The actors of "Yongzheng Dynasty" are in a very different situation now: three people died, two people won lifelong achievements, and one person actually joined a cult!
When it comes to the theme of mainland TV dramas, historical dramas can be described as classics. There are four famous works in the distance, and there is "Ming Dynasty 1566" with soaring word-of-mouth in the near future.
But to say that the highest ratings are the classic drama "Yongzheng Dynasty" launched by CCTV 24 years ago. The average is 14%, and the highest is 20% of the CCTV prime-time ratings, and no work has been able to surpass it since.
"Yongzheng Dynasty" has almost won all the major TV series awards.
can do this, in addition to the vivid and interesting plot of "Yongzheng Dynasty", the performances of the actors from the emperor to the common people have contributed a lot.
The vast majority of them, portraying their images vividly and impressively.
So, 24 years have passed, what happened to those excellent actors at the beginning?
01, Jiao Huang (as Kangxi)
Although the name of the play is "Yongzheng Dynasty", the protagonist of the first half is Yongzheng's father Kangxi.
This part is all about the wonderful story of Kangxi's "nine sons seizing the heir" in his later years, so as to expose various problems in national governance, and then lead to the reform of Yongzheng in the second half.
Jiao Huang, who played Kangxi, was also in his early 60s, just the same age as Kangxi at that time. Kangxi's state of mind in his later years, he didn't have to play it very hard, he could show it just right.
As soon as this drama was broadcast, Jiao Huang's acting skills were well received. Some people say that this version of Kangxi doesn't look like it was played by Jiao Huang, but it is Kangxi himself.
Some people joked that Kangxi was originally only a supporting role, but Mr. Jiao Huang's superb acting skills made the protagonist Yongzheng look more like a supporting role.
Teacher Jiao Huang also won two awards of the Golden Eagle Award and the Feitian Award for this drama, and became famous in one fell swoop.
You must know that for many years before, Jiao Huang was recognized as the "Prince of Shakespeare in China", and he has been active on the stage of drama, but he is not well known to the audience.
After acting in "Yongzheng Dynasty", Mr. Jiao Huang immediately played the roles of many other emperors, such as Emperor Jing of the Han Dynasty in "The Emperor of the Han Dynasty" in 2005, and in 2003 and 2018, he successively played the Qianlong Emperor of different ages in "Qianlong Dynasty" and the movie "Into the Capital", which are very interesting.
In addition to costume dramas, Mr. Jiao Huang's performance in modern dramas is also outstanding.
In 2014, he starred in the modern drama "No War in Peking", playing the pre-liberation university president He Qicang. This intellectual during the Republic of China period was a fairy and eye-catching.
Today, 87-year-old Jiao Huang has long enjoyed his old age at home and rarely comes out to work.
He was married three times, the first two times due to personality reasons. His wife, who is now accompanying him, is a female journalist who is 30 years younger than him.
The two have similar personalities, and his wife is also his assistant in his career. Teacher Jiao Huang's old age also ushered in his own happiness.
In August this year, actor Song Xiaoying uploaded a photo of her visit to Jiao Huang's teacher's house. In the photo, Mr. Jiao Huang has a childish face, is in good spirits, and shows his trademark smile, looking much younger than his actual age.
Just two years ago, 85-year-old teacher Jiao Huang was awarded the title of "Lifetime Achievement Dramatist of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles" by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
He said with great heart that as long as he has the opportunity, he also wants to contribute to China's cultural cause.
02, Tang Guoqiang (as Yongzheng)
If it weren't for Zhang Fengyi to shoot "Jing Ke Assassinating the King of Qin", the role of Yongzheng would not have been Tang Guoqiang's turn. But it is precisely by virtue of his wonderful interpretation of Yongzheng that Tang Guoqiang won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor in one fell swoop, which is well deserved.
Tang Guoqiang debuted in 1975, and he was the leading actor in the work "South China Sea" at that time, and then "Little Flower".
These roles made him an instant hit. At that time, his appearance didn't know how many people were amazed. In many professional actors, he is also an idol-level existence.
Subsequently, he starred as Prime Minister Zhuge Liang in "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and became popular again. Later, he directed and acted in "The Long March", played Chairman Mao, and won two "Feitian Awards" with his superb acting skills.
In "Yongzheng Dynasty", at the age of 46, his acting skills are improving day by day. He brought to life the image of the "lonely brave" who was forbearant and shrewd in the early stage of Yongzheng, willing to be a lonely minister, and was bent on reform in the later stage, and would rather risk the disapproval of the world.
As he got older, I thought that Mr. Tang would gradually take a back seat, but I didn't expect that his output has not decreased at all in recent years, and he is even busier than many young actors.
In recent years, many film and television dramas, such as "Armageddon", "Changjin Lake", "Dawn of the East" and "Liberation", have Tang Guoqiang, who is nearly seventy years old.
