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David Chiang Dai Wei (Chinese: ???/???) (29 June 1947) is a Hong Kong actor.
David Chiang was born in Suzhou, China on 29 June 1947. His Mother Hung Wei and Father Yim Dut were very popular Movie Stars. Young Chiang began his acting career at a very early age, appearing in black & white films while he was only 4 years old. “John” is Chiang`s real English name, while “David” was a stage name given to him by Director Chang Cheh. His brother Paul Chun starred in The Sand Pebbles.
In 1966, while working as a Stuntman and Fight Instructor for the acclaimed Shaw Brothers Studio, he was spotted by Director Chang Cheh. The Director immediately saw Potential & Screen Presence in the young actor & took David under his wing, slowly grooming him. The pair got along like father & son.
With Wang Yu`s sudden departure in 1969, Run Run Shaw and his Senior executives were searching for their next leading man to take the reins to satisfy the frenzy left from the departed Wang Yu. The movie impresario made Chiang an offer he could not refuse. With the guidance of Director Chang Cheh, Chiang won “The Best Actor” Award at the 16th Asian Film Festival in 1970 for his role in “Vengeance!”. In 1972, at the 18th Asian film Festival, Chiang was awarded the Golden Horse Award for “The Best Actor” in “Blood Brothers” & “The Most Contemporary” Award in 1973 at the 19th Asian Film Festival for “The Generation Gap”.
Chiang left Hong Kong with his mentor Chang Cheh and set up an Independent Production Company in 1973 known as Chang`s Scope Company. With the backing & blessings of Run Run Shaw, their films continued to be distributed through an enormous Shaw circuit. There, Chiang was able to try his hand at Directing, Producing and Script Writing. As the 70`s came to an end and the 80`s approached, Chiang continued to work his magic on the Silver Screen working with Directors Lee Han Chiang, Hsueh Li Pao, Ho Meng-hua and Chia-Liang Liu . 1980 was also the start of his first T.V Series The Green Dragon Conspiracy, followed by Princess Chang Ping and Dynasty which are all classics. In the mid 80s, Chiang worked along side his two brothers, Paul Chun & Derek Yee , Directing, Producing and Acting in the Comedy “Legend of the Owl”. Chiang`s talents in comedy also was showcased in the movie`s The Challenger and The Loot Directed by Eric Tseng . In late 80s into the 90`s Chiang successfully Directed movies : “Heaven Can Help”, “Silent Love”, “The Wrong Couples”, “Mr. Handsome”, “Double Fattiness”, “My Dear Son”, “Will of Iron” and “Mother of a Different Kind” . As 2000 approached, Chiang has continued to work in Movies & T.V series like : Election, Daisy, Revolving Doors Of Vengeance, Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion , Land of Wealth, The Family Link and the most recent 2007 T.V Series The Gem of Life. Chiang was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” in 2006 for his TVB role in Revolving Doors of Vengeance.
In 2004, David Chiang was inducted in The Avenue of Stars , modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.
With over 4 decades under his belt, Chiang is indeed an Icon and a Legend and is well regarded as one of Kung Fu`s Top Action Heroes .