After graduating from middle school, Li Yixiang went to Zhengzhou No.6 cotton mill to work as a mechanic. But soon after, Li Yixiang quit his job because of his love for art. After that, a director came to Zhengzhou to make films, while Li Yixiang played a mass role for half a month. This experience gave him the idea of going to the film academy. Until 1992, when Beijing Film Academy enrolled students, 19-year-old Li Yixiang was admitted because Nortel had an additional enrollment quota. In the past four years, Li Yixiang, as the monitor of the class, was very convincing. And his performance class is also very good. In 1996, Li Yixiang graduated from Beijing Film Academy.
In 1997, he co starred with Zhao Wenyu, Pan Hong and Zhang Yan in the TV series "a dream of family and country for thousands of years", playing Lu Xun, a modern Chinese writer.
In 2000, he played Li Da in the Anti Japanese war drama sunrise in the East directed by Ma Runsheng.
In 2001, Li Yixiang collaborated with Hong Kong director Yu Liwei to play a robber in his short film Che 44.
In 2003, he starred in the independent film blind well with Wang Baoqiang and Wang Shuangbao, playing Tang Chaoyang's partner song Jinming. Li Yixiang also won the best actor of the 2nd Bangkok International Film Festival for his wonderful performance in the film.
In 2006, Xu Fan, Wang Hongwei and Xiao Xiangyu co starred in the comedy "chicken dog is restless", playing Ma San, a rooster lover, and was nominated for best actor in the 14th Beijing University Film Festival and best actor in the 26th China Golden Rooster Award.
In 2007, he played Zhu Changqing in Zhou Li's war drama heroes everywhere.
In 2008, he starred with Li MENGNAN and Wang Qing in 25 episodes of police drama "nowhere to hide", playing murderer Yang Bing. In the same year, he played Cheng Tao, a returnee white-collar worker, in the movie invisible killing.
In 2009, he co starred with Sun Xun and Guo Jinglin in the war comedy dream glory, playing farmer Liang Mangui. In the same year, he starred in the ancient costume drama "myth" directed by Jiang Jiajun and played Liu Bang, Yi Xiaochuan's brother Han Gaozu.
In 2010, he played Cai Youcai in the first comedy film "not for fun" of the Central Plains rural comedy trilogy directed by Lu Weiguo.
In 2011, he played the leading actor Cai Youcai in the comedy movie just for fun. In the same year, he played Wang Jiangyi in the war drama "targeting the special envoy of the US Army.".
In 2012, he starred in the documentary film Wang Jiang for something directed by director Li Yanting, playing the leading actor Wang Jiang, an excellent police officer in Jiamusi city. He was nominated as the best actor in the 13th film channel film Lily award and the best low-cost film actor in the 20th Beijing University Film Festival.
In 2013, he co starred with Zhang Tong and Yang Zishan in the TV series "one and eight", playing the third bandit who spoke of loyalty and loved peach blossom. In the same year, in the movie "immortal time", he played the role of a veteran.
In April 2014, he participated in the shooting of the historical theme film of red revolution "Chicheng", in which he performed a loyal revolutionary hero Xie Fusheng. In October, he played starling the thief in the comedy movie "better start first" directed by director Zhang Yifei.
In 2016, Li Yixiang played the role of Jiang Wei in the film "Auxiliary Police Weilong" directed by Xu Yihua.
In 2016, he played the role of Zhao Dongdong in the film "what I said is true" directed by Liu Yiwei.
In 2016, he starred in the film white wedding and directed Zhang Jiarui. In December of the same year, Li Yixiang, together with Zhang Liang and Xin Zhilei, starred in the on time comedy "all the fools are here" directed by Liu Shiliu, in which he played Nange, the greedy, timid and pretending gangster leader.
In 2017, he joined the TV series "ancient sword fantasy 2" and played the powerful priest "Mingchuan" of Liuyue city.
On November 18, 2018, the black humor film "a fish called fortune" starred in iqiyi was shown exclusively. It plays Wang Zhiyong, the chief of the security section of Guangming hot pot factory, who is willing to take risks and sacrifice for his family, but calms the disputes in the river and lake with a heart of benevolence and wisdom. In the same year, he starred in the realistic film cliff supervised by the famous Hong Kong director Ye Weimin and played the "ultimate boss" Cai Jiu.
In 2019, he starred in the third "not for fun 3" of "Central Plains rural comedy film trilogy", playing Cai Youcai, a helpful "talented brother". In the same year, he took part in the suspense science fiction drama missing persons.
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Since his debut, Li Yixiang has played many characters with different personalities in many films and TV works, including the film "chicken and dog are restless", "pure land", "love at first sight", the short film "deep in flowers", "car 44", the TV series "military secrets", "Conquest", and so on. With his solid foundation and strength, he has won praise from the film and television industry and the audience. (Sohu Entertainment review) most of the roles played by Li Yixiang are very close to life. From Song Jinming in blind well, Ma San in chicken and dog are restless, to Wang Jiang in something to find Wang Jiang now, all of them are very different from Jia, B, C and d around us. Therefore, he is called "civilian movie emperor". (Phoenix Online Review)
Whether it's "my name is Liu Yuejin" or "chickens and dogs are restless", from the farmer director of "not for fun" to Liu Bang in "myth", Li Yixiang has different characters, and his performance is unique, introverted and three-dimensional, which is impressive. He is not the kind of special publicity actor, nor is he a star who focuses on business or literature and art. He is the representative of grassroots acting school, simple and unadorned. (time online review)
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