BD Wong

Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. Wong won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly, becoming the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role. He was nominated for a Critic's Choice Television Award for his role as Whiterose in Mr. Robot, also earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

BD Wong
Wong in 2008
Bradley Darryl Wong

(1960-10-24) October 24, 1960
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1983–present
Richert Schnorr (m. 2018)
Partner(s)Richie Jackson (1988–2004)
BD Wong
Traditional Chinese黃榮亮
Simplified Chinese黄荣亮

He is known for such roles as Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Father Ray Mukada on Oz, Dr. John Lee on Awake, Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park franchise, Hugo Strange in Gotham, and Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme in the film Seven Years in Tibet. Wong is the host of the HLN medical documentary series Something's Killing Me with BD Wong.

Wong has also done extensive voiceover work and stage acting. The best known of his voice acting roles is that of Captain Li Shang from the Disney animated film Mulan. He later reprised this role twice, most notably for the video game Kingdom Hearts II.

Early life and education

Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California, the son of Roberta Christine Wong (née Leong), a telephone company supervisor, and William D. Wong, a postal worker. He has one older brother and one younger brother.[1] He is of Chinese descent, with family from Hong Kong.[2] 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 wide attention as a result of his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly opposite John Lithgow. The play won multiple awards, including several for Wong, who at that time ceased using his full name in favor of his initials. He has since ceased the use of punctuation in his initials.

He is notable as the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award,[3] Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role.[4] 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 Father Mukada on all six seasons of 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), its direct-to-video sequel, and the video game Kingdom Hearts II. 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 1990, Wong objected to Actor's Equity that the plan to use British actor Jonathan Pryce in the role of The Engineer in the Broadway run of Miss Saigon, which Pryce had originated during the show's extended run in London, would take jobs away from actors of Asian descent. Although the union barred Pryce from acting the role in response to Wong's complaint, vociferous opposition from Charlton Heston and a threat by the musical's creator and producer, Cameron Mackintosh, to cancel the American production entirely, induced the union to reverse course. Pryce went on to win a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for the role.

In 2008, he starred in the one-man show Herringbone, in which he portrayed 12 roles, at 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 to coincide 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 BC, 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, in which he portrayed Dr. Johnathan Lee, a confrontational therapist of an LAPD detective (portrayed by Jason Isaacs) who lived in two realities.[5] Wong guest starred in a thirteenth season episode of Law & Order: SVU titled "Father Dearest" (which aired May 2, 2012).[6]

In 2015, he was named Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. Wong guest starred on a NCIS: New Orleans Episode 1.13 titled "The Walking Dead" (which aired February 3, 2015), where he portrayed Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Gabriel Lin.

Wong also guest-starred as the enigmatic Whiterose (who is head of The Dark Army) in Season 1's episodes 8 and 10 on USA Network's Mr. Robot. He also plays the dual role of Zhang, the Chinese Minister of State Security. He returned in recurring roles for the show's second season, but has been promoted to the main cast for the third season, which debuted October 11, 2017.

Beginning August 13, 2017, Wong began hosting the new HLN series Something's Killing Me With BD Wong. The documentary explores strange and unexplainable, real medical ailments and attacks that may be gradual or descend rapidly. But in either case, if a cause and cure are not found immediately, these real-life patients will die.

Charity work

Wong donates his time and resources to a number of LGBT and arts-related charities, such as the Ali Forney Center, Materials for the Arts,[7] and Rosie's Theater Kids.

Personal life

Wong is openly gay. He began a long-term relationship with talent agent Richie Jackson in 1988.[8] In 2000, the couple had twin sons—Boaz Dov, who died 90 minutes after birth, and Jackson Foo Wong—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.[8] Wong amicably co-parents his son with his ex-partner Jackson and Jackson's partner, Jordan Roth.[9] On October 7, 2018, he married Richert John Frederickson Schnorr, his partner of eight years, in Brooklyn, New York.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Boy on Street Credited as Bradd Wong
1989 Family Business Jimmy Chiu, Adam's MIT Prof
1990 The Freshman Edward
1991 Mystery Date James Lew
Father of the Bride Howard Weinstein
1992 The Lounge People Billy
1993 Jurassic Park Dr. Henry Wu
1993 And the Band Played On Kico Govantes
1994 The Ref Dr. William Wong, Marriage Counselor aka Hostile Hostages
Men of War Po
1995 Kalamazoo Justin
Father of the Bride Part II Howard Weinstein
1996 Executive Decision Sergeant Louie Jung
Joe's Apartment Cockroach Voice
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Ngawang Jigme
1998 Slappy and the Stinkers Morgan Brinway
Mulan Shang Voice
The Substitute 2: School's Out Warren Drummond Direct-to-video
2002 The Salton Sea Bubba
2004 Mulan II Shang Straight-to-video
2005 Stay Dr. Edmund Ren
2006 Ira & Abby Party Guest
2012 White Frog Oliver Young
2015 Focus Liyuan Tse
Jurassic World Dr. Henry Wu[11]
2017 The Space Between Us Tom Chen
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dr. Henry Wu[11]
2018 Bird Box Greg


Year Title Role Notes
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"
1995 Dazzle Teng TV film
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Wolf
Aladdin/The Genie
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 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"
2001–15 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. George Huang 143 episodes, recurring cast seasons 2–3,
Series regular, seasons 4–12,
Guest star seasons 13-15 & 17
2004 Century City U.S. Attorney Matthew Chin Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Marco Polo Pedro TV film
2012 Awake Dr. John Lee Series regular, 11 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart Buzzy HBO film
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Gabriel Lin Episode: "The Walking Dead"
2015–Present Madam Secretary Brent Rosen Episode: "The Kill List", "Refuge"
2015 Nurse Jackie Doctor Wu Episode: "Are You with Me, Doctor Wu?"
2015–present Mr. Robot Whiterose/Minister Zhi Zhang 16 episodes
Recurring cast seasons 1–2; series regular season 3
Nominated—Critics' Choice Award for Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2016–19 Gotham Professor Hugo Strange[12] 13 episodes
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Scientist Episode: "Scientific Studies"
2017–present Something's Killing Me With BD Wong Host/Presenter Episodes: 6 in 2017
2017 DuckTales Toad Liu Hai Voice
Episode: "The House of the Lucky Gander!"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Baldwin Pennypacker 3 episodes
2019 The Flash Godspeed Voice
Episode: "Godspeed"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Captain Li Shang English version
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Captain Li Shang English version
2015 Lego Jurassic World Henry Wu
2018 Jurassic World Evolution Henry Wu


Year Title Role Notes
1988–90 M. Butterfly Song Liling Broadway debut
Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Theatre World Award
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Linus
2004–05 Pacific Overtures Reciter
2012 Herringbone Various Characters One-man show[13]
2019 The Great Leap Wen Chang

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1988 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play M. Butterfly Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Debut Performance Won
Theatre World Award Won
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Male Performer Won
2003 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Shanghai Moon Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Davidson/Valentini Award Won
2013 Best Shorts Competition Voice-Over Talent The No Name Painting Association Won
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series Mr. Robot Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated


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  6. "(#1321) "FATHER DEAREST"". The Futon Critic. April 20, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
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  9. Jackson Foo Wong
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