【5/28/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

(Introducer: Xinyi Ma)

王盛德 (Russell Wong ) (1963-) is an American actor of film and television. He was one of the first actors of Chinese descent to hold a leading role in a primetime American television series, portraying Jian-Wa in Vanishing Son, first in a series of a made-for-television films followed by a 13-episode syndicated series. He has appeared in numerous films and series including Abel Ferrara’s China Girl, New Jack City, The Joy Luck Club, Takedown, The Monkey King, Romeo Must Die, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

The sixth of seven children, Russell Wong was born in Troy, New York; the son of Chinese American restaurateur William Wong and Dutch-American artist Connie Van Yserloo.

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Russell scored a high-profile role in 1994, when he was cast in the leading role in the made-for-TV movie “Vanishing Son” produced by Rob Cohen, in which he played a Chinese political activist exiled in America. The show was popular enough to spawn three sequels, and was later spun off into a syndicated TV series. After “Vanishing Son” ran its course, Russell moved on to more big-screen work, including major roles in “Takedown”, co-starring Skeet Ulrich, and “Twisted” with Sam Jackson and Ashley Judd. His breakthrough performance opposite Jet Li in “Romeo Must Die” firmly established Russell’s star power.


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By Xinyi Ma

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