Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 3, 1946
MarkHuge pectoral muscles
FactIs a Weightlifter he goes to the gym La Fitness and trains alongside his son David, who is a bodybuilding champion in his own right.


Who is Bolo Yeung?

Yang Sze was born on 3 July 1946, in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is a martial artist, actor, and former competitive bodybuilder, best known for his villainous role in the Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon”, in which he portrayed Bolo. He later collaborated with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the film “Bloodsport”.

The Riches of Bolo Yeung

As of early-2020, Bolo Yeung has a net worth estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. While he’s had numerous roles in Hollywood, he also achieved success in bodybuilding, and has had work as a martial arts trainer which has helped in building his wealth.

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Early Life

Bolo grew up in Guangzhou, the son of a local businessman. At a young age he became very interested in kung fu, and studied under several masters in his locality. This eventually led to his love for tai chi, a martial art known for its meditation and health benefits – while it is often depicted as an exercise practice for elderly people, the martial art is also known for its ability to be used in combat. Tai chi focuses on defense, with many of its practitioners learning to use enemy attacks and momentum against them. Over the years, many forms of tai chi have been developed, though its origins trace back to the Chen village and the oldest form of tai chi.

During the rise of communism in China, human rights violations and violence were found all around. To escape from any judgment, Bolo took an opportunity to go to a part of China nearest to Hong Kong, where he could swim across the perilous area known as the Deep Bay. Many Chinamen resorted to this effort to try and escape, with some of them succeeding and finding a new home in Hong Kong.

Body Building and Career Beginnings

While living and working in Hong Kong, Bolo developed a love for bodybuilding, and became a frequent visitor at a local gym.

Bolo Yeung

He quickly developed a massive physique, and competed in bodybuilding competitions in the locality. He eventually won the Mr. Hong Kong contest which is held to determine the competitor for Mr. World. His large physique led him to be noticed by several film producers, and his earliest collaborations were with the largest Hong Kong film production company, Shaw Brothers.

During this period he appeared in several films, mostly portraying a villain, including “Angry Guest”, “The Deadly Duo”, and “The Heroic Ones”. After leaving the company, he did a bit of commercial work, and while filming for an ad for Winston cigarettes would meet fellow martial artist Bruce Lee.

At the time, Lee was starting to become popular in the film industry as well, thanks to his martial arts prowess and the rise of popularity of kung fu films. The two became friends, and this would eventually lead to Bolo’s international breakthrough.

Enter the Dragon and Further Success

Yeung’s friendship with Bruce Lee would lead him to become the student of the famed martial artist. He enjoyed Lee’s martial arts philosophy of trying various styles, using what was necessary and discarding what was not useful.

His physique combined with his passion reached out to Lee, and soon he was asked to become a part of his film “Enter the Dragon”, which would be one of Lee’s most iconic film projects. The film was released a month after Bruce’s death, and was highly successful in the box office – it’s considered one of the best martial arts films of all time.

Along with Lee, many other martial artists gained recognition from the film including Leung. A few years after Lee’s death, he mentioned how it was an honor that he was able to become a friend with a man like Bruce Lee, as there will never be anyone else like him.

As the decade progressed, he gained more film projects, mostly in villainous role.

Later Career

It wasn’t until the film “Bloodsport” in 1988 that he continued to make a name for himself, working alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Playing the role of Chong Li, Bolo also formed a close friendship with Van Damme. The film was also very successful at the box office, and is one of Jean-Claude’s earliest starring roles which established him in mainstream cinema. He later recommended Bolo to work with him in the film “Double Impact”, set in East Asia with director Sheldon Lettich at the helm.

Afterward, he experienced a bit of difficulty as he wasn’t able to frequent the US due to the lack of support. He was originally set to move to the US with Bruce Lee, but due to the latter’s death, it took him over a decade before he was able to take on roles more consistently.

He eventually met and befriended director Jalal Merhi, who would cast him in his debut film “Fearless Tiger”, and the two continued to collaborate in “Tiger Claws” and “TC 2000”. In the later part of his career, he started taking less film work, appearing in a few independent features from time to time. He made a rare appearance as a protagonist in the film “Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter”.

He also appeared in the show “Warrior” produced by Cinemax, a project created from the initial writings of Bruce Lee, planning a television show.

Personal Life

Bolo is married though he doesn’t talk a lot about his relationship, and keeps her identity seceret, although they have two sons and a aughter. While he is long retired from competitive bodybuilding, he remains very active within the scene as a part of the Hong Kong Gym Business Association and the Taipei International Bodybuilders Squad. He continues to stay fit even in his 70s and practices Tai Chi consistently. He even learned Wing Chun, the martial art that was popularized by both Bruce Lee and his master Ip Man.

