John Lone

John Lone

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John Lone

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John "Johnny" Lone (; born October 13, 1952 as 吳國良) is a Hong Kong born American actor of Chinese and English descent. Lone has played roles as diverse as a caveman in Iceman (1984), the last Emperor of China in The Last Emperor (1987), and an apparently female opera performer in M. Butterfly (1993).

Early life

Lone was born as Ng Kwok-leung in Hong Kong. He was raised in a Hong Kong orphanage. He began training at Hong Kong's Chiu Chiu Academy and at the Peking Opera. It was here, at the age of ten he was given the name Johnny. He later chose the name Lone to reflect the fact that he was an orphan and for its similarity to Lung, his Chinese name.

Sponsored by an American family, he left the Peking Opera troupe and emigrated to Los Angeles, California. In the United States he continued his performing arts studies at American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. Eventually, he moved to New York City, to pursue a career on stage.


Lone struggled for a time until the actor Mako recognized his talent and suggested him for a role in David Henry Hwang’s first play F.O.B. From his performance in this play, Lone received an Obie Award. While in New York City he was discovered by the talent agent Jadin Wong, who helped him to launch his career. Wong subsequently discovered Joan Chen, Bai Ling, Lucy Liu, and Ken Leung.

His first major role in films was as the title character in Iceman. He is probably best known for his portrayal of the Emperor...
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