Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:45

A Chinese Ghost Story actor Wu Ma dies from lung cancer

The veteran actor who is best known for his role as the priest in A Chinese Ghost Story died at the age of 71

Wu Ma

Hong Kong veteran actor Wu Ma passed away from lung cancer yesterday, at the age of 71. His wife posted up the news on Weibo and wrote: “His cancer worsened 10 months ago. But the last few months of his life were well spent, and he finished the last lap with pride.”

Chinese producer Shen Zhihao also posted up a photo that he took together with the late actor, and confirmed news of his death on Weibo.

Initially a stage actor, Wu Ma’s original name is Feng Hongyuan. He was born on May 28, 1942 and migrated to Hong Kong in 1959. He graduated from the Shaw Brothers Film Company Southland Experimental Theatre at the same time as Hong Kong actor Lo Lieh.

In 1963, he joined Shaw Brothers as an actor, and rose to fame after starring in a 1965 adaptation of Mulan directed by well-known Shaw director Cheng Cheh and Yuan Qiufeng.

Wu Ma has also received numerous accolades, and one of his more memorable roles is Priest Yan Chixia in A Chinese Ghost Story, which won him the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 24th Taiwanese Golden Horse Awards in 1987.

Wu Ma

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