If you’re a fan of fighting video games, you must have heard of titles such as ‘Mortal Combat’, ‘Dead or Alive’ and ‘Street Fighter’. Do you know the name of the man who starred in the movie adaptations of these popular games? How much money has Chinese-American actor Robin Shou earned from his acting efforts?
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Early life and education
Shou Wan Por was born on July 17, 1960 in Hong Kong (then known as British Hong Kong), People’s Republic of China.
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He is the fourth child of a housewife and a tailor. When he was 11 in 1971, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, USA, and lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood now known as Koreatown. Little is known about his early education, but it is revealed that he didn’t start practicing martial arts until he was 19, which was considered quite late for the standards. He enrolled at California State University, while taking Kenpo (karate) classes. However, he was unhappy with karate, so he quickly gave it up, then a year later he came across a group of Wu Shu practitioners who had come from Beijing to Los Angeles.
He immediately thought this was what a “real Chinese” should train for, so he took a break from college just before starting his senior year in 1981, sold his car and spent the earnings. on a flight to China, where he could study Wu Shu for several months. He didn’t even tell his parents where he was going – his aunt had to send a letter to his mother to let her know that Shou was safe in Nanjing, China.
When he was done with Wu Shu classes, he returned to California and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
He worked in the field for a year and a half when he realized he needed a career change as he was bored with electronics and computers. He returned to Hong Kong, hoping to spend time learning more about martial arts, when he was offered a job as a stuntman in a movie. He agreed, and in the end his short vacation turned into two years, during which he was a stunt man in several films. Upon his return to the United States, he adopted Robin Shou as his stage name, as he felt it was more appropriate for Western audiences.
During the later years of the 1980s, Shou made small appearances in several films, such as “The Big Brother”, “The Big Heat”, “In the Line of Duty III”, and “Long Arm of the Law”.
However, his roles usually depicted a bodyguard or assassin, who would only get a few minutes of screen time.
His real film debut came in 1990, when he co-starred with Melissa Gilbert in the TV movie “Forbidden Nights,” about a woman who came to China to become a teacher but fell in love with one of his students. People noticed Shou immediately, but he decided to return to Hong Kong and work there as an actor.
He appeared in several films, such as ‘Tiger Cage II’, ‘Fury in Red’, ‘Forbidden Arsenal’ and ‘Honor and Glory’, however, in 1994 he returned to the United States to pursue a career in Hollywood. , his agent calling him for a casting for the film “Mortal Combat”, inspired by the famous video game of the same name. Soon after, Robin Shou was cast as the lead character, Liu Kang – the film premiered in 1995.
In 1997, Shou portrayed Gobei in “Beverly Hills Ninja”, and that same year reprized his role as Liu Kang in “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”. In 1998, he made an appearance in the television series “The Outer Limits”, in which he played Major Ronald Neguchi.
In 2006, Shou appeared in “DOA: Dead or Alive”, the action movie directed by Corey Yuen. Two years later, he starred alongside Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Tyrese Gibson in the sci-fi film “Death Race”, and reprized this role in the film’s sequels released in 2010 and 2014. In 2009, he starred in another video game adaptation. , “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li”, in which he played Gen, then the same year appeared in an episode of the television series “Cold Case”.
Shou starred as Sunny in the 2011 action movie “Mortal Enemies” before making his voice acting debut in 2012, voicing Conroy and Roland Ho in the video game “Sleeping Dogs.”
He also appeared in the short film “Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted” released in 2014.
Shou is announced to portray a character simply called “Boss” in Lou Pizzaro’s TV movie “Way of the Empty Hand” which, as of May 2020, still does not have a release date.
He was an international forms champion and a member of the Wu Shu national team in the 1982-83 season. He won several gold and silver medals in Wu Shu at various competitions held in China, and also won a gold medal in arms. He has won the Traditional Form Grand Championship held in California four times.
Shou trained fellow actress Mila Jovovich for her role in the “Resident Evil” saga.
When he’s not working on films, he loves taking ceramic classes, painting, welding and even working with wood!
The 19e In September 2009, he married his mysterious longtime girlfriend known simply as “Anne”. It is not specified whether or not the couple have children.
According to the Chinese zodiac, he was born in the year of the Rat.
Shou keeps his life private and he is not active on any social media platforms.
Robin Shou has earned a lot of money from his successful acting career, as well as the Wu Shu competitions and classes he has taught. His net worth is estimated to be around $8 million, as of mid-2020.
Shou is 1.83 m (6 ft) tall and weighs around 75 kg (165 lb); he has black eyes. He takes good care of his long black hair which is even jokingly said to have mystical powers and is able to defy gravity.