Liu Wai-hung was born in Hong Kong in 1957. He joined TVB’s 6th actor training course in 1977, and started appearing in TV series produced by the station upon graduation. His portrayal of a new immigrant from Mainland China in the series The Good,The Bad and The Ugly (1979) brought him instant renown, and he was henceforth known by the name of his character, Ah Charn, which also became the nickname for all recent immigrants from the Mainland. Riding on his new found fame, Liu subsequently appeared in several films featuring the Ah Charn character, including The Prohibited Area (1981), An Honest Crook (1981) and The Sweet and Sour Cops (1981). The last of those films was especially popular, and Liu and Kent Cheng, who played a pair of thin and fat cops in the film, paired up to play similar characters in a slew of films such as Funny Boys (1982), The Sweet and Sour Cops Part II (1982) and Oh! My Cops! (1983). In addition to acting, Liu also served as line producer on The Sentimental Pair (1983), and directed Chase a Fortune in 1985.
Aside from film and television series, Liu was known for his appearance on the variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight, in which he frequently impersonated actors and celebrities. He hosted his own comedy show in 1990, entitled The Funny Half Show, which was best known for his impersonation of a woman chef, which became yet another trademark of Liu.
Liu gradually scaled down his acting commitments in the mid- 1990s to focus on business ventures in Hong Kong and Malaysia, taking only occasional cameo roles in film and television. In August 2013, while promoting his new book about organic farming, he announced his return to show business with plans to make a film.
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