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Billy Chow (born Chow Bei-lei August 24, 1958 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada), (also credited as Billy Chau and Billy Chow Bei-lei) is a Hong Kong film actor, kickboxer, martial artist, and entrepreneur and is also a keen Boxing and Muay thai practitioner. Chow is the former WKA world kickboxing champion. Chow is perhaps best known for his roles as General Fujita in the 1994 film Fist of Legend, and Wong, Great Kick of the North in the 1996 film Tai Chi Boxer.
1 Kickboxing career
1.1 World Kickboxing Association
2 History and early career
2.2 Retired from acting
World Kickboxing Association
In the 1980s, Chow was the WKA super welterweight kickboxing champion of the world from 1984 to 1986. His final match on November 20, 2007, in which he lost via decision to Akarn Sanehha of Thailand.
History and Early Career
In the 1980s, Chow played an elite soldier in the 1987 film Eastern Condors alongside Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Yuen Woo-ping. Chow played thugs in two Jackie Chan movies: Dragons Forever in 1988, and Miracles in 1989.
In the 1990s, Chow had roles in three Jet Li movies: Fist of Legend in 1994 as General Fujita, Meltdown in 1995 as Kong, and Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with No Words” in 1996 as Chan / Japanese Embassy Guard. Chow played Jade Tiger’s Brother in the 1995 film Iron Monkey 2 along with Donnie Yen. Chow played Wong, Great Kick of the North in the 1996 film Tai Chi Boxer along with Jacky Wu.
Retired from Acting
On August 26, 2006, Chow retired from acting at the age of 48, after his final film, Dragon in Fury.
Chow currently trains fighters out of Billy’s Gym in Hong Kong, and Frank Lee’s Muay Thai in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.