Ronald Cheng Chung-kei’s life story is a testament to resilience and transformation. Born into a privileged background as the only child of record label tycoon Norman Cheng Tung-hon, Cheng’s early exposure to the music industry paved the way for his future career. His passion for music led him to pursue business and music history at Mt San Antonio College in California, eventually transitioning into a backup singer for notable artists like Hacken Lee Hak-kan.
Cheng’s big break came in 1996 with his debut album “In a Dilemma,” recorded in Mandarin, featuring a duet with Jacky Cheung Hok-yau. This success propelled him into the limelight, earning him accolades and the reputation as a potential successor to Cheung. However, with fame came intense scrutiny, and Cheng’s personal life became a frequent subject of tabloid fodder. Reports of his temper and alcohol-related incidents, including a notorious airplane altercation in 2000, led to a significant decline in his career.
Despite these setbacks, Cheng found a new avenue in acting, appearing in comedies and eventually landing leading roles. His performance in the comedy “Dragon Loaded 2003” and its sequel “Dragon Reloaded” were notable successes. In 2005, Cheng made a significant comeback in the music scene with his album “Before After.” His song “Rascal,” which reflects his personal journey of repentance, won multiple awards and became an emblem of his redemption.
Cheng’s private life, particularly his secret marriage and subsequent divorce with pop idol Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin, kept him in the public eye. Yet, he moved on, marrying Sammie Yu Sze-man in 2011 and embracing fatherhood with their two children. Professionally, Cheng continued to shine, winning accolades for his role in “Vulgaria” and being recognized for his work in “Concerto of the Bully” and “Single Papa.”
Today, Ronald Cheng stands as a symbol of personal and professional redemption. His journey from a controversial figure to a respected actor and singer in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry is a remarkable story of a man who faced his demons and emerged stronger, proving that it’s never too late for a wayward son to turn back and become more precious than gold.