Monday, June 29, 2009
Remembering Lo Lieh
Lo Lieh was born Wang Lap Tat on June 29, 1939 in Pematang, Siantar, Indonesia of Chinese parents. He was sent back to China to attend school and entered acting school in Hong Kong when his studies were finished. In 1962 the Shaw Brothers gave him a contract and he began appearing in action films. He would become one the most famous actors in Hong Kong action films during the 1960s and 1970s. Later he became a producer, director, and screenwriter. He founded his own production company Lo Films in 1973 and for a time was married to actress Tong Ka-Lai. He would appear in 200+ films during his career. His only Spaghetti Western was 1974’s “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” with Lee Van Cleef. He died on November 2, 2002 in Shenzen, China, of a heart attack. Today we remember Lo Lieh on what would have been his 70th birthday.