Daniel Wu is an American film actor famous for his work in Hong Kong. Raised in Orinda, California, he attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California and the University of Oregon. Since his youth he was an avid practitioner of the Chinese martial arts known as Wushu, he founded and served as the head coach for the University of Oregon Wushu Club in January 1994. Upon graduation with a BA in architecture, he moved to Hong Kong in 1997, where he began his modeling and acting career. Wu was once romantically linked to actress/model Maggie Q and is currently dating model Lisa Selesner.
In 2005, Daniel formed the boyband, Alive. Wu’s fellow bandmates include Terence Yin, Conroy Chan, and Andrew Lin. It has been revealed that the band was created to play the center piece in the movie The Heavenly Kings, released in April 2006. The film has been described as a mockumentary about the Hong Kong music industry; it marks Daniel Wu’s debut as a director. The Heavenly Kings made its North American premiere at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 27, 2007, with Wu in attendance.
He has won a Golden Horse Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in New Police Story and in 2007 won the Best New Director award the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards for The Heavenly Kings.
He was featured in Jin’s song “HK Superstar”, which was featured in his Cantonese album ABC.