Deng Chao

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Deng Chao
Chinese name 鄧超 (traditional)
Chinese name 邓超 (simplified)
Pinyin Dèng Chāo (Mandarin)
Origin China
Born (1979-02-08) 8 February 1979 (age 38)
Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • film director
  • singer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Sun Li (m. 2010)
Children 2

Deng Chao (simplified Chinese: 邓超; traditional Chinese: 鄧超; born February 8, 1979 in Nanchang, Jiangxi) is a Chinese actor, comedian, director and singer.[1] He is a cast member of the popular variety program, Hurry Up Brother. His recent films, The Breakup Guru, The Mermaid and Duckweed are among the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time in China.



During his third year of study at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, Deng achieved recognition from his performance in stage plays Cui Hua, Serve Suancai and Please. After graduation, he started filming dramas. He rose to fame with the 2003 historical television series The Young Emperor and further achieved recognition in director Gao Xixi's military drama Happiness as Flowers, which marked his image transformation.[2]

Increasing recognition[edit]

Due to his rising popularity, Deng scored a role in Feng Xiaogang's war film Assembly. The film was well-received by the audience and won critical acclaim. Deng won the Best Supporting Actor at the Hundred Flowers Awards, successfully making his crossover to the big screen.[3] The same year, he co-starred in Cao Baoping's romantic thriller The Equation of Love and Death[4] and was awarded the Society award at the Golden Phoenix Awards for his performance.[5]

In 2010, he starred in Tsui Hark's action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, playing an albino detective named Peng Dong Lai.[6] He earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.[7] Deng next starred in fantasy film Mural (2011), directed by Gordon Chan and adapted from the renowned ghost novel "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio".[8] In 2012, he signed on to play Cold Blood in The Four trilogy, based on Woon Swee Oan's novel series Si Da Ming Bu (The Four Great Constables).[9]

Big screen successes and directorial works[edit]

In 2013, Deng starred as one of the three male leads in Peter Chan's American Dreams in China, about three young men from poor backgrounds who achieved success by establishing a reputable English teaching school.[10] In just 10 days, the film grossed over US$51 million[11] and earned positive reviews. Taipei Times call the movie a "a well-executed work of entertainment that preaches about China’s growing power" and praised Deng for "delivering a focused performance as an idealist with a defeated ego".[12]

In 2014, Deng made his directorial debut with The Breakup Guru, a romantic comedy starring himself and Yang Mi.[13] Though it faced stiff competition from Hollywood blockbusters, the film grossed 180 million yuan in its opening week and received praises by audience.[14] The same year, he joined Hurry Up, Brother, a Chinese version of the reality series Running Man.[15] The variety show enjoyed explosive popularity in China and propelled Deng into a household name.[16]

In 2015, he starred in crime film The Dead End directed by acclaimed director Cao Baoping. The movie grossed over 100 million yuan three days after its release.[17] Deng was praised by critics for "breathe life into their roles, with riveting performances", as well as his chemistry with co-star Duan Yihong. He shared the Best Actor award with co-stars Duan and Guo Tao at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival.[18] Deng also teamed up again with Yu Baimei for the comedy film Devil and Angel, following the success of the The Breakup Guru. However unlike its predecessor, the film was voted the Most Disappointing Film of 2015 and received criticisms for its poor approach to comedy.[19][20]

In 2016, Deng teamed up with renowned director Stephen Chow in the comedy film The Mermaid.[21] He plays a playboy businessman who falls in love with a mermaid that had been sent to assassinate him. The film broke numerous box office records, such as the biggest opening day and the biggest single day gross, as well as having the biggest opening week of all time in China; and eventually became the highest grossing Chinese film of all time.[22] Deng next starred in romance film I Belonged to You, based on a novel of the same name about a romance between two disc jockeys.[23] The film grossed over 607 million yuan and topped box office charts.[24]

CBN Weekly named him the 3rd most commercially valuable celebrity in China,[25] and the most lucrative actor on China's big screen.[26]

In 2017, Deng starred in Han Han's vigilante comedy Duckweed.[27] The sleeper hit gained commercial and critical success.[28][29] Deng will next appear in the suspense crime film, The Liquidator, based on the bestselling crime novel series "Evil Minds: City Light" and directed by acclaimed TV director Xu Jizhou.[30]

Other activities[edit]

In 2016, Deng and long-time partner Yu Baimei (who co-directed The Breakup Guru and Devil and Angel) set up their own theater, the Super Theater.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Deng is married to actress Sun Li since 2010. They have two children, a son named Deng Han Zhi and a daughter named Deng Han Yi.



