Chow Yun Fat - Biography

Last Modified: Aug 27, 2022

Chow Yun Fat
Nick Name: Faat Tsai, Faat ""Gor"", Donald Chow
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Crouching Tiger (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $100 million

Personal Details

Born on : May 18, 1955 (age 68)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Yun-fat Chow
Birth Place: Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Horoscope: Taurus
Father's Name: Rongyun Zhou
Mother's Name: Lifang Chen
Siblings: 5

four brothers

Ethnicity: Chinese
Nationality: Hong Kong


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: May 6, 1987
Wife's Name: Jasmine Tan

Candice Yu (1983 - 1983)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.86 meter (6 feet 1 inch)
Weight: 70 kg (154.32 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Chow Yun-fat?

Chow Yun-fat is a Hong Kong actor who has been awarded SBS (Silver Bauhinia Star) by Hong Kong for his leading role and voluntary work in public affairs. He is best known for his roles in Chinese and Hollywood movies such as A Better Tomorrow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Killer, Hard-Boiled, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Here are the facts about the actor who has made it as an actor after facing hardships and tragedies.

Source: FilmExodus (Chow Yun-fat)

Chow Yun-fat – Age, Parents, Siblings

Chow Yun-fat whose birth name is Yun-fat Chow (previous name Donald Chow) was born on 18 May 1955 in Lamma Island, Hong Kong, China. He has several fond nicknames too- Faat Tsai, Faat " Gor", Donald Chow.

Chow’s father Rongyun Zhou worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker and his mother Lifang Chen worked as a cleaning lady and a vegetable farmer. He has four brothers and several sisters. He also has an elder sister who is a photographer.

Chow had a difficult childhood as the family faced financial hindrances. He grew up on Lamma Island where the farming community lived. His house had no electricity and he used to wake up early morning to help his mother in the fields and sell goods.

Education, Siblings

At the age of 17, he left school to help his family earn money by working several odd jobs. Years later Chow saw an advertisement on TVB for actors.

His ethnicity is Chinese.

Chow Yun-fat – Girlfriends, Wife, Divorce, Children

Chow was in a relationship with Hong Kong actress Idy Chan in 1978. But after they broke up in 1989, heartbroken Chow attempted suicide.

Chow has been married twice and divorced once. His first wife is Candice Yu, a Hong Kong actress and singer. They had married in the year 1983. But their marriage did not last even a year. It just lasted 9 months. They divorced the same year in 1983.

Chow then married Jasmine Tan, a Singaporean on 6th May 1986 and has been married ever since. The couple does not have any children together. Instead, Chow has a goddaughter Celine Ng, a former child model.

Source: Stomp - The Straits Times (Chow Yun-fat and wife Jasmine Tan in 1987)

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Chow Yun-fat – Career

Early Days

He signed up for it and was accepted by TVB where he signed a 3-year contract for film acting. Chow worked with TVB and soon was the heartthrob and a familiar name.

Films, Series

He has appeared in around 100 movies, both Chinese and Hollywood movies. Among all, his most recognized movies include The Hunter, the Butterfly and the Crocodile (1976), See-Bar (1980), Postman Strikes Back (1982), The Killer (1989).

Others are Hard Boiled (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Dragonball Evolution (2009), The Monkey King (2014), From Vegas to Macau parts- I, II, III (2014, 2015, 2016).

Source: Pinterest (Chow Yun-fat as Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

Chow also played in around 37 series from the years 1974 to 1987.

Photo Collection

He released his first photo collection on 26 June 2008 in Hong Kong. The book’s photos were taken on the sets of his film and were published by Louis Vuitton. The earnings from the book were donated to Sichuan earthquake victims.

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Chow Yun-fat – Philanthropy

Chow is not only a successful actor but also has a heart of gold.

While other international celebs are spending money on luxurious cars and materials, Chow has chosen to become a simple man.

He is happy to hop onto a crowded bus and travel with local people.

"Ninety percent of the people on the subway would be staring down at their phones. Who would even notice me? It's like stepping into an abandoned land!"

Chow shared that he will leave most of his $714 Million ( $5.6 billion HKD) fortune to charity. Bless his heart! Currently, he lives on the equivalent of a hundred American dollars a month.

Chow Yun-fat – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is estimated at around $100 million while the figure on his annual salary is not shared with the public.

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Chow Yun-fat – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Chow Yun-fat is absent.

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