Ronald Cheng

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Ronald Cheng
Chinese name 鄭中基 (traditional)
Chinese name 郑中基 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhèng Zhōngjī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zeng6 Zung1gei1 (Cantonese)
Born (1972-03-09) 9 March 1972 (age 45)
Hong Kong
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
  • songwriter
  • record and film producer
Years active 1995–present
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Voice type(s) Baritone
Label(s) PolyGram (1995–1999)
Universal Music Group (1999–2002)
Gold Typhoon Group (2002–2013)
Sun Entertainment Culture(2017–)
Spouse(s) Charlene Choi (m. 2006; div. 2010)
Yu Sze-man (m. 2011)
Children 2
Ancestry Hsinchu, Taiwan
Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Best Supporting Actor
2012 Vulgaria

Ronald Cheng Chung-kei (born 9 March 1972) is a Hong Kong singer and actor.

Life and career[edit]

Originally intending to work behind the scenes as a songwriter and a producer, Cheng did odd jobs at his father (Director of EMI Asia)’s company EMI— which included doing backing vocalist for the likes of Alan Tam and Priscilla Chan — during summers as a youth. The lessons were apparently effective, as producers started taking notice of Cheng’s voice and he was signed to a recording contract soon thereafter. Cheng first shot to popularity in Taiwan before returning home and enjoying some success in Hong Kong. However, his singing career went into a lull from 2000 to 2003 due to the infamous “air rage incident” and has only recently rebounded.

Cheng returned to the Cantopop market in 2003, however success for him did not arrive until 2005, where his signature song "無賴" (Rascal) was voted one of the Top 10 songs at various music award shows, notably TVB's Jade Solid Gold, where it was voted the most popular song of 2005.[1]

Cheng won his first Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Vulgaria (film) at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Award.[2] However, it is noted that this film received a rating of 6.3/10 on iMDB[3] and 57% on Rotten Tomatoes[4] respectively.

Cheng's filmography has been described by critics as "infantile" coupled with "terrible storytelling".[5]

Personal life[edit]

His father, Norman Cheng (鄭東漢), is the chairperson and CEO of EMI, and formerly of the Asia Pacific division of PolyGram and then Universal Music.

Ronald Cheng started his relationship with Charlene Choi, a popular Hong Kong female singer and actress, in 2004, after starring as lovers in the film Hidden Heroes. Cheng and Choi liked to play hide-and-seek.[6] In 2010, while Choi announced ending the relationship with Cheng, the press revealed that they had registered their marriage in Los Angeles, United States in 2006.[7][8] Both Cheng and Choi recognized the marriage, but decided to divorce.[9] Later, he dated with Sammie Yu, a former hostess in Cable TV Hong Kong and Sammie Yu gave birth to a daughter. They married in July 2011.[10]

In 2000, Cheng was on board an Eva Air 747 when he got inebriated and starting pulling a flight attendant by the hair and forcing her onto the ground. Cheng then proceeded to put the flight attendant in a choke hold. Captain John Irving knocked Cheng out cold as a result of Cheng's inappropriate behaviour. [11]

In 2004, Cheng tried to purchase a Mercedes-Benz motor vehicle. Cheng somehow managed to purchase the wrong vehicle and Cheng took revenge by filing a lawsuit against the seller. His attempt to sue and his lawsuit ultimately failed. As a result of bad faith and malicious intent, Cheng was ordered by the District Court to pay the legal costs of the salesman he tried to sue.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • 1996
    • 左右為難 (In A Dilemma) - Mandarin Album
    • 別愛我 (Don't Love Me) - Mandarin Album
  • 1997
    • 情深 (Deep Love) - Cantonese Album
    • 最愛的人不是你 (You Are Not My Dearest Lover) - Mandarin EP
    • 絕口不提!愛你 (Don't Say! Love You) - Mandarin Album
    • 戒情人 (Abstain From Love) - Mandarin Album
  • 1998
    • 時間 人物 地點 (Time, People, Place) - Mandarin / Cantonese New + Best Selections
    • 敵人 (Enemy) - Mandarin Album
  • 1999
    • 我真的可以 (I Really Can) - Mandarin Album
    • One More Time - Cantonese Album
  • 2000
    • 聲聲愛你 (Sounds Love You) - Mandarin New + Best Selections
    • 緣份無邊界 (Love Without Borderline) - Cantonese Compilation
    • 真朋友 (True Friend) - Mandarin Album
  • 2002
    • Encore - Mandarin New + Best Selections
  • 2003
    • 唔該, 救救我 (Please Help!!!) - Cantonese Album
    • 唔該, 救救我 “火紅火熱”版 (Please Help!!! - 2 AVCD Version) - Cantonese Album
  • 2005
    • Before After - Cantonese Album
  • 2006
    • 正宗K (Karaoke Cheng)[13] - Cantonese / Mandarin New + Best Selections
    • 鄭中基演唱會二零零六 (Ronald Cheng Live in Concert 2006) - Cantonese / Mandarin Live Album
  • 2008
    • 怪胎 (Freak) - Mandarin New + Best Selections

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation Siu Lan-fu voice only
2000 Twelve Nights Johnny
2001 Blue Moon Fai
Bullets of Love Ma
Dance of a Dream Yip Wai-shih
2002 Interactive Murders JASH / Lam Wan-san
My Wife Is 18 Bruce
Market's Romance Chicky Keung
2003 My Lucky Star Crab Duen / Guard Duen
Give Them a Chance Disco triad boss aka Give Me a Chance
Dragon Loaded 2003 Dragon
Golden Chicken 2 Mr. Chan
2004 Super Model Mandam Fung Yan-bing
Hidden Heroes Ho Yoiji
My Sweetie owner of Lo's office lift cameo
2005 Himalaya Singh Singh
Dragon Reloaded Dragon
2006 McDull, the Alumni marketing head / musical instruments sal
Undercover Hidden Dragon Fat Chai (Sunny Sun) / Wind To
Fatal Contact Captain Chan Shing
Mr. 3 Minutes Scott Chung
2007 It's a Wonderful Life Thunder God / Ray Ban also director and writer
Dancing Lion lion dancer
Mr. Cinema Zhou Chong
Ratatouille Remy (voice, HK version)
2008 La Lingerie Lucas
Legendary Assassin Uncle Zhi aka Wolf Fang
2009 All's Well, Ends Well 2009 Yu Bo
Kung Fu Cyborg Xiao Jiang aka Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 General Mak Bing-wing
Just Another Pandora's Box Qing Yise / Zhao Yun / Zhang Ziyi's transvestite
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Delivery Boy
Treasure Hunt
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012
Marry a Perfect Man
The Four
Vulgaria
McDull - Pork of Music
Love Is... Pyjamas
2013 Hotel Deluxe
Princess and the Seven Kung Fu Masters
Special ID Captain Cheung
The Four II
2014 Hello Babies
Golden Chicken 3
Just Another Margin
The Truth About Beauty
The Four III
Sifu vs Vampire
The Seventh Lie
Grey Met Shrek
2015 Full Strike Ng Kau-cheung
Undercover Duet
Secret Treasure[14] also director
Concerto of the Bully
2016 House of Wolves Fung Yan-ping
2017 Two Wrongs Make a Right Ximen Ding

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Sky is the Limit
2001 Colourful Life Ching Chi-yung
2002 Slim Chances So Bing-man
2003 Virtues of Harmony II Chiu Choi guest star

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 49th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor Vulgaria Won

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