Ruco Chan

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Ruco Chan
Chinese name 陳展鵬 (traditional)
Pinyin Chén Zhǎnpéng (Mandarin)
Yale Chàhn Jín-pàahng (Cantonese)
Jyutping Can4 Zin2paang4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chan Chin-pang
Born (1977-01-14) 14 January 1977 (age 40)
British Hong Kong
Other name(s) Chin Pang (煎pang) (meaning "fry pan")
Occupation Actor, singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Voice type(s) Baritone
Label(s) PolyGram (1997–99)
Sun Entertainment Culture Limited (2016–present)
Years active 1994–present
Ancestry Xiamen, Fujian, China

Ruco Chan Chin-pang (born 14 January 1977) is a Hong Kong actor and singer. He made his acting debut when he was seventeen years old, appearing in an episode of the TVB television drama Instinct (1994). After years of playing background and minor supporting characters, Chan got his first major role in the ATV television drama Love In a Miracle (2003). Though he continued to star in ATV television dramas for the next three years, his drama series were not commercially successful.

Chan returned to TVB in 2008 and gained public recognition when starring as the young barrister Keith Lau in the TVB legal drama The Other Truth (2011), a role that also established him as a leading television actor. Chan received critical acclaim for his subsequent performances, most notably in Brother's Keeper (2013), Ruse of Engagement (2014), and Captain of Destiny (2015), the latter winning him the TVB Anniversary Award for Most Popular Male Character. He is the first actor to win My Favourite TVB Actor at the StarHub TVB Awards for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016), and is also the first actor to make two consecutive wins for My Favourite TVB Actor at the TVB Star Awards Malaysia (2015, 2016). In 2016, Chan won the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor for A Fist Within Four Walls.

Early life[edit]

Chan was born in Hong Kong. His father was a firefighter and his mother was a tailor. Influenced by his father at a young age, Chan developed a love for table tennis and joined the Hong Kong Table Tennis team after receiving rigorous training at the Jubilee Sports Academy when he was thirteen. He was the youngest player to represent Hong Kong in overseas competitions at the time.[1] After five years of committing to the sport, Chan left the team upon finishing his high school education exams. After graduation, Chan was accepted into a technical institution and, attracted by the 3,000 HKD monthly income, also joined TVB's Artiste Training Class. Being only seventeen at the time, Chan was required to have his parents' signed approval before signing a management contract with TVB. His father initially refused, but later gave in when TVB offered an automatic contract cancellation if Chan didn't do well in his classes. Chan graduated from TVB's Seventh Artiste Training Class of 1994.

Career[edit]

Chan's television debut was in the serial drama Instinct in 1994, where he briefly appeared as the young friend of Ekin Cheng's character Pao Man-lung. Weeks later, he made a brief appearance in the sitcom A Kindred Spirit as the friend of Andy, portrayed by Hawick Lau, who was Chan's training class classmate. For the next three years, Chan performed in minor roles in over eighteen TVB television dramas. Chan left TVB in 1998 after signing a record deal with PolyGram. Prior to the release of his debut EP, Universal acquired PolyGram and Chan's contract with PolyGram became defunct. For the next few years, Chan won several small supporting roles in various Hong Kong films. When he had no filming jobs, he would work as a renovation worker, earning only 300 HKD per day.

In 2001, Chan signed with ATV to start working on television acting again. According to Chan, his first two years at ATV were "rough, uncomfortable, and filled with regret."[2] Despite his past acting experiences in both television and film, ATV only gave him minor roles and spots in music videos. Chan's first major role was in the 2004 period drama Love in a Miracle, playing the main antagonist. He was then given a major supporting role in My Date with a Vampire III (2004). Besides performing in television dramas, Chan also made appearances in many variety shows, and hosted many gala ceremonies for ATV.

