Wai Lit, whose original name was Willie Lau Wing-wai, joined the 3rd TVB Actor's Training Course in1974 and started working as an actor upon graduation. He took part in numerous TV productions, playing mostly minor parts. He was spotted by Philip Chan Yan-kin to play the role of a policeman in Jumping Ash (1976), which marked his entry into the film industry. Thereafter, Wai Lit acted in numerous erotic films directed by James Lui Kei. In 1976, he joined Philip Chan to work at Rediffusion (Hong Kong) Limited, and acted in many TV series such as The Man Killer (1976) and Operation Manhunt (1977). However, during the filming of the last episode of the series Operation Manhunt, Wai Lit suffered a major accident that fractured four rib bones. He switched to working for Commercial Television in 1978, but after the closure of the station, Wai Lit returned to working in the film industry. In 1984, he started working for ATV, and began to have a foot in both TV and film. In particular, his portrayal of the Qing dynasty emperor Yongzheng in the series The Rise and Fall of Qing Dynasty II (1988) attracted positive reviews.
After directing Club Girls in 1989, Wai Lit followed up with Angel Terminators in 1992. When the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild was established in 1993, Wai Lit was elected its first executive committee member. He left the film and TV business in 2001.
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