Lone catapulted to international attention with the title role in Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning THE LAST EMPEROR. With a series of starring roles in feature films and two Golden Globe nominations, Lone's artistry as an actor has been highly regarded by critics and audiences alike.
Lone made his theatrical film debut portraying a prehistoric man brought back to life in Fred Schepisi's ICEMAN. He next played a suave and dangerous Chinese underworld kingpin in Michael Cimino's crime drama THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON. His subsequent roles include that of an enigmatic businessman/art collector living among expatriates in 1920's Paris, in Alan Rudolph's THE MODERNS, and a Balinese dancer involved in an interracial love affair (with Wendy Hughes) in Philip Noyce's ECHOES OF PARADISE. Lone was also responsible in helping to assemble an international creative team for the independent feature films, SHADOW OF CHINA and SHANGHAI 1920.
Lone was born in Hong Kong and became orphaned early on. He was sent, at an early age, to live with a monastic like Beijing Opera company. Lone passed up the offer of a ten year contract to be groomed as a star for the Hong Kong cinema establishment and instead chose to pursue his own brand of artistic expression. This determination and a growing interest in Western culture led him to the United States.
Lone's initial American success was in David Henry Hwang's play FOB at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York. His performance earned him an Obie Award and the serious attention of the New York theater world. Hwang wrote his next play, The Dance and the Railroad, specifically for Lone. In this critically heralded production, Lone not only played the lead but also served as director, choreographer and composer. After a successful theatrical run, his production was showcased on television as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival/ABC Arts Productions. Lone made his directorial debut with the PBS/American Playhouse production of Paper Angels, based on a play that he had directed for the New York stage.
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John Lone Facts
|Birth Name||Dzyn Lung|
|Birthday||October 13, 1952 (65)|
|Height||5' 7½" (1m71) How tall is John Lone compared to you?|