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Osric Chau (Chinese: 周逸之; Jyutping: zau1 yat6 zi1; born July 20, 1986) is a Canadian actor and martial artist, best known for his role as Kevin Tran in the CW series Supernatural and Vogel in the BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Osric Chau
Osric Chau by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Chau in 2017
Born (1986-07-20) July 20, 1986 (age 33)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names周逸之; zau1 yat6 zi1
OccupationActor, stunt performer, martial artist, cosplayer, producer
Years active2002–present
Websitewww.osricchau.com

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Life and careerEdit

Chau was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia.[1] In 2000, he took up Wing Chun and continued to study the martial art for eight years. He also studied tai chi and traditional forms of wushu under Zhang Zhi Bing, a master from Harbin, China. After four years, upon Zhang's return to China, Chau enrolled in West Coast Chinese Martial Arts in Vancouver under head instructor Bruce Fontaine and studied modern wushu, a more performance-orientated martial art. In 2007, Chau trained for seven months with the BSU Wushu Team at Beijing Sport University in preparation for the Canadian National Team Trials. Upon his return, he became a member of the Canadian National Wushu Team.

Chau originally wanted to be a stuntman rather than an actor,[2] and worked on stunts for EA Games before appearing in his first major role opposite David Carradine and Daryl Hannah in the two-part TV movie Kung Fu Killer.[3][4] He went on to make his feature film debut in a supporting role in the 2009 film 2012[2] and later became more well known through his recurring role as Kevin Tran in the CW fantasy series Supernatural.

Chau has collaborated with the YouTube channel The Hillywood Show in video parodies of The Walking Dead,[5] Supernatural,[6][7] and Sherlock.[8] He has also been involved with campaigns against stereotyping in media.[9]

In 2018, Chau starred in the Manila-set independent film Empty by Design alongside Filipina actress Rhian Ramos and Crazy Rich Asians actor Chris Pang.[10] Empty by Design marks Chau's first feature film producing endeavor.[11]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Cold Squad Vic Dnang
2009 The Troop Hector Episode: "Forest Gump"
2012 Mister French Taste Leon 7 episodes, writer for 1 other
2012 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn J.J.
2012–2018 Supernatural Kevin Tran Recurring role, 17 episodes
2014 The 100 Red Eyed Boy Episode: "I Am Become Death"
2015 Beyond Redemption Rickson
2015 Blood and Water Charlie Xie
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Gul
2016–2017 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Vogel (member of the Rowdy 3) Regular (Season 2); Recurring (season 1)

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dragon Boys Teen TV movie
2008 Kung Fu Killer Lang Han TV movie
2009 2012 Nima
2010 What Women Want (我知女人心) Chen Er Dong
2011 Best Player Ash's buddy TV movie
2012 Fun Size Peng
The Man With The Iron Fists Blacksmith's assistant
2014 The Akira Project Kaneda Shotaro
2016 The Matchbreaker Sam Independent film
2017 "Boone: The Bounty Hunter" Denny Movie
2018 Status Update Donald Fu Film
Empty by Design Eric Independent film; also producer

OtherEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Tea Master Stunts Short film
2012 Must Come Down Fight choreographer and executive producer Short film
2014 The Walking Dead Parody Glenn Rhee Parody by the Hillywood Show
2015 Supernatural Parody Sam Winchester Parody by the Hillywood Show
2016 Sherlock Parody Jim Moriarty Parody by the Hillywood Show
2018 Supernatural Parody 2 Sam Winchester Parody by the Hillywood Show

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beth Hong (July 13, 2011). "Osric Chau — Learning French Manners in Hong Kong". Schema magazine. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b Leiren-Young, ,Mark. "Hollywood North: Vancouver actor Osric Chau plays dead on Supernatural". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  3. ^ "2012 and beyond: rising star Osric Chau on screen in the East". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  4. ^ Ching, Gene. "David Carradine in Spike TV's Kung Fu Killer". www.kungfumagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  5. ^ Anderson. Kyle (November 10, 2014). "Nerdist Presents: The Walking Dead Parody By The Hillywood Show". Nerdist.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Ratcliffe, Amy (May 21, 2015). "Nerdist Presents: Supernatural Meets Taylor Swift In A New Parody By The Hillywood Show". Nerdist.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Grant, Stacey (May 21, 2015). "This "Supernatural" Taylor Swift Parody Is The Video Fans Didn't Know They Needed". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Grant, Stacey (August 24, 2016). "Here's How The Hillywood Show Used Macklemore For The Perfect Sherlock Parody". MTV.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Osric Chau Starts 'Proud to Be Different' Represent Campaign". CDA News. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  10. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2018-08-20). "Danny Pudi Set For 'Babysplitters'; 'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Chris Pang Joins Osric Chau In 'Empty By Design'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  11. ^ "Inside Osric Chau's Upcoming Indie Film 'Empty by Design'". Kore Asian Media. 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2018-11-02.

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