Unsatisfied with his career at ATV, Chan returned to TVB in 2008 and signed an eight-year management contract with the company.[3] He was cast into supporting roles in several successful television dramas, such as The Threshold of a Persona (2009), Burning Flame III (2009), The Mysteries of Love (2010), Ghost Writer (2010), When Lanes Merge (2010), and Every Move You Make (2010), most of them being villainous roles. In 2011, Chan garnered media attention and critical acclaim for his portrayal of barrister Keith Lau in the television legal drama The Other Truth. Chan was nominated for Best Actor and My Favourite Male Character at the 2011 TVB Awards Presentation.

Personal life[edit]

Chan began a romantic relationship with Miss Asia winner Eunis Yiu in 2008. They broke up in 2010.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Key
dagger Denotes dramas that are in production or have not yet been released
Title Chinese title Year Role Notes
Instinct 笑看風雲 1994 Peter Episode 19
Happy Harmony 餐餐有宋家 1994 Nick
Man of Wisdom II 金牙大狀(貳) 1995 Cheung Hok-sau
Sharp Shooters 廉政英雌 1995 News reporter
A Kindred Spirit 真情 1995 Eric Episode 6
To Love With Love 水餃皇后 1995 Chu Tak-pak 15 episodes
Down Memory Lane 萬里長情 1995 Chi-hung Episode 15
The Criminal Investigator O記實錄 1995 Wu Sai-kit Episode 15
The Condor Heroes 95 神鵰俠侶 1995 Sung Tak-fong Episode 23
Stepping Stone 總有出頭天 1995 On
File of Justice IV 壹號皇庭IV 1995 Frankie Fan Episode 23
When a Man Loves a Woman 新同居關係 1995 Fong Sai-hoi 2 episodes (Eps. 10–11)
From Act to Act 娛樂插班生 1995 Peter
A Good Match From Heaven 天降奇緣 1995 Fong Sai-wah
Detective Investigation Files II 刑事偵緝檔案II 1995 Hair stylist
Cold Blood Warm Heart 天地男兒 1996 Rookie
Mutual Affection 河東獅吼 1996 Scholar
Outburst 900重案追兇 1996 Au Lik-keung
Wars of Bribery 廉政行動組 1996 Ah Sei
State of Divinity 笑傲江湖 1996 Lau Fei
Nothing to Declare 緝私群英 1996 Yeung Sau-chuen
The Price to Pay 五個醒覺的少年 1996 Hung
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai 新上海灘 1996 Deputy commander
ICAC Investigators 1996 廉政行動1996 1996 Chan Chin-man
One Good Turn Deserves Another 地獄天使 1996 Lai Tin-wong
Show Time Blues 樂壇插班生 1997 Program host
Mystery Files 迷離檔案 1997 Lai Ka-leung
Against the Blade of Honour 圓月彎刀 1997 Sing
Justice Sung 狀王宋世傑 1997 Extra
The Disappearance 隱形怪傑 1997 Chai
Before Dawn 愛在暴風的日子 1998 Extra
The Hitman Chronicles 大刺客 1998 Aisin Gioro Yin-to
The New Adventures of Chor Lau-heung 新楚留香 2001 Wen Liangyu 8 episodes
As You Wish 有求必應 2002 Kam Dor-bo
