Mr. Leung Sing Po
(1908 - 1981)
Original name Leung Si-hoi, Leung Sing-po was born in a family of perfomers, his father being renowned opera singer Sing Kar Yuet. At age 17, he apprenticed under “clown” role singer Gwai Ma Lau and Luk Fan Dai Dam Gan. He took up key roles in Cantonese opera at the age of 19, skilled in both scholarly and martial roles, and slowly gained fame as one of the “Four Kings of Cantonese Opera” in Singapore. In 1939, he was invited by Ma Si-tsang to join the Tai Ping Theatre Troupe in Hong Kong. After the war, he put up on weight and because of his round and comic appearance, he specialised in clownish roles and became so successful that he was granted the title of "The King of Clowns" in 1952. In 1950, Leung started to appear in films beginning with the film “The Elderly Gentleman Searches for Romance” (1950) and continued to make over 400 movies in his career, often playing comedian roles plus many Cantonese opera films. He founded his own Lee Ying and Dafeng Film Company, mainly for producing comedies like “A Beggar's Life for Me” (1953), “The Dunce” series and films starring his daughter Man Lan like “Darling Girl” (1957) or “Three Fools Searching for Their Daughter” (1963). Nicknamed “Uncle Po”, his acting skill was marvelously fitting and hugely enjoyable no matter lead or supporting, as good guy or bad, rich or poor, in costume or in modern roles. In 1967, he joined TVB and his daily appearance in “Enjoy Yourself Tonight” had become fond collective memories.