Ron Yuan

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Ron Yuan
Ronald Winston Yuan

  • Actor
  • director
  • martial artist
  • stunt choreographer
Years active1991–present

Ronald Winston Yuan [1] is an American actor, martial artist, director, and stunt choreographer. He is best known for his roles on Sons of Anarchy , Prison Break , Golden Boy , and CSI: NY . He has acted in numerous films, including an ensemble lead as Sgt. Qiang in Disney's live-action adaptation Mulan . He also supplied the voice of Sgt. Fideltin Rusk in the video game series Star Wars: The Old Republic , and Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 11 (replacing Patrick Seitz) .


Early life

Yuan was born in New York City, New York, the son of Theresa and Joseph Yuan, and the brother of actor Roger Yuan. [1]




Yuan appeared in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence , playing Yeong, the main weapons engineer. Before that, Yuan appeared in the film The Accountant (directed by Gavin O'Connor), with Ben Affleck, J. K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick, playing a reluctant Silat master. Yuan had a cameo in Martin Scorsese's Revenge of the Green Dragons, directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo, playing the feared leader of the notorious BTK. Yuan also joined Francesca Eastwood and Annie Q. in Cardinal X, produced by Richard Bosner (Fruitvale Station) and Cassian Elwes in a semi-autobiographical film from first time director Angie Wang based on a college freshman in the 1980s who becomes an expert manufacturer and dealer of ecstasy.

Yuan also had memorable turns on hit films Art of War, Fast and Furious, Cradle 2 the Grave, Blood and Bone, and Red Dawn.


Yuan was a series regular on the Netflix show, the Weinstein Company's "Marco Polo" created by John Fusco. Yuan plays Prince Nayan, a fiery eyed descendant of Genghis Khan. Nayan is a converted Christian that rules all of Manchuria and whose closely watched actions will affect Kublai's control of Asia.

Yuan has also appeared on Jon Bokenkamp's hit show "The Blacklist" as mysterious Blacklister Quon Zhang. Yuan was also seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" as the intense and unpredictable Ryu Tom. Yuan played hard-nosed Lt. Peter Kang in the short lived CBS series "Golden Boy" from Nicholas Wootton and Greg Berlanti. Yuan also had recent cameo special guest appearances on the TV shows "Castle" and "Justified". Yuan also played the iconic Japanese character Scorpion for Warner Bros' secret Mortal Kombat X "Generations".

In the past, Yuan was cast in a leading role on HBO pilot "All Signs of Death" opposite Ben Whishaw, directed by Alan Ball (True Blood). Yuan recently had character arcs on FOX's "Touch" opposite Keifer Sutherland created by Tim Kring (Heroes), NBC's "Awake" opposite Jason Isaacs and FOX pilot "Exit Strategy" with Ethan Hawke directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).

Yuan also had memorable turns on other hit series "Prison Break", "CSI:NY", "24", "Burn Notice", "NCIS:LA", "Pushing Daisies", and "Entourage".

Video game voicework

Yuan has also been the voice behind major video or computer games such as Call of Duty-Black Ops 2, Halo, Star War's Old Republic, Resident Evil, World of Warcraft, Medal of Honor, Army of Two, Guild Wars 2, Deus Ex, Drake's Uncharted,Red Alert 3 and many more.

Action directing and choreography

Yuan designed the fight sequences as well as going behind camera as Action Director for Steve Chasman/ Jason Statham's "Wild Card" scripted by William Goldman and directed by Simon West. Yuan just finished designing and directing the action on the popular Taiwanese/ Chinese/ International action franchise "PiZi Ying Xiong 2"(Black&White 2) shot entirely in Taiwan.

Directing and writing

He has directed and written several short films so far, including Lollipops (2009), Three Bullets (2009) (starring Michael Jai White) and Tea and Remembrance (2009), starring himself and Marie Matiko. He is currently working on a feature project entitled "Unspoken" starring Russell Wong, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, and Ian Anthony Dale.

Yuan later directed Step Up: Year of the Dance, a Chinese dance film of the Step Up franchise.



