Bryan Leung Ka-yan
(born 20 January 1949) is a Hong Kong
film and television actor
who has played roles in numerous acclaimed martial arts films
. He is affectionately known as "Beardy"
due to his trademark facial hair. He also has characteristic hyper-extendable fingers, which can be observed when he has his palms open and his fingers outstretched. Despite being one of the most well-known faces in Hong Kong action cinema
, he had no formal martial arts
training, relying on his talents at mimicry to imitate the moves shown to him by the action directors.
Leung's action film
career began in 1969, his good looks and natural athleticism taking him to Shaw Brothers
, where he appeared in several renowned period kung fu films, although he was rarely offered leading roles. His big-break came under the direction of Sammo Hung
, with whom he fought in Enter the Fat Dragon
(1978), and co-starred in the seminal Warriors Two
(1978). His performance in Warriors Two
, as Mr. Tsang
, a real-life historical doctor and master of Wing Chun
, is described as "the best performance of his career" by Mark Pollard of Kung Fu Cinema
, who goes on to write:
- Leung Kar-yan is brilliant in his role as the teacher. He adds just the right amount of austerity and presence without overdoing it. Its also obvious why he was chosen for this role over an older actor. To the layman, he really looks like a Wing Chun expert and his physical grace......