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A screenshot from Five Fingers of Death, in which Lo Lieh is about to send someone flying to Pluto.

Lo Lieh, born Wang Lap Tat (羅烈, June 29, 1939 – November 2, 2002) is an actor, martial artist, and one of the most iconic actors from Hong Kong's prestigious Shaw Brothers studios, who had made over 200 roles during his stint with them during the 1970s and 80s.

Born in an Indonesian-Chinese farming family, Lo Lieh was sent back to Hong Kong at a young age to attend school by his parents who preferred for their son to "remember his true heritage". He joined Shaw Brothers at an early age, being one of the academy's first students and considered among their best, where the studios would cast him in various roles, both as villains and heroes.

His performance in Five Fingers of Death (1973) is widely considered his breakthrough role; the movie was released months before Fist of Fury, and with the other Bruce Lee film it's considered one of the two movies that kick-started the martial arts craze in America back in the 70s. Due to the amount of movies he starred in at his peak of popularity note , Lo Lieh's daily salary back then in the late 70s is reportedly as high as 18,000 HKD (2,322 USD).


Lo Lieh remains as prolific in the 90s as he was in the past, playing gangsters and mob bosses in Heroic Bloodshed films which were at its craze, before his eventual retirement at the end of the decade. He later died of a heart attack in 2002, a year after he announced his intention to permanently retire from acting, leaving behind two sons (both from his second wife).

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