Russell Wong

Russell Wong

Highest Rated: 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Lowest Rated: 0% Contract to Kill (2016)

Birthday: Mar 1, 1963

Birthplace: Not Available

Challenging traditional stereotypes for Asian-American actors, Russell Wong has earned a reputation as a sexy, charismatic leading man whose good looks are matched by his skills as a performer. The sixth of seven children, Russell Wong was born on March 1, 1963, in Troy, NY; his family moved to Albany when he was a baby, where his father ran a restaurant. When Wong was seven years of age, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to California, settling near Yosemite. In 1981, Wong graduated from Mariposa County High School, and that fall enrolled at Santa Monica City College. Wong supported himself as a photographer and as a dancer (appearing in rock videos with David Bowie, Donna Summer, and Janet Jackson, among others) before scoring his first screen roles in 1985, appearing in a Hong Kong musical called Ge wu sheng ping (aka Musical Dancer) and in a screen adaptation of James Clavell's best-seller Tai-Pan. A number of undistinguished television and film roles followed, but Wong began breaking into better roles in 1989, when he made a memorable guest appearance on the drama series 21 Jump Street and won a leading role in Wayne Wang's acclaimed independent romantic comedy Eat a Bowl of Tea. Supporting roles in China Cry and New Jack City were to follow, and Wong found himself working with Wayne Wang again when he was cast in a meaty role in the film adaptation of Amy Tan's best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club. Wong finally scored a high-profile breakthrough role in 1994, when he was cast in the leading role in the made-for-TV movie Vanishing Son, in which he played a Chinese political activist exiled in America. The show was popular enough to spawn three sequels, and was later spun off into a syndicated TV series. After Vanishing Son ran its course, Wong moved on to more big-screen work, including major roles in Prophesy II, The Tracker, and Romeo Must Die, as well as the made-for-TV epic The Lost Empire. Russell Wong is also the brother of Michael Wong, a fellow thespian active in both Hong Kong and the United States.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Inside Out Actor 2020
27% Escape Plan: The Extractors Wu Zhang 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians Himself 2018
No Score Yet The Chinese Exclusion Act Actor 2018
0% Contract to Kill Matthew Sharp 2016
No Score Yet Lost in the Pacific Gary Gao 2016
No Score Yet Wu Wen Xi Dong (Forever Young) Actor 2015
21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Bank CEO $1.4M 2011
0% What Women Want Peter $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet The Sanctuary Actor 2009
0% Dim Sum Funeral Alexander 2008
13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Ming Guo $101.7M 2008
31% Undoing Leon 2006
No Score Yet Honor Ray 2005
No Score Yet Inside Out Frank 2005
1% Twisted Lt. Tong $25.1M 2004
No Score Yet The Tracker Rick Tsung 2001
No Score Yet The Lost Empire Monkey King 2001
33% Romeo Must Die Kai 2000
No Score Yet Track Down Tsutomu Shimomura 2000
No Score Yet Takedown Actor 2000
33% The Prophecy II Danyael 1998
No Score Yet Satin Steel Ken 1994
86% The Joy Luck Club Lin Xiao 1993
77% New Jack City Park 1991
No Score Yet China Cry Lam Cheng Shen 1990
No Score Yet Eat a Bowl of Tea Ben Loy 1989
No Score Yet China Girl Yung Gan 1987
14% Tai-Pan Gordon 1986
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown Actor


No Score Yet American Experience
Voice 2018
89% Lethal Weapon
Stan 2018
87% Lucifer
Vincent Green 2018
25% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Inspector Jin Taan 2017
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
Cam Lin 2016
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Kong Liang 2012
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Jeremy Wang 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Lt. Kim 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Guest George 1998
No Score Yet The Equalizer
No Score Yet Vanishing Son
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