Rosalind Chao is an American actress. Chao's best-known roles have been in the mid-1980s CBS show AfterMASH portraying Klinger's South Korean wife Soon-Lee, Rose Hsu Jordan in the 1993 movie The Joy Luck Club, and the recurring character Keiko O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the 1990s.
Chao at the Just Like Heaven premiere in Los Angeles (September 8, 2005)
Rosalind Chao was born on September 23, 1957. Her parents ran a successful pancake restaurant, Chao's, across the street from Disneyland, and employed her there from an early age. After moving from Garden Grove to Villa Park, California, Chao was enrolled at an all-girl school, where she was the only non-white student.
Chao's parents were instrumental in her decision to pursue acting; she began at the age of five in a California-based Peking opera traveling company at the instigation of her parents who were already heavily involved, and during the summers they sent her to Taiwan to further develop her acting skills.
Deciding not to pursue acting, Chao enrolled in the communications department at the University of Southern California where she earned her degree in journalism. However, after spending a year as a radio newswriting intern at the CBS-owned Hollywood radio station KNX, she soon returned to acting.
Her big break was with the role of Soon-Lee, a South Korean refugee, in the final episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H. Soon-Lee married longtime starring character Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr) in the series finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", the most-watched sitcom television episode of all time (As of 2017). Chao continued playing the character in the M*A*S*H sequel: 1983's AfterMASH, her first role billed at co-starring status.
Chao regularly portrayed the Japanese exo-botanist Keiko O'Brien (née Ishikawa) on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with eight appearances in the former and nineteen in the latter before DS9's end in 1999. In 2010, a preliminary casting memo for The Next Generation from 1987 was published, revealing that Chao was originally considered for the part of Enterprise security chief Tasha Yar.
In August 2018, Chao joined the upcoming live-action retelling of Mulan. In 2019, Chao was invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences citing her contributions to critically acclaimed films The Joy Luck Club and I Am Sam.
While doing theatre at the Mark Taper Forum, Chao met Simon Templeman; the couple would eventually wed. They have two children, a son, Roland William, and a daughter, Isabelle Rose Yi-Mei. Chao's daughter changed her first name to Yi-Mei in 2019.
|1979||The Amazing Spider-Man||Emily Chan||Episode – "The Chinese Web" (Part 1 & 2)|
|Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women||Flower||Television film|
|Emergency! The Convention||Kathy||Television film|
|1981||Diff'rent Strokes||Ming Li||Episode – "Almost American"|
|One Day at a Time||Gloria||Episode – "Julie Shows Up: Part 2"|
|1982–83||Diff'rent Strokes||Miss Chung||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1982||Moonlight||Daphne Wu||Television film|
|1983||M*A*S*H||Soon-Lee||Recurring role (2 episodes)|
|1983–85||AfterMASH||Soon-Lee Klinger||Main cast (30 episodes)|
|1986||Riptide||Lucy||season 3 episode 15|
|Falcon Crest||Li Ying||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|The A-Team||Alice Heath||Episode – "Point of No Return"|
|American Playhouse||Ku Ling||Episode – "Paper Angels"|
|1988||Miami Vice||Mai Ying||Episode – "Heart of Night"|
|1991–92||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Keiko O'Brien||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|1993–99||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Keiko O'Brien||Recurring role (19 episodes)|
|1995||Murder, She Wrote||Phoebe Campbell||Episode – "Nailed"|
|1999||ER||Dr. Chao||Episode – "Humpty Dumpty"|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Dr. Judith Lin||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|The West Wing||Jane Gentry||Episode – "The Fall's Gonna Kill You"|
|2003–06||The O.C.||Dr Kim||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2003||Monk||Arleen Cassidy||Episode – "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School"|
|2006||Ben 10 (2005 TV series)||Councilwoman Liang||Episode – "Side Effects" (Voice)|
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Cynthia||Recurring role (2 episodes)|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Kathleen Patterson||Episode – "All By Myself"|
|2009||Private Practice||Lillie Jordan||Episode – "Slip Slidin' Away"|
|2010||CSI||Michelle Huntley||Episode – "Long Ball"|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Mrs. Zhuang||Episode – "Cadaver"|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Pastor Jin||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|Bones||Mandy Oh||Episode – "The Suit on the Set"|
|2014||The Neighbors||Barb Hartley||Episode- "Close Encounters of the Bird Kind"|
|Forever||Frenchman||Episode – "The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths"|
|2014||Intelligence||Sheng-Li wang||Episode – "Pilot"|
|2015||Castle||Mimi Tan||Episode – "Hong Kong Hustle"|
|2016||Hawaii Five-0||Governor Keiko Mahoe||Episode – "Makaukau 'oe e Pa'ani?"|
|2016||The OA||Patricia Knowler||Episode – "Champion"|
|2017||Black-ish||Dr. Stone||Episode – "Manternity"|
|2017||The Catch||Kohana Takashi (Japanese Consul)||Episode – "The Dining Hall"|
|1979||The Ultimate Imposter|
|1980||The Big Brawl||Mae|
|1981||An Eye for an Eye||Linda Chen|
|The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island||Hotel Clerk|
|1983||The Terry Fox Story||Rika|
|1987||Slam Dance||Mrs. Bell|
|The Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman||Lianhua|
|1988||White Ghost||Thi Hau|
|1991||Thousand Pieces of Gold||Lalu Nathoy/Polly Bemis|
|Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Cathy DiTolla|
|1993||The Joy Luck Club||Rose|
|1994||Web of Deception|
|1996||To Love, Honor and Deceive|
|1997||The End of Violence||Claire|
|1998||What Dreams May Come||Leona|
|2000||Enemies of Laughter||Carla|
|2001||Three Blind Mice|
|I Am Sam||Lily|
|2005||Life of the Party||Mei Lin|
|Just like Heaven||Fran|
|2007||Nanking||Chang Yu Zheng|
|2009||The Rising Tide||Narrator|
|2015||Stockholm, Pennsylvania||Dr. Andrews|
|2017||Tragedy Girls||Mayor Campbell|
|2019||The Laundromat||Gu Kailai|
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I grew up with Chinese parents, and I learned nothing about it
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Former Star Trek actress Rosalind Chao talks about her latest work with playwright Neil LaBute.
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