Kent Tong

Kent Tong (simplified Chinese: 汤镇业; traditional Chinese: 湯鎮業; pinyin: Tāng zhèn yè), was born on 29 September 1958 in Hong Kong. He was a popular Television Broadcast TVB actor during the 1980s in Hong Kong, named as "Prince" among Five Tiger Generals of TVB.[1][2]

Kent Tong
Born (1958-09-29) 29 September 1958 (age 62)
Other namesKen Tong, Kenneth Tong, Tong Chun-yip, Ken Tong Chun-yip
Jiang Kun
(m. 1993; div. 2001)

Wen Jing
(m. 2008)
Partner(s)Barbara Yung
RelativesTong Chun Chung (brother)
Roxanne Tong (niece)
Cassandre Tong (niece)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese湯鎮業
Simplified Chinese汤镇业

Early lifeEdit

Kent Tong was born and grew up in a poor family in Hong Kong. His father was a fisherman who always caught seafood to feed his family. All 12 members of his family lived in a small-sized living room that was only 30 square meters. After graduating from high school, he worked on a salary of around 500 Hong Kong dollars per month.[2]


In 1979, Kent Tong received actor training from the TVB Artist Training Class, and proceeded to act for TVB. Although he has appeared in over a dozen movies, he is mostly known for his work in TVB television series, such as Duen Yu in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982) and Yin Ching in The Unyielding Master Lim(1986). Tong often undertook roles of princes and villains in TVB dramas.[1]

During the 1980s, Kent Tong, along with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau, Michael Miu and Felix Wong became known as the Five Tiger Generals of TVB. They were widely considered the most popular and best looking leading male actors in TVB at the time. Everyone called him a nickname "Prince" – the most handsome guy in the group.[2] In 1985, Tong was blamed by the public for the suicide of his then girlfriend, actress Barbara Yung, suffering a nervous breakdown as a result. At the end of 1985, he left TVB to avoid more negativity.[2][3]

In 1993, he married former ATV actress Jiang Kun from China, who bore him a daughter and twin sons. However, while he and Jiang Kun were in the midst of their divorce, Kent was in a relationship with another woman from Guangzhou, their son was born in 2000.[citation needed] The couple officially divorced in 2001. In 2008, he married Qingdao native Zou Wenjing, who is 25 years his junior. Their twin girls were born in 2008.

From between the 1990s and now, Tong had switched to develop his food business and also shoot films in China. Tong is appointed as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference representing Guangdong Province since December 2007.[4] In 2015, Tong made a comeback to TVB after 30 years with big success of the blockbuster Lord of Shanghai. Besides, he was nominated for Best Actor of the year.[3][1]



Year Title Network Role
1979 Chor Lau-heung TVB
Yesterday's Glitter TVB
1980 The Bund TVB Chan Hon-lam
1981 Seekers TVB
Double Fantasies TVB
The Adventurer's TVB
Come Rain, Come Shine TVB
1982 Soldier of Fortune TVB Ying Ji Fai
The Wild Bunch TVB Hong Gwan-lei
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982 TV series) TVB Duen Yu
1983 The Bold Ones TVB
The Return of The Condor Heroes TVB Fok-do
The Legend of the Unknowns TVB
1984 Summer Kisses Winter Tears TVB
The Foundation TVB Lei Yuen Gat
The Rise And Fall of a Stand-in TVB
Love Me, Love Me Not TVB
The Return of Wong Fei Hung TVB Nalan Masanori
1985 The Yang's Saga TVB Prince Bat-yin
A Tough Fight TVB
The Unyielding Master Lim TVB Yin Ching
The Brave Squad TVB
Kings of Ideas TVB
1987 Beauty of the Han's Dynasty Taiwan Emperor Yuan of Han
1988 General Wu San Kwei Taiwan Wu San Kwei
1991 Noble Conflict ATV
1992 The Rise and Fall of Qing Dynasty IV ATV Guangxu Emperor
1993 Secret Battle of The Majesty ATV
Who is The Winner III ATV
1996 Mission Against Corruption China
1997 InterPol ATV
1999 A Fuk China
2002 The Prisoner China
2003 Dong Fang Mu Qin China
2005 The Royal Swordsmen China Wan Sanqian
2006 Xiang Fen Chuan Qi China Zhu Yuanzhang
2009 Pretty Maid China
2011 Palace HBS Kangxi Emperor
2012 Palace 2 HBS Ah Ling Ah
2012 Heros in Sui & Tang Dynasties Emperor Wen of Sui
2015 Lord of Shanghai TVB Chak Kam Tong
2015 Legend of Ban Shu CCTV Uncle Zhong
2017 OCTB
2018 Guardian Angel 2018 Web Drama TVB Jin Shang-wen
2019 I Beg Your Pardon TVB Wen Xiong


  • Once Upon a Rainbow (1982)
  • Hell Has No Boundary (1982)
  • Nomad (1982)
  • Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982)
  • Red Spell Spells Red (1983)
  • Maybe It's Love (1984)
  • The Surgeon (1984)
  • Police Story (1985)
  • The Story of Dr. Sun Yat Sen (1986)
  • Eastern Condors (1987)
  • You OK, I'm OK (1987)
  • Call Girl '88 (1988)
  • The Dragon Family (1988)
  • Bitter Taste of Blood (1988)
  • City Cops (1989)
  • The Tigers (1991) – Best Supporting Actor Nomination for The Tigers (11th Hong Kong Film Awards)
  • Pretty Woman (1991)
  • Take Me (1991)
  • Fox Legend (1991)
  • The Days of Being Dumb (1992)
  • The Pearl of Oriental (1992)
  • Royal Tramp II (1992)
  • Sex And Curse (1992)
  • Sisters in Law (1992)
  • A Matter of Life or Death (1992)
  • Hero of Hong Kong 1949 (1993)
  • Lord of the East China Sea (1993)
  • Hero – Beyond The Boundary of Time (1993)
  • The Tale of a Heroine (1993)
  • Bogus Cops (1993)
  • Hot Desire (1993)
  • Dancing Boy in Underworld Street (1993)
  • Pink Panther (1993)
  • Battle of No Truce (1993)
  • A Man and a Woman (1993)
  • Naked Rose (1994)
  • Bloody Beast (1994)
  • Possessed (1994)
  • Reunion (2002)
  • Eternal Flame of Fatal Attraction (2003)
  • My Jail Story (2003)
  • Moving Targets (2004)
  • Love is a Many Stupid Thing (2004)
  • Dragon Squad (2005)
  • My Mother is a Belly Dancer (2006)
  • Brothers (2007)
  • The Scroll of Wing Chun White Crane (2014)
  • Silently Love (2015)
  • Doomed Disaster (2015)
  • Out of Ordinary (2016)
  • Xuan Zang (2016)
  • Chasing the Dragon (2017)
  • Agent Mr Chan (2018)
  • Our Time (2018)
  • Dragon Action Secret Code (2019)


Variety showEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2021 China in Classics 典籍里的中国 King Huai of Chu


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