Xu Zhongquan, born in 1935, in Beijing, graduated from Central Drama Academy in 1959, where he worked in the Performance Department until he retired in 1997. As a National First Grade Actor, he is a member of China Film Artists Association, Chinese Film Performance Artists Association, China Drama Artists Association, China Film Performers Association, and Beijing TV Artists Association. He has written and published several textbooks and many articles on performing on stage and before the camera. Many hundreds of his students became famous Chinese movie, TV drama, and stage actors and actresses. He himself, as one of the best actors in China, played hundreds of characters in stage, screen, and TV drama sitcoms, all well received in China.