Adam Cheng

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Adam Cheng
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Cheng in 2019
Born (1947-02-24) 24 February 1947 (age 74)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1967–present
(m. 1985;div. 1988)
Koon Jing-wah
(m. 1989)
  • Cheng On-yee (daughter)
  • Joyce Cheng (daughter)
  • Winnie Cheng (daughter)
  • Cecily Cheng (daughter)
AwardsGolden Needle Award
2006 Lifetime Achievement
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 鄭少秋
Simplified Chinese 郑少秋
Musical career
Also known as秋官
Origin Hong Kong
Genres Cantopop

Adam Cheng Siu-chow (born 24 February 1947) is a Hong Kong TVB actor and Cantopop singer.



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Cheng singing at a Singapore concert

Cheng started his career in the 1970s, where he gained a reputation for playing the lead roles in TVB Wuxia drama series based on the works of Louis Cha and Gu Long, such as The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber and Chor Lau Heung . He also performed some of the theme songs of the TV series he starred in, such as The Greed of Man and Cold Blood Warm Heart . Cheng is still working on TV series with TVB in the present-day and considered to be one of the veteran actors who have maintained their popularity.

Ting Hai effect

In 1992, TVB released the TV series The Greed of Man , based on the central theme of the stock market and explored the schemes and plots used by people to make their fortune in the market. Cheng played Ting Hai (丁蟹) in the series, who made an immense fortune by short selling derivatives and stocks during a bear market. Many people went bankrupt while Ting Hai's family became richer until they were defeated by their nemesis. Cheng became popularly associated with the Ting Hai effect, named after his character in the series. The effect involves a peculiar and unexplained phenomenon, in which global stock markets will fall whenever a new Hong Kong TV drama series, starring Cheng, is aired.

Personal life

Adam's parents are both university lecturers. He has four daughters. The oldest, Cheng On-yee, was from his first low-profile marriage that ended in divorce. He married well-known actress Lydia Shum in 1985 after 14 years of cohabitation, and Shum brought him to fame. Adam and Shum had a daughter, Joyce Cheng in 1987. In 1988 they divorced eight months after their daughter's birth in bad terms.

In 1989, Cheng married a Taiwanese actress named Koon Jing-wah. Cheng and Koon have two daughters, Winnie Cheng Wing-yan and Cecily Cheng Wing-hei.

Adam graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.



1967The Black KillerNg Chun Bong [1]
1980 The Sword
1981 Shaolin and Wu Tang Chao Fung-wu
1981 Return of the Deadly Blade
1982 Cat vs Rat
1982 Fantasy Mission Force Amazon leader
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain Ting Yin
1983 Lone Ninja Warrior
1983 The Denouncement of Chu Liu Hsiang Chu Liuxiang
1984 Lover and Sword
1984 General Invincible
1988 Gunmen Haye
1988 Profiles of Pleasure
1989 Seven Warriors
1989Path of Glory
1992 Painted Skin Scholar
1993 Fong Sai-yuk Chan Ka-lok guest star
1993 Fong Sai-yuk II Chan Ka-lok
1994 Drunken Master III Wong Kei-ying
1994Shaolin Popey 2: Messy Temple
1994Shaolin Popeye 2 - Messy Temple
2001The Dark Tales
2003Double Crossing
2013 Saving General Yang Yang Ye


1975 God of River Lok Cho Chik
1976Chinese Folklore
1976 The Legend of the Book and the Sword Chan Ka-lok / Kin-lung Emperor
1977The Great Vendetta
1977The Kingdom And The Beauty
1977 Luk Siu-fung Yip Koo-sing
1978Vanity Fair
1978 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber Cheung Mo-kei
1978One Sword
1979 Chor Lau-heung Chor Lau-heung
1979 Over the Rainbow Wai Ching-lap
1980Five Easy Pieces
1980Odd Couple
1981Brothers Four
1981In Love and War
1981The Hawk
1981 The Misadventure of Zoo Chu Gam Chun
1982The Switch
1983The Sandwich Man
1985 Chor Lau-heung Chor Lau-heung
1985 The Legendary Prime Minister – Zhuge Liang Chu-kot Leung
1986Legendary of Wud
1986 The Legend of Wong Tai Sin Wong Tai Sin
1987Fate Takes a Hand
1988 Behind Silk Curtains
1988Final Verdict
1988Challenge of the Imperial Palace
1991Chronicles of Emperor Qianlong
1993 The Greed of Man Ting Hai
1994 Instinct Wong Tin
1994Forty Something
1995 Chor Lau-heung Chu Liuxiang
1995 Cold Blood Warm Heart Ah Bong
1995The Legendary Chin Lung II
1996 Once Upon a Time in Shanghai Yu Chun-hoi
1997 Legend of YungChing Yongzheng Emperor
2000 Divine Retribution Ting Yeh
2004 Blade Heart Ling Fung / Yu Man-fung
2004 The Conqueror's Story Lau Bong
2005 The Prince's Shadow Ko Sing
2006 Bar Bender Tony TseungNominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 20)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 20)
2006Inside the Forbidden City
2007Return in Glory
2008 The Book and the Sword Qianlong Emperor
2009 The King of Snooker Yau Yat-kiu
2009God of Medicine
2012 Master of Play Kan Siu NamNominated - My AOD Favourite Award for Top 15 Character
2018 Ever Night Confucius [2]

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Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
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