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BD Wong
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Wong in 2008
Born
Bradley Darryl Wong

(1960-10-24) October 24, 1960 (age 59)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Richert Schnorr(m. 2018)
Partner(s)Richie Jackson (1988–2004)
Children2
BD Wong
Traditional Chinese 黃榮亮
Simplified Chinese 黄荣亮

Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. Wong won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly , becoming the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role. He was nominated for a Critic's Choice Television Award for his role as Whiterose in Mr. Robot , also earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Tony Award awards for live Broadway theatre

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. The trophy consists of a medallion, with a face portraying an adaptation of the comedy and tragedy masks, mounted on a black base with a pewter swivel.

M. Butterfly is a play by David Henry Hwang. The story, while entwined with that of the opera Madama Butterfly, is based most directly on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a Peking opera singer. The play premiered on Broadway in 1988 and won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play.

Drama Desk Award theater awards

The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually and were first awarded in 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theatre productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Broadway productions were excluded until the 1968–69 award season. The awards are considered a significant American theater distinction.

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He is known for such roles as Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Father Ray Mukada on Oz , Dr. John Lee on Awake , Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park franchise, Hugo Strange in Gotham , and Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme in the film Seven Years in Tibet . Wong is the host of the HLN medical documentary series Something's Killing Me with BD Wong.

George Huang (<i>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit</i>) Fictional character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Special Agent George Huang is a fictional character on the TV drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is portrayed by BD Wong.

<i>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit</i> American police procedural crime drama television series

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<i>Oz</i> (TV series) American drama television series

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Wong has also done extensive voiceover work and stage acting. The most well known of his voice acting roles is that of Captain Li Shang from the Disney animated film Mulan . He would later reprise this role twice, most notably for the video game Kingdom Hearts II .

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<i>Kingdom Hearts II</i> 2005 video game

Kingdom Hearts II is a 2005 action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The game is a sequel to Kingdom Hearts, and like the original game, combines characters and settings from Disney films with those of Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. The game's popularity has resulted in a novel and manga series based upon it and a Japan-exclusive re-released version of the game featuring extra content, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, released in March 2007.

Early life and education

Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California, the son of Roberta Christine Wong (née Leong), a telephone company supervisor, and William D. Wong, a postal worker. He has one older brother and one younger brother. [1] He is of Chinese descent, with family from Hong Kong. [2] Wong attended Lincoln High School, where he discovered his love of acting and starred as the lead in numerous school plays, before attending San Francisco State University.

San Francisco Consolidated city-county in California, US

San Francisco, officially City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known as SF, San Fran, or "The City", is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 15th most populous city in the United States, and the fourth most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, with 4,729,484 people in 2018. With San Jose, it forms the fifth most populous combined statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.

Chinese people Ethnic group

Chinese people are the various individuals or ethnic groups associated with China, usually through ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, or other affiliation.

Hong Kong Chinese special administrative region

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR), is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Career

Wong gained wide attention as a result of his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly opposite John Lithgow. The play won multiple awards, including several for Wong, who at that time ceased using his full name in favor of his initials. He has since ceased the use of punctuation in his initials.

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

John Lithgow American character actor, musician, and author

John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

He is notable as the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, [3] Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role. [4] In addition to his long-running stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as FBI psychiatrist Dr. George Huang, he has had recurring roles in All American Girl and as Father Mukada on all six seasons of Oz , with guest appearances on The X-Files and Sesame Street .

The Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. They are presented by the Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of New York theater writers for out-of-town newspapers, digital and national publications, and other media beyond Broadway. The awards were first presented during the 1949-50 theater season and will celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2020. David Gordon, Senior Features Reporter at TheaterMania.com, currently serves as President.

The Theatre World Award is an American honor presented annually to actors and actresses in recognition of an outstanding New York City stage debut performance, either on Broadway or off-Broadway. It was first awarded for the 1945–1946 theatre season.

<i>The X-Files</i> American science fiction TV series

The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox. The program spanned nine seasons, with 202 episodes. A short tenth season consisting of six episodes premiered on January 24, 2016, and concluded on February 22, 2016. Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes. The season premiered on January 3, 2018, concluding on March 21, 2018. In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.

