The Chinese Directors,Actors and Actresses in Hollywood

by mmbroz | created - 23 Sep 2012 | updated - 11 Jun 2014 | Public

1. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

2. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria ...

3. Michael Zhang

Actor | The Avengers

Michael Zhang (II) , a Chinese American actor, was born in Naperville IL. Michael's family is originally from southern mainland China, immigrating to the United States with little money and no English ability shortly before Michael was born. After his parents achieved their slice of the American ...

15 years old, Chinese American actor, comedian and martial artist. The Avengers(2012) Supporting Role, Director:Joss Whedon Space Warriors (2013) Lead role, Director: Sean McNamara Displacement(2014) Supporting role, Director:Kenneth Mader The Bandit Hound(2014) Lead role, Director:Michelle Danner Dumb American Family Tv(2014) recurring role, Produce:Jonathan Stern

4. William Kong

Producer | Wo hu cang long

William Kong is a producer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Lust, Caution (2007).

5. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

6. Matthew Zhang

Actor | Bad Words

Matthew Zhang is an American teen actor of Asian descent. He is best known for his role of Oliver in the live-action television series Henry Danger on Nickelodeon, and the role of Dong in Back in the Game on ABC, alongside James Caan and Maggie Lawson. He also lends his voice to the Nickelodeon ...

12 years old , Chinese American actor and comedian. Bad Words (2013) Supporting Role, Director: Jason Bateman Back in The Game (2013) ABC/Fox TV show: Recurring Role, 12/13 EpisodesDirector: G.Ficarra;J.Requa Bad Seeds(2015) Nickelodeon TV show: recurring Role,producer:C H Greenblatt Henry Danger(2014) Nickelodeon TV show:recurring Role, Producer:Dan Schneider Dumb American Family Tv pilot(2014) Series Regular role, producer:Jonathan Stern

7. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

8. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

9. Justin Lin

Producer | Better Luck Tomorrow

Justin Lin is a Taiwanese American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True ...

10. Jet Li

Actor | Huo yuanjia

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

11. John Woo

Producer | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

12. Yimou Zhang

Director | Shi mian mai fu

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and actor, known for House of Flying Daggers (2004), Ying xiong (2002) and Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006).

13. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

14. Bingbing Fan

Actress | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bingbing Fan was born 16 September 1981. She is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.

Fan rose to fame in Asia in 1998-1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, winning a Hundred...

15. Bingbing Li

Actress | Transformers: Age of Extinction

Bingbing Li was born on February 27, 1973 in Harbin, China. She is an actress and producer, known for Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).

16. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

17. Janet Yang

Producer | The People vs. Larry Flynt

Janet Yang was born on July 13, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a producer, known for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), High Crimes (2002) and Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995).

18. Wai-Keung Lau

Cinematographer | Mou gaan dou

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung was born in Hong Kong in 1960, and has been fond of photography as a child. He joined Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. after secondary school graduation. The first film he participated in as a semi-skilled worker in cinematography was Legendary Weapons of China directed by Chia-Liang Liu...

19. Jay Chou

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

Jay Chou (born 18 January 1979) is a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and director. Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to schoolteacher parents, Yeh Hui-Mei, who taught fine arts, and Chou Yao-Chung, a biomedical researcher. In 2000, Chou released his first album, ...

20. Wayne Wang

Director | Smoke

Wayne Wang was born on January 12, 1949 in Hong Kong. He is a director and producer, known for Smoke (1995), Maid in Manhattan (2002) and Chan Is Missing (1982). He is married to Cora Miao.

21. Joan Chen

Actress | Se, jie

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

22. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

23. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

24. Woo-Ping Yuen

Stunts | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Woo-Ping Yuen was born on January 1, 1945 in Guangzhou, China as Yuen Woo Ping. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Fearless (2006) and Kung Fu Hustle (2004).

25. Harry Shum Jr.

Actor | Glee

Harry Shum Jr. was born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. He is an actor, known for Glee (2009), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and Step Up 3D (2010). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015.

26. Johnnie To

Producer | Fong juk

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Hak se wui (2005), Triad Election (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Fong juk (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to ...

27. Hark Tsui

Director | Zhì qu weihu shan

Tsui Hark recently became the fourth Chinese film director to join the board of judges for the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the feature films category this year.

An internationally acclaimed visionary director, Hark started making experimental movies with 8mm film when he was only 13. After ...

