George Wang (actor)

George Wang (born Wang Yie, 12 November 1918 – 27 March 2015) was a Taiwanese actor and producer who appeared in a multitude of Italian films.

George Wang
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(1918-11-12)November 12, 1918
DiedMarch 27, 2015(2015-03-27) (aged 96)


Born in Dandong, Liaoning, Wang enrolled the Shanghai drama school China Film Studio in 1938 and the following year he made his film debut in Defending Our Homeland (保家鄉).[1] In 1949, Wang moved to Taiwan, becoming one of the most important stars in the early years of Taiwanese cinema.[1]

At the end of the 1950s he moved to Italy, where he was a very active character actor in genre films, mainly spy films, adventure films and Spaghetti Westerns, being mostly cast in roles of villains.[2][3] Thanks to his good knowledge of English, he was also active in a number of English language productions, notably appearing in Nicholas Ray's 55 Days at Peking.[2] After portraying Machete, a Mexican antagonist in the 1967 film Taste of Killing, Wang claimed that he was the first Asian actor to play a non-Asian role in a non-Asian country.[4]

In 1976 Wang moved to Hong Kong, where with his son Don he founded the film production company "Wang Film Company".[1][3] In 1978 he returned to Taiwan and back to acting, winning in 1981 a Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Coldest Winter in Peking (皇天后土).[1][5]


Wang died on 27 March 2015 of heart attack at 96 years old, and he was buried thirteen days after.[6] He received a posthumous presidential citation in recognition of his contributions to Taiwanese cinema.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Ma, Kevin (7 April 2015). "George Wang (1918–2015)". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Lancia, Enrico; Melelli, Fabio (2006). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Attori stranieri del nostro cinema. Gremese. p. 206. ISBN 978-88-8440-425-1.
  3. ^ a b Betts, Tom (4 April 2015). "RIP George Wang". Western Boot Hill. Blogspot. Archived from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ Han Cheung (21 March 2021). "Taiwan in Time: A Taiwanese actor playing a Mexican villain in Italy". Taipei Times. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b Chen, Christie (16 April 2015). "Presidential citation to honor late actor Wang Chueh". Central News Agency. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ Yage, Xin (8 April 2015). "Taipei: Catholics remember George Wang, an actor "who knew how to listen"". Asia News. Retrieved 2 April 2020.

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