If you’re a Hong Kong film and drama fanatic, then you’d probably recognise this man, who appeared in many productions as a fierce villain.
His name is Lee Siu Kei, and he was one of the most iconic actors to ever play villains in the Hong Kong film industry, just like Ah Nan in Singapore.
Unfortunately, the 69-year-old actor had passed away on Sunday, 2 June 2019, amidst the loving company of his wife, sister and brother.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
A former gang member, Lee was invited by late director Ringo Lam to act in a production and subsequently left the ring for acting.
He made waves in his acting career, being in over 40 movies during his time as a villain. These included Those Were The Days… (1995), the Young And Dangerous film series (1996 to 2000) and Chinese Midnight Express (1997).
His filmography also includes comedy films by Stephen Chow such as The God Of Cookery (1996) and King Of Comedy (1999).
His involvement and stellar performance as the villain in these films led him to be known as one of the top four villains of the Hong Kong film industry alongside other actors, such as Shing Fui On, Ho Ka Kui and Wong Kwong Leung in the 1980s and 1990s.
Shing had passed on in 2009 and Ho did as well in 2015. Wong is now 61.
End Of An Era
Lee had stopped acting after he suffered from stroke twice in the past few years.
According to Ming Pao Daily News, he was diagnosed with liver cancer in November last year and underwent surgery to remove the tumour earlier this year in January.
In a sweet yet somber move, Lee finally registered his marriage with his girlfriend of 30 years, Ms Yau Hau Ching, 58, in February. This was apparently done in hopes that the auspiciousness would bring him good luck in health and aid him in his recovery.
Sadly, his cancer spread to his lungs following that and he was admitted to hospital just last week after his condition got worse.
Many were saddened about the passing of a legendary actor and offered condolences, such as actor Louis Koo, the current president of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild.
He offered to extend a helping hand to Lee’s family if needed as well.
They always leave us too soon, but their memory will live on forever.
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