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Deng Chao (simplified Chinese: 邓超; traditional Chinese: 鄧超, born 8 February 1979) is a Chinese actor, comedian, director and singer. He is a cast member of the popular variety program, Keep Running. His recent films, The Breakup Guru (2014), The Mermaid (2016) and Duckweed (2017) are among the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time in China. In 2017, Deng was crowned Best Actor at the Golden Rooster Awards for his performance in The Dead End (2015).[1]

Deng Chao
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Native name
Born (1979-02-08) 8 February 1979 (age 40)
Alma materCentral Academy of Drama
Years active2000–present
AgentDeng Chao Studio
Sun Li (m. 2010)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese鄧超
Simplified Chinese邓超




During his third year of study at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, Deng achieved recognition from his performance in stage plays Cui Hua, Serve Suancai and Please. After graduation, he started filming dramas. He rose to fame with the 2003 historical television series The Young Emperor[2] and further achieved recognition in director Gao Xixi's military drama romance Happiness as Flowers,[3] which marked his image transformation.[4]

2008–2010: Increasing recognitionEdit

Due to his rising popularity, Deng scored a role in Feng Xiaogang's war film Assembly.[5] The film was well received by the audience and won critical acclaim. Deng won the Best Supporting Actor at the Hundred Flowers Awards, successfully making his crossover to the big screen.[6] The same year, he co-starred in Cao Baoping's romantic thriller The Equation of Love and Death[7][8] and was awarded the Society award at the Golden Phoenix Awards for his performance.[9]

In 2010, he starred in Tsui Hark's action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, playing an albino detective named Peng Dong Lai.[10] He earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.[11] Deng next starred in fantasy film Mural (2011), directed by Gordon Chan and adapted from the renowned ghost novel "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio".[12] In 2012, he signed on to play Cold Blood in The Four trilogy, based on Woon Swee Oan's novel series Si Da Ming Bu (The Four Great Constables).[13][14]

2013–2015: Directorial works and Keep RunningEdit

In 2013, Deng starred as one of the three male leads in Peter Chan's film American Dreams in China, about three young men from poor backgrounds who achieved success by establishing a reputable English teaching school.[15] The film was a commercial success[16] and earned positive reviews. Taipei Times call the movie a "a well-executed work of entertainment that preaches about China’s growing power" and praised Deng for "delivering a focused performance as an idealist with a defeated ego".[17]

Deng made his directorial debut with The Breakup Guru (2014), a romantic comedy starring himself and Yang Mi.[18] Though it faced stiff competition from Hollywood blockbusters, the film grossed 180 million yuan in its opening week and ended up as one of the highest-grossing films in China that year.[19] The same year, he joined Keep Running, a remake of the South Korean variety program Running Man.[20] Keep Running enjoyed explosive popularity in China.[21] That year, Deng was chosen as the Most Valuable Chinese Actor.[22]

Deng then starred in crime film The Dead End directed by acclaimed director Cao Baoping,[23] and was praised by critics for "breathing life into the role with riveting performances", as well as his chemistry with co-star Duan Yihong. He shared the Best Actor award with co-stars Duan and Guo Tao at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival,[24] and won another Best Actor trophy at the Golden Rooster Awards.[25] Deng teamed up again with Yu Baimei for the comedy film Devil and Angel, following the success of The Breakup Guru. However, unlike its predecessor, the film was voted the Most Disappointing Film of 2015 and received criticism for its poor approach to comedy.[26][27]

2016–present: Success on the big screenEdit

In 2016, Deng starred in renowned director Stephen Chow's film The Mermaid.[28] He plays a playboy businessman who falls in love with a mermaid that had been sent to assassinate him.[29] The Mermaid became the highest grossing Chinese film of all time then.[30] Deng next starred in romance film I Belonged to You, based on a novel of the same name about a romance between two disc jockeys.[31] The film was a success and broke box office sales record for a romantic drama film.[32]

Due to his success on the big screen, CBN Weekly named him the 3rd most commercially valuable celebrity in China;[33] and the most lucrative actor on China's big screen.[34]

In 2017, Deng starred in Han Han's comedy film Duckweed, playing a rebellious car racer who thinks that his parents misunderstood him.[35] The sleeper hit gained commercial and critical success.[36][37] He next starred in the suspense crime film, The Liquidator, based on the bestselling crime novel series Evil Minds: City Light and directed by acclaimed TV director Xu Jizhou.[38]

