Chinese name 黃秋生 (traditional)
Jyutping Wong4 Cau1-sang1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Anthony Perry
Ancestry British, Chinese (Taishan, Guangdong)
Born 2 September 1961 (age 54)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director, TV Host
Years active 1985–present
Anthony Perry (born 2 September 1961), better known professionally as Wong Chau-sang (黃秋生) or Anthony Wong, is a Hong Kong film, stage and TV Awards winning British-Hong Kong actor, screenwriter and film director. Wong is perhaps best known in the West for his roles in the 1992 action film Hard Boiled, the 2002 critically acclaimed Infernal Affairs, and as General Yang in the 2008 Hollywood film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Anthony Perry was born on 2 September in 1961 to an English-born sailor, Frederick Perry, and a Hong Kong Chinese mother whose surname Wong adopted as part of his current name, Anthony Wong. His father walked out on the family when he was four, which prompted his mother to relocate the family to Hong Kong. Wong has revealed in his microblog that during his first year in Hong Kong, he lived with his mother “in the staircase of a pre-war building in Wan Chai” until he was sent to live with various relatives for two years while his mother “held down three jobs”.
In his acting career, Wong’s established a reputation for openly critiquing the Hong Kong film industry and its practices, actors’ performances and pop culture in interviews and his personal microblog. In some of those critiques, he’s revealed his experiences of being bullied and discriminated against—for being a “mixed race foreigner” and “during the 1960s, English-Chinese mixed-race people like me were regarded as bastards”, and for being born outside Hong Kong—while growing up in Hong Kong and during the early years of his acting career.
During his late teens, Wong moved to Britain to attend a college of further education. He returned to Hong Kong to attend a training course in hairdressing until he quit to join ATV’s training programme when he was 21.
Wong is the lead singer of a local Hong Kong punk rock band. Wong is married and has three sons called Omar Wong, Ulysses Wong and William Wong.
In a 2005 interview with Star eCentral, Wong stated that amongst his prolific output during the 1980s and the 1990s, a considerable number of films he appeared in were poor and exploitative. He, however, has no regrets because he needed the money to support his wife, their sons and his mother.