Michael Paul Chan

Character actor Michael Paul Chan spent the first half of his career accumulating small roles in numerous films and television series, particularly of the crime variety. Building up a rsum playing officers, criminals ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1950 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Major Crimes 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1994 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1995 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikki 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The PJs 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bones 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smith 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Americanese 2005 (Movie)

Jimmy Chan (Actor)

Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Megiddo: Omega Code 2 2001 (Movie)

Chinese Premiere (Actor)

Spy Game 2001 (Movie)

Vincent Vy Ngo (Actor)

The Glass House 2001 (Movie)

Mr Kim (Actor)

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

Buddha (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Tease 2000 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and White 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Molly 1999 (Movie)

Domingo (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Norman--The Cameraman (Actor)

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

Chen (Actor)

Arli$$ 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

Observatory Scientist (Actor)

Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Profit 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Luck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Friend to Die For 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Riverboat Poker Player (Actor)

One West Waikiki 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Valley of the Dolls 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Mr Lee (Actor)

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Interrogator (Actor)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Rapid Fire 1992 (Movie)

Carl Chang (Actor)

1000 Pieces of Gold 1991 (Movie)

Hong King (Actor)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

2nd Asian Gang Member (Actor)

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

Data's Father (Actor)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

Waiter at Chinese Restaurant (Actor)

Spider-Man The Dragon's Challenge 1979 (Movie)

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Dangerous Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Double Tap (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Friendship (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on My Land (TV Show)

Actor

The Immortals (TV Show)

Actor

The Seduction of Gina (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Kings (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Character actor Michael Paul Chan spent the first half of his career accumulating small roles in numerous films and television series, particularly of the crime variety. Building up a résumé playing officers, criminals, and civilians alike in "CHiPs" (NBC 1977-1983), "Falling Down" (1993), and even superhero films like "Batman Forever" (1995), the talented actor was a prime candidate for a crime series of his very own, or perhaps two: In 2005, Chan signed on to play Lt. Mike Tao in "The Closer" (TBS 2005-2012), carrying the character forth into the series' spinoff "Major Crimes" (TBS 2012-). Michael Paul Chan was born on June 26, 1950 in San Francisco, California to second generation Chinese-American parents. Before taking to the screen as a professional actor, Chan contributed to the founding of San Francisco's Asian American Theater Company in 1973. Two years later, he married his wife, Christina Ann Chan, and began working in both film and television, including parts in series like "Police Story" (NBC 1973-78) and films like the screwball comedy "Up Yours" (1979). The decade to follow landed Chan a number of one-off appearances on dramatic television series, including "CHiPs" (NBC 1977-1983) and "T.J. Hooker" (ABC/CBS 1982-86), as well as a few bit parts in high profile movies including "Runaway" (1984) and "The Goonies" (1985). Both trends continued into the 1990s, including "Jake and the Fatman" (CBS 1987-1992), "The Wonder Years" (ABC 1988-1993), and "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), in which he played the overbearing husband to Laura Tom's character Lena. That same year, Chan also appeared in the Joel Schumacher film "Falling Down" (1993) and the Dolph Lundgren-starring action drama "Army of One" (1993). After a starring turn on "Valley of the Dolls" (Fox 1994), a short-lived soap opera series that only wound up broadcasting in select American cities, Chan reunited with "Goonies" director Richard Donner for the western reboot "Maverick" (1994), and with Schumacher for the comic book movies "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Batman & Robin" (1997). The decade to come would grant Chan a wealth of small screen work, beginning with a regular role on the animated comedy "The PJs" (Fox/The WB 1999-2002). In the realm of live action, Chan starred on the crime procedural "Robbery Homicide Division" (CBS 2002-03) and played a recurring role as Judge Lionel Ping on the acclaimed sitcom "Arrested Development" (Fox 2003-06 / Netflix 2013-). In 2005, he began playing the character of Lt. Mike Tao in the crime series "The Closer" (TBS 2005-2012). Chan sustained his relationship with Mike Tao upon joining several of his fellow "The Closer" cast members in spinoff series "Major Crimes" (TBS 2012-).

Milestones

2005

Starred as Lt. Mike Tao on "The Closer" and its spinoff series "Major Crimes."

1979

Made his film debut in the screwball comedy "Up Yours."

1975

Made his acting debut playing two different roles in a two-part epsiode of the TV series "Police Story."

Bonus Trivia

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Helped found the Asian American Theater Company in 1973.

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Regularly played minor roles in crime and police dramas before landing a starring position in "The Closer" in 2005.

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Worked repeatedly with directors Richard Donner and Joel Schumacher, playing two different roles in Schumacher's Batman movies, "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Batman & Robin" (1997).

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