Wong, Russell 1963–

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Wong, Russell 1963–


Full name, Russell Jan Tak Wong; born March 1, 1963, in Troy, NY; son of William Wong (a restauranteur) and Connie Van Yserloo (an artist); brother of Michael Wong (an actor and model); married Flora Cheong–leen (a fashion designer), 2003; children: one daughter, one stepdaughter. Education: Studied film production at New York University; also attended Santa Monica City College. Avocational Interests: Music, martial arts, photography.


Agent—The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—H2F 9000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 710, West Hollywood, CA 90069.


Actor. Appeared in advertisements. Worked as a dancer; toured with the singer Donna Summer.

Awards, Honors:

Media Achievement Award, Media Action Network for Asian Americans, 1994; Image Award, Organization of Chinese Americans, 1994; Asian Media Award, Asian American International Film Festival, 1996; honored by the Asian American Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 1997; Bridge Builder Award, c. 2003, for community work and for serving as a role model; received other awards and nominations.


Film Appearances:

Russell, Ge wu sheng ping (also known as Musical Dancer and The Musical Singer), [Hong Kong], 1985.

Gordon Chen, Tai–Pan, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.

Mr. Wong (physical education teacher), Gwai m haau yuen (also known as Porky's Meatballs, Zany Campus, and Gui ma jiao yuan), [Hong Kong], 1986.

Yung Gan, China Girl, Vestron Pictures, 1987.

Ben Loy, Eat a Bowl of Tea, Columbia, 1989.

Bobby Chow, Gwang tin lung foo wooi (also known as China White, The Deadly Sin, Rumbling Sky Dragon Tiger Meeting, and Hong tian long hu hui), [Hong Kong], 1989.

Kim Park, New Jack City, Warner Bros., 1991.

Lam Cheng Shen, China Cry: A True Story (also known as China Cry), Penland Productions, 1991.

Zeniger, Xia ri qing ren (also known as Summer Lovers), [Hong Kong], 1992.

Lin Xiao, The Joy Luck Club, Buena Vista, 1993.

Man, Geoffrey Beene 30 (short film), 1993.

Ken, Chunggamsuk (also known as Satin Steel and Chong jin shu), [Hong Kong], 1994.

Danyael, The Prophecy II (also known as God's Army II and Prophecy II: Ashtown), Dimension Films, 1998.

Tsutomu Shimomura, Takedown (also known as Hackers 2: Takedown and Track Down), Dimension Films, 1999.

Kai Sing, Romeo Must Die, Warner Bros., 2000.

Lieutenant Tong, Twisted (also known as The Blackout Murders), Paramount, 2004.

Frank, Inside Out, Ogdenigma Entertainment/Humble Journey Films/Shoreline Entertainment, 2005.

Leon, Undoing, A Space Between/Group Hug Productions/EK Films, 2006.

Ray, Honor, Birch Tree Entertainment, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jian–Wa Chang, Vanishing Son, syndicated, 1994–95.

Tom Chang, Black Sash (also known as The Bounty Hunter), The WB, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Monkey king, The Lost Empire (also known as Monkey King—Ein Krieger zwischen den Welten), NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sergeant Lee, Harry's Hong Kong (also known as China Hand), ABC, 1987.

C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (also known as Python Wolf), NBC, 1988.

Li Sung, "Tongs," Gideon Oliver (also known as The ABC Monday Mystery Movie and By the Rivers of Babylon), ABC, 1989.

Jian–Wa Chang, Vanishing Son, syndicated, 1994.

Jian–Wa Chang, Vanishing Son II, syndicated, 1994.

Jian–Wa Chang, Vanishing Son III, syndicated, 1994.

Jian–Wa Chang, Vanishing Son IV, syndicated, 1994.

Rick Tsung, The Tracker, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Riding the Elephant," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.

Locke, "The Dragon and the Angel," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1989.

George, "The Spirit of Liberty Moon: Parts 1 & 2," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Himself, Aaliyah: The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Lieutenant Kim, "No Humans Involved," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2004.

"First Disaster," Commander in Chief, ABC, 2005.

Jeremy Wang, "Undercurrents," Numb3rs (also known as Numbers and Num3ers), CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Honolulu CRU (also known as Honolulu Crew), 1998.

Tom Chang, Black Sash (also known as The Bounty Hunter), The WB, 2003.

District attorney, Just Legal, The WB, 2005.

Appeared as Tom Chang in "The Bounty Hunter," the unaired original pilot for the series Black Sash (also known as The Bounty Hunter), The WB. Some sources cite an appearance in Hawaii Five–O, CBS, 1997.



Himself, The Making of "Romeo Must Die," 2000.

Video Games:

Voice of Nick Kang, True Crime: Streets of LA, Activision, 2003.

Music Videos:

DeBarge, "Rhythm of the Night," 1985.

Appeared in music videos for other artists, including David Bowie, Kim Carnes, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, and Deniece Williams.



Knight–Ridder/Tribune News Service, January 13, 1995.


Russell Wong, http://www.russellwong.com, August 24, 2006.

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