Wong He

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Wong He
Chinese name 王喜
Pinyin Wáng Xǐ (Mandarin)
Born Kwong Ngai-yee (鄺毅怡)
(1967-07-27) 27 July 1967 (age 50)
Hong Kong
Other names Wong Hei
Origin Hong Kong
Occupation Actor, singer, presenter
Years active 1992–present
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Singing
Label(s) Avex Trax
Ancestry Taishan, Guangdong
Awards
TVB Anniversary Awards
My Favourite Television Character
2002 Burning Flame II
Other awards
Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards
My Favourite Shot
2005 Net Deception

Wong He (born 27 July 1967), sometimes credited as Wong Hei, is a Hong Kong actor, singer, and presenter. He is best known for his firefighter roles in TVB's Burning Flame trilogy. As a former police officer, Wong has acted primarily in law enforcement roles during his career at TVB, which gave rise to rumours that his stage name is based on the Cantonese term "皇氣" (lit. "royal air"), a slang term for the Royal Hong Kong Police. Wong is a practising Buddhist, having converted in 2000.[1]

Early life and police career[edit]

Born in Hong Kong as Kwong Ngai-yee (鄺毅怡), Wong He grew up in Lam Tin where he attended SKH Kei Hau Secondary School. He has an elder sister and a younger brother. He served in the Royal Hong Kong Police as an airport officer and a Police Tactical Unit member before entering the entertainment industry.

On 24 July 1989, in a case of attempted murder on police officers, Wong charged into a burning building on Nathan Road and saved three of his colleagues from the fire. This incident was remembered as one of the top ten heroic acts within the Hong Kong Police Force in 2010.[2]

Entertainment career[edit]

Wong began his entertainment career in 1992 as a radio host for Commercial Radio Hong Kong and later as a host for ATV. It was during his radio days that he picked the stage name "Wong He" for himself, named after a waiter in the novel To Live.

In 1996, Wong joined TVB and starred his first TV series Nothing to Declare. He became popularly known for his role as Yau Chi Dak ("OK Dak") in the successful TVB drama, Food of Love. In 1997, Wong received his first nomination for Best Actor at the TVB Anniversary Awards for his performance in Deadly Protection. Later that year, Wong starred in TVB comedy A Tough Side of a Lady.

In 1998, Wong scored his breakthrough role when he played a firefighter in the classic hit TVB series Burning Flame. He was nominated as one of the top five finalists for Best Actor at the 1999 TVB Anniversary Awards. Burning Flame made Wong a household name and led to the reprisal of his firefighter role in the 2002 sequel Burning Flame II. Wong won My Favourite Television Character Award for his role as Kei Tak Tin in Burning Flame II at the 2002 TVB Anniversary Awards.

In 2000, Wong launched an "au naturel" pictorial book, "Access Wong He," the proceeds of which were all donated to the relief fund for Taiwan's 921 earthquake. Wong has also made a number of film appearances in Hong Kong. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the fifth Golden Bauhinia Awards for The Boss Up There. In addition, he has starred in several TV series in Singapore, Taiwan, and Mainland China.

As a popular TVB actor, Wong signed a recording contract with Avex Trax. In 2001, Wong released his debut EP, Xi Xin Chang Ge (喜新唱歌), featuring "Love is the Sea," the ending theme song from A Matter of Customs. With the success of his debut EP, Wong released his debut album I Believe...Wong He in February 2002. In September of the same year, Wong released another album Call Me in the Morning. In addition, he sang the theme songs for several of his TV series, Doomed to Oblivion, Net Deception, Shades of Truth, and Twilight Investigation.

In 2004, Wong played a computer hacker in TVB's Net Deception, which was released overseas in 2004 and in Hong Kong in 2006. He won the My Favourite Shot Award for his role in Net Deception at the 2005 Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards in Malaysia. Later in the same year, Wong starred opposite Chilam Cheung in Shades of Truth.

Wong had lead roles in TVB series C.I.B. Files (2006) and Fathers and Sons (2007). In 2008, he appeared in The Gem of Life.

