Thursday, March 31, 2011

Alan Tang - HK's Alain Delon

Alan Tang Kwong Wing's death from a stroke on March 29, 2011 has robbed Hong Kong and Taiwan of a brilliant leading man, producer and director.

Read all about him here. Thanks Wikipedia.

Alan Tang Kwong Wing (September 20, 1946 – March 29, 2011) was a Hong Kong film actor, producer and director.

Tang was born in Shunde, Guangdong, China, the youngest of four children.

His first starring role was actually at 16 in the 1963 film The Student Prince.

Upon graduation from secondary school, Tang acted in Hong Kong youth films starring Josephine Hsiao, Chen Chen, and Connie Chan throughout the 1960s.

Tang was often voted Best Actor by film magazines.

Tang found greater fame when he moved to Taiwan during the 1970s, and made over 60 feature films, often dramas and romances.

He often co-starred with Brigette Lin.

In 1974, Tang produced and starred in Splendid Love In Winter with Chen Chen, and Dynamite Brothers with American footballer Timothy Brown.

In 1977, he formed The Wing-Scope Company.

A decade later, Tang established In-Gear Film Productions, with his brother Rover Tang.

Well-known films of Tang during this time included Flaming Brothers, Gangland Odyssey, Return Engagement, Gun N Rose and The Black Panther Warriors.

He also produced two films directed by Wong Kar Wai, As Tears Go By and Days Of Being Wild.

In the 1990s, Tang became a restaurant businessman. He also became the godfather of Adam Cheng's daughter, actress Joyce Cheng.

Tang was a generous celebrity who devoted much of his time to philanthropy.