B.D. Wong

Actor, Dancer, Singer
Talented and handsome Asian-American performer of New York and L. A. theater and quirky character actor of film and TV. Wong is best known for his acclaimed performance as Song Liling in his Broadway debut, "M ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1960 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Focus 2015 (Movie)

Liyuan (Actor)

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS: New Orleans 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

White Frog 2013 (Movie)

Oliver Young (Actor)

Awake 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2000, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Falling for Grace 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Marco Polo 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Ren (Actor)

Century City 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss USA 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Revolution 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Bubba (Actor)

Welcome to New York 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of Shang (Voice)

Slappy and the Stinkers 1998 (Movie)

Morgan Brinway (Actor)

How Do You Spell God? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Seven Years in Tibet 1997 (Movie)

Ngawang Jigme (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Alive TV 1984 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Executive Decision 1996 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Cockroach (Actor)

Judith Kranz's Dazzle 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride Part II 1995 (Movie)

Howard Weinstein (Actor)

Magical Makeover 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Men of War 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

Dr Wu (Actor)

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

Howard Weinstein (Actor)

Maxine Hong Kingston: Talking Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mystery Date 1991 (Movie)

James Lew (Actor)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Edward (Actor)

The Lounge People 1990 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

Jimmy Chiu (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash Course 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

Boy on Street (Actor)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Talented and handsome Asian-American performer of New York and L. A. theater and quirky character actor of film and TV. Wong is best known for his acclaimed performance as Song Liling in his Broadway debut, "M. Butterfly" (1988), as a male Chinese spy who successfully poses as a woman in a 25-year relationship with a French diplomat. His mesmerizing performance won an array of richly deserved awards including the 1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor, the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award. Wong's subsequent film and TV roles have been much less challenging and distinguished, sometimes just barely transcending stereotypes through the sheer force of his engaging personality and impeccable craft.

Relationships

Richie Barez

Domestic Partner
relationship ended June 2004

Jackson Foo wong

Son
born (by surrogate mother) May 19, 2000 used Wong's sperm and Sue Barez's egg (Barez is the sister to Wong's partner)

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Don Hotton

Studied voice with Tony McDowell

Milestones

2005

Cast opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the Marc Forster thriller "Stay"

2002

Joined the cast of the NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as Dr. George Huang

1999

Played Linus in Broadway revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

1998

Voiced Captain Li Shang in the animated Disney feature "Mulan"

1997

Had regular role of Father Ray Mukada, the prison chaplain, on the HBO series "Oz"

1994

Debut as a TV series regular, playing Stuart, the older brother of Margaret Cho, on ABC's "All-American Girl"

1990

TV-movie debut as B.D. Wong, "Good Night, Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston" for CBS

1989

First feature as B.D. Wong, Sidney Lumet's "Family Business"

1989

Appeared off-Broadway as Ariel in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" starring Frank Langella

1988

First actor to be honored with the Tony, Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Clarence Derwent Award and a Theater World Award for the same role in "M. Butterfly"

1988

Broadway debut, as Song Liling, in David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" with John Lithgow; billed as B.D. Wong

1987

Appeared as Brad Wong on the syndicated series, "Hard Copy"

1987

TV-movie debut (as Bradd D. Wong), "Double Switch", on ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"

1986

Film debut (billed as Bradd Wong), "The Karate Kid Part II"

1982

Professional stage debut, "Androcles and the Lion", at Town Hall in NYC

Raised in San Francisco

Appeared in an all Asian-American production of "A Chorus Line" at East/West Players in LA

Moved to L.A. and did guest spots on TV and bit parts in features

Bonus Trivia

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"'When I grew up and watched TV, I saw no Asians,' says Wong. 'When I got older, I hated being Asian-American and wished I could change until I finally realized that it was one of the best things I could have. I could embrace it and use it in my work. It's much more of a blessing than a curse." --From "Actors' Chance to Part a Racial and Cultural Curtain," by Jefferson Graham in USA Today, September 13, 1994.

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"For Wong, so dazzling on stage in "M. Butterfly", to accept a supporting-actor role on a network sitcom, says something about the lack of stellar parts for Asians in any performance medium...." -- From "'All-American Girl' A Premise with Promise" by David Bianchulli in Daily News, September 14, 1994.

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"For inspiration for his role, Wong did not have to look further than his own Chinese-American family; his elder brother is a highly successful doctor who exhibits many of the 'perfect' qualities possessed by Stuart.""'He is very loving, like Stuart,' says Wong, 'but his academic and intellectual abilities were intimidating. Also, unlike me and my younger brother, he grew up near Chinatown in San Francisco, and his upbringing was a little closer to the root culture than ours. Before our family moved, he was able to go to Chinese school and learn Chinese, but my younger brother and I were not, much to our regret." --From press release material for "All-American Girl"

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