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Also Known As: Ming Na, Ming-Na, Ming Wen Died:
Born: November 20, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: China Profession: actor, model, clerk

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This attractive stage-trained performer appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows before making her breakthrough performance in "The Joy Luck Club" as part of a strong ensemble of Asian actresses. Wen (whose name means enlightenment) began her professional career in the Playwrights Horizon presentation of "Tiny Mommy". She went on to appear for three seasons as Lien Hughes in the on-going daytime serial "As the World Turns". In her second feature, "Street Fighter" (1994), Wen appeared as a kick-boxing TV reporter opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. She had a recurring role as an ambitious third-year med student during the freshman year of the NBC medical drama "ER" (1995). Wen was subsequently cast as a regular on the sitcom "The Single Guy" (NBC, 1995-97) as Trudy, the caustic owner of a SoHo art gallery. When the series ended, she headed to Broadway where she debuted in David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child" (1998). That same year, Wen also provided the speaking voice for the Disney animated heroine "Mulan".

This attractive stage-trained performer appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows before making her breakthrough performance in "The Joy Luck Club" as part of a strong ensemble of Asian actresses. Wen (whose name means enlightenment) began her professional career in the Playwrights Horizon presentation of "Tiny Mommy". She went on to appear for three seasons as Lien Hughes in the on-going daytime serial "As the World Turns". In her second feature, "Street Fighter" (1994), Wen appeared as a kick-boxing TV reporter opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. She had a recurring role as an ambitious third-year med student during the freshman year of the NBC medical drama "ER" (1995). Wen was subsequently cast as a regular on the sitcom "The Single Guy" (NBC, 1995-97) as Trudy, the caustic owner of a SoHo art gallery. When the series ended, she headed to Broadway where she debuted in David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child" (1998). That same year, Wen also provided the speaking voice for the Disney animated heroine "Mulan".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Super Cyclone (2012)
2.
 Push (2009)
4.
 Prom Night (2008)
5.
 Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002) Katy Woo
6.
 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Voice Of Doctor Aki Ross
7.
 MULAN (1998) Voice Of Mulan
8.
 12 Bucks (1998) Gorgeous
9.
 Tempting Fate (1998) Ellen Moretti
10.
 One Night Stand (1997) Mimi Carlyle
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Milestones close milestones

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Lived in Hong Kong
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Moved to Queens, New York at age five with her mother and older brother
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Moved to Pittsburgh with family
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Appeared in regional productions while attending college
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Returned to New York upon graduation
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Off-Broadway debut, "Tiny Mommy"
1988:
Appeared as Lien Hughes in the daytime soap, "As the World Turns"; first Asian actor in a contract role on a soap
1992:
Feature acting debut, "Rain Without Thunder"
1993:
Breakthrough feature, "The Joy Luck Club"
1993:
TV movie debut, "Blind Spot"
1995:
Appeared in recurring role of med student Deb Chen on NBC drama "ER"
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Cast as regular on the sitcom on "The Single Guy" (NBC)
1998:
Broadway debut as co-star of "Golden Child", written by David Henry Hwang
1998:
Voiced the title character in Disney's animated "Mulan"
2000:
Rejoined "ER" reprising her role as Jing-Mei (Deb) Chen; signed to remain with show through the 2002-2003 season
2001:
Provided voice for the leading character of Dr. Aki Ross in the CGI animated feature "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within"
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Education

Mt. Lebanon High School: Mt. Lebanon , Pennsylvania -
Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

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