Roy Cheung

Roy Cheung
Background information
Chinese name 耀
Chinese name 耀 (traditional)
Chinese name 耀 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Yàoyáng (Mandarin)
Birth name Cheung Yiu Yeung
Born (1963-07-20) July 20, 1963
Hong Kong
Occupation actor
Years active 1986 – present

Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung (Chinese: 耀; pinyin: Zhāng Yàoyáng; born 20 July 1964 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong-based actor, best known on-screen for his roles as Triad gangsters in a number of films.

Early life and career

As a child, Cheung idolized kung-fu legend Bruce Lee but never seriously considered a career in acting.

Starting out as a model, Cheung turned to acting when director Yeung Fan cast him in his 1986 film Lost Romance and the first of his many roles portraying a villain followed in the acclaimed director Ringo Lam's 1987 City on Fire.

In 1996, Cheung appeared in the 3rd, 4th and 6th installments of the Young and Dangerous series. Roles that heralded the beginning of a long working relationship with director/cinematographer Andrew Lau.

Present day

Recently, Cheung has appeared in a number of Andrew Lau's films, most notably in the second installment of the internationally acclaimed Infernal Affairs trilogy, and in the 1998 The Storm Riders, in which Cheung broke free of his standard villainous self altogether and portrayed a Shaolin monk.


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