|Chinese name 喬宏|
Jyutping Kiu4 wang4 (Cantonese)
Parents Yisheng Qiao
|Chinese name 乔宏 (simplified)|
Name Roy Chiao
Chinese name 喬宏 (traditional)
Ancestry Linfen County
|Born 16 March 1927Shanghai, China (1927-03-16) |
Died April 14, 1999, Seattle, Washington, United States
Awards Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Movies Bloodsport, Summer Snow, Game of Death II, Games Gamblers Play, A Touch of Zen
Similar People Michael Hui, King Hu, Newt Arnold, Norman Burton, Bolo Yeung
Game of Death II Photo Slideshow
Chiao was born in Shanghai in 1927. His father was a supporter of Sun Yat-sen and was part of the Chinese Revolution. During the Korean War, Chiao went to Taiwan. He joined the United States army at some stage, and with him being fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanhainese, Japanese and English, he was a broadcaster and interpreter for the army. In 1955, he went to Japan and there he met actress Bai Guang who cast him in the 1956 film Xian mu dan.
Chiao married Siu Kam-chi when he was in his twenties. She was a disc-jockey. Both he and his wife were Christians. Chiao had been a devout Christian since his early twenties. In 1964 he and his wife immigrated to Seattle. In his later years he became involved in missionary work.
He was the founder of "Artists' Home," a Christian Fellowship for actors in Hong Kong. Singer-songwriter Zac Kao is one of the people who have been positively affected by Chio.
He suffered three heart attacks before his heart disease-related death.
The English speaking film appearances that Chiao appeared in included roles in the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme film Bloodsport, the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon and the 1978 version of Lee's Game of Death. He performed in many Hong Kong films with a career total of 90 films.
1950s to 1960s
Chiao's screen debut was in the 1956 film Xian mu dan which came about as a result of his meeting actress Bai Guang. She had casted him in the film. On her recommendation he went to MP&GI in 1957 and that year he was signed to them.
Recognized as a handsome leading man, in the 1959 film, Ferry to Hong Kong, Chiao played the part of the Americanized Johnny Sing-Up, a black leather jacket, blue jean wearing Elvis styled gangster from America. Sing-Up was the partner of a pirate called Yen (played by Milton Reid) who board a ferry that has been battered in a storm and drifting near the China Coast.
1970s to 1999
In a type of send-up of his award winning role in Summer Snow, Chiao played the part of the Alzheimer disease stricken grandfather of Tung Tzun in the 1996 film Blind Romance.