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Patrick Tam Yiu-Man
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Patrick Tam in The Legend of Zu (2001) Patrick Tam in Purple Storm (1999) Patrick Tam in The Wall (2002)

Patrick Tam Yiu-Man has been recognized as a solid character actor in recent years, but his career encountered a few bumps along the way. Born on March 19, 1969, Tam fell in love with performing at a very young age. When he was sixteen he joined an acrobatic troupe and learned to do somersaults before being lured away by a growing interest in music.

In 1988, he won TVB’s 7th New Talent Singing Competition (Sammi Cheng placed third), and was accepted by Anita Mui as her second official student shortly thereafter. Tam was initially well received by audiences but his later experimentation with non-mainstream music, like jazz, was too radical for them. His record flopped and Warner Music decided not to renew his contract in 1992.

A dejected Tam turned to acting in the mid-nineties. He did a couple of television serials to pay the rent before exploding onto the movie scene with his performance in Beast Cops (1998). His role as Pushy-Pin won him a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Suddenly, the offers for movies and television came rolling in. He has appeared in almost twenty films since Beast Cops, including Purple Storm (1999), The Legend of Zu (2001) and the underrated Milkyway film, Comeuppance (2000). Tam proved to be the best thing about Born Wild (2001), garnering himself a second Hong Kong Film Award nomination and winning the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In addition, Tam has been making a nice sum of money from his work on the small screen. He recently appeared with Ruby Lin in a television adaptation of Eighteen Springs and has recently been welcomed back to TVB with a starring role in a new series. (Yinique 2003)

selected filmography
(actor unless otherwise noted)
Point of Return (1990)
Beast Cops (1998)
Operation Billionaires (1998)
Love in the River (1998)
The H.K. Triad (1999)
Century of the Dragon (1999)
My Loving Trouble 7 (1999)
Purple Storm (1999)
The Legend of Speed (1999)
The Duel (2000)
Homicidal Maniac (2000)
Killers from Beijing (2000)
Violent Cop (2000)[1]
Crying Heart (2000)
Comeuppance (2000)
Born Wild (2001)
The Legend of Zu (2001)
La Brassiere (2001)[cameo]
Body Puzzle (2002)
The Wall (2002)
The New Option (2002)
My Troublesome Buddy (2003)
The Story of Long (2003)
City of SARS (2003)
The Myth (2005)
A Chinese Tall Story (2005)
Simply Actors (2007)
Naraka 19 (2007)
Who's Next (2007)
In Love with the Dead (2007)
Trivial Matters (2007)
Lady Cop & Papa Crook (2009)
To Live and Die in Mongkok (2009)
The Storm Warriors (2009)
Here Comes Fortune (2010)
Just Another Pandora's Box (2010)
I Love Hong Kong (2011)
Chase Our Love (2011)
The Detective 2 (2011)
The Land with No Boundary (2011)
Triad (2012)
The House (2013)
As the Light Goes Out (2013)
Just Another Margin (2014)
Two Thumbs Up (2015)
Port of Call (2015)
The Merger (2015)
Wong Ka Yan (2015)
Ip Man 3 (2015)
Love in Late Autumn (2016)
Witch Doctor (2016)
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