John Lone

Actor, Director, Singer
A strikingly handsome, lithe and somewhat androgynous Hong Kong-born actor of film and stage, John Lone became established on stage initially via several collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang. On film, he is ... Read more »
Born: 10/12/1952 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (18)

War 2007 (Movie)

Chang (Actor)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Ricky Tan (Actor)

Nguol Thua 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Task Force 1996 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Hunted 1995 (Movie)

Kinjo (Actor)

The Five Chinese Brothers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Shiwan Kahn (Actor)

M. Butterfly 1993 (Movie)

Song Liling (Actor)

Shadow of China 1991 (Movie)

Henry Wong/Wu Chang (Actor)

Shanghai 1920 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Echoes of Paradise 1989 (Movie)

Raka (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

Bertram Stone (Actor)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

Pu Yi (Actor)

Year of the Dragon 1985 (Movie)

Joey Tai (Actor)

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

Charlie--The Neanderthal (Actor)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

Chinese Cook (Actor)

Biography

A strikingly handsome, lithe and somewhat androgynous Hong Kong-born actor of film and stage, John Lone became established on stage initially via several collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang. On film, he is probably best recalled for his portrayal of Emperor Pu Yi in Bernardo Bertolucci's lavish, Oscar-winning epic "The Last Emperor" (1987). Orphaned as a young boy, Lone began rigorously training as an actor at the Chin Ciu Academy of the Peking Opera in Hong Kong at age 10. He resided at the school for eight years, undergoing all day training in acting, singing, dance, mime, poetry, weaponry, acrobatics, and martial arts.

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Pasadena , California

Chin Ciu Academy of the Peking Opera

lived on premises; trained from dawn to dusk until age 18; studied poetry, acting, dance, mime, singing, acrobatics, and martial arts

Milestones

2001

Again portrayed a Chinese ganglord in "Rush Hour 2"

1997

Released first recording in Asia

1995

Last Hollywood film for six years, "The Hunted"; cast as a vicious assassin

1994

Portrayed the villainous Shiwan Khan in "The Shadow"

1993

Cast as a member of the Peking Opera who passes as a woman in the film version of Hwang's acclaimed stage play "M. Butterfly"

1990

Acted in "Shadow of China"

1988

Gave a wonderful performance as a mysterious businessman in "The Moderns"

1987

Had title role in the Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor"

1985

First feature lead, Michael Cimino's "Year of the Dragon"

1985

TV directing debut, "Paper Angels", an "American Playhouse" presentation for PBS

1984

First significant film role, the titular character in "Iceman"

1983

Appeared in NYC in the stage play "Sound and Beauty"; also directed

1981

Starred, directed, choreographed, and scored "Dance and the Railroad" at the Public Theater; a play written for Lone by David Henry Hwang

1980

Moved to NYC to reprise role in "F.O.B." at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre

1980

Garnered attention with his stage role in the L.A. production of David Henry Hwang's play "F.O.B."

1978

TV acting debut in "Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid" (ABC)

1976

First film appearance as a Chinese cook in "King Kong"

Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California

Began training as an actor at the age of 10 at the Chin Chiu Academy of the Peking Opera

Orphaned as a small child; never knew his parents

Moved to USA at age 18

Lived at the Academy and studied poetry, acting, dance, mime, singing, acrobatics, and martial arts until age 18

Settled in Los Angeles; did several guest spots on TV

Returned to the Public Theater to direct and star in two new one-act plays by Hwang under the title "Sound and Beauty"

Joined the East-West Players theater troupe

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