1991 Ring of Fire Li
1992Street CrimesJimmycredited as Ron Winston Yuan
1993Ring of Fire II: Blood and SteelHan LoVideo
To Be the BestHan Lo
1994 Bloodfist V: Human Target Sam
Vanishing Son III Pink Knight #1TV Movie
Vanishing Son IV Pink Knight #2
Double Dragon Ninja Wrath
Deadly Target Lucky
1995 The Adventurers Paul
Jade Technician
1996White TigerSeverincredited as "Ron Winston Yuan"
Night Hunter Hashimoto
Tiger Heart Johnny
1997 Drive Razor Scarred
Fakin' Da Funk Chinese Waiter
1999 Godzilla 2000 Katagirivoice only
2000 Deep Core Chin Li
The Art of War Ming
2001 Golden Dreams The Chinese ManShort film
Shaolin Soccer RefereeVoice only
Three Blind MiceVietnamese Man #3TV Movie
Longshot Friend #4
2002 Kung Pow! Enter the Fist Gang Fighter #2
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Laser Tech
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Lingvideo
Ella Enchanted Red Guarduncredited
2005Color BlindDrug Dealer
Forbidden Warrior Lank
2006 Fifty Pills The Seoul Man
Undoing Chang
Adventures of Johnny Tao Lee Chang
2008Chandani Chowk To ChinaInspecter ChiangBollywood
American CrudeThe Guard
Mask of the NinjaKunioTV Movie
6th and Santa FeActorShort Film
2009 Fast & Furious David Park
From Mexico With Love Joe ScarCameo
Tea and RemembranceThe Lone Man
Blood and Bone Teddy D
2010 The Godmother Danny Wushort film
The New Adventures of Johnny Karate and Golden DeliciousNarrator
All Signs of Death Po Sin
2011Shanghai HotelSharkman
2012 The Girl from the Naked Eye Simon
Mission ChineseMaster Gangstershort film
Red Dawn The Clerkuncredited
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Undercover Commando
2014 Mall Cop
Revenge of the Green Dragons Born to Kill Dai Lo
2015 Underdog Kids Marc Zuko
Cardinal XMichael
2016Black SaltMamori Shiga
Black ThreadMasanori Ozeki
Birth of the Dragon Tony Yu
The Accountant Pencak Silat Master
Independence Day: Resurgence Yeong
2020 Mulan Sergeant Qiang
The Paper Tigers Hing
2022 Catwoman: Hunted Doctor TzinVoice role, Direct-to-video
Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind Sub-Zero Voice role, Direct-to-video [2]


