Taiwanese actor dubbed 'National Grandpa' passes away at age 87

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Tien Feng, winner of the Golden Horse Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, has passed away, local media reported on Friday. He was 87 years old.

Tien lived in Hong Kong and arrived in Taiwan with the Republic of China Army.

The Central News Agency (CNA) reminded readers that he was dubbed "The National Grandpa" after appearing in many TV shows and movies in elderly grandfather roles.

A native of Henan province, Tian became interested in acting during childhood, according to CNA. His movie career was launched with "Happenings in Alishan" in 1949, filmed in Taiwan.

Later, this was followed by "The One-Armed Swordsman,"  "Return of the One-Armed Swordsman"  "The Assassin," "Fist of Fury," "A Time To Live, A Time To Die" and "A Better Tomorrow."

No matter the era in which the work was set, and no matter whether his role was that of the protagonist or antagonist, nothing was too hard for Tian. For his lively and artful renditions of his roles, Tien was widely praised.

Tien also took up directing later in his career.

He said "I've been waiting for you for half a century!" when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 51st Golden Horse Awards last year. He thanked Taiwan for fostering his talent in acting and providing a place where he could hone his art.