General Info

Full NameBolo Yeung
Date Of BirthJuly 3, 1946
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Bodybuilder
NationalityChinese

Family

ChildrenDanny Yeung, David Yeung, Debbra Yeung

Accomplishments

MoviesBloodsport, Enter the Dragon, Double Impact, Bloodfight, Shootfighter: Fight to the Death, Ironheart, Tiger Claws, TC 2000, Breathing Fire, Shootfighter 2, Legacy of Rage, Bruce Le's Greatest Revenge, The Clones of Bruce Lee, Enter the Game of Death, Wu-Tang Clan Presents: 10 Magnificent Killers, Fe...
TV ShowsG-Men '75

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Huge pectoral muscles

Quotes

#Quote
1I have always been happy being the bad guy.
2It's work, whether I'm the hero or the villain. I'm not a kid anymore, where nervousness keeps me from sleeping.
3Why do we always defend? Tai Chi never actively attacks. The art of war says "Retreating when the enemy advances".
4Among those people who have religion, there are small proportions of people who do good things but conditionally. They are opportunists. The reason why they do good things is the fear of the hell and the desire for the heaven. This kind of person may not necessarily still do good things if there is no heaven or hell. This kind of person made the meaning of people into data. A lot of things are screwy now. Confucianism nearly disappeared. Taoism became the tool to tell geomantic omen. Even the Buddhism temple is became a profiting organization. There are even more. But I don't think I would like to talk about it anymore.
5Durning the filming of Enter the Dragon, Bruce and I worked very closely on technique training. We experimented, trying to decide what worked and what wouldn't. You see, Bruce was always learning, always experimenting, always changing.
6I realize I'm still very popular with audiences and that's makes me very happy. I think that all started with Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon. All the fans and audiences from 20 years ago still remember Bruce lee as the biggest star. They still have not found anyone to take his place. Also, it helped to work with Jean Claude Van Damme on his movies. Like Bruce lee, Jean-Claude offered a special package, a unique look that attracted and kept audiences coming back.
7I know what is good for me as an actor. Because of the way I look, that is what I am going to be a success in. I know my place in movies; no matter how good an actor is, if he doesn't know his place in the movies he will never be successful.
8There are plenty of times people will come up to me for an autograph and tell me they enjoyed my work on Enter the Dragon. But people just know me from the movie, they don't really know who I am.
9I had the opportunity to come to America back in 1973. The plans were all made and everything. Then Bruce died, and everything fell through. So I'm getting here 17 years late. Maybe I'm little old now, but that's no problem.

Facts

#Fact
1He still lives in Monterey Park and regularly trains at his local gym. [2010]
2He currently lives in Monterey Park which is a city in Los Angeles, California. [2007]
3His best "dead lift" exceeded 700lbs.
4In 2007 he played a good guy role in "Blizhniy Boy:The Ultimate Fighter" but this movie is still not released because legal issues.
5Bolo retains the barbell Bruce Lee kept in his Golden Harvest office along with a rare business card from Lee's Hong Kong production company concord.
6He quan (1979) was his favorite film from that era.
7He was wrongly described in the films blurb for Enter the Dragon as being the south east Asian shotokon karate champion - he never even practiced that martial art.
8Was good Friends with Bruce Lee and they would sometimes get together to train or discuss Kung Fu.
9Also trained in Wing Chun which is another form of Kung Fu.
10He first became Bodybuilding Teacher in the 1960s.
11He was born to a local business man and his wife in guangzhou Suburbia which is a suburb of canton in Mainland China.
12He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Gym Business Association, and the Team Manager of the Tapei international Bodybuilders Squad.
13His Hollywood breakthrough came when he landed the role of Chong Li in Bloodsport (1988).
14Was stereotyped as a villain until he got the chance to play the good guy in Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993). He played the good guy in 3 more movies: Shootfighter II (1996), TC 2000 (1993), and Fearless Tiger (1991).
15In the 1960s he swam from China to Hong Kong to escape communism.
16Is a Weightlifter he goes to the gym La Fitness and trains alongside his son David, who is a bodybuilding champion in his own right.
17Has two sons, Danny & David Yeung, and a daughter Debbra.
18He is a former Mr Hong Kong Bodybuilding Champion - he won the title in 1967. and held it for ten years. He is also a former Mainland China powerlifting Champion.
19His prefered Martial Arts is Tai-Chi.
20Was a martial arts student of Bruce Lee.

