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      Tzi Ma

      Tzi Ma

      Highest Rated: 97% The Farewell (2019)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 10, 1962

      Birthplace: Hong Kong

      The Hong Kong-born Tzi Ma, who studied theatre and dance in America, has proven that Asian men can carve out a successful niche in Hollywood, even if they aren't action superstars like Jackie Chan or Jet Li. One of his earliest roles to gain notice was as the main heavy in 1992's "Rapid Fire," in which he fought hand-to-hand on an elevated train platform with Brandon Lee, son of the legendary Bruce Lee. But for most of the decade, it was just as common to see Ma in roles that didn't require kung-fu kicks; he was effective in the 1994 drama "Golden Gate" (written by David Henry Hwang, with whom he collaborated numerous times for the stage) and on "NYPD Blue" in the recurring part of Detective Harold Ng. In 2002, he played a shadowy assistant to Michael Caine's British journalist in "The Quiet American," one of the more critically acclaimed films of the year. This gave his career a boost, and he subsequently landed his highest-profile film yet: the Coen Brothers' 2004 remake of "The Ladykillers," which allowed Ma to show off a more comedic side. During this time, he was also active in independent film, playing a retiree desperately trying to hide a dark secret from his three grown daughters in "Red Doors." As for television work, Ma appeared in the series "24" as Cheng Zhi, a Chinese official who matches wits and wills, as opposed to fists, with protagonist Jack Bauer.

      Highest rated movies

      The Farewell Arrival
      Meditation Park
      The Quiet American
      Akeelah and the Bee
      The Kid Detective A Shot Through the Wall Mulan