Project Ji Xiang 吉祥任務 2002 Albert Yung Siu-lung
Light of Million Hopes 萬家燈火 2003 Chiu Ko-hing
Thunder Cops 暴風型警 2003 Chan Sing-yau
Son from the Past 子是故人來 2004 Lam Ying (youth)
Love in a Miracle 愛在有情天 2004 Chong Ning
My Date with a Vampire III 我和殭屍有個約會III之永恆國度 2004 Ho Yau-cau / Destiny
Happy Family 喜有此理 2005 Tsan-po / Ho-nam
The Blind Detective 盲俠金魚飛天豬 2006 Jian Tailang
Legend of Fang De and Miao Cuihua 方德與苗翠花 2006 Tiger Lui
Hong Kong Criminal Files 香港奇案實錄 2006 Kam Chin-yu 3 episodes (Eps. 16–18)
Concubines of the Qing Emperor 大清後宮 2006 Yu Tai
Walled Village 大城小故事 2007 Chan Heung-ching
Stupid Child 笨小孩 2007 Ko See-lam Main role
Hong Kong Ghostbusters 靈舍不同 2007 Lau Chi-pang Main role
The King of Snooker 桌球天王 2009 Yau Yat-kiu (youth)
The Threshold of a Persona ID精英 2009 Kelvin Mak Chi-hin
Burning Flame III 烈火雄心3 2009 Kelvin Pang Chi-ban 9 episodes
Cupid Stupid 戀愛星求人 2010 Frankie Chung Kin Pong
The Mysteries of Love 談情說案 2010 Ben Wong Chi-ban 2 episodes (Eps. 14–15)
Ghost Writer 蒲松齡 2010 Po Pak-ling
When Lanes Merge 情越雙白線 2010 Tony Kwan Syu-yan 10 episodes
Every Move You Make 讀心神探 2010 Chiu Man-hoi 4 episodes (Eps. 16–20)
A Great Way to Care 仁心解碼 2011 Dr. Leo Fong Wing-chun
Only You Only You 只有您 2011 Ng Siu-hoi 4 episodes (Eps. 4-6, 27)
Grace Under Fire 女拳 2011 Lui Kong (youth) Episode 4
Relic of an Emissary 洪武三十二 2011 Zhu Quan, the Prince of Ning
The Other Truth 真相 2011 Keith Lau Sz-kit Main role
Forensic Heroes III 法證先鋒III 2011 Jim Fong Sai-yau 10 episodes
No Good Either Way 衝呀!瘦薪兵團 2012 Alex Mo Nga-lik Main role
Three Kingdoms RPG 回到三國 2012 Zhou Yu 8 episodes
Reality Check 心路GPS 2013 Summer Ha Yat-cheung Main role
Slow Boat Home 情越海岸線 2013 Kevin Ching Lai-wing (Fit Wing) Main role
Brother's Keeper 巨輪 2013 Sam Kiu Tin-seng Main role
Outbound Love 單戀雙城 2014 Luk Kung-tsz Main role
Ruse of Engagement 叛逃 2014 Carson Chong Yau-ching Main role
ICAC Investigators 2014 廉政行動2014 2014 Officer Kelvin Chan Kwok-yan Episode 4: "Goal Tricks"
All That Is Bitter Is Sweet 大藥坊 2014 Ding Yat-yuen Main role
Eye in the Sky 天眼 2015 Cheng Nik-hang Main role
Captain of Destiny 張保仔 2015 Man-ho, the Eleventh Prince / Bowie Main role
ICAC Investigators 2016 廉政行動2016 2016 Officer Chan Kwok-yan (Batman Sir) Main role
A Fist Within Four Walls 城寨英雄 2016 Chor Au-kuen / Chiu Mang-san Main role
Brother's Keeper II 巨輪II 2016 Sam Kiu Tin-seng 5 episodes
Burning Hands 乘勝狙擊 2017 Chak Koon-yat Main role
The Unholy Alliance dagger 同盟 2017 Ko Chi-kit Main role
Succession War dagger 天命 2017 Heshen Main role

