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Ge You
Born (1957-04-19) April 19, 1957 (age 67)
Beijing, China
Years active1985–present
AwardsCannes Film Festival
1994 Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)To Live

Golden Phoenix Awards
2009 Special Jury AwardGolden Rooster AwardsBest Actor
1993 After Separation

Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Actor
1998 The Dream Factory
2002 Big Shot's Funeral
2004 Cell Phone
Best Supporting Actor
1992 Spring Festival

Golden Eagle AwardsBest Actor
1992 Stories From The Editorial Board

Chinese name
Simplified Chinese葛优
Traditional Chinese葛優

Ge You (born April 19, 1957) is a Chinese actor. A native of Beijing, often with a bald shaven pate, he is considered by many to be one of the most recognizable acting personalities in China. He became the first Asian actor to win the Cannes Best Actor Award for his role in the Zhang Yimou movie To Live.


Ge You's father, Ge Cunzhuang, came from an older generation of film actors. Since the 1950s, he has played a large number of characters, largely villains. His iconic works include Little Soldier Zhang Ga, Red Flag Composition, Daqing Artillery Team and so on. He also had a great influence on the improvement of Ge You's performance. Ge You's mother Shi Wenxin was a script editor at the Beijing Film Studio, He Cong, his wife, is an art teacher at Fuwai No. 2 Primary School, and his younger sister Ge Jia is also an editor of the North Film Pictorial. Overall, a filmic family.

After graduating from middle school, Ge You went to the suburbs of Beijing to farm pigs. At the age of 25, he joined the Art Troupe of the National Federation of Trade Unions and became a drama actor. In 1984, Ge You played a small role in Sheng Xia and His Fiancee. In 1988, Ge You participated in the film The Troubleshooters adapted from Wang Shuo's novel The Troubleshooters, and was nominated for the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor for this film. In 1992, he participated in the TV series comedy Stories From The Editorial Board launched by Beijing TV. In the 10 years since then, Ge You played more than 20 different figures. The most successful one of these is the film To Live directed by Zhang Yimou in 1993 and adapted from the novel To Live by Yu Hua. In the film, Ge You plays the "Fugui" from youth to old age, vividly showing a minor character who has tasted the enjoyment and suffering of the world to the audience, and also brought his acting skills to the fullest. Thus he was the first Chinese man to win the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 .

In addition, in Steel Meets Fire (director He Qun, 1991), he played the puppet army captain, full of human warmth and strength of character, jumping out of the traditional villain constraints. After that, he played the lustful and sanctimonious older brother-in-law in Huang Jianzhong's The Spring Festival and won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor.  In the 1993 film Farewell My Concubine directed by Chen Kaige, Ge You played the Peking Opera "Yuan Siye" who seemed to be insignificant but extremely wonderful.

Although Ge You's appearance is not outstanding, he can break through the traditional performance routines and explore the human side of the minor characters, making them closer to real life. Ge You has won the love of numerous audiences with his bald figure and tempered humorous style.

Since 1997, he has been cooperating with director Feng Xiaogang and has become his preferred actor. He has co-produced a number of New Year films and once became the biggest winner in the Chinese New Year film market.

On December 1, 2011, Ge You signed a five-year contract with 3 films in total with Emperor Entertainment.[1]



Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1985 Sheng Xia He Ta De Wei Hun Fu 盛夏和她的未婚夫 Wei Xuejin
1985 Mountain's Daughter 山的女儿 Zhu Guangjin
1985 Army Nurse 女儿楼 Patient
1986 Perfect Matches 情投意合 Ke Nian
1988 The Troubleshooters 顽主 Yang Zhong
1988 Elope 私奔 Gou Li
1989 Ballad of the Yellow River 黄河谣 Hei Gutou
1989 Codename Cougar 代号美洲豹 Zheng Xianping
1990 The Ozone Layer Vanishes 大气层消失 Toushi
1990 Peking Duck Restaurant 老店 Master Ji
1990 Street Knight 马路骑士 Boss
1990 Someone Falls in Love with Me 有人偏偏爱上我 Hairstylist
1991 Girl of the Times 新潮姑娘
1991 Comic Star 喜剧明星 Teacher Ge
1991 Steel Meets Fire 烈火金刚 Xi Shiguan
1991 The Spring Festival 过年 Ding Yuan 15th Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Supporting Actor
3rd Golden Phoenix Awards for Society Award
1991 Woman-Taxi-Woman 女人·TAXI·女人 Zhang Wenxiu's husband
1991 The Tragedy of Comedian 悲喜人生 Director
1992 After the Final Battle 决战之后 Wenqiang
1992 Their Marriages 父子婚事 Da You
1992 Conned Once 上一当 Liu Shan
1992 Divorce Wars 离婚大战 Da Ming
1993 The Vanished Woman 消失的女人 Shan Liren
1993 After Separation 大撒把 Gu Yan 13th Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actor
1993 Farewell My Concubine 霸王别姬 Yuan Shiqing
1994 Born Coward 天生胆小 Director Guan
1994 To Live 活着 Xu Fugui 47th Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor
1996 The Emperor's Shadow 秦颂 Gao Jianli
1997 The Dream Factory 甲方乙方 Yao Yuan 21st Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
5th Beijing College Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
1997 Keep Cool 有话好好说 Policeman
1997 Eighteen Springs 半生緣 Zhu Hongcai
1998 Be There or Be Square 不见不散 Liu Yuan
1999 Sorry Baby 没完没了 Han Dong
1999 Butterfly Smile 蝴蝶的微笑 Kang Ping
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕 Yoyo 25th Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
9th Beijing College Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
2nd Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Actor
2003 Cala, My Dog! 卡拉是条狗 Lao Er 10th Beijing College Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
4th Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Actor
2003 Cell Phone 手机 Yan Shouyi 27th Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
4th Chinese Film Media Awards for Most Popular Actor
2004 A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 Hu Li
2005 Suffocation 窒息 Chen Xiao
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 Emperor Li
2007 Shi Pin 十品 Kou Zhun
2007 Shanghai Red 紅美麗 Mr. Feng
2007 Na Qie 纳妾 Old Lee
2007 Crossed Lines 命运呼叫转移 Lao San
2008 If You Are the One 非诚勿扰 Qin Fen 12th Golden Phoenix Awards for Jury Special Prize
2008 Desires of the Heart 桃花运 Wang Mang
2009 Gasp 气喘吁吁 Li Qiang
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Red Army Fourth Division leader Cameo
2010 Let the Bullets Fly 让子弹飞 Tang (Ma Bangde) 3rd China Film Director's Guild Awards for Best Actor
11th Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Actor
2010 Sacrifice 赵氏孤儿 Cheng Ying 14th Huabiao Awards for Outstanding Actor
18th Beijing College Student Film Festival for Best Actor
2010 If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰2 Qin Fen
2013 Personal Tailor 私人订制 Yang Zhong
2014 Gone with the Bullets 一步之遥 Xiang Feitian
2016 The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 Mr. Lu 9th Macau International Movie Festival for Best Actor
2017 Cook Up a Storm 决战食神 Hong Qi
2018 Mad Ebriety 断片之险途夺宝 Uncle Ya
2019 My People, My Country 我和我的祖国 [2]
2019 Two Tigers 两只老虎 [3]
2020 My People, My Homeland 我和我的家乡 [4]
2021 Schemes in Antiques 古董局中局 [5]
2023 If You are the One 3 非诚勿扰3 Qin Fen

Television series

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1990 Fortress Besieged 围城 Li Meiting
1992 Stories From The Editorial Board 编辑部的故事 Li Dongbao 10th China TV Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor
1992 Beiyang Fleet 北洋水师 He Jing
1994 I Love My Family 我爱我家 Ji Chunsheng
1995 Story of Beijing Tanqiu 北京深秋的故事
1996 A Native of Shanghai in Tokyo 上海人在东京 Qiu Minghai
1997 Kou Laoxi'er 寇老西儿 Kou Zhun
1999 Divorce 离婚 Old Lee

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