Richard Ng Yiu-hon was born in Guangdong in 1939, the father of actor Carl Ng. In 1955, while studying in the U.K., he became a theater enthusiast. He later studied at the Hampstead Academy of Acting and Drama and, upon graduation, joined the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), where he acted in four comedy shows.
Ng returned to Hong Kong in 1970 and acted in films and television. His mix of physical schtick and comic timing in drama series and variety shows at Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) made him a beloved personality.
In 1975, he became a producer when he formed his own production company, where he later directed himself in the comedy Murder Most Foul (1979), which he also scripted. Ng’s iconic visage and comedic talent resulted in many renowned performances, his popularity hitting its peak in the 1980s with the Lucky Star film series, for which Ng, Sammo Hung, Feng Tsuifan, Charlie Chin and John Sham were collectively known as the “Five Lucky Stars.” Ng was even nominated for Best Actor at the 3rd Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in Winners and Sinners (1983), the first installment of the series.
From 1989 to 1990, Ng became a household name with his Fun Time, a hidden-camera variety show that played pranks on an unsuspecting public. The Asia Television (ATV) show was wildly popular in Southeast Asia and even went on the road to shoot in Singapore. In 1990, Ng’s turn in the film Beyond the Sunset earned him another Best Actor nomination at the 9th Hong Kong Film Awards.
In the 1990s, he scaled back his involvement in film though continuing to make occasional cameos. In 1997, he relocated to England before being invited back to Hong Kong by Television Broadcasts (TVB) to serve as award presenter at the TVB Anniversary Awards in 2009. Ng later returned to Hong Kong in 2010 in a long-term basis. Recently, his role in Juno Mak’s Rigor Mortis (2013)—a tribute to 1980s Hong Kong vampire films—was met with commercial and critical success.
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