Chow, known to his Hong Kong fans by the nickname Fat Gor, has appeared in more than 90 movies, along with numerous TV appearances, over the course of his career, with notable highlights including A Better Tomorrow (1986), All About Ah-Long (1989), The Killer (1989), God of Gamblers (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), Anna and the King (1999), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Bulletproof Monk (2003), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007).
Although his long career has been built on action movies and battling bad guys, the characters he plays are far removed for Chow’s own more humble and thoughtful personality. “I want to play different roles, not just the tough guy. I want to do comedies, melodramas, like Tom Hanks,” he said. “Actually, I’m a Buddhist. And in real life, I hate violence. I don't like it at all. But I'm forced to do it because it's my job.” (tribute.ca)
Born in 1955 and raised in a rural farming community, the award-winning actor has clearly not lost touch with his humble beginnings. “My dream is to be a happy and normal person,” said Chow. “The hardest thing in life is not about how much money you earn, but how to keep a peaceful mindset and live the rest of your life in a simple and carefree manner.” (Jayne Stars)