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Andy Lau (劉德華) is a Hong Kong actor, singer, and film producer. He has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same time.
Lau was born in Tai Po, Hong Kong. He graduated from Ho Lap College. In 1981, Lau signed up for an artist training program through TVB, marking the beginning of his acting career. His beginning roles in "The Emissary" and "The Return of the Condor Heroes" were the first step in gaining popularity.
Lau made a guest appearance in a music video. Through this appearance, manager Teddy Robin saw him and gave him a small role in "Once Upon a Rainbow." In 1983, he was given his first lead role in the film "On the Wrong Track." Some of Lau's best-known roles are as the 'heroic gangster,' such as his role in "A Moment of Romance." At the onset of his career, Lau was mainly known for his good looks. His first major award was the Golden Bauhinia Award for "Best Actor." Lau also won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for his acting in "Infernal III." He also starred in "House of Flying Daggers," which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In 2005, Lau was awarded the "No. 1 Box Office Actor in Hong Kong" for making more than 100 movies from 1985-2005.
In the 1990s, Lau was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop. Lau was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Awards Won by a Male Cantopop Artist." By April 2000, he had won nearly 300 awards. His first album was released in 1985 and did not do well. Over the course of his music career, he repeatedly won awards and his singles became famous in Hong Kong, mainland China, and all over Asia. Lau also sang in different languages, including Vietnamese, Japanese, and English, in addition to Mandarin and Cantonese. In 2008, Lau performed alongside Jackie Chan during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.
Lau's most recent projects include the film "Chasing the Dragon" with Donnie Yen and "Find Your Voice," which will be released in September 2017. He also starred in the controversial Sino-American co-production THE GREAT WALL alongside Matt Damon. In January 2017, Lau was thrown off a horse during a shoot in Thailand and injured for several months. Meanwhile, his action-adventure film THE ADVENTURERS was released August 2017.