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Big Bullet Chiu Sai-wing (aka E.U. Strike Force)
Fifteen Candles Nina (aka They Don't Care About Us)
Mongkok Story Gump
1997 Tough Guy Chan Pang
Ghost Story "Godmother of Mongkok" Brother Cup Noodle
1998 Shanghai Affairs Bond Lao
Rape Trap Chan Chi-pang
1999 Trust Me U Die Kelvin
Oh! My Dad! Chan Chi-pang
Evil Fade Cheung Lok-ming
2000 Diamond Hill May's brother
Marooned Sonny
2001 Ghost Office Wong Yan-tung
2002 Distinctive Reporter
2003 Fate Fighter Cook
News Heart CEO
2016 Line Walker: The Movie Tung Pak-ho Cantonese voice over

Discography[edit]

  • 1998: Blue
  • 1998: Chui Ho Kwan Hai (最好關係)
    • CD1, Track 9: "Wan Ha La" (玩吓啦)

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Song Year TV drama Album(s) Notes
"Fated" (註定) (Cantonese version)
(with Amy Chan)
2004 Love in a Miracle aTV Drama Hits
  • Theme song
"Love In a Miracle" (愛在有情天) (Mandarin version)
(with Amy Chan)
aTV Drama Hits
  • Theme song
"This Day, That Day" (這一天那一天) aTV Drama Hits
"Trust and Strength" (自信自強) The Chinese Medic Master aTV Drama Hits
  • Theme song
"Happy Family" (喜有此理)
(with ATV stars)
2005 Happy Family aTV
  • Theme song
"If There is a Soulmate in This Lifetime" (如果這一生有知己) 2006 Hong Kong Criminal Files
"Simple Love" (簡單愛) (Cantonese version)
(with Calvin Li)
2007 Stupid Kid aTV and
ATV 50th Anniversary Classic Theme Songs
  • Theme song
"Three Beats Slower" (慢三拍) (Mandarin version)
(with Calvin Li)
ATV 50th Anniversary Classic Theme Songs
  • Theme song
"Know Each Other's Hearts" (心有靈犀)
(with Elle Choi)
Hong Kong Ghostbusters Hao Ge 101 and
ATV 50th Anniversary Classic Theme Songs
  • Theme song
"The More Courageous" (越愛越勇)
(with Elle Choi)
aTV and
ATV 50th Anniversary Classic Theme Songs
"Thin Salary Clan" (瘦薪族)
(with Louis Yuen, Gill Mohindepaul Singh)
2012 No Good Either Way
  • Theme song
"Little Grass" (小草) 2013 Reality Check
  • Theme song
"Wheel of Time" (巨輪)
(with Edwin Siu)
Brother's Keeper
  • Theme song
"So Close" (差半步) 2014 Outbound Love TV Love Songs Forever
"Close Call" (千鈞一髮)
(with Ron Ng)
Ruse of Engagement
  • Ending theme
"Next Century" (下世紀) 2015 Captain of Destiny
  • Ending theme
"Siege" (圍城) 2016 A Fist Within Four Walls
  • Opening theme
"Never Know You are the Best" (從未知道你最好)
(with Nancy Wu)
  • Ending theme
"No One Can Change" (誰可改變) Brother's Keeper II
  • Theme song

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Notes
"We are the Only One" (with TVB stars) 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup TVB theme song
"Ride the Wind" (乘風) (with TVB stars) 2016 2016 TVB Amazing Summer theme song

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Note
2011 The Other Truth Best Actor Nominated
My Favourite Male Character Nominated Top 5
2013 Brother's Keeper Best Actor Nominated Top 5
My Favourite Male Character Nominated
2014 Ruse of Engagement Best Actor Nominated Top 5
Outbound Love My Favourite Male Character Nominated
"So Close" (Outbound Love OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song Nominated
"Nick of Time" (Ruse of Engagement OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song (with Ron Ng) Nominated
2015 Captain of Destiny Best Actor Nominated Top 5
Most Popular Male Character Won Top 5
"Next Century" (Captain of Destiny OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song Nominated
2016 A Fist Within Four Walls Best Actor Won Top 5
Most Popular Male Character Nominated Top 5
Most Popular On-Screen Partnership (with Benjamin Yuen) Nominated
"Siege" (A Fist Within Four Walls OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song Nominated
"Never Know You Are the Best" (A Fist Within Four Walls OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song (with Nancy Wu) Won Top 3
"No One Can Change" (Brother's Keeper II OST) Most Popular Drama Theme Song Nominated