On the big screen, he has appeared in The Freshman (1990), the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and its 1995 sequel, Father of the Bride Part II , Jurassic Park (1993), Executive Decision (1996) and Slappy and the Stinkers (1997). He also provided the voice of Captain Shang in Disney's Mulan (1998), its direct-to-video sequel, and the video game Kingdom Hearts II . He returned to Broadway as Linus in a revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown , alongside Anthony Rapp, Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth, and the 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures .

In 1990, Wong objected to Actor's Equity that the plan to use British actor Jonathan Pryce in the role of The Engineer in the Broadway run of Miss Saigon , which Pryce had originated during the show's extended run in London, would take jobs away from actors of Asian descent. Although the union barred Pryce from acting the role in response to Wong's complaint, vociferous opposition from Charlton Heston and a threat by the musical's creator and producer, Cameron Mackintosh, to cancel the American production entirely, induced the union to reverse course. Pryce went on to win a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role.

In 2008, he starred in the one-man show Herringbone, in which he portrayed 12 roles, at McCarter Theatre at Princeton University. He brought the show to the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego the following year. In 2012, Wong starred in Herringbone to benefit Dixon Place in New York for two performances. The production, recorded live for a 2014 CD release, was his first appearance in New York of the material, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original New York production.

In 2014, Wong starred in the U.S. premiere of James Fenton's acclaimed adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao , a classic Chinese legend that has its roots in the fourth century BC, directed by Carey Perloff at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). The Orphan of Zhao is an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge. In the aftermath of a political coup, a country doctor is forced to sacrifice his own son in order to save the last heir of a noble and massacred clan. The Orphan of Zhao was a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse.

Wong announced his departure from the cast of Law & Order: SVU in July 2011, to join another NBC police drama, Awake , in which he portrayed Dr. Johnathan Lee, a confrontational therapist of an LAPD detective (portrayed by Jason Isaacs) who lived in two realities. [5] Wong guest starred in a thirteenth season episode of Law & Order: SVU titled "Father Dearest" (which aired May 2, 2012). [6]

In 2015, he was named Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. Wong guest starred on a NCIS: New Orleans Episode 1.13 titled "The Walking Dead" (which aired February 3, 2015), where he portrayed Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Gabriel Lin.

Wong also guest-starred as the enigmatic Whiterose (who is head of The Dark Army) in Season 1's episodes 8 and 10 on USA Network's Mr. Robot . He also plays the dual role of Zhang, the Chinese Minister of State Security. He returned in recurring roles for the show's second season, but has been promoted to the main cast for the third season, which debuted October 11, 2017.

Beginning August 13, 2017, Wong began hosting the new HLN series Something's Killing Me With BD Wong. The documentary explores strange and unexplainable, real medical ailments and attacks that may be gradual or descend rapidly. But in either case, if a cause and cure are not found immediately, these real-life patients will die.

Charity work

Wong donates his time and resources to a number of LGBT and arts-related charities, such as the Ali Forney Center, Materials for the Arts, [7] and Rosie's Theater Kids.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Wong is openly gay. He began a long-term relationship with talent agent Richie Jackson in 1988. [8] In 2000, the couple had twin sons—Boaz Dov, who died 90 minutes after birth, and Jackson Foo Wong—through a surrogate mother, using Wong's sperm and an egg donated by Jackson's sister. In 2003, Wong wrote a memoir about his experiences with surrogacy titled Following Foo: the Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man. Wong and Jackson ended their relationship in 2004. [8] Wong amicably co-parents his son with his ex-partner Jackson and Jackson's partner, Jordan Roth. [9] On October 7, 2018, he married Richert John Frederickson Schnorr, his partner of eight years, in Brooklyn, New York. [10]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Boy on StreetCredited as Bradd Wong
1989 Family Business Jimmy Chiu, Adam's MIT Prof
1990 The Freshman Edward
1991 Mystery Date James Lew
Father of the Bride Howard Weinstein
1992The Lounge PeopleBilly
1993 Jurassic Park Dr. Henry Wu
1993 And the Band Played On Kico Govantes
1994 The Ref Dr. William Wong, Marriage Counseloraka Hostile Hostages
Men of War Po
1995KalamazooJustin
Father of the Bride Part II Howard Weinstein
1996 Executive Decision Sergeant Louie Jung
Joe's Apartment Cockroach Voice
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Ngawang Jigme
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Morgan Brinway
Mulan ShangVoice
The Substitute 2: School's Out Warren DrummondDirect-to-video
2002 The Salton Sea Bubba
2004 Mulan II Shang Straight-to-video
Voice
2005 Stay Dr. Edmund Ren
2006Ira & AbbyParty Guest
2012 White Frog Oliver Young
2015 Focus Liyuan Tse
Jurassic World Dr. Henry Wu [11]
2017 The Space Between Us Tom Chen
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dr. Henry Wu [11]
2018 Bird Box Greg

