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Zhang Tie Lin

Zhang Tie Lin (张铁林), born on June 15, 1957 in Tangshan, Hebei, China, is a Chinese actor and director. He is best known for his role as Qianlong Emperor in My Fair Princess. He is also known for many dramas and films such as Once Upon a Time in China, The Bronze Teeth, Assassinator Jing Ke and All Men Are Brothers.

Zhang Tie Lin

Zhang Tie Lin

Personal information

Native name (Chinese): 张铁林
Phonetic name: Zhang Tie Lin
Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Birthplace: Tangshan, Hebei, China
Country: CN China
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Blood type: O
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Education: Beijing Film Academy (1982 graduate), British Film Institute (1990 graduate)
Occupation: Actor, director
Label: Shanghai Mandy Television Culture Co


Zhang Tie Lin was born on June 15, 1957 in Tangshan, Hebei but grew up in Weinan, Shaanxi. In 1973, he was sent to Lintong District in Xi'an to perform agricultural labour as part of the Chinese government's Down to the Countryside Movement. Three years later, he became a construction worker in Xi'an.

In 1978, Zhang enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy and graduated in 1982, after which he worked in the television station Tianjin Television. In 1984, Zhang made his debut in the films The Burning of Imperial Palace, Reign Behind a Curtain and Under the Bridge, of which the third one propelled him to fame.

In 1987, Zhang went to England to further his studies at the British Film Institute, graduating in 1990. He became a British citizen in 1997. In the early 1990s, Zhang went to Hong Kong to expand his career and signed a contract with film producer Tsui Hark, working together with Tsui on the Once Upon a Time in China film series. He joined the Hong Kong television network Phoenix Television in 1996 and worked there briefly before returning to the mainland Chinese entertainment industry. His portrayal of the Qianlong Emperor in the first two seasons of the television series My Fair Princess boosted his fame. Zhang starred together with actors Wang Gang and Zhang Guoli in many television series and they are collectively known as the "Iron Triangle" in the Chinese entertainment industry.

In 2007, Zhang became the dean of the art school of Jinan University in Guangzhou.




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