In addition to work, his greatest hobby is calligraphy, and he is a member of the Chinese Calligraphers Association.
At present, the price of his handwritten works has reached more than 100,000 yuan per square foot, and some works have been speculated to a sky-high price of 600,000 yuan.
Compared with his career, Tang Guoqiang's marriage road has few twists and turns. He has been married twice, and his first wife is a doctor, but with Tang Guoqiang's rapid popularity, there are constantly scandals between him and the actress.
His wife is an outsider and does not know the real situation around Tang Guoqiang. Tang Guoqiang explained over and over again, but slowly became annoyed.
However, his wife's feelings for him were extremely deep, and her pain was so great that she chose to commit suicide in the end. Tang Guoqiang was grief-stricken, and his life and career fell to a low point in an instant.
After that, he met his current wife, Zhuangli, and the two fell in love and walked out of the difficult times together. Today, Zhuangli and Tang Guoqiang have two sons, and treat Tang Guoqiang and his ex-wife's eldest daughter as their own, and the family is happy.
At present, Tang Guoqiang's wife and children are mainly in the United States, while he is in China all the year round, taking care of his 90-year-old mother while filming.
In 2021, Mr. Tang Guoqiang was awarded the title of "Lifetime Glory Artist" by the National Theatre.
03, Wang Hui (as the thirteenth master)
If you want to select the most beloved character in "Yongzheng Dynasty", the thirteenth elder brother Yinxiang, who is known as the "King of Heroes", must get a lot of votes.
This chivalrous king, nicknamed the "Executive Vice Emperor", is not only Yongzheng's right-hand man in his career, but also Yongzheng's only brother who can put his heart into his heart.
Relying on his easy control of the army, he helped Yongzheng turn the tide several times, stabilize the regime, and promote reform. Without him, there would be a big question mark over whether the Qing Dynasty's reforms could continue.
Teacher Wang Hui, who played the thirteenth elder brother, was 31 years old at the time, and like the thirteenth elder brother in the play, he was in the best years of his life.
After the fire of "Yongzheng Dynasty", Wang Hui also continued to make film appointments, and he was seen in "Li Wei as an Official", "Young Son of Heaven" and "Qiao's Courtyard", and he mainly played his prince.
He is now over 60 years old, but his energy has not diminished and he is still active in the entertainment industry. In recent years, many works have come out, such as "Yu Jackie Chan" in 2017 and "Diplomacy" in 2019, and he has played well.
Interestingly, in 2022, "Old Thirteen" will play Li Zongren in "The Great Battle", and the chairman played by Tang Guoqiang, the former "fourth brother", played a rival role.
The good brothers of "back then", and the "now" soldiers, are very interesting.
04, Wang Huichun (as the eighth master)
The most charming villain in the play is probably Yongzheng's sworn rival Eighth Elder Brother. Interestingly, Wang Huichun, the actor of the eighth elder brother, was recommended to join the group by Tang Guoqiang, the "fourth brother of the sworn enemy".
And Wang Huichun also lived up to expectations, relying on the role of Eighth Brother, he won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Supporting Actor that year. It can be said that the popularity of the drama "Yongzheng Dynasty" is also inseparable from his wonderful portrayal of the eighth elder brother.
This treacherous and loyal prince is knowledgeable and virtuous on the surface, but in fact he is narrow-minded and hypocritical and ruthless. In order to get the throne, he even wanted to kill his old father with a dead eagle, and this kind of trick was made out, which can be described as a loss of conscience.
After watching Wang Huichun's performance, the audience couldn't help but praise the eighth elder brother's academic accomplishment, and also hated his villainous behavior.
Since then, Wang Huichun has become a "professional household". In the also popular 03 version of "Young Bao Qingtian", he played the treacherous and cunning Pang Taishi, who is as insidious as the eighth elder brother, and is also deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.
In 2018, the emperor's dream of the "Eighth Master" finally came true, and Wang Huichun starred in Yongzheng in "Yanxi Raiders" and "grabbed" the emperor's seat.
Now, Mr. Wang Huichun has passed the age of sixties, but the state is still online, and several works come out every year.
In the latest TV series "Ding Baozhen" released this year, Wang Huichun played another villain, and his superb acting skills still received a lot of praise.
Looking forward to Mr. Wang bringing us more classic roles.
05, Zhao Yi (as Li Wei)
As the only character with BGM in the whole play, Li Wei's image is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. The superb performance of the actor Zhao Yi is indispensable.
Zhao Yi was born in Liyuan, and his grandfather also shared the stage with Mei Lanfang, and he has deep opera skills. He is versatile, playing the guzheng and collecting antiques are all connoisseurs.
It's a pity that due to physical reasons, Zhao Yi had to interrupt the originally bright road of opera and look for a new way out.
The role of Li Wei was what he worked hard to win at the beginning, and it also officially opened the door to his actor career.
