Ying Ruocheng, a Manchu person, was a Chinese actor, director, playwright and Vice Minister of Culture from 1986 to 1990. He is best known for playing the part of the governor of the detention camp in the Bertolucci film The Last Emperor, and the role of the Tibetan Buddhist Lama Norbu in Little Buddha.
Ying was born in Beijing. He studied in a church school in Tianjin in early years, and later graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages of Tsinghua University.
His wife, Wu Ziliang, is a translator, and his son, Ying Da, is also a noted actor.
Ying died on December 27, 2003, at the age of 74.
Ying is the author of a memoir, co-authored by Clair Conceison, "Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage During China's Revolution and Reform".