Zhao Benshan

Zhao Benshan (simplified Chinese: 赵本山; traditional Chinese: 趙本山; pinyin: Zhào Běnshān; born October 1958) is a Chinese skit and sitcom actor, and recently turned TV director. He appears regularly on the CCTV New Year's Gala. Born in Shizui Cottage in Lianhua Village, Kaiyuan County in Tieling, Liaoning, in a peasant family, he was orphaned when he was 6. Apprenticed to his uncle, he learned many local traditional performance arts, including erhu and Er Ren Zhuan. Jiang Kun, a Xiangsheng artist, recommend him to the 1987 CCTV New Year's Gala, a TV program broadcast all around China. After his first appearance, he had appeared in each Gala show every year except in 1994 and 2012. His performances have included "Yesterday, today and Tomorrow", and "Fixing up the house". Zhao has appeared as an actor in many films, including Zhang Yimou's Happy Times (2000) where he played an aging bachelor dying to get hitched. Zhao has appeared as the main character in Liu Laogen and Ma Dashuai, as well as a secondary character in Rural Love and their sequels.


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