George Wang (actor)

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George Wang
George Wang Una colt in pugno al diavolo.jpg
Born 王玨
(1918-11-12)November 12, 1918
Dandong, Liaoning
Died March 27, 2015(2015-03-27) (aged 96)
Taipei
Occupation Actor

George Wang (born Wang Yie, 12 November 1918 – 27 March 2015) was a Taiwanese actor and producer who appeared in a multitude of Italian films.

Biography[edit]

Born in Dandong, Liaoning, Wang enrolled the Shanghai drama school China Film Studio in 1938 and the following year he made his film debut in Defending Our Homeland (保家鄉).[1] In 1949, Wang moved to Taiwan, becoming one of the most important stars in the early years of Taiwanese cinema.[1]

At the end of the 1950s he moved to Italy, where he was a very active character actor in genre films, mainly spy films, adventure films and Spaghetti Westerns, being mostly cast in roles of villains.[2][3] Thanks to his good knowledge of English, he was also active in a number of English language productions, notably appearing in Nicholas Ray's 55 Days at Peking.[2]

In 1976 Wang moved to Hong Kong, where with his son Don he founded the film production company "Wang Film Company".[1][3] In 1978 he returned to Taiwan and back to acting, winning in 1981 a Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Coldest Winter in Peking (皇天后土).[1][4]

Death[edit]

Wang died of heart attack at 96 years old. He received a posthumous presidential citation in recognition of his contributions to Taiwanese cinema.[4]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kevin Ma (7 April 2015). "George Wang (1918–2015)". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Attori stranieri del nostro cinema. Gremese 2006, p. 206. ISBN 978-88-8440-425-1.
  3. ^ a b Tom Betts (4 April 2015). "RIP George Wang". Western Boot Hill. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Christie Chen (16 April 2015). "Presidential citation to honor late actor Wang Chueh". Focus Taiwan News Channel. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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