Mr. Roy Chiao
(1927 - 1999)
Actor Roy Chiao was born in Shanghai and because of his physical stature, he was nicknamed "Lion of the Cinema". The well-built Chiao was not only good at horseback riding, diving and plane piloting, but also fluent in English, Japanese, Korean and many Chinese dialects. He once served as an interpreter for the US Army during the Korean War. Chiao played in "Fresh Peony" (1956) directed by Bai Guang in which the latter also made an appearance. Afterwards Chiao joined MP & GI and took part in films like "Air Hostess" (1959), "Escort Over Tiger Hill" (1969), also in "The Arch" (1970), "A Touch of Zen" (1971), "The Valiant Ones" (1975), “The Age of Miracles” (1996) and "All's Well End's Well '97" (1997) and so on. He had also appeared in foreign movies like "Ferry to Hong Kong" (1959) and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984). From the 80s onwards Chiao also acted in TV dramas including "Guardian Angel" (1978) and "Blowing in the Wind" (1980). He was awarded Best Actor by the Hong Kong Film Awards with "Summer Snow" (1995). A devout Christian, he founded the Artists Home with a view to creating solidarity and spreading the Christian faith among film workers. His last work was "Sometimes, Miracles Do Happen" (1999) which was a missionary film.