Bolo Yeung

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Yang Sze (Chinese: ??; pinyin: Yáng Si; born July 3, 1938), better known as Bolo Yeung, is a former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. Primarily cast as the villain in the movies he stars in, he is best known for his performances as Bolo in Enter the Dragon and as Chong Li in Bloodsport, and also for his many appearances in martial arts B-movies.

Born in Guangzhou, China, Bolo started his martial arts career at an early age while in Guangzhou, China, where he studied under several kung fu masters. He also took acrobatics and was a competitive weight lifter; eventually becoming the powerlifting champion of mainland China. During his early years, Bolo swam to Hong Kong from mainland China to escape communism. Contrary to popular belief, Bolo was not a Shotokan Karate champion, nor did he ever practice this martial art.

Bolo met Bruce Lee while the two were filming a Winston cigarettes commercial. A friendship emerged and Bruce invited him to star in Enter the Dragon, where he became known as Bolo. During the 1970s, Bolo starred in numerous kung fu films, but his Hollywood breakthrough didn’t occur until he starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in the movie Bloodsport. Yeung spoke very limited English while filming Bloodsport and the majority of his dialog in the film was dubbed in post-production.

Outside of his movie career, Bolo is the father of three children. He still weight lifts about two hours each day, and he regularly practices tai chi chuan. He is the chairman of the Hong Kong Gym Business Association, and the team manager of the Taipei International Body Building squad.