Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Tony Leung Chiu Wai

About this actor

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (born 27 June 1962) is a Hong Kong film actor and former TVB actor. A major film star since the 1990s, Leung has won the Hong Kong Film Awards five times and the Golden Horse Best Actor awards thrice (in 1994, 2003 and 2007). Leung also won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his role in Wong Kar-wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love. To distinguish himself from fellow actor Tony Leung Ka-fai, he is known colloquially in Hong Kong as "Little Tony", while Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures. Leung is a Toisanese-Chinese born in Hong Kong, though his family came from Taishan, Guangdong, China. Leung's early childhood was punctuated with parents' quarrels and arguments about money. A mischievous boy in his early years, Leung's personality changed when his father, a chronic gambler, left the family when he was eight; he and his younger sister were brought up single-handedly by their...