Mr. Shek Kin
(1913 - 2009)
Original name Shek Wing-cheung, Shek Kin is one of the most eminent actors with the "bad guy" and "tough guy" image. To make up for his poor health, Shek started to practice martial arts as a youngster and was conversant in various types of kung fu. In 1939, he started his career in the film industry as a make-up artist and made his debut as an actor in 1940 with his appearance in "Flower in a Sea of Blood"(1940). In the 50s and 60s, he performed in several hundred film productions, mostly action movies. Including "Fong Sai Yuk" series in which he played Master White Eyebrow and his role as Heavenly Foot in "Buddha's Palm". The most well known among those are the "Wong Fei-hung" series in which he took on roles of villains. Indeed, his portrayals of villains were so successful that he was known as "Bad Man Kin" among Hong Kong's movie-goers. Besides, Shek acted in many modern day dramas including “The Love of an Innocent Girl” (1967) and Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" (1973). Starting from 1976, he began to act in TV series like “Hotel” (1976), “The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber” (1978) and “Legend of the Condor Heroes” (1983). In 1992, after playing a role tailor-made for him in “HK Adam’s Family”(1994), he retired from the scene. In 1996, Shek was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Critics' Association. In 2003, he was given the Professional Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards.