Li Nanxing

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Li Nanxing
Chinese name 李南星
Pinyin Lǐ Nánxīng (Mandarin)
Birth name Jonathan Li Nanxing
Born (1964-11-07) 7 November 1964 (age 52)
Singapore, Malaysia
Other name(s) Big Brother of Caldecott Hill
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1986–present
Ancestry Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
Website linanxing.com
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Jonathan Lee Chee Meng (born 7 November 1964), better known as Li Nanxing (Chinese: 李南星; Wade–Giles: Li2 Nan2 Hsing1), is a Chinese actor and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. He has acted in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. Li is also a Film Director and Film Producer.

Li is perhaps one of Singapore's most prolific veteran actors, and is widely regarded as the 'Ahbang' (大哥, "big brother") of Caldecott Hill, alongside Zoe Tay who is known as 'queen' and Chew Chor Meng, who is known as the 'leader', the three of them are having consistently been voted as the 'Top 10 Most Popular Artistes' for their respective genders in the annual Star Awards. Li has also won several Best Actor awards and was nominated every single year from 1997 to 2004.

Career[edit]

Li began his career during the 1980s after completing SBC's 6th drama training course and gradually rose to stardom in the 1990s. In 1993 he shot to fame for starring in The Unbeatables I alongside Zoe Tay, the first drama series ever produced in Singapore on gambling. For most of the 1990s, he, Tay and Chew Chor Meng were MediaCorp's three most popular actors and he was voted the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes ten years in a row and also won several Malaysia and Taiwan popularity polls at the Star Awards. In 2004 he was awarded the coveted "All-Time Favourite Artiste Award".

During the late 2000s, his career hit a rocky phase due to personal issues interfering with his work.[1] After a two-year hiatus, he made his comeback in On the Fringe 2011 and also directed his first film, The Ultimate Winner.[2] He produced his film, Imperfect, which he co-starred with Ian Fang and Kimberly Chia.

Some of his more famous shows include The Unbeatables trilogy and The Magnate; Li has also acted in 6 telemovies to date, and even sang the theme song of several of his shows. He mostly played in anti-hero roles such in The Vagrant, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Star Awards 2002 and On the Fringe 2011. In September 2012 it was announced that he will be cast in C.L.I.F. II as a police officer, which will be one of the few times he plays a protagonist.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Drama serials[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
2016 C.L.I.F. 4
警徽天职4
Wei Lantian
魏蓝天
2015 The Dream Makers II
志在四方
Lin Tao
林韬
A Blessed Life
吉人天相
Ye Daji
叶大吉
Dowry
嫁妝
Sun Wenhua
孫文華
2014 Justice Heroes
廉政英雄
Hsia Chun Hung
夏竣鴻
The Journey: Tumultuous Times
信约:动荡的年代
Zhang Tianpeng
张天鹏
C.L.I.F. 3
警徽天职3
Wei Lantian
魏蓝天
  • Pairs up with Rui En
    Nominated, Favourite Onscreen Couple (w Rui En) - Star Awards 2015)
2013 The Journey: A Voyage
信约:唐山到南洋
Zhang Tianpeng
张天鹏
C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职2
Wei Lantian
魏蓝天
  • Pairs up with Rui En
  • Nominated, Favourite Onscreen Couple (w Rui En) - Star Awards 2014
2012 Beyond
X 元素
Jiang Wei
江维
2009 Daddy at Home
企鹅爸爸
Liu Bang
刘帮
The Ultimatum
双子星
Zhang Feng / Zhou Yida
章风 / 周志达
2007 The Golden Path
黄金路
Ah Jin/ Jin Long
阿金/ 金龙
The Homecoming 十三鞭 DongWeihong 董伟宏
2006 A Million Treasures 百万宝 Ma Da 马达 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Through It All 海的儿子 Guo Xianghai 郭向海
The Undisclosed 迷云二十天 Chen Musheng 程木胜 Teams up with Huang Biren
Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 2006
2004 A Child's Hope II 孩有明天 Hu Yiming 胡逸名 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2004
Double Happiness 喜临门
2003 Home in Toa Payoh 家在大巴窑 Li Baomei 李保美
Baby Boom 我家四个宝 Tim Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Romance De Amour 1加1等于3 Huang Weide 黄维德
2002 The Unbeatables III 双天至尊III Yan Fei 言飞 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2003
The Vagrant 豹子胆 Ah Bao /Liu Xiaoming