In 2018, Deng starred in Zhang Yimou's historical film, Shadow.[39]

Other activitiesEdit

In 2016, Deng and long-time partner Yu Baimei (who co-directed The Breakup Guru and Devil and Angel) set up their own theater, the Super Theater.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Deng is married to actress Sun Li since 2010. They have two children, a son named Deng Han Zhi and a daughter named Deng Han Yi.[40]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2003 When Love Loses Its Memory 当爱情失去记忆 Li Buxiao
2007 Assembly 集结号 Zhao Erdou
2008 The Equation of Love and Death 李米的猜想 Fang Wen
爱情呼叫转移2 Yuan Jia [41]
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Xu Beihong Guest appearance[42]
2010 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 狄仁杰与通天帝国 Bei Donglai
2011 Perfect Baby 巴黎宝贝 Ma Xiaoshun [43]
The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Chen Yi
Mural 画壁 Zhu Xiaolian
2012 The Four 四大名捕 Leng Xie
2013 American Dreams in China 中国合伙人 Meng Xiaojun
The Four II 四大名捕2 Leng Xie
2014 The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Mei Yuangui also director and producer
The Four III 四大名捕3 Leng Xie
2015 Jian Bing Man 煎饼侠 Deng Chao Cameo
The Dead End 烈日灼心 Xin Xiaofeng
Hundred Regiments Offensive 百团大战 Zhang Zizhong Cameo[44]
Devil and Angel 恶棍天使 Mo Feili also director and producer
2016 The Mermaid 美人鱼 Liu Xuan
I Belonged to You 从你的全世界路过 Chen Mo
2017 Duckweed 乘风破浪 Xu Tailang
The Liquidator 心理罪:城市之光 Fang Mu
Sky Hunter 空天猎 Cameo
2018 Shadow Zihu / Jingzhou
2019 Looking Up 银河补习班 [45]

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2001 The Joy of Spring 换了青春 Liang Dawei
2003 The following is the fertile soil of sand 黄沙下面是沃土 Wang Heiyuan
The Young Emperor 少年天子 Shunzhi Emperor
2004 Beijing Holiday 北京假日 Liu Xiaodong
谍战之特殊较量 Zhao Zhiqiang [46]
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一 Zheng De [47]
Happiness as Flowers 幸福像花儿一样 Bai Yang
Young Kangxi 少年康熙 Kangxi Emperor [48]
明末风云 Chongzhen Emperor [49]
风流才子翻转天 Kuang Nanhai
2006 爱了散了 Chen Feng [50]
Young Justice Bao III 少年包青天3 Bao Zheng [51]
New Stars in the Night 新昨夜星辰 Zhou Xinbang [52]
2007 Silent Tears 女人不哭 Zhao Jian [53]
2008 Romantic West St. 浪漫的西街 Hu Dawei [54]
甜蜜蜜 Lei Lei [55]
Rich Man Poor Love 钻石王老五的艰难爱情 Meng Hao [56]
2009 Human Love 人间情缘 Li Xiaojun [57]
Medic 军医 Lin Bingkun [58]
The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Zhang Wuji [59]
2010 You're My Brother 你是我兄弟 Ma Xuejun [60]
2011 Love of Yan'an 延安爱情 Peng Chengdou [61]
2014 Ten Years of Love 相爱十年 Xiao Ran [62]
2017 Master Healing 复合大师 Mei Yangui Special appearance[63]

Variety showEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2014–2018 Keep Running 奔跑吧 Cast member


