Godfrey Gao (born September 22, 1984 – died November 27, 2019) was a Taiwanese-born Canadian Actor, Model, and Social Media Personality from Taipei. He is best known for being the first Asian model to appear for Louis Vuitton in a campaign.
Later, the brand appointed him as their official fashion model back in 2011. As an actor, Godfrey began to act in various minor roles in Chinese television dramas in 2006. He appeared in shows like The Kid from Heaven, Chao Ji Pai Tang Super, Love Queen, etc.
Movies List, Television Shows & Death while Filming
Gao made his pictorial debut with a movie named All About Women as X in 2008. His first lead part came with the 2010 drama series Volleyball Lover as Bai Qianrui. Furthermore, he gained fame huge success & fame after starring in the film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”.
The actor played one of the recurring roles of Magnus Bane in the 2013 movie. Some of his other popular projects are Legend of the Ancient Sword, Shanghai Fortress, My Other Home, The Jade Pendant, and much more.
On November 27, 2019, the actor tragically passed away at the young age of 35. The incident took place while he was filming a TV show in China on Wednesday. Suddenly, Godfrey collapsed in the eastern city of Ningbo on the set of Chase Me.
As per the source, Gao went slow and then fall to the ground when the actor was running during filming. Moreover, the hospital reports state that the actor suffered from cardiac arrest.
Early Life, Parents, Childhood & Education
The model whose real full birth name is Tsao Chih-hsiang was born on the 22nd of September 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan. Therefore, Godfrey Gao’s age was 35 years old, as of 2019. His father “Tsao Tao-cheng” worked as a general manager at Michelin Taiwan.
In fact, the actor’s mother “Tan Say Tin” remained a beauty pageant titleholder. She won the Miss Penang beauty pageant in 1970. The model belonged to multiracial ethnicity as his dad is of Shanghainese descent and his mom is a Malaysian of Peranakan Chinese descent.
Tsao Chih-hsiang had three younger brothers (names are not available). The family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada when he was very young. As of education, he first attended Queensbury Elementary School and Argyle Secondary School.
Later, Godfrey graduated from Capilano University with a bachelor’s degree. During his college days, he used to play basketball for the college team but wanted to pursue his career in the fashion world.
|Real Full Birth Name||Godfrey Gao.|
|Also Known as||Godfrey Tsao, Gao Yixiang, and Kao Yi-hsiang.|
|Profession||Actor, Model, and Social Media Personality.|
|Famous for||being the first Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton.|
|Age (As of 2019)||35 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||September 22, 1984.|
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)||Virgo.|
|Date of Death||November 27, 2019.|
|Died||27 November 2019 (aged 35) Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Taipei, Taiwan (but raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).|
|House In||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Debut||Film: All About Women (2008, as X).
TV Show: The Kid from Heaven (2006, as Luo Yixiang).
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|List of Movies/TV Shows||1. The Kid from Heaven.
2. All About Women.
3. 101 Proposals.
4. Toy Story 3.
5. Min & Max.
6. Wedding Bible.
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
8. My Other Home.
9. Min & Max.
10. Shanghai Fortress.
11. Legend of the Ancient Sword.
12. The Jade Pendant.
13. Love is a Broadway Hit.
14. Wanna Be A Tough Guy.
15. Love Queen.
16. Chao Ji Pai Tang Super.
17. Volleyball Lover.
18. Momo Love.
19. Bull Fighting.
20. Hello Gorgeous.
21. The Queen of SOP.
22. Odd Perfect Match.
23. God of War, Zhao Yun.
24. Never Give Up Dodo.
25. We Are All Alone.
26. The Gravity of a Rainbow.
27. Remembering Lichuan.
|Represented by||JetStar Entertainment.|
|Social Media Account Stats||Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godfreygao/?
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 6' 4".
Centimeters: 193 cm.
Meters: 1.93 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 78 Kg.
Pounds: 171 lbs.
|Body Measurements (Chest-waist-hips)||44-31-34.|
|Shoe Size (UK)||9.|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown.|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown.|
|Parents||Father: Tsao Tao-cheng.
Mother: Tan Say Tin.
|Siblings||three younger brothers.|
|School||1. Argyle Secondary School.
2. Queensbury Elementary School.
|Alma Mater.||Capilano University.|
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Dating History?||Not disclosed by the actor.|
|Hobbies & Favorite Things|
|Favorite Celebrities||Actor: Mark Wahlberg.
Actress: Scarlett Johansson.
|Dream Holiday Destination||Australia.|
|Favorite Food||Italian Cuisine.|
|Love to do||Reading, Theatre Play & Artwork.|
|Net worth (approx.)||$2 million US dollars (As of 2019).|
|Salary, Income & Earnings||--|
Some Lesser Known Facts about Godfrey Gao
- In 2004, Gao returned to Taiwan in order to launch his career as a fashion model. Initially, he signed with the JetStar Entertainment.
- Furthermore, the late actor along with fellow models named Sphinx Ting, Lan Chun-tien, and Victor Chen was collectively nicknamed the “Fashion 4” (F4).
- After appearing in the 2016 drama Remembering Lichuan, the Chinese media gave him the nickname of “nation’s husband”.
- His death news was first confirmed on the social media site Sina Weibo by JetStar Entertainment.
- The model stood at an impressive physique. Godfrey Gao has a height of 6 feet 4 inches (193 centimeters tall) with a modest build. His weight is around 171 pounds (78 Kgs).
- Moreover, the model’s sudden demise provoked increased investigation and criticism of the series where he died while filming.
- The contestants of the reality show required to compete in physically exhausting challenges late at night.
- As per the source, Tsao Chih-hsiang had reportedly been shooting for 17 hours at the time of his collapse.