1999 Honorary Fellow
The Hong Kong-born actor Chow Yun-fat enrolled in an actor’s training course at TVB at the age of 17. He later signed up as a contract actor. His talen and dedicated professionism have enabled him to advance from a television actor to an international movie star with universal appeal.
Chow has assumed the leading roles in numerous television and film productions. Some of his best remembered performances are represented in Shanghai Bund, The Story of Woo Viet, HK 1941, The Autumn’s Tale, A Better Tomorrow, City on Fire, God of Gamblers, and All about Ah Long. His unique style and charisma have twice won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Best Actor Award in 1984 and 1987, and three times as Best Actor in the Hong Kong Film Award in 1987, 1988 and 1990. Chow embarked on his first Hollywood film Replacement Killer in 1997 and is currently filming Anna and the King with Jodie Foster in Malaysia.
In 1997, Chow was named ‘Star of the Decade’ by CineAsia Award Winners held in Singapore. In the following year, the Mayor of the city of Chicago proclaimed the 12th of January to be ‘Çhow Yun-Fat Day in Chicago’. In the same year, Chow received the ‘Louis Cartier Award of Excellence’ after being elected the Most Outstanding Actor for the year 1997 in Hong Kong.
Since mid 90s, Chow has become actively involved in charities. He has been appointed Ambassador for Hong Kong to promote tourism and trade. His contributions to the television and film industry as well as to the Hong Kong community as a whole are invaluable and immeasurable. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has benefited from his guest-lecturing at the School of Film and Television.