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Bolo Yeung Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 February 1946Canton, China
Birth NameYang Sze
Nicknames The Beast from the East
The Chinese Hercules
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular physique he was chosen for several bad guy movie roles, with which his first big break came alongside the legendary Bruce Lee in the 1973 movie Enter the Dragon, where he played the role of 'Bolo'. They were really close friends.

Since then Bolo Yeung has appeared in countless martial arts movies, to date, also working on two movies with "The Muscles from Brussels"-Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport and Double Impact.

Now Bolo still looks great and still regularly trains at his local gym. Martial Arts and Bodybuilding is an integral part of his life and career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: BYteam

Trade Mark (1)

Huge pectoral muscles

Trivia (20)

Was a martial arts student of Bruce Lee.
His prefered Martial Arts is Tai-Chi.
He is a former Mr Hong Kong Bodybuilding Champion - he won the title in 1967. and held it for ten years. He is also a former Mainland China powerlifting Champion.
Has two sons, Danny & David Yeung, and a daughter Debbra.
Is a Weightlifter he goes to the gym La Fitness and trains alongside his son David, who is a bodybuilding champion in his own right.
In the 1960s he swam from China to Hong Kong to escape communism.
Was stereotyped as a villain until he got the chance to play the good guy in Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993). He played the good guy in 3 more movies: Shootfighter II (1996), TC 2000 (1993), and Fearless Tiger (1991).
His Hollywood breakthrough came when he landed the role of Chong Li in Bloodsport (1988).
He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Gym Business Association, and the Team Manager of the Tapei international Bodybuilders Squad.
He was born to a local business man and his wife in guangzhou Suburbia which is a suburb of canton in Mainland China.
He first became Bodybuilding Teacher in the 1960s.
Also trained in Wing Chun which is another form of Kung Fu.
Was good Friends with Bruce Lee and they would sometimes get together to train or discuss Kung Fu.
He was wrongly described in the films blurb for Enter the Dragon as being the south east Asian shotokon karate champion - he never even practiced that martial art.
He quan (1979) was his favorite film from that era.
Bolo retains the barbell Bruce Lee kept in his Golden Harvest office along with a rare business card from Lee's Hong Kong production company concord.
In 2007 he played a good guy role in "Blizhniy Boy:The Ultimate Fighter" but this movie is still not released because legal issues.
His best "dead lift" exceeded 700lbs.
He currently lives in Monterey Park which is a city in Los Angeles, California. [2007]
He still lives in Monterey Park and regularly trains at his local gym. [2010]

Personal Quotes (9)

I had the opportunity to come to America back in 1973. The plans were all made and everything. Then Bruce died, and everything fell through. So I'm getting here 17 years late. Maybe I'm little old now, but that's no problem.
There are plenty of times people will come up to me for an autograph and tell me they enjoyed my work on Enter the Dragon. But people just know me from the movie, they don't really know who I am.
I know what is good for me as an actor. Because of the way I look, that is what I am going to be a success in. I know my place in movies; no matter how good an actor is, if he doesn't know his place in the movies he will never be successful.
I realize I'm still very popular with audiences and that's makes me very happy. I think that all started with Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon. All the fans and audiences from 20 years ago still remember Bruce lee as the biggest star. They still have not found anyone to take his place. Also, it helped to work with Jean Claude Van Damme on his movies. Like Bruce lee, Jean-Claude offered a special package, a unique look that attracted and kept audiences coming back.
Durning the filming of Enter the Dragon, Bruce and I worked very closely on technique training. We experimented, trying to decide what worked and what wouldn't. You see, Bruce was always learning, always experimenting, always changing.
Among those people who have religion, there are small proportions of people who do good things but conditionally. They are opportunists. The reason why they do good things is the fear of the hell and the desire for the heaven. This kind of person may not necessarily still do good things if there is no heaven or hell. This kind of person made the meaning of people into data. A lot of things are screwy now. Confucianism nearly disappeared. Taoism became the tool to tell geomantic omen. Even the Buddhism temple is became a profiting organization. There are even more. But I don't think I would like to talk about it anymore.
Why do we always defend? Tai Chi never actively attacks. The art of war says "Retreating when the enemy advances".
It's work, whether I'm the hero or the villain. I'm not a kid anymore, where nervousness keeps me from sleeping.
I have always been happy being the bad guy.

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