Mr. Cheung Wood Yau
(1910 - 1985)
Original name Cheung Kin-yu, Cheung Wood-yau apprenticed in Guangzhou for Cantonese opera and started his career in 1936 when he became a male lead in both civil and martial roles in operatic performance. In 1939, Cheung became an on screen actor in Hong Kong, his debut being "Breaking through the Bronze Net"(1939). His career peaked between 1949-1952 during which period he averaged over 20 film outputs a year, including “Crime Doesn’t Play, Part One and Two” (1949). Cheung specialised in the interpretation of weak, scholar like and "nice guy" characters, as well as the obedient son or loving father. In 1952, together with Ng Cho-fan, actress Pak Yin and others, he founded the Union Film Enterprises Ltd, aiming to raise the standard of the Cantonese cinema. Under Union, he took part in classics like "Family", “Spring” (1953), “Autumn”, " Father and Son" (1954), “Romance at the Western Chamber” (1956). In 1954, he founded Shan Luen Motion Picture Company with Pak Yin and Ng Wui, playing a key role in his son Chor Yuen’s classic film “The Great Devotion” (1960). Cheung joined TVB in 1976 and appeared in TV dramas. He took his retirement in 1982.