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Simon Yam

Simon Yam is the quintessential Hong Kong actor. In a career exceeding 25 years, Yam has appeared in more than 125 movies and more than 40 television shows. Whether as hero or villain, supporting actor or leading man, Yam's colorful screen persona has endured from his early days as a TV star to his eventual position as a major figure in the exciting world of Hong Kong cinema. His notable works include Hong Kong Gigolo, Expect the Unexpected and Midnight Fly.

As a youth, Yam overcame poverty by modeling for print ads, appearing in commercials and working in sales. After completing high school, Yam enrolled in Television Broadcast Limited's actor training courses, and soon became a regular of televised dramas, sitcoms, martial-arts period pieces and soap operas.

His first series was the police drama CID, followed by a role as a gay character in the domestic soap opera House Is Not a Home. Other shows Yam performed in for TVB, Hong Kong's largest television studio, include some of its most famous series: The Shell Game, Man in the Net, Police Cadet II, The Return of the Condor Heroes, The Smiling Proud Wanderer and many others.

Yam's movie debut was in the gangster picture Law Don in 1979, but his first starring film role came later that year in the groundbreaking, New Wave erotic drama House of the Lute. His more recent leading roles include two internationally acclaimed films directed by Johnny To, The Mission and PTU.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Simon Yam Facts

BirthdayMarch 19, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceHong Kong
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Simon Yam compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ip Man
Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life
Ip Man 2
Kill Zone 2
Kill Zone
The Storm Warriors
Man Of Tai Chi
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