Tzi Ma was most recently featured in Joel & Ethan Coen’s The Ladykillers as The General opposite Tom Hanks, and in Phillip Noyce’s critically acclaimed The Quiet American as Hinh opposite Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser. Ma began his acting career in New York City on the stage where he had two plays written for him: The Dance and The Railroad by Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe by Eric Overmyer.
Some of Ma’s favorite feature film roles include Consul Han in Rush Hour, Chen Jung Song in Golden Gate, Volcanologist Stan in Dante’s Peak, Tommy Kinman Tau in Rapid Fire, and Dr. Lu Chen in Chain Reaction.
Tzi has guest starred in many television series such as The Practice, ER, Law & Order, Boomtown, and had recurring roles on NYPD Blue, Gideon’s Crossing, City of Angels, Martial Law, and his own series Yellowthread Street.
Among the many awards for his work are the Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor in The Dance
and The Railroad, an Ace Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Forgotten, a Dramalogue
Best Choreographer/Best Director Award for The Dance and the Railroad and a Garland Award nomination
for Best Actor, as well as a Los Angeles City Council Citation for his role in the Mark Taper Forum
production of Flower Drum Song.
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