Chao-Li Chi

Chao-Li Chi (April 5, 1927 – October 16, 2010) was a Shanxi-born actor and dancer, who worked extensively in American television, including his best known role as Chao Li, opposite Jane Wyman's character in Falcon Crest. Additionally, his film credits include Big Trouble in Little China, The Joy Luck Club, The Nutty Professor, Wedding Crashers and The Prestige. He was featured in the short film by Maya Deren, Meditation on Violence, in 1948. Chi was born in Shanxi, China, on April 5, 1927. He settled in New York City in 1939 with his family as refugees from the Japanese invasion of China. He obtained a bachelor's degree from St. John's College, in Annapolis, MD. Chi also earned a master's degree from New York University and a second master's degree from The New School, which was known as the New School for Social Research at the time. Chi began studying acting under Pearl S. Buck at the East and West Association. He appeared as the lead performer in Maya Deren's 1948 film, Meditation on Violence. He continued to perform with Deren dance companies into the 1960s. In 1967, Chi became the Dance Director of the Living Arts Program in Dayton, Ohio, while touring with Deren.



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