|Chinese name||吳宗憲 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||吴宗宪 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Wú Zōngxiàn (Mandarin)|
26 September 1962
West Central District, Tainan, Taiwan
|Alma mater||National Taiwan University of Arts|
Chang Wei-wei (m. 1990)
|Also known as||Xian Ge (憲哥)|
Jacky Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴宗宪; traditional Chinese: 吳宗憲; pinyin: Wú Zōngxiàn; Wade–Giles: Wu Tsung-hsien; born September 26, 1962 in Tainan, Taiwan) or Xian Ge (憲哥, literally "Elder Brother Xian"), is a celebrity from Taiwan. He is an accomplished variety show host, singer and actor. He hosts and co-hosts numerous variety shows, such as long running popular Taiwanese variety show Guess.
In 1987, Wu started out by taking cameo roles in variety shows. He is known for his quick witted humor and open-fire talks, which have attracted both followers and critics.
Jacky Wu currently ranks one of the most popular and richest entertainers in Taiwan. Known for his quick witted humor and open fire talks, Wu has for the most part been a showboat of river joy and sensationalism. His love life has also been a center of tabloids under the public eye. Contemplating whether to retire after he has earned more than enough money, Wu plans to spend more time with his family in the near future.
Jacky Wu—an influential character in Taiwan's entertainment business—discovered Jay Chou's music score at a singing competition and was impressed with its complexity. Wu hired him as a contract composer and paired him with the novice lyricist Vincent Fang. Jay Chou then rose up to become a superstar celebrity in the Chinese arena.
He currently ranks as one of the richest entertainers in Taiwan. He had received honorary (non-academic) bachelor's degree from his alma mater - National Taiwan University of Arts for services in the Taiwanese entertainment industry because he never completed his studies in Performance Arts.
Wu has mentioned in an interview with mainland website Sina.com.cn that the deadline for his retirement is June 30, 2010. He had hinted at his intention to retire many times, after which he will cease working as an entertainer. "I want to lead an easier life," Wu told Sina. "I've been in the show business for so long, I just need a change now," said Wu, whose 27-year-long career has included his stint as a host, singer and actor. The star says he will focus on his new company which makes environmentally friendly LED lamps. He continued hosting other variety shows such as Power Sunday until 2012.
Wu has been the host of a number of popular shows, including the long-running "Guess Guess Guess," which won him an honor in 2008's Golden Bell Awards. He never won an award in Golden Bell until in 2016 with his eldest daughter Sandy Wu for Super Followers, and in 2017, he won with KID (Lin Bo-sheng) for Mr. Player for Best Outdoor Reality Game Shows.
Return to television
Jacky Wu secretly married Chang Wei-wei in a "simple ceremony" attended by their parents in 1990 and had three daughters, Sandy, Vivian and Olivia, and one son, Rick Wu. He admitted to lying about his marital status and apologized publicly in a newspaper interview in August 16, 2000. Wu had no intention to conceal his marital status to protect his career in the show business, but rather to protect his children from possible harm. Wu and Chang had since registered their marriage in 2001.
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