Frankie Kao

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Frankie Kao Ling-feng
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Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Gāo Língfēng (Mandarin)
Born Ko Yuan-cheng ()
(1950-02-28)28 February 1950
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Died 17 February 2014(2014-02-17) (aged 63)
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Ethnicity Han Chinese and Vietnamese
Alma mater Chinese Culture University
Occupation Singer, TV host, actor
Years active 1974–1989, 2004–2014
Spouse(s)
  • Lin Yu-chao (m. 1976; div. 1986)
  • Wen Chieh (m. 1988; div. 1991)
  • Jin You-jhuang (m. 1995; div. 2012)
Children 6, including Christine Ko
Also known as The Frog Prince

Ko Yuan-cheng (28 February 1950 – 17 February 2014), better known by his stage names Frankie Kao and Kao Ling-feng, was a Taiwanese singer, television presenter and actor.[1][2] He is half Chinese and half Vietnamese. His birth name is 葛元誠 (Gé Yuánchéng) and employed the moniker The Frog Prince (青蛙王子 Qīngwā Wángzi) for more than three decades which was given to him by his close friend, comedian Ni Min-jan. He also had a friend named Chang Fei, who is the host of Variety Big Brother. He was known for the song "Flaming Phoenix" (火鳳凰).

During the height of his career, Frankie Kao commanded an appearance fee of NT$240,000 per night.[citation needed] He exited from his singing career at his peak and ventured into business. His business venture went badly and he returned to his entertainment career.[citation needed]

Kao died of leukaemia on 17 February 2014 at the age of 63.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1974 Love Needs No Sorrow 翦翦風
The Sea in Blue 海藍藍
1976 Golden King 金霸王
1979 The Wild Goose on the Wing 雁兒在林梢
1980 Errant Love 聚散兩依依
1981 A Good Man Can Bend 能屈能伸大丈夫
Longing 蹦蹦一串心
The Modern Spy 摩登情報員
1982 The Braggart King 吹牛大王
1983 Fantasy Mission Force 迷你特攻隊
2007 Belated Love 愛真太遲
2010 Au Revoir Taipei 一頁台北
Rock On! 實習大明星
2013 Kara King 冠軍歌王

Television[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2011 iPartment 爱情公寓 Frankie Kao

References[edit]

  1. ^ "歌的故事/瓊瑤與《大眼睛》為高凌風開星路". NOWnews. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "「青蛙王子」後繼有人 葛曉潔進軍演藝圈". NOWnews. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Pan, Jason (18 February 2014). "Veteran singer, show host Frankie Gao dies, aged 63". Taipei Times. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Three PTS programs pay tribute to Frankie Gao". Taipei Times. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2016.