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June 10, 1962 |
British Hong Kong
|Spouse(s)||Christina Ma (1994-present)|
Life and career
Ma was born in Hong Kong, the first of eight children. His film career includes major roles in the films The Quiet American and the remake of The Ladykillers as well as appearances in Asian American independent films The Sensei, Red Doors, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and Baby. He is recognized for his role as Consul Han in Rush Hour and in the third installment, Rush Hour 3.
He is also known for his role as Cheng Zhi, the head of security for the Chinese Consulate (Los Angeles), on the TV series 24. He appeared in two episodes of season 4 and made an uncredited surprise return at the end of the final episode of season 5. He reprised his role again in the season premiere and the last eight episodes of season 6. He also voiced Bàba Ling, Francine's adoptive father, in the animated TV series American Dad!.
Ma's other TV credits include guest appearances on MacGyver, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, ER, Boomtown, Commander in Chief, Chicago Hope, The Unit, Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Millennium, Fringe, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, Lie to Me and The Cosby Show. Ma has received awards for his acting roles including the Cine Golden Eagle Award for being the Best Actor in "The Dance and The Railroad" and Garland Award for his acting in the "Flower Drum Song". Ma also landed a voice role in the video game Sleeping Dogs. He also appeared on the hit ABC Series "Once Upon A Time" as "The Dragon".
Ma is among the actors, producers, and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood.
Ma is married to actress Christina Ma.
- "Asian American Actors: Lasting Careers in Hollywood". New Tang Dynasty Television. July 25, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2011.