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2003 When Love Loses Its Memory 当爱情失去记忆 Li Buxiao
2007 Assembly 集结号 Zhao Erdou
2008 The Equation of Love and Death 李米的猜想 Fang Wen
Ai qing hu jiao zhuan yi II: Ai qing zuo you 爱情呼叫转移2 Yuan Jia
2010 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 狄仁杰与通天帝国 Bei Donglai
2012 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Xu Beihong guest appearance
Perfect Baby 巴黎宝贝 Ma Xiaoshun [31]
The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Chen Yi
Mural 画壁 Zhu Xiaolian
2012 The Four 四大名捕 Leng Xie
2013 American Dreams in China 中国合伙人 Meng Xiaojun
The Four II 四大名捕2 Leng Xie
2014 The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Mei Yuangui also director and producer
The Four III 四大名捕3 Leng Xie [32]
2015 Jian Bing Man 煎饼侠 Deng Chao guest appearance
The Dead End 烈日灼心 Xin Xiaofeng
Hundred Regiments Offensive 百年大战 Zhang Zizhong guest appearance
Devil and Angel 恶棍天使 Mo Feili also director and producer
2016 The Mermaid 美人鱼 Liu Xuan
I Belonged to You 从你的全世界路过 Chen Mo
2017 Duckweed 乘风破浪 Xu Tailang
The Liquidator 缉凶者 Fang Mu


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2001 The Joy of Spring 换了青春 Liang Dawei
2003 The following is the fertile soil of sand 黄沙下面是沃土 Wang Heiyuan
The Young Emperor 少年天子 Shun Zhi
2004 Beijing Holiday 北京假日 Liu Xiaodong
Die Zhan Zhi Te Shu Jiao Liang 谍战之特殊较量 Zhao Zhiqiang
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一 Zheng De
Happiness as Flowers 幸福像花儿一样 Bai Yang
Young Kangxi 少年康熙 Kang Xi
Ming Mei Feng Yun 明末风云 Chong Zhen
Feng Liu Cai Zi Fan Zhuan Tian 风流才子翻转天 Kuang Nanhai
2006 Ai Le San Le 爱了散了 Chen Feng
Young Justice Bao III 少年包青天3 Bao Zheng
New Stars in the Night 新昨夜星辰 Zhou Xinbang
2007 Silent Tears 女人不哭 Zhao Jian
2008 Romantic West St. 浪漫的西街 Hu Dawei
Tian Mi Mi 甜蜜蜜 Lei Lei
Rich Man Poor Love 钻石王老五的艰难爱情 Meng Hao
2009 Human Love 人间情缘 Li Xiaojun
Medic 军医 Lin Bingkun
The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Zhang Wuji
2010 You're My Brother 你是我兄弟 Ma Xuejun
2011 Yan An Ai Qing 延安爱情 Peng Chengdou
2014 Ten Years of Love 相爱十年 Xiao Ran


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2011 Happy Camp 快乐大本营 Guest- 1/10/11
A Date with Luyu 鲁豫有约 Guest
2012 A Date with Luyu 鲁豫有约 Guest
2013 Happy Camp 快乐大本营 Guest- 18/5/13, 30/12/13
A Date with Luyu 鲁豫有约 Guest
Bigshot Guest
2014 Happy Camp 快乐大本营 Guest- 8/2/14, 21/6/14
A Date with Luyu 鲁豫有约 Guest
Bigshot Guest
2014–present Hurry Up, Brother 奔跑吧兄弟 Member
2015 Happy Camp 快乐大本营 Guest- 19/12/15
2016 Ace vs Ace 王牌对王牌 Guest
2017 Ace vs Ace 2 王牌对王牌 2 Guest

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 29th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actor Assembly Won
2009 27th Golden Rooster Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Golden Phoenix Awards Male Actor In A Motion Picture Won
2011 30th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Nominated
2015 18th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Actor[35] The Dead End Won
52nd Golden Horse Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actor[36] Nominated
2016 7th China Film Directors' Guild Awards Actor of the Year Nominated


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  5. ^ film awards "邓超获颁金凤凰奖 感言享受表演热爱电影" Check |url= value (help). Sinalanguage=Chinese. 2009-08-07. 
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  9. ^ "Cast Members Promote Wuxia Drama "The Four"". China Radio International. 2012-02-25. 
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  11. ^ "Chasing their dreams". China Daily. 2013-10-18. 
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  14. ^ "Deng Chao's Directorial Debut Opens Big". China Radio International. 2014-07-22. 
  15. ^ "Zhejiang Satellite TV to Reproduce "Running Man"". China Radio International. 2014-07-10. 
  16. ^ ""Running Man" Remake "Hurry Up, Brother" Is a Huge Hit in China". Soompi. 2012-01-12. 
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  20. ^ "'Devil and Angel' biggest winner at China's version of the Razzie Awards". Sina. 2016-03-22. 
  21. ^ "Stephen Chow comes back with 'The Mermaid'". 2015-10-10. 
  22. ^ "'Mermaid' takes crown of highest grossing Chinese film". 2016-02-19. 
  23. ^ "'I Belonged to You' faces competition from Guo offering". 2016-07-06. 
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  25. ^ "Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value". China Daily. 2016-12-12. 
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