If you’re a fan of fight video video games, you will need to’ve heard of titles reminiscent of “Mortal Combat”, “Dead or Alive” and “Street Fighter”. Do the identify of the person who acted in movie diversifications of those well-liked video games? How a lot cash has Chinese-American actor Robin Shou earned from his performing endeavors?
Early life and Education
Shou Wan Por was born on 17 July 1960, in Hong Kong (on the time often known as British Hong Kong), the People’s Republic of China.
He is the fourth little one of a homemaker and a tailor. When he was 11 years previous in 1971, his household moved to Los Angeles, California US, and lived in a two-bedroom residence within the space that’s at the moment often known as Koreatown. Little is thought about his early training, however it’s disclosed that he didn’t begin practising martial arts till he was 19, which was thought-about fairly late for the requirements. He enrolled on the California State University, whereas additionally taking Kenpo (Karate) lessons. However, he wasn’t glad with Karate so he rapidly give up it, then a 12 months later he stumbled throughout a gaggle of Wu Shu practitioners who had got here to Los Angeles from Beijing.
He instantly thought that this was what a ‘real Chinese’ ought to prepare in, so he took a break from University simply earlier than beginning his senior 12 months in 1981, offered his automobile, and spend the earnings on a flight to China, the place he may research Wu Shu for a number of months. He didn’t even inform his dad and mom the place he was going – his aunt needed to mail a letter to his mom to let her know Shou was secure in Nanjing, China.
When he was performed with Wu Shu lessons, he returned to California and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering.
He labored within the subject for a 12 months and a half when he realized he wanted a change of profession, as he was bored by electronics and computer systems. He went again to Hong Kong, hoping to spend a while studying extra about martial arts, when he was supplied a place of a stuntman in a movie. He accepted, and ultimately his brief trip become two years, throughout which he was a stuntman in a number of movies. When he returned to the US, he adopted Robin Shou his stage identify, as he thought it was extra acceptable for the Western viewers.
During the final a number of years of the Nineteen Eighties, Shou made small appearances in a number of motion pictures, reminiscent of “The Big Brother”, “The Big Heat”, “In the Line of Duty III” and “Long Arm of the Law”.
However, his roles normally portrayed a bodyguard or an murderer, who would get only some minutes of the display time.
His actual function movie debut occurred in 1990, when he co-starred with Melissa Gilbert within the TV drama movie “Forbidden Nights”, a few lady who got here to China to change into a faculty trainer however who fell in love with one in all her college students. People instantly seen Shou, however he determined to return to Hong Kong and work as an actor there.
He appeared in a number of movies, reminiscent of “Tiger Cage II”, “Fury in Red”, “Forbidden Arsenal” and “Honor and Glory”, nevertheless, in 1994 he returned to the US to pursue a profession in Hollywood, his agent calling him to a casting name for the film “Mortal Combat”, impressed by the well-known online game of the identical identify. Soon after, Robin Shou was forged because the lead character, Liu Kang – the film premiered in 1995.
In 1997, Shou portrayed Gobei in “Beverly Hills Ninja, and that same year reprised his Liu Kang role in “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”. In 1998, he made an look within the TV sequence “The Outer Limits”, wherein he portrayed Major Ronald Neguchi.
Moving alongside, in 2006 Shou appeared in “DOA: Dead or Alive”, the motion film directed by Corey Yuen. Two years later starred subsequent to Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Tyrese Gibson within the sci-fi movie “Death Race”, and reprised that position within the movie’s sequels that aired in 2010 and 2014. In 2009, he acted in one other online game adaptation, “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li”, wherein he portrayed Gen, then the identical 12 months appeared in an episode of the TV sequence “Cold Case”.
Shou starred as Sunny within the motion movie “Mortal Enemies” in 2011, earlier than in 2012 making his voice performing debut, voicing Conroy and Roland Ho within the online game “Sleeping Dogs”.
He additionally appeared within the brief movie “Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted” that aired in 2014.
Shou is introduced to painting a personality known as merely ‘Boss’ within the Lou Pizzaro’s TV movie “Way of the Empty Hand” that, as of May 2020, nonetheless doesn’t have a launch date.
He was the International Forms Champion and a member of the National Wu Shu Team within the 1982-83 season. He gained a number of gold and silver medals in Wu Shu at numerous competitions held in China, and in addition gained a gold medal in weapons. He gained the Traditional Form Grand Championship held in California 4 instances.
Shou skilled fellow actress Mila Jovovich for her position within the “Resident Evil” saga.
When he’s not engaged on movies, he loves taking ceramic lessons, portray, welding, and even does woodworking!
On nineteenth September 2009, he married his mysterious, long-term girlfriend recognized merely as ‘Anne’. It isn’t disclosed whether or not or not the couple has any kids.
According to the Chinese zodiac, he was born within the 12 months of the Rat.
Shou retains his life non-public and he isn’t lively on any social media platforms.
Robin Shou has earned some huge cash from his profitable performing profession, in addition to from Wu Shu competitions and lessons he held. His internet price is estimated at round $8 million, as of mid-2020.
Shou has a peak of 6ft (1.83m), and weighs round 165lbs (75kg); he has darkish eyes. He takes excellent care of his lengthy, black hair which is even jokingly mentioned to have some mystical powers and to have the ability to defy gravity.