|Pinyin||Míng Dào (Mandarin)|
|Born||Lin Chao-chang (林朝章)|
26 February 1980
|Other names||Matthew Lin|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, model|
|Associated acts||183 Club|
Ming Dao (Chinese: 明道; pinyin: Míng Dào; born 26 February 1980) is a Taiwanese actor, singer and model. He is known for starring in The Prince Who Turns into a Frog, which held the highest single episode average rating of 6.99 for a Taiwanese drama from 2005 to 2008, and for being the winner of Best Host in Educational Programme at the 39th Golden Bell Awards.
Ming Dao was first discovered in 1999 when he took part in television variety show Guess hosted by Jacky Wu on China Television. He went on to model for various advertisements and appeared in several music videos including Fei Xiang's "She" and R&B's "Love Bubble". Ming Dao also participated in Taiwanese program Super Sunday in 2000 and worked as a spokesperson for Shiatzy Chen.
Ming Dao hosted King of Adventure (冒險王) on SETTV from 2002, visiting India, Korea, Egypt, Germany, Namibia, New Zealand, Laos, Guam, Fiji, Alaska, Mexico, Oman, and Indonesia as an adventure tour guide. In 2004, Ming Dao won the Best Host in Educational Programme at the 39th Golden Bell Awards.
In 2004, he made his acting debut Heaven's Wedding Gown (天國的嫁衣) as a bike-racing champion, Chen Hai Nuo, co-starring Cyndi Wang and Leon Jay Williams. A year later, he starred in The Prince Who Turns into a Frog as Shan Jun Hao and Dang Ou. This drama is the only one in which all five members of 183 Club appeared. Episode seven broadcast on 17 July 2005 achieved an average rating of 6.99 and peaked at 8.05, which broke the previous average record of 6.43 held by Meteor Garden and was the highest peak for a single episode for a Taiwanese drama until it was broken by episode 13 of Fated to Love You which peaked at 8.13 in 2008.
In his next drama, The Magicians of Love (愛情魔髮師), he co-starred with his band mates Sam Wang, Jacky Zhu, and Ehlo Huang from 183 Club. Then in 2006, he starred in The Legend of Star Apple and Angel Lover. Followed by Ying Ye 3 Jia 1, in 2007 in which he plays Ah Jiang, opposite former co-star Joe Chen from The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog. Other cast members include Jason Hsu of 5566, who plays his friend Bulu (Wang Dao Ren). Also released in 2007 was Modern Youth (梦幻天堂).
In 2008 he finished filming Knock Knock Loving You and Always Smile! in Hunan, China. In December Ming Dao and Chen Qiao En filmed Staying by You, Staying in the Sunshine/Taking of You, accompanied by the Lights, released in 2009.
After his mainland drama was a success, he went back to the mainland and started shooting Wuxia drama as General Wu Gang. Because of the popularity of Ming Dao on the mainland, a huge mainland station (Anhui TV) contracted him as their star. He was paid a fantastic sum to participate in the idol drama Happy and Love Forever with another actress and model Annie Chan. This drama was a huge success and had high ratings. The producer made a sequel but Ming Dao and Annie only had cameo roles.
In 2010, Ming Dao returned to Taiwan and starred with Cheryl Yang in Zhong Wu Yan. Although he was paid a lot less, he decided to do this drama because he did not want his Taiwanese fans to be disappointed.
Ming Dao left his agency J Star and along with Miss Li his manager,they established a new agency MID. Other artists who signed on under his agency were Gino and Anthony. He released a pictorial book "STAR" which was a big hit.
|Year||English title||Original title|
|2010||Close to You||近在咫尺的爱恋|
|2010||Life of Sentime||感情生活|
|2015||Let's Get Married||咱们结婚吧|
|2016||Three Bad Guys||恋爱教父之三个"坏"家伙|
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Network||Notes|
|2004||La robe de Mariee des cieux||天國的嫁衣||Chen Hainuo / Harold||CTS|
|2005||The Prince Who Turns into a Frog||王子變青蛙||Shan Junhao / Dang O||TTV|
|2006||The Magicians of Love||愛情魔髮師||Du Yasi / Du Yajun||TTV|
|2006||Legend of Star Apple||星苹果乐园||Tao Si||CTV|
|2006||Angel Lover||天使情人||Yang Tianyou||StarTV|
|2007||Modern Youth||梦幻天堂||Zhou Jichun|
|2007||Ying Ye 3 Jia 1||櫻野三加一||Yang Jiajiang||TTV|
|2009||Knock Knock Loving You||敲敲愛上你||Zhao Guanxi||CTS|
|2009||Let's Dance||守着阳光，守着你||Yang Rui|
|2009||Always Smile!||微笑在我心||Liang Yufang||Hunan TV|
|2010||Happy & Love Forever||幸福一定強||Yin Dingqiang||Anhui TV|
|2010||Zhong Wu Yen||鍾無艷||King Xuan of Qi||TTV|
|2011||Sunny Happiness||幸福最晴天||Yin Dingqiang||guest star|
|2011||Beauty World||唐宮美人天下||Ming Chongyan/Ming Yi||Anhui TV|
|2011||Beauties of the Emperor||王的女人||Xiang Yu|
|2011||Happy Michelin Kitchen||幸福三颗星||Yin Dingqiang||guest star|
|2012||The Queen of SOP||勝女的代價||Adam Bell||Hunan TV||guest star|
|2014||Hot Mom!||辣妈正传||Bao Shuai|
|2014||If I Love You||如果我爱你||Adam Bell|
|2015||Personal Savings||私房钱||Ying Ming|
|2016||Let's Fall in Love||咱们相爱吧||Huang Shaogu||Hunan TV|
|2017||Angelo||天使的幸福||An Jieluo||Hunan TV|
|Album Information||Tracks Contributed|
|Heaven's Wedding Gown Soundtrack
||"Torture [Zhe Mo]"(折磨) by 183 Club|
|The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog Soundtrack
||"Enticing Trick"(迷魂計) by 183 Club|
|The Magicians of Love Soundtrack
||"Perfect Lover" (完美情人) by 183 Club|
|Angel Lover Soundtrack
||"Finding True Love" (發現真愛) with Jacky Chu and Ehlo Huang|
|Ying Ye 3 Jia 1 Soundtrack
||"To Believe Again" with Chen Qiao En|
"Looking for My Best Friend" with Jason Hsu
- (in Chinese) Sina.com 39th Golden Bell Awards winners list - 2004 3 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-06-09
- (in Chinese) Xinhuanet.com 電視劇《天國的嫁衣》_分集介紹_劇情介紹_精彩圖片 Retrieved 2011-06-09
- (in Chinese) Fated to Love You surpassed Prince Who Turns Into a Frog record. May 27, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.