Chris pang is a renowned Australian actor and filmmaker, who is popularly known for appearing as Colin Khoo in the 2018 romantic comedy film, “Crazy Rich Asians”, and as Lee Tekkam in the 2010 action movie, “Tomorrow, When the War Began.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Christopher ‘Chris’ Pang hails from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 29 December 1984, which makes him 37 years old as of 2022. He is the son of Wing Chun – a Southern Chinese self-defense concept-based fighting technique – instructors, Barry Pang, who was born in Australia, and Anne Pang who was born in Taiwan but emigrated to Australia in the ‘70s. His grandparents were born in Canton, China. The “Tomorrow, When the War Began” star is a distant relative of the late legendary martial artist, producer, director, and actor Bruce Lee, whose father was his paternal grandmother’s cousin, born in the same village in Guangzhou, China. Moreover, he is related to the famed Chinese educator and revolutionary leader, Wong Nai Siong.
Chris attended Scotch College, then went to Monash University both in Melbourne – he majored in multimedia studies, but wasn’t satisfied with his studies, and took a year off to sell mobile phones to companies, before he ventured into acting.
Chris is trilingual and can speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, which has come in handy in his works in the international showbiz industry.
Pang is a victim of racial micro-aggressions; he now uses his social media platforms to speak out against racism, and is an active campaigner for ‘Stop Asian Hate.’
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He’s a big fan of photography and art, and revealed during an interview with Los Angeles’ Bello Magazine, ‘during school I carried a sketchbook with me to every class and spent most of my time drawing – none of the traditional university (that’s what we call college in Australia) courses and career paths appealed to much to me, and I ended up doing a design course.’
Chris is very physically active, and is a gymnast.
He is also a big fan of films, and his favorites are Lucy Liu-starring projects such as the 2003 movie “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
Chris was selling ‘phones when he began his career accidentally – he walked into a casting agency and was selected to lend his voice to a project because of his authentic Chinese accent. He was later cast to play Jackie Chan’s sibling in the Benny Chan-directed 2004 action film “New Police Story.” He attended The Australian Film & Television Academy (TAFTA), in Melbourne, to sharpen his acting skills, and thereafter relocated to Hong Kong and Beijing, China, to pursue a career in acting. Pang rose to prominence when he was cast for a starring role in the 2010 action-adventure film “Tomorrow, When War Began”, appearing alongside Caitlin Stasey, Deniz Akdeniz and Ashleigh Cummings. The following year saw him appear in the movie “Citizen Jia Li”, and also serve as an associate producer.
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In 2014, he reunited with the actress Caitlin Stasey in the film “I, Frankenstein” and in 2016, he appeared as Flying Blade in the martial arts movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.” Pang achieved worldwide fame when he was cast in the Jon M. Chu-directed comedy-drama “Crazy Rich Asians”, sharing the screen with Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu and Henry Golding. Thereafter, he starred as Jun Jie in his film “Empty by Design” in 2019, and played Johnny Smith in “Charlie’s Angels” in the same year. He recently appeared in the 2020 film, “Palm Springs”, and 2022’s “The Portable Door.”
Pang has so far appeared in four TV series – he made his TV debut as Phuong Lam in the episode “Pirates” of the drama “City Homicide” in 2010, and in the year that followed, he played Than in an episode of USA Network’s drama “Rush.” 2016 saw him landing the recurring role of Arban in the second season of the acclaimed drama “Marco Polo”, and most recently, in 2022 he was cast to star as Van in the comedy-drama “As We See It”, appearing together with Sue Ann Pien, Sosie Bacon and Rick Glassman.”
Pang has partnered with department store David Jones to promote his Mr. Jones Style Series campaign. He appeared before the photographer Simon Eeles’ camera lens wearing the store’s designer clothes. Pang has been the face of the Australian brand, Sheridan, and appeared in their campaign Tonight Makes Tomorrow. He has also popularized other brands such as SABA, JUUN.J, Kenzo, and Paul Smith.
Pang has a verified Instagram account that has over 76,000 followers; his username is @pangeerz, and he’s fond of posting his photos in trendy outfits, and updating his fans about his recent and upcoming career endeavors. He’s also active on Twitter – @pangerz – and is followed by close to 6,500 fans.
In 2013, Pang bagged the Asian on Film Award in the category of Best Actor, for his contribution to the movie “Citizen Jia Li.” His role in “Crazy Rich Asians” saw him winning a National Board of Review (NBR) Award, shared with the rest of the film’s cast members. Chris bagged Australia’s GQ Breakout Actor of the year award in 2019, and in the same year, he was nominated – together with the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast – for an Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award.
Chris is dating his longtime girlfriend, the Los Angeles-based DJ, consultant, and model Eliana Guam, who is also known as Eliana Lee Yu. She has shared on Instagram that her talent is catfishing, and she also likes going on eating adventures together with Chris. She seems to be in her mid-20s judging from her Instagram videos and photos. The duo likes posting each other’s pictures on their respective social media accounts, captioned with heart-warming messages. Chris wished her a happy birthday and thanked her for always being there for him on Instagram on 13 February 2020. Pang now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Pang is of Asian ethnicity, and has black hair and a pair of black eyes. He is 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall and weighs approximately 145lbs (66kgs).
Chris has accumulated a good sum, having appeared in several high-grossing projects such as the comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” which had a box office collection of around $238.5 million against a budget of $30 million. He has also popularized many brands which have seen his wealth rise significantly. The Melbourne-native’s estimated net worth is close to $8 million, as of 2022.