|Chinese name 袁小田|
Years active 1949–1979
|Name Yuen Siu-tien|
Role Film actor
Jyutping Jyun4 Siu2tin4 (Cantonese)
Born 27 November 1912 (age 66), Beijing, China (1912-11-27)
Other name(s) Simon YuenSimon Yuen Siu-tienSiu-tien Yuen
Children Yuen Woo-ping, Shun-Yee Yuen, Yuen Cheung-yan, Yat Chor Yuen, Yuen Lung-chu
Movies Drunken Master, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Dance of the Drunk Mantis, Master with Cracked Fingers, Sleeping Fist
Similar People Yuen Woo‑ping, Hwang Jang‑lee, Shun‑Yee Yuen, Yuen Cheung‑yan, Dean Shek
Died 8 January 1979 (aged 66) Hong Kong
Drunken style kung fu training torture funny martial arts training sequence
Yuen Siu-tien (Chinese: 袁小田) (27 November 1912 – 8 January 1979) (also known as Yuan Xiaotian, Simon Yuen, Sam Seed or "Ol' Dirty") was a Hong Kong martial arts film actor in the late 1970s. Yuen is perhaps best known as Beggar So (A.K.A Sam Seed) in three films: Drunken Master, Story of Drunken Master and his final film Dance of the Drunk Mantis. He starred in several films with film actors like Jackie Chan and under the direction of his real life son Yuen Woo-ping.
- Drunken style kung fu training torture funny martial arts training sequence
- Hwang jang lee vs yuen siu tien dance of the drunk mantis
- Success at an advanced age
- Ol Dirty
- Personal life
- TV series
Hwang jang lee vs yuen siu tien dance of the drunk mantis
Success at an advanced age
Yuen trained in the traditional Peking opera role of Wu-Shen. He began his acting career at age 37, in the first Wong Fei-hung film to star Kwan Tak-hing, Story of Huang Feihong (1949), though his film appearances were rare until the late 1950s. He is best known for portraying mentors and kung fu masters, and featured in almost 150 films throughout his career.
One of his internationally best-known films came late in his career, Drunken Master (1978), in which he played Beggar So (Sam Seed in some English dubs), an old hermit who had mastered the art of drunken boxing, aiding a young Wong Fei-hung, played by Jackie Chan. The role was a reprisal (in all but name) of the one he had played in another of Chan's films, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978). At the time, Drunken Master proved to be the most successful film to feature Chan. The film portrayed Wong Fei-hung as a young and mischievous rascal as opposed to the venerable, Confucian master of kung fu played in many films by Kwan Tak-hing. The movie was a surprise international hit, and greatly helped to boost the career of the then 66-year-old actor. Yuen reprised the role of The Beggar So for three further films, Dance of the Drunk Mantis, Story of Drunken Master, and World Of The Drunken Master (in which he had a cameo).
The rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard took his name from one of Yuen's films Ol' Dirty & The Bastard. Wu-Tang's lyrics were often inspired by 1970s kung fu films.
Yuen is the father of eleven children, six of whom have worked (or still work) in the Hong Kong film industry. The five eldest sons were known collectively as the "Yuen clan" and often worked in combinations on many films:
Yuen had two additional sons and three daughters.
Yuen's likeness was used for the character Chin Gentsai in the SNK series, The King of Fighters, as well as for the character Shun Di from the Virtua Fighter series (taken from the role of Su Hai from Drunken Master).
On January 8, 1979, Yuen died of heart attack. He was 66 years old. Yuen was considered for the role of Beggar So in the 1979 film Magnificent Butcher alongside Sammo Hung, but died as production of the film began. Yuen was replaced by Fan Mei-sheng (father of the Story of Ricky star Fan Siu-wong). Filming was continued with Fan's Drunken Master character, which necessitated reshooting some of Yuen's scenes. However, Fan's character is never referred as "Beggar So" in this film.