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2002 "Forever Farewell" 永相别 The Young Emperor OST
2005 "Only Need You" 只要有你 Young Justice Bao III OST with Jin Minjia
2006 "Tian Mi Mi" 甜蜜蜜 Tian Mi Mi OST with Sun Li
"The Moon Represents My Heart" 月亮代表我的心
2008 "Brothers" 兄弟 Assembly OST
"I Will Grow Up Today" 今天就长大 N/A Theme song of Jiayou, 2008!
2009 "Hua Xia Hero" 华夏英雄 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber OST
"Bloom" 绽放 N/A Theme song of 18th Golden Rooster Awards
2010 "A Bright Moon is Born on the Sea" 海上生明月 N/A Promotional song for the Shanghai World Expo
"Promise" 诺言 You're My Brother OST
2011 "Xuan Yuan Legend 轩辕传奇 N/A Theme song for Xuan Yuan Legend game
Mural 画壁 Mural OST with Sun Li
2012 "Dreams Won't Die" 梦不死 The Four OST
2013 "The Proverb of Love" 爱的箴言 Ten Years of Love OST
"The Story of Time" 光阴的故事 American Dreams in China OST with Huang Xiaoming & Tong Dawei
2014 "Hello World" N/A The Breakup Guru OST
"The Echoes of the Mountain Valley" 山谷里的回声
"Sweet Chocolate" N/A
"Super Hero" 超级英雄 N/A Theme song of Keep Running
"Brahmas Lullaby" 摇篮曲 N/A
2015 "The Song of Little Tail" 小尾巴之歌 The Dead End OST
"Your Majesty, I Am Wrong" 娘娘我错了 Devil and Angel OST
"Alphabet Song" 字母歌
"Love in the World" 有情世间
2016 "Undefeatable" 无敌 The Mermaid OST
"Love Song of Broadcast Station" 电台情歌 I Belonged to You OST
2017 "Luan Mu's Wood Guitar" 乱炖的木吉他 Buddies in India OST
"Ride the Winds, Break the Waves" 乘风破浪歌 Duckweed OST

