Lucy Liu

Actor, Artist, Caterer
Stunningly beautiful and fiercely intelligent, actress Lucy Liu broke free of many of the stereotypes that typically pigeonholed Asian performers - particular female - in Hollywood. Following a string of early ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1968 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Elementary 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nomads 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Tinker Bell And the Legend Of The NeverBeast 2014 (Movie)

Silvermist (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1993 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The X-Files 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Doris Parker (Actor)

Dirty Sexy Money 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pixie Hollow Games 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You 2012 (Movie)

Hilda Temple (Actor)

Southland 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Madam Blossom (Actor)

The Trouble With Bliss 2012 (Movie)

Andrea (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Viper (Voice)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

Marry Me 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cashmere Mafia 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

Master Viper (Voice)

Tinker Bell 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Silvermist (Actor)

Code Name: The Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 (Movie)

Sadie Blake (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Year of Getting to Know Us 2007 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

3 Needles 2006 (Movie)

Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler (Actor)

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

Lindsey (Actor)

Watching the Detectives 2006 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

CSI Taryn Miles (Actor)

Joey 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maya & Miguel 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

The Simpsons 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Game Over 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

O-Ren Ishii/"Cottonmouth" (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels Uncensored 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Cypher 2003 (Movie)

Rita Foster (Actor)

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Kawika (Actor)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Party Monster 2003 (Movie)

Alessandra (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever 2002 (Movie)

Sever (Actor)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Kitty Baxter (Actor)

Futurama 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Shanghai Noon 2000 (Movie)

Princess Pei Pei (Actor)

The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Molly 1999 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Lia (Actor)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human 1999 (Movie)

The Female's Friend (Actor)

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Toy Store Girl (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Industry 1997 (Movie)

Exotic Dancer (Actor)

Flypaper 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

Cee-Cee (Actor)

Guy 1997 (Movie)

Woman at Newstand (Actor)

Riot 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Former Girlfriend (Actor)

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Afro Samurai: Resurrection (TV Show)

Voice

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor

Redlight (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (1)

Freedom's Fury 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Stunningly beautiful and fiercely intelligent, actress Lucy Liu broke free of many of the stereotypes that typically pigeonholed Asian performers - particular female - in Hollywood. Following a string of early appearances on such popular series as "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), Liu skyrocketed to fame in 1998 when she joined the cast of the quirky legal comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) as the deliciously malicious Ling Woo. The actress quickly parlayed her sudden popularity into roles on the big screen in feature film hits like "Shanghai Noon" (2000), "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and a bravura performance as Japanese crime lord O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003). Later theatrical disappointments like "Lucky Number Slevin" (2006) and "Rise: Blood Hunter" (2007) gave way to more lucrative voice roles in such animated features as "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) and "Tinker Bell" (2008). And while starring roles on small screen efforts like "Cashmere Mafia" (ABC, 2008) failed to bear fruit, a recurring part on the critically-hailed police drama "Southland" (NBC, 2009/TNT, 2010- ) did much to reestablish her credentials as a serious actress. With her obvious beauty enhanced by with an undeniable strength of character, Liu embraced her heritage even as she refused to let it define her as an artist.

Relationships

Zach Helm Screenplay

Companion
Began dating in July 2003 Announced their engagement in April 2004 Split in late 2004

Nicholas Lea Actor

Companion
Dated from 1997-98

Tom Liu

Father
Emigrated from China

Cecilia Liu

Mother
Emigrated from China

John Liu

Brother
Born c. 1965

Jenny Liu

Sister
Born c. 1966

Will McCormack Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2005

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Attended for one year, before transferring

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1990

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York 1986

Milestones

2012

Guest starred on TNT's "Southland" as seasoned policewoman Jessica Tang

2012

Cast as Dr. Watson to Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes on "Elementary" (CBS)

2011

Again lent her voice to the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda 2"

2010

Made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning hit play "God of Carnage"

2008

Co-starred on short-lived ABC series "Cashmere Mafia," from "Sex and the City" producer Darren Star

2008

Joined cast of ABC drama "Dirty Sexy Money"

2008

Lent voice to the character Viper in animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"

2007

Guest starred on ABC's "Ugly Betty"

2006

Played the girl next door opposite Josh Hartnett in thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"

2006

Appeared in one of three short stories about global HIV pandemic "3 Needles"

2005

Portrayed a psychologist opposite Keira Knightley in action-thriller "Domino"

2004

Guest starred on several episodes of NBC's "Joey" as a tough-talking executive producer

2003

Played assassin O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill"; film released in two parts "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol.2" (2004)

2003

Re-teamed with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz to reprise their roles in "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle"

2002

Appeared in small but vital role as murderess Kitty Baxter in "Chicago"

2000

Portrayed Alex Munday, one of "Charlie's Angels" in McG's film adaptation of the popular 70s series

2000

Portrayed a kidnapped Chinese princess in "Shanghai Noon" opposite Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson

1999

Cast as the sadistic dominatrix/hit woman for Chinese mafia in "Payback"

1999

Landed featured role in "Play It to the Bone"

1998

Joined cast of Fox legal comedy "Ally McBeal" as Ling Woo; left show early in fifth season to pursue film career

1997

Played Luke Perry's racist, self-loathing girlfriend on Showtime's "Riot"

1997

Played an exotic dancer in "City of Industry"

1996

Cast as a regular on "Pearl" (CBS), playing college student Amy Li alongside Rhea Pearlman

1996

Feature debut, a small part in "Jerry Maguire"

1995

Played memorable recurring role on NBC's "ER" as a woman whose son suffered from complications of AIDS

1991

Landed early television role on Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" as a Peach Pit waitress

1989

Cast in lead role in University of Michigan production of "Alice in Wonderland"

Raised in Queens, NY

Appeared on TV commercials

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to her acting, Liu had a successful career as a visual artist, her mixed media compositions were frequently on display in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. In 1994, she was given a grant to study in China based on her show at SoHo's Cast Iron Gallery. The time immersed in Chinese culture changed her approach to art and activism. In 2011, Liu revealed that she worked under the pseudonym Yu Ling because she did not want art fans to be influenced by her acting roles.

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On Ling Woo, her character on "Ally McBeal" (Fox), Liu told the Boston Herald on March 12, 1999: "I'm kind of getting into a place where I can actually be – it sounds a little strange – sexual as a woman and as a minority. And that's really unusual. I think that's really kind of exciting for me."To critics who assert that the exotic and often malicious Ling Woo feeds into American popular stereotyping and fetishizing of the Asian-American woman, Liu replied: "What stereotype am I perpetuating? I haven't done anything that I feel is anything like that. I think people think too PC about everything."

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"One reason I decided to pick up martial arts was because I was so sick of people saying, 'Do you know kung fu?' Now I can say, 'Yes I do.'" – Liu quoted in People magazine, Oct. 21, 2002

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Liu was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004.

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"I try to keep my personal life private, because then I can be whatever I am supposed to be on film. People have said, 'Wow, you are such a bitch!' and I say, 'Thank you.'" – Liu quoted in People magazine, May 10, 2004

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"No one before me has been involved in acting. Culturally it wasn't something that you did. My parents were very focused on education. I think they thought that when you go into the arts, there's no security." – Liu quoted in Emmy magazine, Issue No. 2, 2013

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