1995 Vanishing Son Crazy Boy 6Episode: "Single Flame" (uncredited)
1997 The Pretender Ken WatanabeEpisode: "Jaroldo!"; credited as Ron Wintson Yuan
Walker, Texas Ranger Jiang ChuEpisode: "Heart of the Dragon"; credited as Ron Winston Yuan
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Phan Van TungEpisode: "Past Sins"; credited as Ron Winston Yuan
1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Mr. ZouEpisode: "Life in the Balance"
1999 Martial Law 'Dreads'Episode: "How Sammo Got His Groove Back" (uncredited)
L.A. Heat MarcoEpisode: "Little Saigon"
1998-1999 Nash Bridges Darrell Chang, Drug Dealer / Elliott Wong / Henchman #1Episodes: "Crosstalk Drug Dealer", "Goodbye Kiss", "Special Delivery"
2000 JAG Lee Kun-TaeEpisode: "The Bridge at Kang So Ri"
Son of the Beach Johnny TreeEpisode: "With Sex You Get Eggroll"
The Fearing Mind Frank WongEpisode: "The Fortunate One"
1998-2001 V.I.P. The Actor / Hirata The Black / 'Lucky' / KazuoEpisodes: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Val" (uncredited), "Magnificent Val", "Mao Better Blues" (uncredited), "Vallery of the Dolls"
2002 Family Law Officer FoxEpisode: "Children of a Lesser Dad"
Alias Haz Mat GuyEpisode: "The Enemy Walks In"
Robbery Homicide Division VinhEpisode: "Life is Dust"
2003 The Agency Reza Ghani / Gunart EverwoodEpisode: "Debbie Does Djkarta"
Black Sash Jing Li / BillyEpisodes: "The Prodigal Son", "Pilot"
2004 Boston Legal Zhang WuEpisode: "Questionable characters"
2005 Monk Tommy WinnEpisode: "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever" (uncredited)
EntourageChaing ChungEpisode: "Chinatown"
CSI:NY Dr. Evan ZaoEpisodes: "Corporate Warriors", "Zoo york", "Grand Murder at Central Station", "Summer in the City"
Sleeper Cell 'Cornrow'Episode: "Family" (uncredited)
2007 24 Zhou's Team Member #1Episodes: "Day 6: 2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.", "Day 6 3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m."
Cold Case Shinji NakamuraEpisode: "Family 8108"
2008 Pushing Daises 'Shrimp Boy'Episode: "Dim Some Lose Some"
Prison Break Feng HuanEpisodes: "Deal or No Deal", "Selfless", "Quiet Riot", "The Price", "Safe and Sound", "Eagles and Angels"
2010 Burn Notice LeeEpisode: "Fast Friends"
NCIS: Los Angeles YoshEpisode: "Honor"
Touch Wember HsuEpisode: "Entanglement"
Awake Solomon KangEpisode: "Game Day"
2012 Tron: Uprising Episode: "Scars, Part 1"
2013 Golden Boy Lieutenant Peter KangEpisodes: "Next Question", "Beast of Burden", "Longshot", "Sacrifice", "Atonement", "Scapegoat", "McKenzie on Fire", "Just Say No", "Vicious Cycle" "Role Models", "Young Guns" "The Price of Revenge", "Pilot"
2014 Justified Simon LeeEpisode: "A Murder of Crowes"
Castle Michio SaitoEpisode: "The Way of the Ninja"
Hawaii Five-0 Al MokuauEpisode: "Ke Kono Mamao Aku"
2015Mortal Kombat X: GenerationsHanzo Hasashi / ScorpionEpisode: "The Cursed Words"
We are FathersQing ZhuoEpisodes: "End of Jin", "Enter the Tiger Den"
2016 Marco Polo Prince NayanEpisodes 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 (season 2)
2021 Pacific Rim: The Black Shiro Ito
2022 Blood & Treasure Batu/The Great KhanRecurring role
2022 Ark: The Animated Series Han Li [3]

Video games

YearVideo GameRoleNote
2004 Wrath Unleashed Epothos [4]
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher bay Matthies / Monster / Wpminer
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent Additional voices
2005 S.W.A.T. 4 Male Suspect #1 / Lian Niu / Simon Gowan [4]
50 Cent: Bulletproof Triad
2006 SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Male Suspect 1 / Andrew Norman
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers Sergeant Williams
2007 Def Jam: Icon Narrator
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Dr. Takeda
Spider-Man 3 Dragon Tail Thug / Additional voices
Guild Wars: Eye of the North Captain
Timeshift Police 3 Commander
2008 Speed Racer Kakoii Teppodama [4]
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 Crown Prince Tatsu
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising Crown Prince Tatsu
Prototype Commander
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Tong Thug [4]
Wet Ratboy / Dr. Afro [4]
2010 Army of Two: The 40th Day Wu
Socom U.S. Navy Seals: Fireteam Bravo 3Additional voices
Alpha Protocol Omen Deng / Triads [4]
Medal of Honor Bagram N.C.O. / SPC. Song
Fallout: New Vegas Ignacio / Tommy Torini / Paladain Ramos / Additional voices
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Additional voices
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Characters [4]
Saints Row: The Third Pedestrian / Additional Voices
Star Wars: The Old Republic Sergeant Rusk / Additional voices [4]
2012 Sleeping Dogs Mr. Chow / Ponytail / Mr. Tong / Additional voices [4]
Guild Wars 2 PC Charr Male
Resident Evil 6 BSAA [4]
Nightmare in North PointDogeyes
Halo 4 Additional voices
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Chinese Commando
2013 Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel Sergeant Rusk
Saints Row IV The Voices of Virtual Steepport
Battlefield 4 Various voices
2014 Elder Scrolls Online
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan Sergeant Rusk
2015 Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PC Charr Male
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Additional voices
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen EmpireFideltin Rusk
2016Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal ThroneAdditional voices
2019 Mortal Kombat 11 Scorpion [5]
2020 Yakuza: Like a Dragon Taiga Saejima [6]

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