BD Wong in New York City, June 2008.
|Born||Bradley Darryl Wong
October 24, 1960
San Francisco, California, USA
|Other names||Bradd D. Wong
|Partner(s)||Richie Jackson (1988–2004)|
|Children||Jackson Foo Wong (born May 28, 2000)
Boaz Dov Wong (2000)
|Awards||Theatre World Award
1988 M. Butterfly
Bradley Darryl "BD" Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. He won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He has also played Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Father Ray Mukada on Oz, Dr. John Lee on Awake, Henry Wu in the first Jurassic Park film and the upcoming fourth entry, Jurassic World, and Ngawang Jigme in the movie Seven Years in Tibet. He has also done voice-over work and stage acting.
Wong was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Roberta Christine (née Leong), a telephone company supervisor, and William D. Wong, a longtime postal worker. He has one older and one younger brother. He is of Chinese descent. Wong attended Lincoln High School, where he discovered his love of acting and starred as the lead in numerous school plays, before attending San Francisco State University.
Wong gained attention for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly opposite John Lithgow. The play won multiple awards, including several for Wong. He is notable as the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role. In addition to his long-running stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as FBI psychiatrist Dr. George Huang, he has had recurring roles in All American Girl and as a prison priest on Oz, with guest appearances on The X-Files and Sesame Street. On the big screen, he has appeared in The Freshman (1990), the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and its 1995 sequel, Father of the Bride Part II, Jurassic Park (1993), Executive Decision (1996) and Slappy and the Stinkers (1997). He also provided the voice of Captain Shang in Disney's Mulan (1998) and its direct-to-video sequel. He returned to Broadway as Linus in a revival of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, alongside Anthony Rapp, Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth, and the 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures.
In 2008, he starred in the one-man show Herringbone, in which he portrays 12 roles, at the McCarter Theatre at Princeton University. He brought the show to the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego the following year. In 2012, Wong starred in Herringbone to benefit Dixon Place in New York for two performances. The production, recorded live for a 2014 CD release, was his first appearance in New York of the material, timed with the 30th anniversary of the original New York production.
In 2014, Wong starred in the U.S. premiere of James Fenton’s acclaimed adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, a classic Chinese legend that has its roots in the fourth century BCE, directed by Carey Perloff at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). The Orphan of Zhao is an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge. In the aftermath of a political coup, a country doctor is forced to sacrifice his own son in order to save the last heir of a noble and massacred clan. The Orphan of Zhao was a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse.
Wong announced his departure from the cast of Law & Order: SVU in July 2011, to join another NBC police drama, Awake, where he portrayed Dr. Johnathan Lee, a confrontational therapist of an LAPD detective (portrayed by Jason Isaacs) who lived in two realities. Wong guest starred in a thirteenth season episode of Law & Order: SVU titled "Father Dearest" (which aired May 2, 2012).
Wong began a long-term relationship with talent agent Richie Jackson in 1988. In 2000, the couple had twin sons: Boaz Dov, who died 90 minutes after birth, and Jackson Foo Wong. They were born through a surrogate mother, using Wong's sperm and an egg donated by Jackson's sister. In 2003, Wong wrote a memoir about his experiences with surrogacy titled Following Foo: the Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man. Wong and Jackson ended their relationship in 2004.
