Wai Pang Kwan (Chinese: 關維鵬; born 20 March 1945 in Guilin, Guangxi), known professionally as Teddy Robin (Chinese: 泰迪羅賓), is a Hong Kong English pop singer-songwriter, actor, and director and producer. He began his music career in mid 1960s when Hong Kong English pop was at its peak. He formed a rock and roll band with his friends called Teddy Robin and the Playboys while Teddy was the vocal and guitarist. The band was the first Chinese-led rock band in Hong Kong. The band became a massive hit in Hong Kong.
Kwan Wai-pang (關維鵬)
20 March 1945
|Nationality||Hong Kong SAR, China|
|Occupation||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, film actor|
|Relatives||Kelvin Kwan (Nephew)|
Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Score
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards – Best Actor
|Genres||Hong Kong English pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
From the 70s, Teddy started to get involved in the movie industry. in 1979, he was the producer of his first movie 《Cops and Robbers 點指兵兵》. He then played a pivotal role at the Pearl City Production Company and Cinema City Company Limited. Despite his heavy involvement in movie productions, he was still passionate about music and continued his involvement in record productions and film song creation during the time.
He has produced over 20 movies and directed 5 and 1/3 films throughout his career. He won various awards across film and music festivals, such as the CASH Hall of Fame Award from the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, The Best Original Film Song and the Best Supporting Actor from the Hong Kong Film Award, The Best Actor from Hong Kong Film Critics Society and The Best Actor from International Chinese Film Festival. He is also one of the five founders of Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild and the Honorary Director of Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild.
At the early age of 11, Teddy started his career as a child broadcaster at Rediffusion (ATV).
Teddy developed his enthusiasm for rock and roll music when he first heard the sound of an electric guitar. Then he started to explore and learn to play electric guitar [note 1]. He then formed a rock band called "Teddy Robin and the Playboys" with his friends and his two younger brothers.
Apart from music, Teddy Robin is also a skilled painter and sketcher. He designed the cover for his singles, including " I can’t be hurt any more", "Not All Lies", "Breakthrough", "365 Days", "Memories".
After graduating from high school, Teddy Robin worked as a Trainee Producer at Rediffusion English TV Station [note 2]. He formed rock band "Teddy Robin and the Playboys" with Norman Chang, Fedrick Chan and his two younger brothers in 1966.
In the 1960s, the band was signed by Diamond Records and released its first album. In 1966, "Teddy Robin and the Playboys" was the home band of Rediffusion TV's most popular music program "Soundbite 66".
In 1968, Mr Chung King-fai invited Teddy to move from Rediffusion TV to TVB under the terms set by Teddy – to not only perform on the stage but also work behind the scene.[note 2] He acted in his first movie "The Cost of Love" for Shaw Brothers Studio in 1969. Teddy Robin returned to Rediffusion TV in 1973 to host a youth show called "Melody Chain".
While in 1974, Teddy Robin realized rock and roll music started to diminish in Hong Kong, so he wandered to the United States and Canada until 1978.
Award and recognitionEdit
- 2011 – Gallants – The Best Supporting Actor, the Hong Kong Film Award
- 2011 – Gallants – The Best Original Film Song, the Hong Kong Film Award
- 2011 – Gallants – The Best Actor, Hong Kong Film Critics Society
- 2011 – CASH Hall of Fame Award, Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong
- 2012 – Merry Go Round – The Best Actor, International Chinese Film Festival
- 2017 – Lifetime Achievement Award, Asian Popup Cinema Festival
Teddy Robin is married and has one son and one daughter. His son works at Morgan Stanley in London as an Executive Director and his daughter is a sugar artist in Canada.
|2019||A Lifetime Treasure|
|2013||Tales from the Dark 2|
|2011||ICAC Investigators 2011|
|Gallants||Ben Law||Won – Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor|
Won – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame||Wang Lu (after face-lift)|
|1995||Hong Kong Graffiti||Johnny K|
|1993||Temptation of a Monk|
|1991||Great Pretenders||Mr. Giant|
|1990||To Spy with Love||Terry|
|1988||The Eighth Happiness||Hsiu-Fang's Husband|
|Three Against the World||Cho Fei-fan|
|1987||Kino Countdown||Huge Ben|
|Legend of the Golden Pearl|
|Run Tiger Run||Teddy Shit|
|1984||Banana Cop||Chiu Din-Boh/Ping Pong Ball|
|1983||All the Wrong Spies||Inspector Teddy Robin|
|1982||It Takes Two|
|1981||All the Wrong Clues||Chief Inspector Robin|
|1970||The Price of Love||Wu Yu Sheng|
As film directorEdit
|1995||Hong Kong Graffiti|
|1987||Legend of the Golden Pearl|
|1983||All the Wrong Spies||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director|
|2010||Gallants||Won – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Score|
|The Private Eye Blues|
|Hong Kong Graffiti||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song|
|Lady Super Cop|
|1991||Legend of the Brothers|
|To Spy with Love|
|1988||Tiger on Beat|
|Three Against the World|
|As Tears Go By|
|1987||City on Fire||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score|
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
|1986||Till Death Do We Scare||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song|
|1983||Aces Go Places 2||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score|
|All the Wrong Spies||Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score|
|1982||Aces Go Places|
|1970||The Price of Love|
- Material on the source of the name "Teddy Robin", family background, and early life comes from an interview broadcast on 23 February 2015, on the RTHK program "守下留情".
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- Teddy Robin at hkmdb.com
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