Tzi Ma

The Hong Kong-born Tzi Ma, who studied theatre and dance in America, has proven that Asian men can carve out a successful niche in Hollywood, even if they aren't action superstars like Jackie Chan or Jet Li. One of his ... Read more »
Born: 06/09/1962 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (66)

Hell on Wheels 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

24: Live Another Day 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Arm 2014 (Movie)

Chang (Actor)

Satisfaction 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Good Man 2013 (Movie)

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American Dad 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)

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Once Upon a Time 2013 (Tv Show)

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Perception 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Zheng (Actor)

True Justice 2012 (Tv Show)

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Vegas 2012 (Tv Show)

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Chaos 2011 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 2011 (Tv Show)

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Formosa Betrayed 2010 (Movie)

Kuo (Actor)

Lie to Me 2010 (Tv Show)

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NCIS: Los Angeles 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Whole Truth 2010 (Tv Show)

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Dirty Sexy Money 2009 (Tv Show)

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Dollhouse 2009 (Tv Show)

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Fringe 2009 (Tv Show)

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Management 2009 (Movie)

Truc Quoc (Actor)

The Beast 2009 (Tv Show)

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Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

24 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

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All God's Children Can Dance 2007 (Movie)

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Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

Ambassador Han (Actor)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

Mr Chiu (Actor)

Commander in Chief 2006 (Tv Show)

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Deadwood 2006 (Tv Show)

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Red Doors 2006 (Movie)

Ed Wong (Actor)

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

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JAG 2005 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

The General (Actor)

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

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Boomtown 2002 (Tv Show)

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ER 2002 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

Hinh (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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City of Angels 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Gideon's Crossing 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1988 - 1989, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Martial Law 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Millennium 1988 - 1989, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Nash Bridges 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Catfish in Black Bean Sauce 2000 (Movie)

Vinh (Actor)

Hawaiian Gardens 2000 (Movie)

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The Magnificent Seven 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Consul Han (Actor)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

Li Cheng (Actor)

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

Lu Chen (Actor)

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

Chen Jung Song (Actor)

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Rapid Fire 1992 (Movie)

Kinman Tau (Actor)

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

Tak Akita (Actor)

The Forgotten 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Hwang (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1984 (Tv Show)

Actor

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

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Forbidden Nights (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The Hong Kong-born Tzi Ma, who studied theatre and dance in America, has proven that Asian men can carve out a successful niche in Hollywood, even if they aren't action superstars like Jackie Chan or Jet Li. One of his earliest roles to gain notice was as the main heavy in 1992's "Rapid Fire", in which he fought hand-to-hand on an elevated train platform with Brandon Lee, son of the legendary Bruce Lee. But for most of the decade, it was just as common to see Ma in roles that didn't require kung-fu kicks; he was effective in the 1994 drama "Golden Gate" (written by David Henry Hwang, with whom he collaborated numerous times for the stage) and on "NYPD Blue" in the recurring part of Detective Harold Ng. In 2002, he played a shadowy assistant to Michael Caine's British journalist in "The Quiet American", one of the more critically acclaimed films of the year. This gave his career a boost, and he subsequently landed his highest-profile film yet: the Coen Brothers' 2004 remake of "The Ladykillers", which allowed Ma to show off a more comedic side. During this time, he was also active in independent film, playing a retiree desperately trying to hide a dark secret from his three grown daughters in "Red Doors". As for television work, Ma appeared in the series "24" as Cheng Zhi, a Chinese official who matches wits and wills, as opposed to fists, with protagonist Jack Bauer.

Relationships

Christina Ma

Wife
married December 1994

Milestones

Relocated to New York as a child

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