Born and raised in San Francisco, California, B. D. Wong is the only actor ever to have received all five major New York theater awards for a single role. For his performance in M. Butterfly, his Broadway debut, he received the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award, and the Clarence Derwent Award. Additional New York theater credits include The Tempest, A Language of Their Own, As Thousands Cheers, and the Broadway musical revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Most recently, Mr. Wong was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of General Gong Fei in the off-Broadway play Shanghai Moon.
For the past six seasons, Mr. Wong has gained notice on the acclaimed series Oz, playing the resilient prison priest “Father Ray.” His other television credits include starring roles in the network series All–American Girl and the cable movie And the Band Played On, as well as guest–starring roles on Welcome to New York, Chicago Hope, The X–Files, Bless This House and Shannon´s Deal. He voiced the character of “Shang” in the Disney animated film MULAN and the upcoming sequel MULAN II and appears as “Dr. George Huang” on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mr. Wong has also appeared in more than 20 feature films, including Steven Spielberg´s JURASSIC PARK, THE FRESHMAN opposite Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, FATHER OF THE BRIDE (the contemporary remake of the original and its sequel), SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, EXECUTIVE DECISION, and THE SALTON SEA starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D’Onofrio. He recently completed filming STAY with director Marc Forster.
Mr. Wong’s first book, Following Foo (the electronic adventures of the Chestnut Man) published by HarperCollins, is in bookstores now. It chronicles the community that formed around the extremely premature birth of identical twin sons via surrogacy to Mr. Wong and his partner.