In 2009, Wong reprised his role as a firefighter in Burning Flame III. In 2010, Wong paired up with Linda Chung in mystery comedy Twilight Investigation and received praises for their performances.[3]

In early 2016, Wong's face was blurred out in a state-run mainland television program (the CCTV adaptation of Korea's Infinite Challenge) following revelations that he had used social media to call attention to a new book that suggested former mainland leader Zhou Enlai might have been homosexual.[4] According to Apple Daily, Wong had previously generated controversy about the extent he identified with China by addressing Beijing airport security personnel as "you Chinese" during a visit to the mainland in 2015.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1996 Nothing to Declare Cheung Hou Fai TVB
Food of Love Yau Chi Dak TVB
1997 Deadly Protection Chan Fu Gwai TVB Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 8)
A Tough Side of a Lady Ho Ko Sing TVB
1998 Burning Flame Lok Tin Yau TVB Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 5)
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite On-Screen Partners (Dramas) (Top 5)
1999 Side Beat Chou Sai Fan TVB
Sensitive New Age Guy Zhao Zheng Nan Singapore MediaCorp
2000 A Matter of Customs Lam Chi Kong TVB Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Television Character
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite On-Screen Partners (Dramas) with Jessica Hsuan
2001 A Step into the Past Drummer (cameo) TVB (Episode 6)
Jiao Feng Xu Jiang Hai Mainland China
2002 Burning Flame II Kei Tak Tin (Peter) TVB Won – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Television Character
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite On-Screen Partners (Dramas) with Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee
Doomed to Oblivion Cheng Ban Kiu TVB
Wind and Cloud Chun Seung (Frost) Taiwan CTV
2003 Romancing Hong Kong Yu Zhen Bang Mainland China
2004 Net Deception Yiu Sing Tin (Eros) TVB Won – Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards for My Favourite Shot
Shades of Truth Lam Chi-Chung (TC) TVB Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
2005 Beauty Girls Zhuang Jia Ying Mainland China
2006 Powder Leads a Race Chen Hao Mainland China
2006 C.I.B. Files Chung Jing (Mark) TVB Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actor (Top 20)
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 20)
2007-2008 Best Selling Secrets Ng Gung-Gan (Kilo) TVB
2007 Fathers and Sons Ko Ching TVB Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actor (Top 20)
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 24)
2008-2009 The Gem of Life Shek Tai Wor TVB
2009 Burning Flame III Chung Yau Sing TVB Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actor (Top 15)
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 15)
2010 Some Day Gau Man-fu TVB
Twilight Investigation Kei On-kui (Encore) TVB
2015 Elite Brigade III RTHK Airing on 3 October 2015[6]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Touches of Love
1995 Mack the Knife Tiger aka Dr. Mack
Passion 1995 Lung
Husbands and Wives
1996 The Killer Has No Return Dung Jan Wa
Stooge, My Love Biscuit
1997 Mad Stylist Dee
Love is Not a Game, But a Joke DJ of Sex Chatline
1999 The Accident Wong Man-Lok
The Boss Up There Dog
2000 Legend of 2 Dragons
Sworn Revenge Ching Fai
Undercover Blues Charles
2001 The Bird of Prey To Ping TV-movie (TVB)
Zhan You
2002 Twilight Zone Cops: Models Angel Chiu Zhong Han
Love in Garden Street Ronald
Memento Officer Chow
2003 The Final Shot Fai TV-movie (TVB)
Sai Kung Story Ming
The Story of Soccer Bet aka Football Gambling
The Dark Side of My Mind Kent
2004 My Baby Shot Me Down Wong Wai Tim
Men in a Blue Mood Pat aka Men in the Blue Mood
2010 Close to You
Color Me Love
2012 Laugh and Cry Forbidden
Love 789

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2001 Xi Xin Chang Ge (喜新唱歌) (EP)
  • 2002 I Believe...Wong Hei
  • 2002 Call Me in the Morning

Television Theme Songs[edit]

  • 2000 '"Love is the Sea" (戀愛是個海) A Matter of Customs ending theme song
  • 2002 "Hardly Confused" (難得糊塗) Doomed to Oblivion opening theme song
  • 2002 "Scanty with Words" (沉默寡言) Doomed to Oblivion ending theme song
  • 2004 "Gray Terror" (灰色恐怖) Net Deception opening theme song
  • 2004 "Worth" (價值) Net Deception ending theme song
  • 2004 "No Half Space" (沒有半分空間) Shades of Truth theme song
  • 2010 "Mind Eater" (食腦) Twilight Investigation theme song

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少 . QQ News (in Chinese). 27 February 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  2. ^ http://ent.sina.com.hk/news/-2762-437582/1.html
  3. ^ 《囧探》接5大讚個案 . TVB Channel (in Chinese). 29 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Hong Kong star’s face blurred out on Chinese state TV show after he shared news report suggesting former premier Zhou Enlai was gay South China Morning Post 11 January 2016
  5. ^ CCTV whacks Wong He for Facebook comment repeating report Zhou Enlai was gay Apple Daily 12 January 2016
  6. ^ "港台消防處聯合製作《火速救兵III》 演員與真實消防員齊齊展現團隊精神". RTHK. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

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