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Simon Yam

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Chinese name  任達華 (traditional)
Name  Simon Yam
Siblings  Peter Yam Tat-Wing
Years active  1977–present
Children  Ella Yam
Pinyin  Ren Dahua (Mandarin)
Parents  Yam Kam-Kau
Chinese name  任达华 (simplified)
Role  Actor

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Jyutping  Jam6 Daat6-wa4 (Cantonese)
Born  19 March 1955 (age 68) Hong Kong (1955-03-19)
Spouse  Qi Qi (m. 1997), Ho Sui-yi (m. 1981–1986)
Movies  Kill Zone ‑ SPL, SPL II: A Time for Consequences, Ip Man, Sara, Election
Similar People  Qi Qi, Charlene Choi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo, Lam Suet

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Simon Yam (born 19 March 1955), also known as Yam Tat-wah (Chinese: 任達華), is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He received international acclaim for his performances in international film festival hits and box offices such as Naked Killer, SPL (a.k.a. Kill Zone), Election, Election 2 (a.k.a. Triad Election), Exiled, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, The Thieves.


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Yam started off as a model before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television series prior to "apply his trades" in the film industry in 1987. His elder brother is Yam Tak-wing, a retired former Deputy Commissioner of Hong Kong Police.


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In 1989, he starred in the Japanese-Hong Kong co-production of Bloodfight. This was the first of its kind in which English was spoken throughout the entire film. In 1992, Yam gained critical acclaim for his role as the maniacal Judge in the crime film Full Contact, where he faced off in a bloody battle against Chow Yun-fat's character. In 1993, he starred as "Dhalsim" in the action-comedy film Future Cops, a parody of Street Fighter directed by Wong Jing. In 1996, Yam began his role as Chiang Tin-Sung, the leader of the Hung Hing triads in the first three instalments of the Young and Dangerous film series.

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In 2000, Yam starred as Cheung San, the progenitor of all vampires, in the television series My Date with a Vampire II, produced by ATV. In 2003, Yam made his Hollywood film debut in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life as Shaolin crime lord.

In 2013, Yam directed his first film, as part of the Hong Kong portmaneau horror film Tales from the Dark 1.

Personal life

Yam is married to Sophia Kao, known as Qi Qi, an international model. Born in Shanghai, but raised in Austria, Kao is a spokesperson for SKII. They have a daughter, Ella.

Awards and nominations

Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor Nomination for The Be No. 1
  • Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Juliet in Love
  • Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Midnight Fly
  • Best Actor Nomination for PTU
  • Best Actor Nomination for Election
  • Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Election 2
  • Best Actor Nomination for Eye in the Sky
  • Best Actor Nomination for Sparrow
  • Best Actor Nomination for Night and Fog
  • Best Actor for Echoes of the Rainbow
  • (6 Best Actor Nominations, 4 Best Supporting Actor Nominations)

    Golden Horse Awards

  • Best Actor Nomination for PTU
  • Golden Bauhinia Awards

  • Best Actor for PTU
  • Best Actor for Election
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • Best Performance by an Actor for Sparrow
  • Producer

  • Ocean Flame (2008)
  • TV series

  • A House Is Not a Home (1977)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1979)
  • The Shell Game (1980)
  • The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983)
  • The New Adventures of Chor Lau-heung (1984)
  • Reincarnated Princess (1985)
  • New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (1986)
  • The Legend of the Book and the Sword (1987)
  • War of the Dragon (1989)
  • Heaven's Retribution (1994)
  • ICAC Investigators 1996 (1996)
  • My Date with a Vampire II (1999)
  • Tokyo Juliet (2006)
  • References

    Simon Yam Wikipedia