Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma

Highest Rated: 97% The Farewell (2019)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 10, 1962

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

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.

Highest rated movies

The Farewell Arrival
Meditation Park
The Quiet American
Akeelah and the Bee
The Kid Detective Mulan Million Dollar Arm

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Shot Through the Wall Chow Tan (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Sugar & Spice Holiday Pete Yung (Character) - 2020
84% 75% The Kid Detective Mr. Chang (Character) $363.2K 2020
73% 47% Mulan Hua Zhou (Character) - 2020
97% 87% The Farewell Haiyan (Character) $17.7M 2019
No Score Yet 33% Bad Company Hawking (Character) - 2018
90% 96% Meditation Park Bing (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 50% The Jade Pendant Yu Hing (Character) - 2017
94% 82% Arrival General Shang (Character) $100.5M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Steps Mr. Lin (Character) - 2015
55% 99% Pali Road Mr. Zhang (Character) - 2015
19% 27% Diablo Quok Mi (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 23% A Good Man Mr. Chen (Character) - 2014
64% 68% Million Dollar Arm Chang (Character) $36.4M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chink Mr. Chang (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone I Used to Know Simo Kim (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Vengeance Chen (Character) - 2011
34% 55% Formosa Betrayed Kuo (Character) $124.6K 2009
No Score Yet 66% The Sensei Buddhist Monk (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 61% Baby Pops (Character) - 2008
18% 63% Rush Hour 3 Ambassador Han (Character) $140.1M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragon Boys Unknown (Character) - 2007
85% 81% Akeelah and the Bee Mr. Chiu (Character) $18.8M 2006
61% 71% Red Doors Ed Wong (Character) - 2005
54% 43% The Ladykillers The General (Character) $39.7M 2004
87% 72% The Quiet American Hinh (Character) $13.0M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaiian Gardens Mr. Huong (Character) - 2001
47% 65% Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Vinh (Character) $1.3M 1999
61% 78% Rush Hour Consul Han (Character) $141.2M 1998
30% 48% Red Corner Li Cheng (Character) $22.4M 1997
26% 38% Dante's Peak Stan, USGS Crew (Character) $67.2M 1997
18% 27% Chain Reaction Lu Chen (Character) $20.6M 1996
0% 7% Golden Gate Chen Jung Song (Character) $395.1K 1994
45% 55% Rapid Fire Kinman Tau (Character) $13.6M 1992

TV

Credit
86% 47% Kung Fu Jin Shen (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chuey Martinez Show Guest 2020
83% 81% Wu Assassins Mr. Young (Character) 2019
94% 92% Silicon Valley Yao (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 87% The Resident Ted Zhou (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary President Miguel Da Silva (Guest Star) 2017
93% 91% Veep Lu Chi-Jang (Guest Star) 2016-2017
25% 56% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Inspector Cheong (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 73% Ransom Lormong Vang (Guest Star) 2017
78% 78% Once Upon a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2016
73% 89% Hell on Wheels Tao (Character) 2015-2016
96% 72% Angie Tribeca Joseph Takagi (Guest Star) 2016
95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
82% 83% Satisfaction Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
28% 66% State of Affairs Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Bah Bah (Guest Voice) 2007-2013
95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
67% 75% Vegas Watanabe (Guest Star) 2012
47% 33% CHAOS Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 88% Lie to Me Mr. Chen (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
71% 85% Dollhouse Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
90% 77% Fringe Ming Che (Guest Star) 2009
68% 0% Dirty Sexy Money Tsung Shien Chun (Guest Star) 2009
84% 76% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
87% 87% 24 Cheng Zhi (Guest Star) 2005 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragon Boys Unknown (Character) 2007
92% 96% Deadwood Mahjong Player (Guest Star) 2006
84% 80% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
82% No Score Yet Commander in Chief Chinese Ambassador (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
83% 83% NYPD Blue Det. Harold Ng (Guest Star) 1994 1996 2001
50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 93% The Pretender Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
33% No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet 93% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Head of the Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 93% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
91% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Biomolecular physiologist (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1985