Subsequently, he won the opportunity to play the "good eldest child" Bai Jingye in "Mansion Gate", and finally gained a firm foothold in the film and television industry.
In an interview, Zhao Yi mentioned this experience, he once choked up and cried, and only he knew the hardships.
Later, Zhao Yi did not continue to star in "Li Wei as an Official", which was broadcast after "Yongzheng Dynasty", mainly because of the conflict with the schedule of "Mansion Gate".
Fortunately, the later development was as Zhao Yi wished, and his acting career gradually went smoothly. Later, he continued to make film appointments and appeared on the screen many times, such as "The Granary of the World", "The Years of Burning Passion", "The Prequel to the East of the Guandong", etc.
In "1942", he and Zhang Guoli also played a father and son, which is impressive.
It's just that the popularity of these characters can't be compared with Li Wei or even Bai Jingye at the beginning. The drama celebrity is not popular, and gradually, he has also been given the evaluation of "narrow drama" by some people.
In any case, I hope that he will continue to polish with his heart in the future and bring us more excellent characters and works.
06, Du Zhiguo (as Nian Qianyao)
Speaking of Yongzheng, it is inseparable from Nian Qianyao. As an important villain in the play, the ups and downs of Nian Qianyao's life are embarrassing.
Nian Qianyao in "Yongzheng Dynasty" is played by Du Zhiguo, and he interprets Nian Qianyao's scheming in the early stage and domineering in the later stage very brilliantly.
Today, Du Zhiguo is almost 70 years old, but he is still full of energy. Every year, new works are still coming out and still active.
However, in recent years, he is better known for his love life. Du Zhiguo has been married three times, and Du Chun is the child of him and his first wife Yang Li, and his only son.
At the age of 25, Du Zhiguo and Yang Li, who were also in the same art troupe, ended their long-distance love run, entered into marriage, and soon had a son Du Chun.
However, the income of the art troupe is meager, which puts a lot of pressure on Du Zhiguo, who is happy to add a new ding. The happy life did not last long, Du Zhiguo left the art troupe and began to work hard outside filming.
With this change of career, the two get together less and leave more, and the contradiction is getting bigger and bigger. In the end, the two chose to divorce after 12 years of marriage. Later, with the popularity of "Yongzheng Dynasty", Du Zhiguo's career finally ushered in a peak.
In 2000, he met his second wife Zhao Na, and the two cherished each other and soon entered the palace of marriage. But due to the lack of gathering and separation, the relationship between the two slowly faded, and finally they had no choice but to divorce again.
Du Zhiguo learned from his experience and began to return to his family more often, which also allowed him to meet his current wife, Zheng Weili, who is more than a decade younger than him.
Both have had unhappy marriages and know how to cherish them more than ever. In addition, the two had a similar affection, so they soon entered the marriage hall.
However, just when everyone thought that Du Zhiguo's love life had been stable, in 2017, 63-year-old Du Zhiguo fell into emotional entanglements again. The matter caused a stir on the Internet, and although it was later subsided, his reputation was also affected a lot.
It seems that the trouble of the "young adult" has actually run into reality. But no matter what, Mr. Du Zhiguo's acting skills are still online, and I look forward to him bringing us more good works.
Write at the end
In addition to the above main characters, "Yongzheng Dynasty" also has many classic characters, such as Wu Sidao, Zhang Tingyu, Tong Guowei, Tian Wenjing, Fourteenth Master, Qiao Yindi, Hongli, etc., all of which have left us wonderful scenes.
Among them, there are three old drama bones, who have sadly left us forever.
Li Dingbao, who plays the fourth elder brother's military advisor Wu Sidao in the play, is a national first-class actor who died of illness in 2006 at the age of 76, Zhang Tingyu's actor Du Yulu died in 2020 at the age of 79, and Tong Guowei's actor Liao Bingyan, who was the father of actor Liao Fan, died of lymphoma in 2016 at the age of 76.
There are also some actors who faded out of people's field of vision after "Yongzheng Dynasty".
For example, Xu Zuming, who portrayed the fourteenth master of a tendon vividly, and Li Ying, the actor of his "confidante" Qiao Yindi, have all faded out of the film and television industry.
And the most regrettable thing is Jia Zhigang, the actor of the young Qianlong.
In the later hit drama "Young Bao Qingtian", Jia Zhigang played the emperor again and was well received. In addition, he has played several emperors of the Qing Dynasty, such as Kangxi, Xianfeng and Tongzhi Emperor, etc., and is a well-deserved "emperor professional".
It's a pity that in 2018, Jia Zhigang was rumored to have strayed into the cult "Almighty God" in South Korea. His family also rushed to South Korea to persuade him to return to his lost path. But there is no news of his return so far, and I hope he can be relieved as soon as possible and return to normal life.
In and out of the play, life is varied.
In any case, the actors who starred in this drama at the beginning have contributed wonderful performances to everyone and presented the special history of such an era to the audience, which is worthy of our sincere respect!
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