(December 18 1921
– December 28
) was a Chinese actor
and film director
Sun Daolin was born in [[Beijing]then Peiping] on November 20, 1921. He was born Sun Yi-liang 孙以亮 in Beijing from a family of four children. His father Sun Wen-Yau (孫文耀) was a Brussel educated railroad engineer. His mother Fan Nian-Hua(范念华) and father both are from Jiashan, Chikiang. He attended Yan Ching University and studies were interrupted during Sino-Japanese War. During the War he was active in patriotic activities including stage acting and he was jailed briefly by the Japanese Poppet Regime. He received a degree in philosophy in 1947.
His career had spanned much of recent PRC history. One of his earliest roles was in director Zheng Junli
’s Crows and Sparrows
, a polemic on the corruption of the Nationalist Government just prior to their defeat in the Chinese Civil War
. After 1949, Sun continued to act, notably as the eldest brother in an adaptation
of Ba Jin
’s novel, Family
Sun Daolin is one of the most famous actors for the 1950-70's movie goer generations in China. Some four decades ago, to many Chinese, he was an idol and Perfect Mr. Right for all unmarried women at his time.
In the 1980s, Sun began to focus increasing energy on directing. In 1983, he wrote, directed and starred in the well-received Thunderstorm, based on the play by Cao Yu. His second try behind the camera was 1992’s The Stepmother. After his semi-retirement he was active in poetry, Hamlet, Schubert songs.
Sun died in Shanghai on December 28, 2007 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Wang Wen Jun,(王文娟),a Yue actress and a daughter Sun Qin-Yuan(孫慶原), one grand child (NAME??). He Wang was best known for her show in "The Dream of Red Chamber". -edited by Sam Shueh in 2008.