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Also Known As: Bradd Wong, Bradley Darryl Wong Died:
Born: October 24, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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Born Bradley Darryl Wong, actor BD Wong began his career on the stage.  He made his Broadway debut in 1988 playing Song Liling opposite John Lithgow in "M. Butterfly". His performance gained him widespread attention, both from critics and audiences, and he was awarded the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for his portrayal of this role. Following his work on the stage, Wong moved to film and television. Memorable film roles included Howard Weinstein in 1991's "Father of the Bride", and 1995's "Father of the Bride Part II", Dr. Henry Wu in 1993's "Jurassic Park", the cockroach in the oddball comedy "Joe's Apartment" (1996), and Shang in animated hits "Mulan" (1998) and "Mulan II" (2004). In 2001 Wong originated the role of Dr. George Huang in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 2001-2015). In 2015 Wong appeared as a guest actor on season 1 of "Mr. Robot" (USA, 2015-). His character made another appearance in Season 2 and was moved to the slate of series regular in Season 3. In 2017 Wong commenced hosting the HLN series "Something's Killing Me With BD Wong". The show explores strange and unusual life-threatening illnesses. ...

Born Bradley Darryl Wong, actor BD Wong began his career on the stage.  He made his Broadway debut in 1988 playing Song Liling opposite John Lithgow in "M. Butterfly". His performance gained him widespread attention, both from critics and audiences, and he was awarded the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for his portrayal of this role. Following his work on the stage, Wong moved to film and television. Memorable film roles included Howard Weinstein in 1991's "Father of the Bride", and 1995's "Father of the Bride Part II", Dr. Henry Wu in 1993's "Jurassic Park", the cockroach in the oddball comedy "Joe's Apartment" (1996), and Shang in animated hits "Mulan" (1998) and "Mulan II" (2004). In 2001 Wong originated the role of Dr. George Huang in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 2001-2015). In 2015 Wong appeared as a guest actor on season 1 of "Mr. Robot" (USA, 2015-). His character made another appearance in Season 2 and was moved to the slate of series regular in Season 3. In 2017 Wong commenced hosting the HLN series "Something's Killing Me With BD Wong". The show explores strange and unusual life-threatening illnesses.

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1994:
Debut as a TV series regular, playing Stuart, the older brother of Margaret Cho, on ABC's "All-American Girl"
1999:
Played Linus in Broadway revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
1989:
Appeared off-Broadway as Ariel in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" starring Frank Langella
2001:
Joined the cast of "Law & Order: SVU"
1987:
Made TV-movie debut (as Bradd D. Wong), "Double Switch", on ABC's "Disney Sunday Movie"
1990:
TV-movie debut as B.D. Wong, "Good Night, Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston" for CBS
1987:
Appeared in an all Asian-American production of "A Chorus Line" at East/West Players in LA
2005:
Cast opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the Marc Forster thriller "Stay"
1987:
Appeared as Brad Wong on the syndicated series, "Hard Copy"
2016:
Began playing Hugo Strange on "Gotham"
2015:
Reprised role of Henry Wu in "Jurassic Park" sequel "Jurassic World"
2018:
Reprised Dr. Henry Wu yet again in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
1988:
First actor to be honored with the Tony, Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Clarence Derwent Award and a Theater World Award for the same role in "M. Butterfly"
1989:
Made first feature as B.D. Wong, Sidney Lumet's "Family Business"
1988:
Made Broadway debut playing Song Liling in "M. Butterfly" on Broadway
1986:
Made film debut (billed as Bradd Wong) in "The Karate Kid Part II"
1997:
Had regular role of Father Ray Mukada, the prison chaplain, on the HBO series "Oz"
1982:
Made professional stage debut in "Androcles and the Lion", at Town Hall in NYC
1998:
Voiced Captain Li Shang in the animated Disney feature "Mulan"
2015:
Joined the cast of "Mr. Robot"
1993:
Had small but memorable role as geneticist Henry Wu in Stephen Spielberg's sci-fi blockbuster "Jurassic Park"
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Education

San Francisco State University: -

Notes

"'When I grew up and watched TV, I saw no Asians,' says Wong. 'When I got older, I hated being Asian-American and wished I could change until I finally realized that it was one of the best things I could have. I could embrace it and use it in my work. It's much more of a blessing than a curse." --From "Actors' Chance to Part a Racial and Cultural Curtain," by Jefferson Graham in USA Today, September 13, 1994.

"For Wong, so dazzling on stage in "M. Butterfly", to accept a supporting-actor role on a network sitcom, says something about the lack of stellar parts for Asians in any performance medium...." -- From "'All-American Girl' A Premise with Promise" by David Bianchulli in Daily News, September 14, 1994.

"For inspiration for his role, Wong did not have to look further than his own Chinese-American family; his elder brother is a highly successful doctor who exhibits many of the 'perfect' qualities possessed by Stuart."

"'He is very loving, like Stuart,' says Wong, 'but his academic and intellectual abilities were intimidating. Also, unlike me and my younger brother, he grew up near Chinatown in San Francisco, and his upbringing was a little closer to the root culture than ours. Before our family moved, he was able to go to Chinese school and learn Chinese, but my younger brother and I were not, much to our regret." --From press release material for "All-American Girl"

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life partner:
Richie Barez. Relationship ended June 2004.

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son:
Jackson Foo wong. Born (by surrogate mother) May 19, 2000; used Wong's sperm and Sue Barez's egg (Barez is the sister to Wong's partner).

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"Following Foo" HarperCollins

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