TVB Star Awards Malaysia[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Note
2011 The Other Truth My Favourite Actor in a Leading Role Nominated Top 5
My Top 15 Favourite Drama Characters Won
2012 No Good Either Way My Favourite Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
My Favourite On-Screen Couple (with Kristal Tin) Nominated
My Top 15 Favourite Drama Characters Won
2013 Brother's Keeper My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role Nominated Top 5
My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple (with Linda Chung) Nominated Top 5
My Favourite TVB Characters Won
2014 Outbound Love My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role Nominated Top 3
My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple (with Aimee Chan) Won Top 3
My Favourite TVB Characters Won
2015 Captain of Destiny My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role Won Top 3
My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple (with Grace Chan) Nominated Top 3
My Favourite TVB Characters Won
2016 A Fist Within Four Walls My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role Won Top 5
My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple (with Nancy Wu) Won Top 3
My Favourite TVB Characters Won
"Never Know You Are the Best" (A Fist Within Four Walls OST) My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song (with Nancy Wu) Won

StarHub TVB Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 The Other Truth My Favourite TVB Actor Nominated
My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters Nominated
My Favourite TVB Male New Comer Won
2013 Slow Boat Home My Favourite TVB Actor Nominated
My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters Won
"Little Grass" (Reality Check OST) My Favourite Drama Theme Song Nominated
2014 Ruse of Engagement My Favourite TVB Actor Won
Brother's Keeper My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters Won
"Wheel of Time" (Brother's Keeper OST) My Favourite TVB Theme Song (with Edwin Siu) Nominated
2015 Captain of Destiny My Favourite TVB Actor Won
My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters Nominated
2016 A Fist Within Four Walls My Favourite TVB Actor Won
My Favourite TVB Male TV Characters Nominated
My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple (with Nancy Wu) Won
"Siege" (A Fist Within Four Walls OST) My Favourite TVB Theme Song Nominated
"Never Know You Are the Best" (A Fist Within Four Walls OST) My Favourite TVB Theme Song (with Nancy Wu) Won
"No One Can Change" (Brother's Keeper II OST) My Favourite TVB Theme Song Nominated

Weibo Stars Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Brother's Keeper Weibo's Most Brilliant Male TV Character Nominated
Weibo's Most Brilliant TV Drama Nominated
2015 Ruse of Engagement Weibo's Most Brilliant Male TV Character Won
Weibo's Most Brilliant TV Drama Nominated
Weibo's Most Brilliant On-Screen Couple (with Aimee Chan) Nominated
All That is Bitter is Sweet Weibo's Most Brilliant On-Screen Couple (with Linda Chung) Nominated
2016 Captain of Destiny Weibo's Most Brilliant Male TV Character Won
Weibo's Most Brilliant TV Drama Nominated
Weibo's Most Brilliant CP (with Grace Chan) Nominated
Eye in the Sky Weibo's Most Brilliant TV Drama Won

Others[edit]

  • 2012 Singapore Entertainment Awards—Most Popular Hong Kong TV Actor
  • 2013 Singapore Entertainment Awards—Most Popular Hong Kong TV Actor
  • 2014 Singapore Entertainment Awards—Most Popular Hong Kong TV Actor
  • 2015 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards—Most Searched Male TV Artiste
  • 2016 McMillan Woods Global Awards—Asia Pacific Best Male Actor
  • 2016 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards—Most Popular Male TV Artiste
  • 2016 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards—Most Popular TV Drama Duet (with Nancy Wu)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008. "Ruco Chan's Eight-Year Battle". TVB Weekly, p. 110-112.
  2. ^ "Ruco Chan's Undying Ambition". Mingpao via Jaynestars. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Ruco Chan: I sacrificed love my career!". Jaynestars. 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Eunis Yiu does not rule out dating Ruco Chan again" (in Chinese). Yahoo! Hong Kong Music News. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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