      Photos

      24: Live Another Day, Tzi Ma (L), Mary Lynn Rajskub (R), 'Day 9: 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM', Season 1, Ep. #10, 06/30/2014, ©FOX 24: Live Another Day, Kiefer Sutherland (L), Tzi Ma (R), 'Day 9: 10:00 PM - 11:00 AM', Season 1, Ep. #12, 07/14/2014, ©FOX THE LADYKILLERS, Tzi Ma (right), 2004, (c) Touchstone RED DOORS, Jacqueline Kim, Tzi Ma, 2006. ©Emerging Pictures Hell on Wheels, Tzi Ma, 'Chinatown', Season 5, Ep. #1, 07/18/2015, ©AMC Hell on Wheels, Tzi Ma, 'Episode 503', Season 5, Ep. #3, ©AMC ARRIVAL, Tzi Ma, 2016. ph: Jan Thijs/© Paramount Pictures Hell on Wheels, Tzi Ma, 'Elixir of Life', Season 5, Ep. #5, 08/15/2015, ©AMC THE LADYKILLERS, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, J.K. Simmons, Tom Hanks, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Marlon Wayans, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Ryan Hurst, Tzi Ma, Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Tzi Ma, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Ryan Hurst, Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, 2004, (c) Touchstone State Of Affairs, Tzi Ma, 'Half The Sky', Season 1, Ep. #3, 12/01/2014, ©NBC THE LADYKILLERS, J.K. Simmons, Marlon Wayans, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Tzi Ma, Marlon Wayans, Ryan Hurst, J.K. Simmons, Tom Hanks, 2004, (c) Touchstone THE LADYKILLERS, Marlon Wayans, Tzi Ma, Tom Hanks, Ryan Hurst, J.K. Simmons, 2004, (c) Touchstone Once Upon a Time, Tzi Ma, 'Selfless, Brave and True', Season 2, Ep. #18, 03/24/2013, ©ABC Once Upon a Time, Tzi Ma, 'Selfless, Brave and True', Season 2, Ep. #18, 03/24/2013, ©ABC Once Upon a Time, Tzi Ma, 'Selfless, Brave and True', Season 2, Ep. #18, 03/24/2013, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      50% 65% Five Blind Dates Unknown (Character) - 2024
      67% 48% Believer 2 Professor Lee (Character) - 2023
      82% 60% A Shot Through the Wall Chow Tan (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 60% A Sugar & Spice Holiday Pete Yung (Character) - 2020
      84% 76% The Kid Detective Mr. Chang (Character) $363.2K 2020
      72% 46% Mulan Hua Zhou (Character) - 2020
      97% 87% The Farewell Haiyan (Character) $17.7M 2019
      No Score Yet 33% Bad Company Hawking (Character) - 2018
      90% 89% Meditation Park Bing (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 44% The Jade Pendant Yu Hing (Character) - 2017
      94% 82% Arrival General Shang (Character) $100.5M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Steps Mr. Lin (Character) - 2015
      55% 99% Pali Road Mr. Zhang (Character) - 2015
      19% 27% Diablo Quok Mi (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 23% A Good Man Mr. Chen (Character) - 2014
      65% 68% Million Dollar Arm Chang (Character) $36.4M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chink Mr. Chang (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone I Used to Know Simo Kim (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Vengeance Chen (Character) - 2011
      33% 55% Formosa Betrayed Kuo (Character) $124.6K 2009
      No Score Yet 66% The Sensei Buddhist Monk (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 61% Baby Pops (Character) - 2008
      17% 63% Rush Hour 3 Ambassador Han (Character) $140.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragon Boys Unknown (Character) - 2007
      86% 81% Akeelah and the Bee Mr. Chiu (Character) $18.8M 2006
      64% 71% Red Doors Ed Wong (Character) - 2005
      54% 43% The Ladykillers The General (Character) $39.7M 2004
      87% 72% The Quiet American Hinh (Character) $13.0M 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaiian Gardens Mr. Huong (Character) - 2001
      47% 64% Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Vinh (Character) $1.3M 1999
      62% 78% Rush Hour Consul Han (Character) $141.2M 1998
      27% 47% Red Corner Li Cheng (Character) $22.4M 1997
      28% 38% Dante's Peak Stan, USGS Crew (Character) $67.2M 1997
      18% 27% Chain Reaction Lu Chen (Character) $20.6M 1996
      0% 7% Golden Gate Chen Jung Song (Character) $395.1K 1994
      45% 55% Rapid Fire Kinman Tau (Character) $13.6M 1992

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% Kung Fu Jin Shen (Character) 2021-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2021-2022
      83% 80% Wu Assassins Mr. Young (Character) 2019
      94% 93% Silicon Valley Yao (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 75% The Resident Ted Zhou (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary President Miguel Da Silva (Guest Star) 2017
      93% 90% Veep Lu Chi-Jang (Guest Star) 2016-2017
      25% 47% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Inspector Cheong (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 79% Ransom Lormong Vang (Guest Star) 2017
      78% 78% Once Upon a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2016
      73% 90% Hell on Wheels Tao (Character) 2015-2016
      96% 73% Angie Tribeca Joseph Takagi (Guest Star) 2016
      95% 88% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 84% Satisfaction Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      28% 66% State of Affairs Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Bah Bah (Guest Voice) 2007-2013
      95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      67% 67% Vegas Watanabe (Guest Star) 2012
      47% No Score Yet CHAOS Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 70% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Mr. Chen (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 67% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      71% 84% Dollhouse Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      90% 79% Fringe Ming Che (Guest Star) 2009
      68% No Score Yet Dirty Sexy Money Tsung Shien Chun (Guest Star) 2009
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      87% 87% 24 Cheng Zhi (Guest Star) 2005 2007
      92% 96% Deadwood Mahjong Player (Guest Star) 2006
      84% 72% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      82% No Score Yet Commander in Chief Chinese Ambassador (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Det. Harold Ng (Guest Star) 1994 1996 2001
      50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 95% The Pretender Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      33% No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet 84% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Head of the Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Biomolecular physiologist (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Mr. Lin (Guest Star) 1985