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Deng Chao Crash Diet on View as 'Shadow' is Picked to Close Macao Festival". Variety Magazine. 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ "《少年天子》再现顺治帝传奇一生(组图)". Sina (in Chinese). 15 September 2003.
  3. ^ "《幸福像花儿》热播 邓超演纨绔子弟获好评(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 19 October 2005.
  4. ^ a b "All his world's a stage". 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "邓超憧憬重拍《集结号》 发誓要为任泉报仇(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 29 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Feng Xiaogang's "The Assembly" wins biennial Chinese audience film awards". Sina. 13 September 2008.
  7. ^ "In the Name of Love". China Radio International. 18 September 2008.
  8. ^ "邓超不满《集结号》表现 《李米》不愿自打分". Mtime (in Chinese). 29 July 2008.
  9. ^ "邓超获颁金凤凰奖 感言享受表演热爱电影". Sina (in Chinese). 7 August 2009.
  10. ^ "'Sick' Detective Deng Smells out Clue". China Radio International. 23 July 2009.
  11. ^ "Detective Dee leads Hong Kong Film Awards". China Radio International. 23 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Fantasy Film 'Mural' Sets Release Date". China Radio International. 6 July 2011.
  13. ^ "《四大名捕》要拍三部曲 邓超冷血刘亦菲无情". Sina (in Chinese). 24 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Cast Members Promote Wuxia Drama "The Four"". China Radio International. 25 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Dream comes true". China Daily. 18 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Chasing their dreams". China Daily. 18 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Movie review: American Dreams in China". Taipei Times. 2 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Deng Chao prepares directorial debut". China Daily. 23 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Deng Chao's Directorial Debut Opens Big". China Radio International. 22 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Zhejiang Satellite TV to Reproduce "Running Man"". China Radio International. 10 July 2014.
  21. ^ ""Running Man" Remake "Hurry Up, Brother" Is a Huge Hit in China". Soompi. 1 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Deng Chao, Wang Luodan: 2014's Most Valuable Chinese Stars". Yahoo News. 29 October 2014.
  23. ^ "专访《烈日灼心》邓超×段奕宏". Mtime (in Chinese). 1 September 2015.
  24. ^ "The Dead End". Shenzhen Daily. 4 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Highlights of 31st Golden Rooster Awards in Hohhot". The Global Times. 17 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Growing domestic comedies set to boost festive scene". 26 January 2016.
  27. ^ "'Devil and Angel' biggest winner at China's version of the Razzie Awards". Sina. 22 March 2016.
  28. ^ "Stephen Chow comes back with 'The Mermaid'". 10 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Stephen Chow: Deng Chao is perfect for "The Mermaid"". Yahoo News. 3 February 2016.
  30. ^ "'Mermaid' takes crown of highest grossing Chinese film". 19 February 2016.
  31. ^ "'I Belonged to You' faces competition from Guo offering". 6 July 2016.
  32. ^ "《从你的全世界路过》破8亿引领国产爱情片新方向-新华网". China Entertainment News (in Chinese). 26 October 2016.
  33. ^ "Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value". China Daily. 12 December 2016.
  34. ^ "Computer picks latest China film award winners". China Daily. 16 January 2017.
  35. ^ "Chinese 'Duckweed' Features Eddie Peng, Deng Chao in New Trailer". Screen Anarchy. 20 June 2016.
  36. ^ "China Box Office: 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Opens to Massive $61.9M". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  37. ^ Lee, Maggie. "Film Review: 'Duckweed'". Variety. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  38. ^ "Deng Chao back with killer crime thriller". China Daily. 26 December 2017.
  39. ^ "Zhang Yimou starts new film project". China Daily. 22 March 2017.
  40. ^ "Sun Li and Deng Chao hold party for their daughter". Sina. 21 August 2014.
  41. ^ "《爱情呼叫转移2》海报曝光 12男代表不同星座". Tencent (in Chinese). 14 November 2008.
  42. ^ "邓超《建国大业》造型曝光 出演画家徐悲鸿(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 28 May 2009.
  43. ^ "Expectant Father Deng Chao Promotes "Perfect Baby"". China Radio International. 14 June 2011.
  44. ^ "《百团大战》8月28日开战 邓超出演张自忠". Sina (in Chinese). 3 August 2015.
  45. ^ "邓超导演新片《银河补习班》开机". Mtime (in Chinese). 10 September 2018.
  46. ^ "电视剧《谍战之特殊较量》 唐国强潘虹演反派(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 15 November 2004.
  47. ^ "《天下第一》杀青 邓超揭发刘松仁片场捡烟头". Sohu (in Chinese). 10 November 2005.
  48. ^ "邓超《少年天子》之后再续天子情缘演康熙(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 15 September 2004.
  49. ^ "宁静邓超主演 《明末风云》引燃收视大战(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 29 March 2005.
  50. ^ "电视剧《爱了散了》热播 邓超演技获演技(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 22 March 2007.
  51. ^ "邓超版《少年包青天3》即将杀青受瞩目(组图)". Sina (in Chinese). 7 November 2005.
  52. ^ "《新昨夜星辰》变脸 邓超爱上野心"周建邦"". People's Daily (in Chinese). 14 June 2006.
  53. ^ "邓超田海蓉携手《女人不哭》打造中国版长今". Sina (in Chinese). 9 March 2006.
  54. ^ "FANS独闯《浪漫的西街》剧组 与邓超零距离接触". Sina (in Chinese). 29 December 2005.
  55. ^ "邓超孙俪甜蜜蜜:我们算是"革命式夫妻"(组图)". (in Chinese). 4 May 2008.
  56. ^ "《钻石王老五的艰难爱情》邓超演富翁有点难". Sina (in Chinese). 25 May 2007.
  57. ^ "邓超解析《人间情缘》人物:黎小军不是情圣". Sina (in Chinese). 27 December 2009.
  58. ^ "邓超再次牵手马雅舒出演抗战大戏《军医》". Sohu (in Chinese). 21 August 2008.
  59. ^ "新《倚天屠龙记》邓超扮张无忌安以轩演周芷若". Sina (in Chinese). 27 September 2008.
  60. ^ "《你是我兄弟》热播 张嘉译邓超演绎兄弟情深". Sina (in Chinese). 21 February 2011.
  61. ^ "《延安爱情》今晚开播 "富二代"邓超为追殷桃上延安". China Radio International (in Chinese). 2 February 2011.
  62. ^ "《相爱十年》开播 邓超演穷小子奋斗史". Sina (in Chinese). 23 June 2014.
  63. ^ "邓超贾乃亮开撕!《复合大师》聚焦现代感情状态". Sina (in Chinese). 28 June 2017.
  64. ^ "第十届广州大学生电影节落幕 赵薇当选最受欢迎导演". China News (in Chinese). 6 December 2013.
  65. ^ "金马奖提名公布张艺谋《影》领跑". Mtime (in Chinese). 1 October 2018.
  66. ^ "第25届华鼎奖公布提名名单《我不是药神》八项提名刷新纪录". Sohu (in Chinese). 23 May 2019.

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