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983No Big DealMiss Karnisian's Class TV film
as Bradd Wong
1986 Simon & Simon Counterboy – Photo Shop ClerkEpisode: "Mobile Home of the Brave"
1987Double SwitchWaiter TV film
1988 Crash Course KichiTV film
as Bradd Wong
aka Driving Academy
1990Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in BostonKim TanTV film
aka The Charles Stuart Story
1991Alive from Off CenterActorEpisode: "Dances in Exile"
1993 And the Band Played On Kico Govantes HBO TV film
1994–95 All-American Girl Dr. Stuart Kim18 episodes
1994 ABC Afterschool Specials Johnny AngelEpisode: "Magical Make-Over"
1995DazzleTengTV film
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Wolf
Aladdin/The Genie
Episodes: "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Aladdin"
Bless This House Johnny ChenEpisode: "Neither a Borrower Nor a Landlord Be"
1996 The X-Files Det. Glen ChaoEpisode: "Hell Money"
1997–2003 Oz Father Ray Mukada 47 episodes
1998Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's 'Mulan'Captain Li ShangTV film
1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Kai ChangEpisode: "Upstairs, Downstairs"
2000 Welcome to New York DennisEpisode: "Jim Gets a Wig"
2002 Kim Possible Agent Will DuVoice
Episode: "Number One"
2001–15 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. George Huang 143 episodes, recurring cast seasons 2–3,
Series regular, seasons 4–12,
Guest star seasons 13-15 & 17
2004 Century City U.S. Attorney Matthew ChinEpisode: "Pilot"
2007 Marco Polo PedroTV film
2012 Awake Dr. John LeeSeries regular, 11 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart BuzzyHBO film
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Gabriel LinEpisode: "The Walking Dead"
2015–Present Madam Secretary Brent RosenEpisode: "The Kill List", "Refuge"
2015 Nurse Jackie Doctor WuEpisode: "Are You with Me, Doctor Wu?"
2015–present Mr. Robot Whiterose/Minister Zhi Zhang16 episodes
Recurring cast seasons 1–2; series regular season 3
Nominated—Critics' Choice Award for Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2016–19 Gotham Professor Hugo Strange [12] 13 episodes
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ScientistEpisode: "Scientific Studies"
2017–presentSomething's Killing Me With BD WongHost/PresenterEpisodes: 6 in 2017
2017 DuckTales Toad Liu Hai Voice
Episode: "The House of the Lucky Gander!"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Baldwin Pennypacker3 episodes
2019 The Flash Godspeed Voice
Episode: "Godspeed"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Captain Li ShangEnglish version
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Captain Li ShangEnglish version
2015 Lego Jurassic World Henry Wu
2018 Jurassic World Evolution Henry Wu

Theater

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–90 M. Butterfly Song LilingBroadway debut
Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Theatre World Award
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Linus
2004–05 Pacific Overtures Reciter
2012HerringboneVarious CharactersOne-man show [13]
2019The Great LeapWen Chang

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1988 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play M. Butterfly Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Debut PerformanceWon
Theatre World Award Won
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Male PerformerWon
2003 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlayShanghai MoonNominated
GLAAD Media Award Davidson/Valentini AwardWon
2013Best Shorts CompetitionVoice-Over TalentThe No Name Painting AssociationWon
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Mr. Robot Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

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