1955 – Born on May 18th in Lamma Island, Hong Kong. Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.
1973 – Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles.
1983 – Married to Candice Yu.
– His appearance as white-suited crime boss Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji.
1985 – Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Dang doi lai ming.
1986 – Married to Jasmine Chow.
1987-1992 – Further hard-edged roles in more John Woo crime films escalated Chow’s popularity even higher, and fans all over the world flocked to see Ying hung boon sik II (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), Dip hyut shueng hung, (aka "The Killer"), and Laat sau sen taan (aka "Hard Boiled").
1998-1998 – Chow was enticed to the United States and appeared in The Replacement Killers with Mira Sorvino, The Corruptor with Mark Wahlberg, and, for a change of pace, in the often-filmed romantic tale of Anna and the King.
2000 – Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Wo hu cang long (aka "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon").
2002 – Chosen one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.