我们逛街去)||Host|
|2007||Never Too Old (新领屋)||Host|
|My Beautiful Life (好想美一下)||Host|
|True Files V (真实档案 V)||Host|
|2006||Fortune Festival at Giant'06 (爱上Giant过肥年'06)||Host|
|Kungfu Chef (神厨双怪)||Host|
|My Star Guide (Dubai) (我的导游是明星 (迪拜))||Co-Host|
|Trivia Trove 2 (不说你不知 2)||Host|
|Citispa Beauty Perfection (Citispa完美大挑战)||Host|
|True Files IV (真实档案 IV)||Host|
|Let's Party With Food 4 (食福满人间 4)||Host|
|2005||Trivia Trove (不说你不知)||Host|
|Fortune Festival at Giant'05 (爱上Giant过肥年'05)||Host|
|True Files III (真实档案 III)||Host|
|Perfect 10 (十分十全十美)||Host|
|National Day Parade 2005||Co-Host|
|Where in Singapore (到底在哪里)||Host|
|Let's Party With Food 3 (食福满人间 3)||Host|
|Kungfu Chef (神厨双怪)||Host|
|Renci Charity Show 2005 (仁心慈爱照万千)||Host|
|2004||Flavours of Australia (澳妙新滋味)||Co-Host|
|NKF Charity Show 2004 (群星照亮千万心之星光再现人间情)||Host|
|Spring and Slide (威力无比加油站)||Host|
|2003||Tiger Club Crawl (Tiger寻Fun作乐)||Host|
|True Hearts'03 (公益献爱心)||Host|
|2001||Tonite With Chor Meng (夜猫行动)||Host|
|Super Movie Fan Club (超级影迷俱乐部)||Host|
|Lunar New Year Special 2001 (金蛇运转贺新年)||Co-Host|
|All Stars Variety 2001 (全星展艺献温情)||Host|
|2000||Affairs of the Heart (心手相连）||Host|
|1999||Star Search (才华横溢出新秀)||Host|
|1995||City Beat (城人杂志)||Co-host|
|Star Search (才华横溢出新秀)||Host|
|Variety Tonight – Now You Know (1995 原来如此)||Host|
|1994||Chew on Eight (河畔飘香尝美食)||Host|
|1993||Star Search (才华横溢出新秀)||Host|
|Year||Award / Achievement||Representative Work||Notes|
|2013||Star Awards 2013, Best Actor||Joys of Life||Nominated|
|2010||Star Awards 2010, Best Info-ed Programme Show Host||Food Hometown 2||Nominated|
|2009||Star Awards 2009, Best Supporting Actor||The Golden Path (TV series)||Won|
|2004||Star Awards 2004, All Time Favourite Award||Won|
|2003||Star Awards 2003, Best Actor||Springs Of Life||Nominated|
|2003||Star Awards 2003, Best Comedy Performer||Lobang King||Nominated|
|2003||Star Awards 2003, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|2002||Star Awards 2002, Best Actor||The Reunion||Nominated|
|2002||Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|2001||Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|2000||Star Awards 2000, Best Actor||Hainan Kopi Tales||Won|
|2000||Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1999||Star Awards 1999, Best Actor||Wok of Life||Nominated|
|1999||Star Awards 1999, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1998||Star Awards 1998, Best Actor||Immortal Love||Nominated|
|1998||Star Awards 1998, Best Comedy Performer||Don't Worry Be Happy 4||Nominated|
|1998||Star Awards 1998, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1997||Star Awards 1997, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1996||Star Awards 1996, Best Actor||The Teochew Family||Nominated|
|1996||Star Awards 1996, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1995||Star Awards 1995, Best Actor||Challenge Of Truth||Nominated|
|1995||Star Awards 1995, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1994||Star Awards 1994, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes||Won|
|1990||Star Search 1990||Won|
- "明年10月约满 周初明计划进军饮食业 (Translation: Artiste Contract Due to Expire in October of Next Year, Chew Plans Eatery Business Venture)" (in Chinese). Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore). 7 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
- "周初明獲續約2年 或轉戰主持教學 (Translation: Chew Chor Meng's Contract Renewed For Two Years, Might Turn to Hosting and Training)". ChinaPress.com. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Tan, Dawn Weie (21 December 2008). "'I may need a wheelchair'--But actor Chew Chor Meng refuses to let muscular atrophy get him down". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
- "Chew Chor Meng diagnosed with muscular atrophy". AsiaOne. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- "患肌肉萎缩症 周初明受访： 坐轮椅也要 看女儿长大 (Translation: Suffering from muscular atrophy, Chew Chor Meng's Exclusive Interview: "I will watch my daughter grow up, even if I have to watch from a wheelchair")" (in Chinese). Lianhe Wanbao (carried on omy.sg). 20 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- "成为残疾人士体育理事会会员 周初明每周4天游泳健身 (Translation: Becoming a member of a disabled sports organisation, Chew Chor Meng swims 4 times a week for fitness)" (in Chinese). Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore). Retrieved 13 July 2009.