Craig Fong

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Craig Robert Fong
Born
Craig Robert Fong

(1970-10-22) 22 October 1970 (age 48)
Alma materCentral Institute of Technology
OccupationTheatre/film actor
Modeling information
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Eye colorHazel
Websitecraigfong.com

Craig Robert Fong (born 22 October 1970 in Carnarvon, Western Australia) is an Australian film actor.

Early life[edit]

Craig Fong was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia. In this small country town with less than five thousand residents, Craig grew up in a somewhat isolated outback environment. His grandfather Clement, took Craig to the drive-in cinema to escape the house on hot summer nights and he was absolutely amazed by the art of storytelling through motion picture. Craig was a small, shy, withdrawn young boy who reluctantly pursued acting in junior high. Acting had somehow given Craig the confidence to read for a stage comedy and thus was first cast in the stage comedy ‘Custards Last Stand’. At fourteen Craig moved to Perth to continue his studies at Rossmoyne Senior High School but there were no drama classes, instead he picked up photography with the intention of eventually becoming a film director.

After high school he enrolled into the Central Institute of Technology located in Perth, majoring in film production and animation. During his three years he won Best Television Commercial and his actor Matt Thompson won Best Male Actor for a short film he made in 1991 at the Film and Television Institute (FTI) Awards in Fremantle. The following year he was nominated for Best Documentary at the same event.

His partner at the time, a prominent model, introduced him to her agent and thus was cast in his first television commercial for Western Australian Tourism. Fong had his first chance to work with a real production company and his passion for acting was re-ignited.

Career[edit]

Craig left Perth for Sydney to pursue an acting career. He was an extra on Thank God He Met Lizzie, ‘Hart to Hart Down Under’ and was featured in a Crowded House music video, Instinct. From there he left for Singapore and modelled for Elite Singapore and then with Mannequin Studio.

His travels took him to Malaysia where his first real acting break came from a Hollywood movie Entrapment, where he spent three days standing next to Catherine Zeta-Jones as the right-hand-man of Maury Chaykin’s character. He did not have a large part in this movie. In fact, it was a very small one with a one-word line. In 1999 Craig was cast in his first lead role in an independent film Spinning Gasing portraying Harry, a young musician who is caught between culture, religion and love. ‘Spinning Gasing’ was later garnished with awards from the Hawaii International Film Festival, Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah and the CINEFAN Film Festival in Bombay.

Craig briefly returned to Singapore to work in mostly movies made for television with longtime friend and director Kabir Bhatia. Together they made ‘On the Wings of Butterflies’ playing a Japanese soldier who falls in love with a local Chinese Singaporean girl during World War II and ’Full Circle’.

After two years in Singapore he returned to his home in Perth looking to do more theatre work and struck a great friendship with playwright John Aitken where he was cast as an Imperial Princess in ‘Imperial Façade’, a Russian Mongolian soldier in ‘Ships Pass Quietly’ and a doppelgänger in ‘Lost is my Quiet’ where he was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the October 2007, 8th Annual Equity Guild Awards in Western Australia.

It was also the same year he played Bao Tang in the Australian feature film, The Line with Andy Mcphee, Peter Phelps, Ferdinand Hoang and John Flaus. A crime thriller, that takes an uncompromising journey into the world of police corruption. In one scene Craig had been gaffer taped to the seat of an old yellow Toyota Corolla in a junkyard by Andy McPhee and was left there for several hours while the cast and crew broke for lunch. As to not disturb the continuity as Andy had wrapped the tape around Craig's head including his right eye unintentionally.

In June 2009, Craig was cast in the Malaysian epic feature film Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (also known internationally as The Malay Chronicle: Bloodlines), playing the role of Admiral Liu Yun. During shooting many of the extras had passed out from heat exhaustion as most of the fight scenes were shot in the shores of Kuala Terengganu under the blazing hot sun.

In August of the same year he appeared as the love interest Karl Vincent in the television series, Wadi Unung for Astro Prima. While post-production continued on The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines, Fong began shooting on the WWII mini-series Akinabalu in February 2010 alongside Dira Abu Zahar and Aaron Aziz, as the Japanese Lieutenant Tanaka. The Astro Citra miniseries, directed by Kabir Bhatia, was based on the Japanese occupation of South-East Asia, particularly the Sandakan Death Marches.

By providence, Craig worked with many German based productions, including Liebe und Tod auf Java (‘Love and Death in Java’). Directed by Heidi Kranz. Screenplay by Christian Schmidt and produced by teamWorx Television & Film GmbH. The cast included, Muriel Baumeister, Francis Fulton-Smith, Julia Thurnau, Sönke Möhring and Gottfried John. Set in a tobacco plantation in Java during the 1920s just before World War II had been declared and Nazi persecution had begun.

Verloren auf Borneo, (‘Lost in Borneo’). A German made movie about Borneo's endangered Orangutans, which in the film is highly threatened by deforestation. Starring Hannes Jaenicke, Mirjam Weichselbraun and Patrick Heyn.

Craig worked on ‘Fragrant Harbour’ Hafen der Düfte with German actress Veronica Ferres who was also co-producer and acted with Russell Wong and Matthew Marsh. The story based on the novel by Harold Nebenza. Directed by Peter Gersina for teamWorx Television & Film GmbH.

In November 2011, Craig Fong was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines at the Anugerah Skrin in Malaysia.

In 2013 Craig teamed up once again with writer and director Kabir Bhatia on Gila Baby. On February of the same year, he starred in the Malaysian drama film Cuak.

March 2013 – Das Traumschiff which is Germany's longing running television series filmed in and around Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. Craig Fong playing the character Beto alongside actor Nick Wilder.

June 2018 – Filming began on The Heights by Matchbox Pictures for the ABC Australia and NBC America. Fong plays the role of Benny.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Spinning Gasing Harry Lee
1999 Entrapment Admiral Lui Yun
2009 The Line Bao Tang
2011 The Malay Chronicles Admiral Lui Yun
2011 Akinabalu The Movie Lieutenant Tanaka
2014 Cuak The Man in Blue
2014 Gila Baby Mongol

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kopitiam William 3 episodes
2004 Bully Daniel Lum
2005 On The Wings Of A Butterfly Kenji
2010 Wadi Unung Karl Vincent 24 episodes
2011 Crossings Corporal Kanada
2011 Akinabalu Lieutenant Tanaka 8 episodes
2012 Verloren auf Borneo Setiawan
2012 Liebe Und Tod Auf Java Tojo Murakami
2019 The Heights Benny 5 episodes
Theatre
Year Production Playwright Role Notes
2005 Imperial Facade John Aitken Princess Wing Lee
2007 Lost Is My Quiet John Aitken Simon Brewster
2006 Ships Pass Quietly John Aitken Yuri

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