Charlie Chin

Charlie Chin Hsiang-lin (Chinese: 秦祥林; pinyin: Qín Xianglín; Jyutping: Ceon4 coeng4 lam4; born May 19, 1948) is a Taiwanese actor.[1]

Charlie Chin
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Chin Hsiang-lin

(1948-05-19) May 19, 1948 (age 74)
Years active1966–1991
(m. 1976; div. 1978)

Cao Chang Li
(m. 1988)
ChildrenGary Chin (son)
Kevin Chin (son)
AwardsGolden Horse AwardsBest Actor
1975 Long Way from Home
1977 At the Side of Skyline

Chinese name


Born in Nanjing, China in 1948, he first had his break when he moved to Hong Kong with his family at an early age. At only 12 years of age Charlie moved to Taiwan to join Fuxing Opera School, a Peking opera school. At the age of 20 he moved back to Hong Kong to join Cathay Organisation.

His movie debut came in the film Xia Ri Chu Lian, literally translating to "The First Love In Summer". With Brigitte Lin, Joan Lin and Chin Han, the four eventually became known as the "Two Chins, Two Lins" (二秦二林) which became iconic of 1970s romance films in China. The names became a guarantee of box office success, and so Charlie was constantly paired with one of the '2 Lins'. Charlie won 2 Golden Horse Awards and in 2000 he also presented one in Taiwan. Charlie retired from acting and began working in real estate. He lives in California with his wife Cao Chang Li (曹昌莉) and 2 sons, Gary (秦康中) and Kevin (秦康華).

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  1. ^ Lee, Daw-Ming. Historical Dictionary of Taiwan Cinema. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7922-5.

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