Who is Mark Chao? Wiki Bio
Mark Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, on 25 September 1984, so his zodiac sign is Libra and he now holds both Taiwanese and Canadian nationality. He is an actor and a musician, best known for his roles in the TV series “Black & White” and the film “Caught in the Web”.
Early life and education
Mark was raised an only child in Taipei, by his father Shu-Hai Chao, an actor and a TV host also known as Allen Chao, and his mother who was a housewife. His family moved to Canada shortly after he finished elementary school, and he attended a public school in Oak Bay, British Columbia, where he first started acting, appearing in most of the school plays.
Mark was also physically active as he played football and excelled at soccer, however, he chose the career as an actor over being a professional soccer player. He continued his education at the University of Victoria, graduating with a double Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology in 2006.
Career as an actor
Mark worked several jobs for three years to financially support himself, before making his debut TV series appearance in the Taiwanese drama series “Black & White”, which starred Vic Chou, Ivy Chen, and Janine Chang, and which was nominated for 11 awards, winning five.
He made his debut film appearance in the following year, portraying the lead character Zhou Yiwen in the action movie “Monga”, which starred Ethan Juan and Ju-Lung Ma, and follows five boys who are growing up to become criminals.
Mark was invited to appear in five movies in 2012, with the most notable being “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault”, “Caught in the Web”, and “I Love You to Love Me” before he played Cheng Xiaozheng in the drama movie “So Young” in 2013, which is closely based on Xin Yiwu’s book “To Our Youth that is Fading Away”. In the same year, Mark starred as Di Renjie in the action adventure movie “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon”.
The following years saw Mark portray lead characters in movies “Black & White: The Dawn of Justice” in 2014, “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe” in 2015, and “The Warriors Gate” in 2016. He won his first lead role in a TV series in “Eternal Love” in 2017, portraying three characters Ye Hua, Mo Yuan, and Zhao Ge alongside famous Chinese actress Yang Mi. The series aired its first episode on 30 January 2017 and last on 1 March 2017 – it was watched over 50 billion times in one year. Mark also appeared in a single episode of “Midnight Diner” in the same year.
He was invited to appear in two movies in 2018 – “Till the End of the World” and “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings” – while some of his latest roles have been in the film “Saturday Fiction” and the TV series “Ordinary Glory” in 2019, and in the movie “Onmyoji” in 2020.
Discography and awards
Mark sang two songs for the film “Black & White” – “Rogue Justice” and “Ruffian and Hero” – and sang “Tonight Tonight” for the movie “Monga”. He is credited with singing six songs in the romantic film “First Time”, including “Cry Like A Little Child”, “Stand By Me”, and “We Are Not Opponents”.
Mark has been nominated for 14 awards, winning five. He won his first – a 44th Golden Bell Award for the Best Actor for his performance in “Black & White” in 2009 – and was then nominated for five awards for his performance in “Monga”, winning a 54th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award for the Best Actor in 2010. He was rewarded with a 15th Huabiao Award for an Outstanding Chinese actor for his performance in “Caught in the Web” in 2013, and was then nominated for two awards for his appearance in “So Young”.
The latest two awards which he has won are a 16th Huading Award for the Best Actor in “Black & White: The Dawn of Justice”, and a 7th China Image Film Festival Award for the Best Actor for his performance in “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe” both in 2015.
Love life and relationships
Mark met Gao Yuanyuan in 2011 while the two were shooting together for the film “Caught in the Web”, and they started dating about a month later. They were together for nearly three years before marrying on 5 June 2014, and Gao gave birth to their child a year later.
Gao Yuanyuan was born in Beijing, China on 5 October 1979 – her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds Chinese nationality. She is an actress and a model, who ranked #40 on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2014. Gao attended the China Institute of Industrial Relations, graduating in 2001, but launched her acting career while attending the final year of high school in 1996. She didn’t attend any acting schools, making her acting debut in a commercial before appearing in her first film “Spicy Love Soup” in 1997, while her first lead role came in 2001 in “Beijing Bicycle”. Today, she is best known for her roles in the film “Love in the City”, the series “Let’s Get Married”, and the drama film “But Always”.
Hobbies and other interests
Mark is physically active, having several training sessions at the gym each week, while he is also following a strict diet – not eating fast, food and having low to no intake of sugar. He likes to watch movies in his spare time, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Yang Yang, Huang Xiaoming, and Zhao Liying, while his favorite movies include “Days of Our Own”, “The Rise of a Tomboy”, and “The Palace”. Travelling is one of his main hobbies, and he has been on a trip around Canada while also travelling around China and Japan.
Mark is a huge lover of animals and has a pet dog, while he’s donated money to several Chinese animal organizations and dog shelters, plus supporting many fundraisers and attending several charity events.
Appearance and net worth
Mark is 35 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.81m) tall, and weighs around 169lbs (77kgs). As of March 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $10 million, while he ranked #36 on the Forbes China Celebrity List in 2017, with 60 million Chinese Yuan ($8.45 million).