|1986||The Karate Kid, Part II||Boy on Street||as Bradd Wong|
|1989||Family Business||Jimmy Chiu, Adam's MIT Prof|
|1991||Mystery Date||James Lew|
|Father of the Bride||Howard Weinstein|
|1992||The Lounge People||Billy|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Henry Wu|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Kico Govantes|
|1994||The Ref||Dr. Wong, Marriage Counselor||AKA Hostile Hostages|
|Men of War||Po|
|Father of the Bride Part II||Howard Weinstein|
|1996||Executive Decision||Sergeant Louie|
|1997||Seven Years in Tibet||Ngawang Jigme|
|1998||Slappy and the Stinkers||Morgan Brinway|
|The Substitute 2: School's Out||Warren Drummond|
|2002||The Salton Sea||Bubba|
|2006||Ira & Abby||Party Guest|
|2012||White Frog||Oliver Young|
|Jurassic World||Henry Wu||Post-production|
|1983||No Big Deal||Miss Karnisian's Class||TV film
as Bradd Wong
|1986||Simon & Simon||Counterboy - Photo Shop Clerk||Episode: "Mobile Home of the Brave"|
|1987||Double Switch||Waiter||TV film|
|1988||Crash Course||Kichi||TV film
as Bradd Wong
aka Driving Academy
|1990||Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston||Kim Tan||TV Film
aka The Charles Stuart Story
|1991||Alive from Off Center||Actor||Episode: "Dances in Exile"|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Kico Govantes||HBO TV film|
|1994–95||All-American Girl||Dr. Stuart Kim||18 episodes|
|1994||ABC Afterschool Specials||Johnny Angel||Episode: "Magical Make-Over"|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||The Wolf
|Episodes: "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Aladdin"|
|Bless This House||Johnny Chen||Episode: "Neither a Borrower Nor a Landlord Be"|
|1996||The X-Files||Det. Glen Chao||Episode: "Hell Money"|
|1997–2003||Oz||Father Ray Mukada||47 episodes|
|1998||The Substitute 2: School's Out||Warren Drummond||TV film|
|Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music of Disney's 'Mulan'||Captain Li Shang||TV film|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Dr. Kai Chang||Episode: "Upstairs, Downstairs"|
|2000||Welcome to New York||Dennis||Episode: "Jim Gets a Wig"|
|2002||Kim Possible||Agent Will Du||Voice
Episode: "Number One"
|2001–2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. George Huang||229 episodes, recurring character seasons 2-3, main cast seasons 4-12,
guest appearances seasons 13, 14 & 15
|2004||Century City||U.S. Attorney Matthew Chin||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Marco Polo||Pedro||TV film|
|2012||Awake||Dr. John Lee||Series regular|
|2014||The Normal Heart||Buzzy||HBO film|
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Captain Li Shang||(English)|
|1988-1990||M. Butterfly||Song Liling||Broadway Debut
Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male
|1999||You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Linus|
- 1988 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male – M. Butterfly
- 1988 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance – M. Butterfly
- 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – M. Butterfly
- 1988 Theatre World Award – M. Butterfly
- 1988 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – M. Butterfly
- 2003 GLAAD Davidson/Valentini Award
- "B. D. Wong Biography". filmreference. 2008. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- "BD Wong returns to his hometown for Orphan of Zhao". sfgate. 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
- The Grand Rapids Press. "'Law and Order' actor B.D. Wong to speak at Fountain Street Church". MLive.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "53rd Drama Desk Awards". Drama Desk. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- "Theatre World Awards Recipients". Theatre World. 2008. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- Chang, Lia. " BD Wong Stars in the La Jolla Playhouse Production of Herringbone". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, July 8, 2009
- Chang, Lia. "Yellow Sound Label to Release BD Wong’s Debut CD HERRINGBONE on December 2, 2014". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, November 23, 2014
- Chang, Lia. "Photos: In Rehearsal with BD Wong at Dixon Place for Live Concert Recording of Herringbone". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, May 21, 2012
- Chang, Lia. " The Orphan of Zhao starring BD Wong, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Stan Egi, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban and More at A.C.T. through June 29". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, June 25, 2014
- Chang, Lia. " The Orphan of Zhao starring BD Wong, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Stan Egi, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban and More at La Jolla Playhouse through August 3, 2014". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, July 23, 2014
- Mitovich, Matt (July 17, 2011). "Fall TV Scoop: B.D. Wong Reveals His SVU Fate". TVLine (Mail.com Media). Retrieved July 17, 2011.
- Chang, Lia. "Tony award-winning actor BD Wong stars in NBC’s Awake; video preview and interview". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, February 24, 2012
- "(#1321) "FATHER DEAREST"". The Futon Critic. April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- Chang, Lia. "Tony Award Winner BD Wong Kicks Off La Jolla Playhouse Residency". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, January 10, 2015
- Christopher Stone (16 November 2005). "B.D. Wong: Out Author, Actor and Parent". AfterElton. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- Adam Hetrick (October 29, 2009). "Wong Joins Adams, Burgess, Pazakis and More for A Very MARY Holiday". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- Chang, Lia. "Photos: BD Wong in Rehearsal for Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, March 19, 2012
- Chang, Lia. "Photos: BD Wong, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tom Viola at Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids". BackstagePasswithLiaChang.com, April 1, 2012
- Chris Tilly (March 18, 2014). "Dr. Henry Wu Returns in Jurassic World". IGN.
- Stockard Channing, B.D. Wong Honored at 14th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by Absolut Vodka in San Francisco, 2 June 2003 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 11, 2008)
- BD Wong at the Internet Broadway Database
- BD Wong at the Internet Movie Database
- BD Wong at the Internet Off-Broadway Database