Yuen Biao

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Yuen Biao (born 27 July 1957) is an actor from Nanjing, China. He specialises in martial arts and has worked on over 80 films as actor, stuntman and action choreographer. Along with Peking Opera School “brothers” at the China Drama Academy, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, he was one of the Seven Little Fortunes.

Born ??? Xià Lìng-Zhèng (Hsia Ling-Jun) in Nanjing, he was the fifth child in a family of eight children. His family moved to Hong Kong and at the age of 6, he was enrolled at the Peking Opera School The China Drama Academy. He was given the stage name Yuen Biao (Little Tiger) and trained alongside schoolmates Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Corey Yuen, Yuen Wah and several others who would later become famous in Hong Kong cinema. He quickly showed a talent for acrobatics, and remained at the school until the age of 16.[1] When he left, Yuen followed his classmate Sammo Hung into a career in the Hong Kong film industry.

In the early 1970s, Yuen began work as a stuntman and extra. After working on Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Yuen became a stunt double for Bruce Lee on Enter the Dragon, in 1973. He was also one of the “fake” Bruce Lee’s in Game of Death (1978), performing the acrobatics and stunts that the Bruce Lee “body double” (Taekwondo expert, Tai Chung Kim) was unable to perform. Yuen continued working as a stuntman, doubling for actors in Hong Kong action films and taking on supporting actor roles.

During his early acting period, he adopted the anglicised name Bill Yuen for use on the Hong Kong films that were released internationally. However, recognising the growing success of Jackie Chan, Golden Harvest were keen to give him a similar name, and on some international film prints, he was credited as Jimmy Yuen. Both anglicised names were later dropped.[2]

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