|Chinese name 鄭丹瑞|
Name Lawrence Cheng
Chinese name 鄭丹瑞 (traditional)
Role Film actor
|Chinese name 郑丹瑞 (simplified)|
Height 1.82 m
Other name(s) Ah Tan (阿旦)
Jyutping zeng6 daan1 seoi6 (Cantonese)
Born 27 November 1954 (age 68) Hong Kong (1954-11-27)
Education Hong Kong Baptist University
Nominations Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay
Movies Break Up 100, Break Up Club, She Starts the Fire, Tom - Dick and Hairy, Inspector Pink Dragon
Similar People Wong Chun‑chun, Ivana Wong, Carol Cheng, Chrissie Chau, Ekin Cheng
Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui (born 27 November 1954) is a Hong Kong film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and master of ceremonies. He was a Hong Kong DJ and radio channel executive.
Cheng became famous after he created the radio drama series The Yuppie Fantasia in 1986 which he also starred in. In 1989, he starred in the film adaptation of the series which was directed by Gordon Chan and became a box office hit.
Cheng was born in Hong Kong on 27 November 1954. He attended the Baptist College, the top broadcasting school in Hong Kong and graduated in 1978.
Lawrence Cheng brought his comical slightly nerdish and slightly fantasia film persona into films since the mid-80s. He has acted in mainly comedy films over the next ten years and a few drama films. He occasionally wore more than one hat like other Hong Kong actors.
After graduating from the Baptist College in 1978, Cheng immediately joined RTV in which he worked on numerous popular television series. He later joined ATV and became a Creative Director. His career path changed from a TV personal to a radio producer and DJ in 1984 when he joined RTHK. In 1987, he made his return to television industry and joined TVB. In TVB, he was a variety show host, and acted in many dramas.
His film career started in 1980, however he was not yet well known til he starred in The Yuppie Fantasia in 1989, which was a box office hit grossing out US$2 million. Aside from being an actor, he is also a director, producer and screenwriter.
Cheng currently hosts variety shows as a freelancer for TVB, ATV, now TV Hong Kong Channel, feature Race Meetings and Events for The Hong Kong Jockey Club and acts in a few dramas. He acts as supporting actor in Hong Kong films.
In January 2011, he suffered a burst lung whilst playing football.