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Daniel Wu

Birth Name:
Daniel Wu Yin-cho
Birth Place:
Berkeley, California, United States
Actor, model, director

Fast Facts

  • An accomplished martial artist who has studied it since he was 11, founded the University of Oregon's Wushu Club in 1996 to promote Wushu, a sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts
  • During a 1997 visit to Hong Kong, he ran short of money, leading his sister to suggest he begin modeling for some extra income
  • Was discovered by Hong Kong photographer Yonfan, who spotted Wu's picture in a clothing advertisement
  • Cast in Bishonen (1998), despite an inability to speak Hong Kong Cantonese or read Mandarin, which sparked Wu's transition into film and TV
  • Received a Best New Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in City of a Class
  • In 2005, formed the parody boyband Alive with friends Terence Yin, Andrew Lin and Conroy Chan to fuel their 2006 mockumentary The Heavenly Kings, which spoofed the Hong Kong music industry, a project that earned Wu the best new director award at the Hong Kong Film Awards
  • In 2007, he re-launched his band's website AliveNotDead
  • com as a platform for filmmakers, musicians and other artists to interact with fans
  • Co-founder of the production company Diversion Pictures with Bishonen co-star Stephen Fung


  • 2004Golden Horse Film Festival-Best Supporting Actor: winner


  • Raven Wu--Daughter
  • George Wu--Father
  • Diana Wu--Mother
  • Gloria Wu--Sister
  • Greta Wu--Sister
  • Lisa Selesner--Wife