Kenneth Tsang

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Kenneth Tsang Wing Kong
Chinese name 曾江
Pinyin zēng jiāng (Mandarin)
Jyutping zang1 gong1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Tsang Koon-yat (曾貫一)
Born (1935-09-02) 2 September 1935 (age 80)
Occupation Actor,
Years active 1955–present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tsang.
Kenneth Tsang's star on Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong.

Kenneth Tsang Kong (Chinese: 曾江; born 2 September 1935) is a Hong Kong actor. Tsang's career has spanned 50 years and included a variety of acting roles. Tsang won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Tsang was born in Shanghai with family roots in Jida, Zhuhai, Guangdong.

Tsang attended high school in Wah Yan College, Hong Kong and then Wah Yan College, Kowloon. He attended McMurry College, Abilene, Texas for his Freshmen year and transferred to University of California at Berkeley, where he received a degree in architecture.


Tsang returned to Hong Kong in the early 1960s as an architect but was bored by the work. His younger sister by 2 years, Jeanette Lin (林翠), was a film star at the time and provided Tsang with several connections in the industry which boosted his acting career. In the media, Lin Tsui was always presented as Tsang's younger sister instead as it was moreover uncommon for female stars to reveal their age.[citation needed]

Tsang's film debut was in the movie The Feud (1955), when he was just 16, which was followed by a role in Who Isn't Romantic? (1956). In the mid 1960s, Tsang starred in detective films and classic kung fu movies with (at the time) Hong Kong teen idols Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao. Tsang also appeared in a few Wong Fei-Hung movies in the late 1960s. In the 1986, Tsang worked as taxi cab owner, Ken, in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow. Subsequent collaborations with Woo included the role of Ken in A Better Tomorrow 2 in 1987, police officer Danny Lee's murdered partner in The Killer in 1989, and the strict adoptive father of Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung in Once a Thief in 1991.

Tsang also filmed several Singaporean Chinese dramas during the 1990s, one of his most notable works there was the 1995 epic The Teochew Family and The Unbeatables II in 1996

Up to this point, Tsang had played roles in mainly Hong Kong movies. His first Hollywood film was The Replacement Killers (1998), also the Hollywood debut of co-star Chow Yun-fat. Tsang appeared alongside Chow once again in Anna and the King as well as Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2. Tsang played General Moon in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002), and he continues to appear in films from his native Hong Kong.

Personal life[edit]

Tsang is currently married to Chiao Chiao (焦姣), a Chinese-born Taiwanese actress.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kenneth Tsang". Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kenneth Tsang". Retrieved 1 March 2010. 

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