Legendary Australian actor Gregory Charles Rivers who appeared in Hong Kong movies opposite Jackie Chan dies at 58

Australian actor Gregory Charles Rivers died on Friday aged 58.

The Queensland-born star relocated to Hong Kong in the late 80s and appeared in over 40 popular productions in the country.

Some of his popular work included the 2022 action thriller Man on the Edge opposite legendary Hong Kong actor Simon Yam.

He also starred opposite Jackie Chan in the 2021 HK comedy movie All U Need Is Love. 

He was born in the small QLD town of Gympie in 1965 and originally pursued a medical degree at the University of New South Wales.

Australian actor Gregory Charles Rivers (pictured) died on Friday aged 58

While studying there he made close friends with several Hong Kong students and developed a passion for their culture.

In the late 80s he made the decision to drop out of his studies so he could pursue an acting career in Hong Kong.

In 2022, Rivers discussed his career with SBS and opened up about his incredible journey which saw him become a household name in Hong Kong. 

The Queensland-born star relocated to Hong Kong in the late 80s and appeared in over 40 popular productions

The Queensland-born star relocated to Hong Kong in the late 80s and appeared in over 40 popular productions

He revealed that after moving there he joined Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB), a local television station, and quickly scored roles as the Cantonese-speaking Caucasian in a range of TV shows.

‘Every time we filmed, I learnt more new words. I don’t get to speak English in my daily life, as my friends around me are all local Hongkongers.’ 

He was so popular in the local community that he was awarded ‘best Hong Kong male singer’ by a local TV show and wowed thousands of adoring fans with his incredible performances.

He was born in the small QLD town of Gympie in 1965 and originally pursued a medical degree at the University of New South Wales. While studying there he made close friends with several Hong Kong students and developed a passion for their culture

He was born in the small QLD town of Gympie in 1965 and originally pursued a medical degree at the University of New South Wales. While studying there he made close friends with several Hong Kong students and developed a passion for their culture

‘No words can explain how happy I was receiving the award. It wasn’t obtained through siding with anyone or pulling strings. It was purely an indication that people thought you deserved it,’ said.

Tragically, Rivers’ wife Bonnie Cheung passed away just a few months before him. 

If you or anyone you know is experiencing mental health issues contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

He was so popular in the local community that he was awarded 'best Hong Kong male singer' by a local TV show and wowed thousands of adoring fans with his incredible performances

He was so popular in the local community that he was awarded ‘best Hong Kong male singer’ by a local TV show and wowed thousands of adoring fans with his incredible performances 

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