Vu Linh's real name is Vo Van Ngoan. He was born
on December 10, 1958 in Cho Lon, Vietnam.
Growing up in a poor family, he often fell behind
in his education. At thirteen, his mother sent him to study voice
at Van Phat music school, after which he switched to study Cai
Luong with professor Van Vi.
In 1972, he left his family to travel with the troupe
Dong Au Hoa The He, performing in many cities and towns.
After touring with Dong Au, Vu Linh joined the troupe
Hoa Anh Dao Kim Chuong. It was there that he met actresses Dieu
Hien and Truong Anh Loan. They adopted him, took him under their
wings, and taught him all the intimacies of the performance art.
Vu Linh has performed for troupes such as Khanh
Hong An Giang, Thien Nga, and Son Minh.
In 1981, Vu Linh returned to Saigon City for the
first time, performing for the troupes Minh To and Huynh Long.
In 1983, he joined the troupe Lam Dong, touring
and performing in many towns and cities.
In 1988, Vu Linh returned to Saigon City for the
second time. This time he joined the performance troupe Tran Huu
Trang 2. This year was truly the year Vu Linh finally achieved
fame after struggling in his career for more than ten years. It
was at this point that he brought Cai Luong Ho Quang's popularity
back to the public, beginning with the show Xa Phu Di Su. After
Xa Phu Di Su, Vu Linh was also credited for bringing the following
Cai Luong Ho Quang performances back to high acclaim: Luong Son
Ba - Chuc Anh Dai, Bang Qui Phi, Than Nu Dang Ngu Linh Ky, Chieu
Quan Cong Ho. Vu Linh also participated in the success of the
troupes Song Be 2 and Song Be 3.
In 1989, Vu Linh placed second among the ten most
popular Cai Luong performers for that year. In 1990, he moved
up to number one.
In 1991, Vu Linh won the Tran Huu Trang Gold Medal
(Huy Chuong Vang), being the only male performer among the six
Gold Medalists that year. The other winners were Thanh Thanh Tam,
Ngoc Huyen, Tai Linh, Phuong Hong Thuy, and Thanh Hang.
In 1995, he was awarded first place in the Most
Excellent Performer contest (Dien Vien Xuat Sac). This was the
first of such contest by Tran Huu Trang. Vu Linh chose to portray
Nguyen Dia Lo, the main character in the play Buc Ngon Do Dai
Viet, to win this prestigious Tran Huu Trang award.
In 1997, Vu Linh was given the title Best Performer
(Nghe Si Uu Tu).
Vu Linh's name has been going hand in hand with such famous plays
as Hon Vong Phu, Giu Ao Bui Doi, Buc Ngon Do Dai Viet, Co Dao
Hat, Luong Son Ba.
Vu Linh has made over 400 Ho Quang and Xa Hoi Cai
Luong videos. He has also participated in many music videos such
as Duyen Tinh and Tinh Doi. He has also appeared in two movies,
Co Be Mong Mo and Bup Be Ky Quai.
Vu Linh has paired with many actresses on stage as well as in
videos. They are Phuong Hong Thuy, Tai Linh, Thanh Thanh Tam,
Ngoc Huyen, Thoai My, Thanh Hang, Thanh Ngan, Huong Lan, and Phuong
Vu Linh is the fourth child in a family of six siblings.
His family and close friends affectionately call him Anh Nam.
His younger sister and brother are also Cai Luong performers.
They are Hong Nhung and Tieu Linh.
At the moment, he is still single and lives with
his daughter, Vo thi Hong Loan.
For entertainment, he likes to fish and watch movies.
(Note: We compiled Vu Linh's mini-biography from articles about
him in San Khau magazine)