阿豹/ 刘小明

Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 2002
2001 The Hotel 大酒店 Cloudy
Heroes in Black 我来也 Song Dou / Wolaiye 宋斗/ 我来也
In Pursuit of Peace 何日军再来 Sakagami Ichiro 坂上一郎
2000 Dare to Strike 扫冰者 Wang Shen 王深 Co-production
Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2001
1999 Coup de Scorpion 天蝎行动 Zheng Nanshun 郑南顺 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2000
Bright Future 同一片蓝天
1998 The New Adventures of Wisely 卫斯理传奇 Guo Zeqing 郭则清 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 1998
The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Lu Liding 陸立鼎
1997 Rising Expectations 长河 Shi Guoying/Stone 石国英/石头 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Crime and Tribulations 狮城奇案录 Chen Zhen Wen 陈振文
My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives 101老婆 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
1996 The Unbeatables II Yan Fei 言飞 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 1997
Dairy of a Teacher 老师日记 Yu Mingxing 余明星
1995 The Shadow Mission 地下猎人 Chen Zhixin 陈志新
1994 The Magnate 叱咤风云 Song Zhigao 宋志高
Twin Bliss 龙凤呈祥 You Long 游龙
Dreams Come True 美梦成真 Lu Wenyang 陆文杨
1993 The Unbeatables I 双天至尊 Li Jianfei / Yan Fei 林建飞/ 言飞 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
Smouldering Heat 赤道谜情 Lu Haojie 吕浩杰
Angel of Vengeance 暴雨狂花 Qiao Kang 乔康
The Great Conspiracy 莲花争霸 Shen Cong 沈冲
1992 Modern Romance 男欢女爱
My Buddies 浪漫战场
Mystery II 迷离夜II Yang Tian Wei / Wen Yu Fei 杨天威/温于飞
Breaking Point 暴风边缘
1991 Private Eyes 妙探智多星 Chen Ya Jin 陈亚锦
Black Phoenix 黑凤凰 Wu Yunkai 巫云开
1990 Finishing Line 出人头地 Xia Dejian 夏德建
Happy Family 开心家族
Happy World 多多富贵多多情 Wang Bai Wan 王百万
1989 Splash to Victory 绿水英姿 Li Jia Jun 李嘉俊
Good Morning, Sir 早安! 老师 Zhou Wenjie 周文杰 Pairs up with Chen Liping
A Mother's Love 亲心唤我心 Ye Jianhui 叶兆辉 Pairs up with Zoe Tay
1988 Song of Youth 生活歌手 Wei Jiahao 韦家豪
My Fair Ladies 窈窕淑女 Ding Lei 丁磊
Teahouse in Chinatown 牛车水人家 Chen Dejian 陈得建
On the Fringe 边缘少年 Chen Yong 陈勇
Airforce 空军 Li Zhengting 李政庭
1987 Moving On 变迁
Paint a Rainbow 调色板 Wu Qifan 吴启凡
Sunshine After Rain 雨过天晴
1986 Crossroads III 红绿灯
Under One Roof 家和万事兴
Neighbours 芝麻绿豆

Film[edit]

  • What A Wonderful World 奇异旅程 (1995)
  • The Ultimate Winner 赢家 (2011), also as Director of the film
  • Imperfect (2012), also as Producer of the film
  • The Fortune Handbook (2017)

Telemovie[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
1997 Courage of Fire 炽火豪情
The Test of Time 三年零八个月
1996 Life on the Line 魂断四面佛
1995 Wounded Tracks 伤城记 Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 1995
Thorny Love 浪子的童话
Somewhere in Time 再世情缘

Awards[edit]

Year Accolade Representative Work Results
1994 Star Awards 1994, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Best Actor Wounded Tracks Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1996 Star Awards 1996, Best Actor Somewhere in Time Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1997 Star Awards 1997, Best Actor The Unbeatables II Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1998 Star Awards 1998, Best Actor The Adventures Of Wisely Nominated
1998 Star Awards 1998, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
1999 Star Awards 1999, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2000 Star Awards 2000, Best Actor Coup de Scorpion Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2001 Star Awards 2001, Best Actor Dare To Strike Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2002 Star Awards 2002, Best Actor The Vagrant Won
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2003 Star Awards 2003, Best Actor The Unbeatables III Nominated
2003 Star Awards 2003, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2004 Star Awards 2004, All-Time Favourite Artiste Award Won
2004 Star Awards 2004, Best Actor A Child's Hope II Nominated
2006 Star Awards 2006, Best Actor The Undisclosed Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite Onscreen Couple On The Fringe 2 Nominated
2014 Star Awards 2014, Favourite Onscreen Couple C.L.I.F. 2 Nominated
2015 Star Awards 2015, Favourite Stripper C.L.I.F. 3 Nominated

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