28. Ringo Lam

Director | Lung foo fung wan

Ringo Lam was born in 1954 in Hong Kong. He is a director and producer, known for City on Fire (1987), Tie saam gok (2007) and Go do gaai bei (1997).

29. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

30. Terence Chang

Producer | Paycheck

Terence Chang is a producer, known for Paycheck (2003), Face/Off (1997) and Hard Boiled (1992).

31. Vivian Wu

Actress | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Vivian Wu was born in Shanghai, China, in 1966 as Wu Jun Mei. She started acting at age 15 with the Shanghai Film Studio, and then later studied Travel Industry Management at Hawaii's Pacific University. After that she played 'Wen Hsiu' in the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987) directed by ...

32. Ming-Na Wen

Actress | Mulan

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...

33. Lisa Lu

Actress | 2012

Lisa Lu was born on January 19, 1927 in Beijing, China as Yen Chun Lu. She is an actress and producer, known for 2012 (2009), Qing guo qing cheng (1975) and The Last Emperor (1987).

34. Wendi Murdoch

Producer | Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In 2011 Chinese-born businesswoman, Wendi Murdoch, made her debut as a producer with Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011). Based on the 2005 best-selling novel of the same name, this historical drama was set in nineteenth century China and won the Golden Angel Award at the Chinese American Film ...

35. Tsai Chin

Actress | You Only Live Twice

Tsai Chin, pinyin Zhou Caiqin is an actor, director, teacher and author, best known in America for her film role as Auntie Lindo in The Joy Luck Club. The third daughter of Zhou Xinfang, China's great actor in the last century, she was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art London (first ...

36. Victor Wong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Eccentric looking Chinese-American actor with a slightly drooping face (the result of a bout of Bell's palsy) who studied political science, art & journalism before becoming a news reporter for a San Francisco public TV station in the late 1960s.

Apart from a brief stint in the mid-1970s on the TV ...

37. John Lone

Actor | The Last Emperor

Born Leung Kwok Ng in Hong Kong October 13, 1952, John Lone was spartanly raised by a single mother until the age of 7 when he was sent off to be schooled with the Peking Opera. He never again saw his mother. The Peking Opera could be a brutal and grueling life for a child but he was a diligent and...

38. Bruno Wu

Producer | The Immigrant

Bruno Wu is a producer and executive, known for The Immigrant (2013), Ana and Grace of Monaco (2014).

39. Nan Yu

Actress | The Expendables 2

Nan Yu was born on September 5, 1978 in Dalian, Liaoning, China. She is an actress, known for The Expendables 2 (2012), Tuya de hun shi (2006) and Speed Racer (2008).

42. Dan Lin

Producer | The LEGO Movie

Dan Lin was born on April 8, 1973 in Taipei, Taiwan as Wei Lín. He is a producer and executive, known for The Lego Movie (2014), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).

43. James Wan

Writer | Saw

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

44. Leehom Wang

Actor | Blackhat

Leehom Wang was born on May 17, 1976 in Rochester, New York, USA as Alexander Lee Hom Wang. He is an actor, known for Blackhat (2015), Lust, Caution (2007) and The Great Wall (2016). He has been married to Jinglei Wang since November 27, 2013. They have two children.

45. Wei Tang

Actress | Se, jie

Wei Tang was born on October 7, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Finding Mr. Right (2013) and Blackhat (2015). She has been married to Tae-yong Kim since July 12, 2014.

46. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or Jue...

47. Fann Wong

Actress | Shanghai Knights

Fann Wong is a Singapore-born actress-singer-model of Chinese origin. Born on 27 January 1971, she derived her artiste name, Fann Wong, from a combination of her father's surname (Fann) and her mother's surname (Wong). With GCE 'A' Levels and a diploma in fashion merchandising from the La Salle ...

48. Livi Zheng

Producer | Brush with Danger

Livi Zheng is a producer and director, known for Brush with Danger (2015), Insight (2017) and The Bull Race (2018).

49. Ken Zheng

Writer | Down by the River

Ken Zheng is a writer and actor, known for Down by the River (2017), The Last Supper (2017) and Brush with Danger (2015).

50. Albert Tsai

Actor | Dr. Ken

Albert Tsai is an American actor, known for comedy series Trophy Wife (2013), Dr. Ken (2015), and Fresh Off The Boat (2015). At the age of nine, this young actor already received rave reviews and awards recognition. Albert earned a "Best Supporting Actor" nomination from 2014 Critics' Choice ...