Chau in 2015
July 20, 1986 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Other names||周逸之; zau1 yat6 zi1|
|Occupation||Actor, stunt performer, martial artist, cosplayer|
Life and career
Chau was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. Amongst appearing on Cold Squad and a lead role in a Global TV docudrama, Chau co-starred with David Carradine and Daryl Hannah as "Lang Han" in Phillip Spink's Kung Fu Killer. Chau also had a role in Nickelodeon series The Troop and has done stunt work for the popular game company Electronic Arts. Chau made his first feature film debut acting in supporting role in Roland Emmerich's 2012. He went on to work on his first Chinese film, a remake of the 2000 hit What Women Want for Asian audiences, 我知女人心. In 2011, he was a part of RZA's directorial debut in The Man with the Iron Fists, filmed in China. He is better known as the character Kevin Tran on the CW show Supernatural. In 2015, he starred in the "Supernatural Parody" by the Hillywood Show as Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki's character, Sam Winchester.
Martial arts training
In 2000, Chau took his first martial arts class. It was Wing Chun class, where he learned theories and applications of self-defense; he went on to continue studying for 8 years. Earning a gold medal in competition in 2001, he quickly became a student instructor.
Chau studied under Zhang Zhi Bing, a master from Harbin, China. There he learned Tai chi as well as the more traditional forms of Wushu. After four years, Sifu Zhang went back to China, and Chau enrolled in West Coast Chinese Martial Arts in Vancouver under head instructor, Bruce Fontaine. This is where he studied and excelled in Modern Wushu, a more performance-orientated martial art. Chau had a natural aptitude for acrobatics, was deemed the most improved of the club in the Spring of 2006, and soon became a student instructor and a staple in the club.
In 2007 in preparation for the Canadian National Team Trials, Chau went with several students to the Beijing Sport University training full-time with the BSU Wushu Team for 7 months. Spending hours in the gym each and every day preparing for the upcoming national competition paid off when he went to Montreal and placed top 10 to make the Canadian National Wushu Team.
|2002||Cold Squad||Vic Dnang|
|2007||Dragon Boys||Teen||TV movie|
|2008||Kung Fu Killer||Lan Hang||TV movie|
|2009||The Troop||Hector||Episode: "Forest Gump"|
|2009||The Tea Master||Stunts||Video short|
|2010||What Women Want||Chen Er Dong|
|2011||Best Player||Ash's buddy||TV movie|
|2012||Mister French Taste||Leon||7 episodes, writer for 1 other|
|2012||Must Come Down||Fight choreographer and executive producer||Short film|
|2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Blacksmith's assistant|
|2012||Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn||J.J.|
|2012–14||Supernatural||Kevin Tran, Advanced Placement||Recurring role, 15 episodes|
|2014||The 100||Red Eyed Boy||Episode: "I Am Become Death"|
|2015||Blood and Water||Charlie Xie|
- Beth Hong (July 13, 2011). "Osric Chau — Learning French Manners in Hong Kong". Schema magazine.
- Interview in Inspire magazine[dead link]
- Gene Ching (2012). "David Carradine in Spike TV's Kung Fu Killer". Kung Fu magazine.
- Jude Alefounder (September 13, 2010). "2012 and beyond: rising star Osric Chau on screen in the East". China Daily.