Byron Mann

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Byron Mann
Born Hong Kong
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990-present

Byron Mann (Chinese: 文峰; pinyin: Wén Fēng; Jyutping: Man4 Fung1) is a Chinese American actor who has made films in both Hollywood, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is perhaps best known for his performances as Ryu in Street Fighter, Silver Lion in The Man with the Iron Fists and Yao Fei in the first season of Arrow.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mann was born in Hong Kong. He attended the Diocesan Boys' School, an all-boys secondary school in Hong Kong, where he was active in community theatre as both an actor and a writer. After graduating, Byron moved to California to study and received a degree in philosophy at UCLA, even though acting remained important to him. After college, Byron attended USC Law School, but took a sabbatical after the first year. Back in Hong Kong, he received an acting role in the NBC Movie TV movie Last Flight Out. He returned to Los Angeles, graduated from USC Law, passed the California bar, and pursued acting full-time.


Mann starred in films such as Red Corner and The Corruptor, and in the television show Dark Angel, and has also co-starred in Catwoman and Invincible. He is best known as Ryu in Street Fighter (starring alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raúl Juliá) and Koh in the manga-based movie Crying Freeman. In 2012, Mann starred alongside Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in The Man with the Iron Fists, directed by RZA, and presented by Quentin Tarantino. In 2015, Mann appeared in The Big Short, a Paramount Pictures feature film directed by Adam McKay, alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell. He also was a series regular on AMC's Hell on Wheels, playing the powerful railroad mercenary Chang.

Mann is interested in sports, especially tennis and golf. He was at one point a top-ranked tennis player in Hong Kong. He is also a wushu practitioner, displaying his skills in a number of movies including Invincible and Street Fighter.


In 2016 Mann was nominated for the Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S., for his role on Hell on Wheels.[2]



  1. ^ "Street Fighter: The Movie — What went wrong | Polygon". Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Jasmine

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