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Whole World at Our Feet2016Bulo
Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter2007Askar Trainer
Shootfighter II1996Shingo
Tiger Claws II1996Chong
TC 20001993Master Sumai
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death1993Shingo
Ironheart1992Ice
Xue ran hong chen1992The Wu Tang Swordsman
Tiger Claws1991Chong
Fearless Tiger1991VideoMaster on Mountain
Double Impact1991Moon
Breathing Fire1991Thunder (as Bolo Young)
Bloodfight1989Chang Lee, the Vietnamese Snake
Yi qi liang fu1988Dung Ken - Muscleman
Bloodsport1988Chong Li
Piao cuo can1987Man Standing outside cinema
Yong ai zhuo yi ren1987Punk Leader
Bu ye tian1987Pit Fighter
Legacy of Rage1986Thug
Zui jia fu xing1986Movie Patron
Pi li da la ba1986Henchman
Shanghai Express1986Cotton Weaver
Huan chang1985Bar Customer in Green Shirt
Bruce Lee's Dragons Fight Back1985
Da gung wong dai1985Giant Kickboxer
Juk nei ho wan1985Mrs. Tsao's Henchmen
Fuk sing go jiu1985Millionaire Chan
Yi ren zai jian1984Maltesa's Brother
Fan wan di1984as Yang Sze
Supergang1984Big King (as Yang Sze)
Mo1983Mr. Bu-bo - the Thai Boxer
Kong xin da shao ye1983Bo
Shao ye Wei Wei1983Billion's Killer
Zui she xiao zi1982Guest appearance
Mi quan san shi liu zhao1982Cheungs Brother (as Yang Szu)
Xiong zhong1982as 'Bolo' Yang Tse
Huo tóu xiao zi1982
Gui ma zhi duo xing1981Brawler in Bar
Fearless Hyena 31980Yang Tze (as Yang Tze)
Shen wei san meng long1980Martial Arts trainer (as Yang Tze)
Long li ji1980
She xing zui bu1980The Giant
Fen zhu chi lao hu1980as Szu Yang
Mie jue qi qi1980Chang / Pang (as Yang Sze)
He quan1979Master Lung
Da Mo wu ying quan1979
Diao qin shuang jue1979
Super Hero1979BurkeThe Bullkiller (as Yang Sze)
The Dragon, the Hero1979
Wen da1979Ah Yen (as Yang Sze)
Jie quan da dong kau1978Tan Yin (as Yung Sze)
Way of the Dragon 21978Bull (as Sze Yang)
The King of Kung Fu1978as Yang See
Da lu qiang ren1978
Meng nan da zei yan zhi hu1978Kimura (as Yang Szu)
E yu tou hei sha xing1978Ta Niu (Big Ox) (as Bolo Yung)
She nu yu chao1978
Amsterdam Connection1978Big Lui (as Yeung Sze)
Game of Death1978as Yeung See
Nan yang tang ren jie1978
Dragon on Fire1978Guest star as Yang Sze
Huo shao shao lin men1978
Bai ma hei qi1977Bolo
G-Men '751977TV Series 1975
Da mo tie zhi gong1977Lam Chi Chu - Jujitsu Master (as Yeung See)
Soul of Bruce Lee1977Nepal (as Sze Young)
Jiang Nan ba da xia1977
Shi da sha shou1977Ling Chu (as Yang Szu)
International Assassin1976Ram
Long jia jiang1976Yang (as Yang Szu)
Lian ai gong fu1976
Lung men bei chi1976as Young Zee
Xiang Gang chao ren1975
Dong kai ji1975General Shi Hsing-Fang (as Yang Tze)
Shen quan fei long1975
Zhan cao chu gen1975as Yung Sze
Karateciler Istanbul'da1974Mr. Yang (as Yang Sze)
Chi dan hao han1974as Yang Szu
Tie han rou qing1974
Fight! Dragon1974TV Series
Za karate1974
Meng hu dou kuang long1974as Yang Sze
Zhao Chou quan wang1973
Thunderkick1973
Enter the Dragon1973Bolo (as Yang Sze)
Xiao ba wang1973Tiger (as Sze Yang)
Da xu hai1973
Ma tou da jue dou1973Chiang Tai (as Yang Sze)
Dao bing fu1973General Tung Gou Chung (as Yang Tze)
Duo ming ke1973Guest star
Hei ren wu1973
Meng han1973as Sy Young
Ying han gong fu ben1973as Sze Yang
Wang ming tu1972Master Xi's bodyguard
Shao nai nai de si wa1972Prince Charming (wrestler) (as Sze Yang)
Qun ying hui1972
Chou lian huan1972Chin Hsi Fu (as Sze Yang)
The 14 Amazons1972Hsia Boxing Champion
Hu lu shen xian1972Prince Apu-hua (as Yang Szu)
Nian qing ren1972as Yang Sze
Five Fingers of Death1972Pa Tu-er, Mongolian Fighter
E ke1972as Sze Yang
Wan jian chuan xin1971Officer Shi (as Yang Sze)
Shuang xia1971The river dragon of jin (as Szu Yang)
Xie jiu tian lao1971Cha Te
Nu sha shou1971
The Heroic Ones1970General Meng Chieh Hai (as Yang Szu)
The Wandering Swordsman1970'Unicorn' Du Kuo Lung (as Yang Sze)

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amsterdam Connection1978stunt coordinator
Bai ma hei qi1977stunt coordinator
Shi da sha shou1977stunt coordinator
Zhao Chou quan wang1973stunt coordinator

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wen da1979
Bai ma hei qi1977

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shootfighter II1996associate producer

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bai ma hei qi1977production manager

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Life of Bruce Lee1994TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood and Steel: Making 'Enter the Dragon'2004Video documentary shortHimself / Bolo
Tiger Claws III2000Chong (uncredited)
Jing wu ying xiong 2: Tie bao biao1996Mongol
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do1995DocumentaryBolo (scenes from Enter the Dragon) (uncredited)
Top Fighter1995Video documentaryHimself
The Curse of the Dragon1993DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania1992Documentary

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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