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Leon Lai

Leon Lai (黎明; pinyin: li3 ming2; Cantonese: lai4 ming4) (born December 11, 1966) is a cantopop singer and star of several Hong Kong movies.

He was born in Beijing and is the only child in his family. His parents divorced when he was four. Lai studied at King's Way Princeton College (England). Before he became a singer in Hong Kong, he worked as a salesperson for a cellular phone company. He was the second runner up in the New Talent Singing Contest, held by the TVB in 1986. He signed to Sony Music on March 23, 1998. He was a singer of Polygram (now known as Universal Music) before.

Together with Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok, Lai is one of the four popular male singers that the media refer to as the "Four Great Heavenly Kings" (四大天王). In the early stages of his career, he mainly sang cantopop, but thanks to his producer Mark Lui he expanded his repertoire to include popular electronic songs with compelling music videos. Some of these are regarded as the best in his career. In 2002, he was selected to sing "Charged up", the World Cup theme song for Greater China.

He won numerous singing awards before announcing in 1999 that he would no longer accept any awards in Hong Kong. He won the "Most Popular Singer" award in 1993 and 1995. He has also won the "Song of the Year" award four times.

In 1996, Lai was nominated for the Best Actor Awards of the 16th Hong Kong Film Award for the film Comrades, Almost a love story, which he acted as a man left China and came to Hong Kong in 1980s. However, together with other four nominees, he was defeated by Kent Cheng. In 2001, Lai took the spotlight at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-language version of the Oscars in Taiwan. He won "Best Actor" for Three: Going Home, about a plainclothes police detective who cannot get over the death of his wife.

Apart from being an actor, he took part in the production of advertisement for 'Dress Casual Day' of the Community Chest.

Lai has participated in many charity events in recent years. He has been an ambassador for the Community Chest and UNICEF for many years and has helped the Community Chest to raise millions of dollars on their "Casual Day". He also occasionally helps other non-profit organisations to raise funds. He was awarded the Medal of Honour on 12 October 2003 by Tung Chee-Hwa, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR.

His fan club Leon Family (黎明家族) can be found in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and United States.

Literally his name means dawn in Chinese.

Table of contents
1 Filmography, as actor, includes
2 TV Drama, as leading actor, includes
3 Albums
4 External links

Filmography, as actor, includes

for the year marked with # means he wasn't the leading actor in the film.

TV Drama, as leading actor, includes

See also: Cinema of China



Mandarin, Korean and Japanese

External links