In 1981, Wang was charged with murder in Taiwan, but was freed due to lack of evidence.
Former Hong Kong swimming champion
During his Shaw days, most of his movies were directed by legendary sword-fighting director, Cheh Chang, and he only had one movie with Shaw's queen swordswoman, Pei-pei Cheng, of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), in Jin yan zi (1968), the one and only movie an actor has top-billing credit and a more important role over her.
After "The Chinese Boxer" ('Long hu dou (1970)'), he broke his contract with Shaw (HK) and went over to Taiwan where he acted and directed most of his movies there, mostly for Golden Harvest (which later produced Bruce Lee) and independent companies. Despite that he lost his legal battle and was banned from making films in HK, he gained more fame and fortune as an independent. Unfortunately most of those films are not available now. Most of those with Shaw Brothers were released recently.
Made his directing debut and acted in "The Chinese Boxer" ('Long hu dou (1970)') (his last film with Shaw), the first real kung fu movie (non-swords, only bare hand and kicks fighting), a new genre in HK action movies. It become a new box office success and paved the way for the future Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan for such a genre.
Gained super stardom status as the "One-Armed Swordsman" ('Du bi shuang xiong (1976)'), the first HK movie to earn one million dollars at the box office. He continued to act as the One-Armed Swordsman or the One-Armed Boxer roles in a few more movies, including one with Japan's famous Blind Swordman.
Started his career as a contract actor with Shaw Brothers (HK), probably the only Shaw actor to gain a lead role from the very first movie and became the first Screen Hero of modern Chinese cinema as well as the most popular and famous Chinese actor from 1965 until Bruce Lee's appearance in 1971.
Father of Linda Wong.
In 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).
His films set new box office records in Hong Kong for four consecutive years, a record no one ever had until today in Hong Kong and possibly in other countries too. One-Armed Swordsman (1967), The Golden Swallow (1968), Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969) and The Chinese Boxer (Hammer of God, 1970).
Member of Taiwanese triad gang Bamboo Union.
Wang was once the highest paid martial arts film actor in Hong Kong before Bruce Lee broke the record.
His wife Jeanette Lin migrated to the United States in 1977 and died in 1995 from an asthma attack.
Wang remarried in 1978 to air hostess Wang Kaizhen. This marriage too proved to be a stormy relationship, and Wang Kaizhen filed for divorce. Possibly out of frustration, Wang Kaizhen started an affair with a young businessman Zhang Zhao. Having gotten wind of it, Wang, accompanied by reporters and the police, surprised the couple at their lodging and publicly exposed his wife. After public humiliation was heaped on the couple, Wang divorced his second wife in 1997.
In 1969, Wang married actress Jeanette Lin Chui, who was nine years his senior. Before that, Wang had an affair with the wife of film director Chun Kim. Chun Kim hanged himself before a divorce took place.
Wang acted in more than 70 films in a career that spanned more than two decades, and left an indelible mark on the history of martial arts film.
Wang was married to Jeanette Lin, who had a high profile in Hong Kong cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. She left the industry almost immediately after her marriage. Marriage turned out to be tumultuous for both Wang and Lin. Amid allegations of domestic violence by Wang, the marriage crumbled in 1975.
Wang and his wife Lin had three daughters; their eldest daughter Linda Wong became a popular Cantopop singer in the 1990s.
In 2011 Wang suffered a stroke which caused him to lose much of his strength in the left side of his body. However, he worked vigorously in physical therapy, even exceeding the doctor's recommended pace. He would reportedly lift his arm 1,000 times a day instead of 200, and walk three times the suggested distance. As a result of his efforts he has regained most of his ability to walk and talk, and he can lift his left arm, though he can no longer use its full strength. Since then he has tried to live as normal a life as possible, and has even returned to film work. He admitted to even driving to his physical therapy session with the use of only one arm, but explained that his daughter put a stop to that when she found out and hired him a driver.
Before joining the Hong Kong-based Shaw Brothers Studio in 1963, he served in the National Revolutionary Army and was also a swimming champion in Hong Kong and a car racing enthusiast.