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Lucy Liu

Lowest Rated:   0% Mulan II (2003)
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Birthplace:   New York City, NY
Best known to television audiences as Ling Woo, the raging force of political incorrectness on Ally McBeal, Lucy Alexis Liu has managed to cross over to the big screen in such features as Payback and Play It to the Bone. Born to Chinese parents in Jackson Heights, NY, on December 2, 1968, Liu grew up speaking both English and Mandarin. After graduating from Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, she earned a degree in Asian languages and cultures from the University of Michigan, where she also studied acting, dance, and voice. Liu's first professional job was playing a waitress on Beverly Hills 90210, something that led to more substantial work on various TV shows, including a regular part on the TV series Pearl. Liu's biggest breakthrough came in 1998, when she was cast as Ling Woo on Ally McBeal. She had originally auditioned for the role of Nelle Porter, which ultimately went to Australian actress Portia DeRossi. David E. Kelley, the show's producer, was so impressed with Liu's audition, however, that he created the role of Ling Woo specifically for her. The character was initially supposed to be included on only a few episodes but proved so popular with the show's audience that Liu was made into a regular cast member.Unsurprisingly, the actress' increased exposure led to greater opportunities on the screen and after playing supporting roles in such films as Payback and Molly (both 1999), she moved on to more substantial work in Play It to the Bone and the Jackie Chan martial-arts period comedy Shanghai Noon, which cast her as a princess who has been kidnapped from her emperor father. In 2000, she also was cast in perhaps her most high-profile role to date, when she was chosen alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz as one of the titular crime fighters in Charlie's Angels: The Movie.With the exception of a small role as an inmate in the Oscar-winning film Chicago, 2002 brought little recognition for Liu -- Cypher, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, and Party Monster with former Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin went virtually unseen by the general public. 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle placed Liu firmly back inside the spotlight, though she was somewhat overshadowed by the toothy blonde glint that is Cameron Diaz. Luckily for Liu, she was given the chance to shine quite independently when Quentin Tarantino cast her as the deadly O-Ren Ishii, AKA Cottonmouth, in Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003). Unfortunately roles in subsequent action films like Domino and Lucky Number Slevin failed to capitolize on that momentary career momentum, though a voice role as Viper in Kung Fu Panda (as well as the sequel and subsequent television series) found her continuing to kick butt in virtual form. Meanwhile, on the small screen, Liu donned a badge for a recurring role on the TNT cop series Southland.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Future World
  • Actor
2017
87% Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Viper
$128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets Of The Scroll
  • Viper
2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Lady Sagami
$0.5M 2014
80% The Pirate Fairy
  • Silvermist
$5.6M 2014
No Score Yet Nómadas
  • Susan
2014
74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
  • Silvermist
$1.3M 2014
49% The Man With the Iron Fists
  • Madame Blossom
$15.7M 2012
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Rowena
2012
58% Secret of the Wings
  • Silvermist
$1.9M 2012
29% The Trouble with Bliss
  • Andrea
$11.4k 2012
57% Detachment
  • Dr. Doris Parker
$49.4k 2012
81% Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Viper
$165.3M 2011
No Score Yet Redlight
  • Actor
  • Producer
2011
71% Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Silvermist
$0.3M 2010
No Score Yet Marry Me
  • Rae Ann Carter
2010
No Score Yet Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Silvermist
2009
No Score Yet Afro Samurai: Resurrection
  • Sio
2009
89% Tinker Bell
  • Silvermist
2008
87% Kung Fu Panda
  • Viper
$215.4M 2008
No Score Yet Fúria pela Liberdade
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet The Year of Getting to Know Us
  • Anne
2008
33% Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Sadie Blake
$59.9k 2007
No Score Yet Watching the Detectives
  • Violet
2007
4% Code Name: The Cleaner
  • Executive Producer
  • Gina
$8.2M 2007
34% 3 Needles
  • Jin Ping
2006
No Score Yet Payback: Straight Up
  • Pearl
2006
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Lindsey
$22.5M 2006
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Cinco de Maya
  • Actor
2006
19% Domino
  • Taryn Miles
$10.2M 2005
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Funny Fix-Ups
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Maya & Miguel - Twice the Fun
  • Actor
2005
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth
2003
29% Party Monster
  • Alessandra
$0.3M 2003
38% Hotel
  • Kawika
2003
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • Alex Munday
$100.7M 2003
0% Mulan II
  • Mei
2003
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Actor
2003
86% Chicago
  • Kitty Baxter
2002
58% Cypher
  • Rita Foster
2002
0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  • Sever
$14.3M 2002
68% Charlie's Angels
  • Alex
$124.5M 2000
79% Shanghai Noon
  • Princess Pei Pei
2000
No Score Yet Love Kills
  • Kashi
1999
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Lia
1999
14% Molly
  • Brenda
1999
33% The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human
  • The Female's Asian Friend
1999
55% True Crime
  • Toy Shop Girl
1999
54% Payback
  • Pearl
1999
No Score Yet Guy
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Riot
  • Actor
1997
43% City of Industry
  • Cathi Rose
1997
88% Gridlock'd
  • Cee-Cee
1997
No Score Yet Flypaper
  • Dot
1997
83% Jerry Maguire
  • Former Girlfriend
1996
No Score Yet Bang
  • Hooker
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Guest
  • Veronica Ford
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2017
95% Elementary
2012
  • Joan Watson
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
86% Southland
2009-2013
  • Det. Jessica Tang
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Grace Chin
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Joey
2004-2006
  • Lauren
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Ling Ling Woo
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2000
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Kim Hsin
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mei-Sun
  • 1995
No Score Yet Elementary
  • Joan Watson

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