Last updated
BornMay 1958 (age 62)
Alma mater Shanghai Theatre Academy
Years active1988 - present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 多布傑
Simplified Chinese 多布杰

Tobgyal (born May 1958), also called Duobujie (Chinese :多布杰), is a Chinese actor of Tibetan descent, best known in film for portraying a tribal chief in Red River Valley (1997), Ri Tai in Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2004), and Zhan Tiejun in No Man's Land (2013). He is a National Class-A Actor  [ zh ]. [1] He is a member of the China Theater Association and China Film and Television Association. [2]


Early life and education

Tobgyal was born in Kardak Township, Cona County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, in May 1958. [3] In 1972, during the middle of the Cultural Revolution, his grandparents sent him to a propaganda team. As a youth, he had his first on stage experience by reciting Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung in a theater in Tibet. Two years later, he returned home to be a farmer. In 1976, at the age of 18, he became a coal miner in Shigatse. [3] At the end of that year, Tobgyal was elected as a trainee in the Tibet Autonomous Region Drama Troupe. He was sent to Shanghai Theatre Academy to study acting on government scholarships. [3] [4] On the graduation ceremony, he played as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet , a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

Acting career

Tobgyal made his film debut in Mysteries of the Potala Palace (1988), playing a Khenpo.

In 1995, he had key supporting role in Snow Tremor as Gonpo, which earned him an Outstanding Supporting Actor Award at the Flying Apsaras Awards.

Tobgyal earned critical acclaim for his performance as a tribal chief in Red River Valley (1996) by Feng Xiaoning, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards.

Tobgyal has made a number of guest appearances on other television shows, including Tibet Situation, Princess Wencheng, Once Upon a Time in Lhasa, When All Is Said And Done, The Living Buddha, Tea-Horse Road, and Snow Territory Day Road.

In 2002, for his role as Luosang Danzeng in Flower of Happiness, he won a Best Actor Award at the Courser Award.

Tobgyal rose to fame after portraying Ri Tai in Lu Chuan's Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2004), which garnered him Golden Horse Award, Chinese Film Media Award and Golden Rooster Award nominations for Best Actor.

In 2006, he was cast as Crowe Anglo in Prince of the Himalayas , directed by Hu Xuehua and starring Purba Rgyal.

In 2011, Tobgyal portrayed Feng Guozhang, a warlord in the Republic of China (1912-1949), in 1911 . [5] That same year, he appeared in Yu Rongguang's The Mu Saga, a historical television series starring Ray Lui, Choo Ja-hyun, Yu Rongguang and Pan Hong.

In 2014, Tobgyal landed a key supporting role on No Man's Land playing role of Zhan Tiejun opposite actors Xu Zheng, Yu Nan and Huang Bo. He received Chinese Film Media Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2017, he starred in an epic film called The Chainbreakers with Lobsang Namdak, Wang Ziyi, Yang Xiucuo and Ngawang Rinchen. [6] The film premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 21, 2017, and opened in China on December 8, 2017.



YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1988Mysteries of the Potala Palace布达拉宫秘史a Khenpo
1996 Red River Valley 红河谷Tribal chief
The Yi-Hai Alliance彝海结盟Xiao Yedan
2002 Red Snow 极地营救Zeng Ruipu
2004 Kekexili: Mountain Patrol 可可西里Ri Tai
2006 Prince of the Himalayas 喜玛拉雅王子Crowe Anglo
2011 1911 辛亥革命 Feng Guozhang
2013 No Man's Land 无人区Zhan Tiejun
The Chainbreakers 金珠玛米
Lord of Shanghai 上海王General Lu
2018 Asura 阿修罗Sage
2019 The Climbers 攀登者Tibetan Buddhist monk

TV series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1995Snow Tremor雪震Gonpo
1997Tibet Situation西藏风云 Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme
2000Princess Wencheng文成公主Gongdun
2001Once Upon a Time in Lhasa拉萨往事
2002When All Is Said And Done尘埃落定Wengbo Yixi
Flower of Happiness八瓣格桑花Luosang Danzeng
2004The Living Buddha格达活佛Living Buddha
2005Tea-Horse Road茶马古道Gongbu Galun
2006密电风云a businessman
2008Snow Territory Day Road雪域天路Zhaxi
2009Jinfeng Bloom金凤花开Suolang Daji
2011The Mu Saga木府风云Mu Wang
Shangri-La香格里拉Lecang Sangji
2013A Hero一代枭雄Wang Sanchun
The Untold Story of Tibet西藏秘密Renqin Galun
2019 Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州缥缈录Mengle Huo'er

Film and TV Awards

YearNominated workAwardResultNotes
1995Snow Tremor Flying Apsaras Award for Outstanding Supporting ActorWon
1997 Red River Valley Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2002Flower of HappinessCourser Award for Best ActorWon
2004 Kekexili: Mountain Patrol 41st Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor Nominated
200525th Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor Nominated
Chinese Film Media Award for Best ActorNominated
2014 No Man's Land Chinese Film Media Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated

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