Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Highest Rated: 96% The Insider (1999)

Lowest Rated: 10% Megiddo (2001)

Birthday: Jun 26, 1950

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

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-).

Highest rated movies

The Insider
Thousand Pieces of Gold
Spy Game
Rapid Fire
Heaven and Earth
Once in the Life




No Score Yet No Score Yet Boy Genius Sam (Character) - 2019
67% No Score Yet Americanese Jimmy (Character) - 2006
24% 45% Masked and Anonymous Guard (Character) $533.3K 2003
10% 45% Megiddo Chinese Premier (Character) $6.0M 2001
66% 75% Spy Game Vincent Vy Ngo (Character) $62.3M 2001
28% 56% Once in the Life Buddha (Character) $53.5K 2000
96% 90% The Insider Norman (Character) $29.0M 1999
14% 53% Molly Domingo (Character) $17.4K 1999
25% 53% U.S. Marshals Xian Chen, U.N. Cultural Attaché to the Peoples Republic of China (Character) $57.8M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus No. 17 Harry Kee (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 14% Galaxis Manny Hopkins (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 52% A Friend to Die For Mr. Kwan (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 50% Army of One Jimmy Shoeshine (Character) - 1994
40% 70% Heaven and Earth Interrogator (Character) - 1993
45% 55% Rapid Fire Carl Chang (Character) $13.6M 1992
92% 67% Thousand Pieces of Gold Hong King (Character) - 1990
45% 32% Runaway Wilson (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cardiac Arrest Wylie Wong (Character) - 1980


No Score Yet 88% The Resident Yee Austin (Guest Star) 2019 2021
No Score Yet 74% MacGyver Dahn (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 84% Major Crimes Detective Lt. Mike Tao (Character) 2012-2018
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Captain Tanaka (Guest Star) 2017
82% 83% The Closer Mike Tao (Character) 2005-2012
85% 76% The Simpsons Chinese Agent (Guest Voice) 2011
90% 82% Bones Professor Shi Jon Chen (Guest Star) 2007
74% 81% Arrested Development Judge Lionel Ping (Guest Star) 2004-2005
No Score Yet 90% Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
57% No Score Yet Robbery Homicide Division Det. Ron Lu (Character) 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The PJs Jimmy Ho (Voice) 1999-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet SOF: Special Ops Force Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
86% 86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
100% No Score Yet Strange Luck Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 94% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 91% The Wonder Years Chinese Chef (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knots Landing Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tour of Duty Victor Charles (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 0% Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
22% No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Guest Star) 1976