Chow Chi Fai
Chow Chi Fai is a graduate of the Chinese Department, Hong Kong Baptist University. He joined HKRep as part-time actor in 1979 and became a full-time actor in 1981. He is the most veteran actor in HKRep at present, and one of the best-known stage artists in Hong Kong.
He has performed in countless productions. Some of his roles are well-loved by the public, such as Pak Long in I Have a Date With Spring, Uncle Fu in Sweet & Sour Hong Kong, the cross-dressing role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Black Box production Papa Mama, Thy Wind Blows Ever based on his personal life. Recent performances include Liu Rushi, my Dear, Scapin in Jiānghú, Chap. 2023, The Top Restaurant, Confrontations, Female No7, That's Not True, Road to Damascus, The Finale of Mr. AD, The Good Person of Szechwan – The Musical, The Big Meal, A Dream Like a Dream.
Chow was awarded Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for his performance in The Story of Qu Yuan at the Hong Kong Drama Awards, Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for The Legend of the Mad Phoenix and Proof, and Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Shed Skin. He was also nominated Best Actor for Before the Rain Stops, The Big Meal, Confrontations, and Best Supporting Actor for Other People’s Money, The Importance of Being Earnest and Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land. In 2005, Chow was nominated Best Actor for his performance in Sweet & Sour Hong Kong at the 15th Shanghai Magnolia Stage Award.
Chow is also a veteran voice artist who has appeared in more than a hundred local films and overseas animated features. Among his most beloved characters are Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story and Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda.