Tsao Yu- Ning is a Taiwanese former baseball player and actor most famous for his portrayal of Akira in the 2014 sports film ‘Kano.’
As of 2024, Tsao Yu-Ning's net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
|Source(s) of Fame
|Date of Birth
|April 24, 1994
|Place of Birth
|Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan
Tsao was born on the 24th of April 1994 in Taipei City, Taiwan to his mother and father, Tsao Chun-Hsiung. He was raised alongside his brothers Tsao Yu Lon and You Chi Tsao. He also has two much younger sisters. Tsao identified his love for baseball early in his childhood and aspired to compete in the pros. On completing his high school education, he enrolled at the Fu Jen Catholic University and graduated from the Physical Education Department.
Tsao’s received his first opportunity to showcase his athleticism in 2010 when he was merely 16. He was chosen as part of the team that played at the Asian AA Baseball Championship. His childhood dream to play in the pros came true two years later when he was selected as part of the team that would represented Chinese Taipei at the U-18 Baseball World Cup. The opportunity put him at the forefront of Fu Jen’s selection list where he played for the university’s baseball team.
Identifying his love for the game and prowess on the field, Tsao was selected as part of the cast of the Taiwanese autobiographic film ‘Kano.’ The film was created to bring to life the experiences and difficulties that were overcome by the multiracial Kano baseball team to represent their island at the 1931 Japanese High School Baseball Championship. Tsao was tasked with portraying the team’s pitcher and captain, Akira.
The film was a box office success grossing up to $ 4.94 million. Tsao’s performance on the film was highly celebrated and he was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the Taipei Film Festival. He was also nominated for the Best New Performer at the Golden Horse Awards. Despite his immense success in the acting industry, Tsao returned to the field representing Chinese Taipei at the U-23 Baseball World Cup. Tsao continued to grace the field at the Universiade and Asian Baseball Championship before finally playing his last professional game at the World Port Tournament.
In 2017, Tsao announced his exit from the baseball field to try his hand at an acting career. Having attained immense success in his debut film, Tsao quickly landed a role in the movie ‘Graduation Trip’ and the series’ ‘Befriend’ and ‘Judo High.’ Although the film was a success, Tsao did not receive as much attention as he had received for his debut film. Tsao has since appeared in the films ‘Binding Souls,’ ‘The Kitchen,’ ‘Do You Love Me As I Love You,’ and ‘Nezha.’ Besides, his big-screen appearances, Tsao has also graced the series, ‘Last One Standing,’ ‘Triad Princess,’ ‘Crazy Cuisine Battles,’ and ‘Mysterious Love.’
On being asked why he chose to abandon a successful baseball career to start over in a completely new field, Tsao cited the lack of longevity in a sports career. His love for sports however did not disappear with the career switch as Tsao has been an active participant in the ‘All-Star Games’ reality show. Tsao seems to have created yet another career line and amassed a huge fan base. As for the baseball fans, maybe they can keep praying for a surprise appearance at a future championship.
Despite his public profile, Tsao has managed to maintain a very private personal life away from the spotlight. It is unclear whether he is in a relationship.
Tsao is active on social media with 360K Instagram followers.
Tsao is a former Taiwanese baseball player turned actor. He has a net worth of $ 4 million.