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Overview (4)

Died
Birth NameRoy Horan III
Nickname Sandy
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Roy Horan, presently CEO and founder of Innovea Ltd., began his career as a martial arts student of renowned Korean taekwondo master and popular Hong Kong movie super-villain "lord of the super kickers" Jang-Lee Hwang. American-born Roy had emigrated initially to Taiwan and finally Hong Kong after graduation from the University of Rhode Island. In 1975, with Hwang's help, he broke into Hong Kong film acting with roles in "Bruce Lee's Deadly Kung Fu (1977)", "Snuff Bottle Connection (1977)" and "The Ring of Death (1980)".

Roy soon became best-known to kung-fu movie fans as the evil "Russian Assassin" disguised as a Jesuit priest in Jackie Chan's "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)" and later, as "Lewis", a wealthy kung-fu fighter who befriends "Tang Lung" (Bruce Lee's stand-in), in "Game of Death II (1980)".

Between 1978-1989, Roy served as executive-in-charge of distribution, sales, marketing and international production for Seasonal Film Corporation in Hong Kong during the era in which the company produced Jackie Chan's first comedy kung-fu hit films. During his tenure at Seasonal, Roy also formulated and directed an instructional video series including, in 1980, "The Art of High Impact Kicking (1980)", based on Hwang's legendary kicking methodology. In 1987, he wrote, produced and appeared in "No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)", performing on-camera as the "American Consular General". This role was his final acting gig. He subsequently left Seasonal Films to establish other companies for TV and video production, sales and distribution.

In 1999, Roy shifted to an academic career and became a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Design where he taught filmmaking, helped establish the Multimedia Innovation Centre and, in 2005, conducted neuropsychological research on how to enhance creative thinking. A longtime mediator, he has also taught meditation since 1992.

In 2011, Roy retired from the university to develop Innovea Ltd., a company that designs and conducts innovative psychological assessments. The company further consults for individuals and organizations in the areas of high-performance and well-being.

Roy's daughter, Celina Jade, joined the entertainment industry first as a teen pop singer with the Chinese market hit songs "Good News Bad News" and "Kwong Ying Zi Gan" and, more recently, as an action actress portraying the "Dragon Inn Singer" in Universal Pictures release "The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)" and "Shado" in the CW Television Network actioner "Arrow (2012)" starring Stephen Amell.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paul Maslak

Family (2)

Spouse Christina Horan (20 December 1981 - present)  (2 children)
Children Celina Jade

Trivia (3)

A student of famous bootmaster Hwang Jang-Lee, Roy studied both taekwondo and Eagle Claw kung fu from the legendary kicker.
Best known to kung fu film fans as the Jesuit priest who was actually a Russian fighter hired by Hwang in the hit film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow.
Retired from films and now a university teacher [2003]

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