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Overview (4)

Born in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony
Birth NameHung Kam-Bo
Nicknames Yuen Chu
Big Brother
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age of 12, and has worked in numerous martial arts films as an actor, director, producer and/or choreographer, collaborating with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, two superstars of the genre.

He is now internationally renowned as a pioneer and trend-setter in Hong Kong action films. Hung's big break as a film actor came with a role as a sparring partner in the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon (1973). He established his reputation as a skilled physical comedian in several kung-fu comedies, beginning with "Enter the Fat Dragon" (Enter the Fat Dragon (1978)). He also produced and starred in numerous successful films throughout the 1970s and 1980s for Hong Kong's leading film studio, Golden Harvest.

Hung collaborated in the 1980s with long-time friend Jackie Chan in a highly successful series of action comedies that cemented Hung's reputation as a consummate actor/director and launched Chan's career as an international star. For a while, Hung also starred in an American TV series, Martial Law (1998).

He directed Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997), his first film shot in the US. He and his wife, Mina, now divide their time between homes in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: DANIEL

Spouse (2)

Joyce Godenzi (7 July 1995 - present)
Jo Yun Ok (1973 - 1994) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Heavy muscular build
Remarkable speed and agility that contrasts his heavy build

Trivia (11)

Attended same opera school as Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen, Wah Yuen and Corey Yuen.
Longtime friends with Jackie Chan and directed Chan in Heart of Dragon (1985), among several.
He was first called Sammo in Hong Kong because of his resemblance to a popular Chinese cartoon character. The character's name was "Sam Mo" which is Cantonese for "three hairs," which is all the cartoon character had.
Eldest grandson of actress Szu-Ying Chien and writer/director Chung-Ho Hung.
When his work first started getting released in the West, he was billed as Samo Hung. It was not until years later, after English-speakers kept mispronouncing his first name as 'say-mo', that the M was doubled to get the 'Sammo' that we are more familiar with now.
He got the distinctive scar on his upper lip and at the corner of his mouth in a street fight. Someone shoved a broken Coke bottle in his face.
Has three sons and one daughter; Timmy Hung, Jimmy Hung, Sammy Hung and Stephanie Hung.
Family roots are from Suzhou, Jiangsu province.
He is the elder brother of Chi Kit Lee.
He received the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival.
George Lucas originally wanted him to be the lightsaber fight choreographer for the Star Wars prequels.

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