Lo Lieh, was born in Indonesia in 1940. Without a formal education, he came to Hong Kong when he was a teenager. He started working as actor in television and enrolled in Shaw Brothers Studio’s actor training course in 1962. After graduation, he became a contract player at Shaw Brothers. Over the next few years he played mostly bit parts but landed a supporting role in Temple of the Red Lotus in 1965. After performing in The Butterfly Chalice (1965), directed by Chang Cheh, Lo’s acting talent was recognized by the master director, who casted him to play key roles in Magnificent Trio (1966), Tiger Boy (1966), Golden Swallow (1968) and The Invincible Fist (1969), and finally played the lead role in The Flying Dagger (1969). He starred in King Boxer (1972), which became the first Hong Kong film with a theatrical release in the U.S. Lo appeared as villains in many films and is considered one of the finest bad guys in Hong Kong cinema. In Shaw Brothers co-productions with European and American companies such as Supermen Against the Orient (1974) and Bloody Money (1975), Lo was handpicked by foreign investors to be the leading man. After his contract with Shaw Brothers expired in 1973, Lo formed his own production company, which produced Devil and Angel (1973), a film that he wrote, directed and starred in. However, it did not do well at the box office, and Lo re-focused on acting the next few years, appearing in Shaw Brothers productions as well as those of other companies in Hong Kong and Taiwan, becoming one of the most prolific action film actors of the time. His most notable works include Kidnap (1974), Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre (1978), Dangerous Encounter - 1st Kind (1980) and The Story of Woo Viet (1981). He also directed and starred in Clan of the White Lotus (1980), The Black Magic with Buddha (1983) and Modern Detective (1985).
In 1985, Lo invested in the production of films and tele-features in Mainland China but incurred huge losses. He returned to Hong Kong in 1988 to work as an actor again. He signed with ATV and appeared in numerous TV series but left the TV station in 1999 to focus on businesses in Mainland China while also running an acting school. His memorable performance as a retired police officer in Glass Tears in 2001 was his final role. He died of a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 62.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Zen Master 6|
||The Black Magic with Buddha|
||Clan of the White Lotus|
||Devil and Angel|