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Russell Wong

A charismatic and talented performer, Russell Wong is one of Hollywood's leading Asian American actors. Recently he completed a TV series on the Warner Brothers television network called Black Sash. Wong played a former San Francisco narcotics officer who was wrongfully imprisoned His next film will be with Eriq Lasalle (formerly from ER) and Matthew Modine entitle Inside Out.

Costarring with Jet Li, Delroy Lindo, Isiah Washington and the late Aaliyah v Warner Brothers' Romeo Must Die, his role garnered him attention from both critic and audiences alike. The successful film broke all box office records. Wong starred a the Monkey King in the adaptation of the ancient Chinese novel, Journey to the West b: Wu Chen. This Mini TV Series entitled The Lost Empire, also stars Thomas Gibson and Bai Ling, was premiered in March of 2001.

Wong made his theatrical debut in the United States in the feature film adaptation of James Clavell's Taipan. He went on to star in Wayne Wang's Eat A Bowl of Tea and Abel Ferrera's China Girl and played leading roles in China Cry, the box office hit New Jack City, the critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club and the Vanishing Son series and television movies. He also stars in Miramax/Dimension Films upcoming Takedown with Skeet Ulrich, Tom Berenger and Angela Featherstone as well a The Tracker with Casper Van Dien.

In 1994, Wong was honored with two awards, the Image Award by the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans' Media Achievement Award, both in recognition of his outstanding work in the entertainment industry as well as for being an exceptional role model for Asian Americans. In 1995, Wong was also in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People issue. Furthermore Wong was honored in October of '97 in San Francisco by the Asian American Arts Foundation (along with John Woo, Terrance Chang and Tia Camera). A native of New York,

Wong is one of seven children. His father is from Shanghai and was a former restaurateur. His mother, Connie of Dutch, German and French mixture, from Upstate New York, is an Artist. Wong has been studying oriental martial arts for several years, which enables him to perform many of his own stunts. Always interested in acquiring new knowledge, he has been attending film. classes in film production at prestigious New York University. Meantime, he continues to be an avid hands-on photographer.

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Russell Wong Facts

BirthdayMarch 1, 1963 (60)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Russell Wong compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Executive Decision
Lost in the Pacific
The Mummy Ultimate Trilogy
Contract To Kill
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Big Trouble In Little China
China Cry
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