Michael Wong

Michael Fitzgerald Wong (aka Wong Man-tak) (Chinese: 王敏德; pinyin: Wáng Mǐndé; born in Troy, New York, 16 April 1965) is a Chinese-American and a Hong Kong based actor, director, singer and producer. He is fluent in English, but not so in Chinese, which is reflected in many of the characters he has portrayed. His most notable film is the 1998 film Beast Cops which won a Hong Kong Film Award with Wong in the lead role. As of 2004, he has appeared in over fifty films in twenty-one years, often in very minor roles. Michael Wong grew up in Troy, New York, the son of restaurateur Will Wong and American artist of Dutch and French descent, Connie Van Yserloo. After finishing high school, he left for Hong Kong to try his luck at acting. His brothers Russell Wong and Declan Wong would also become actors in the Hong Kong film industry. There were a number of significant factors working against Wong's eventual success in the Hong Kong film industry including an inability to speak Cantonese, no formal training in acting and no background in martial arts. He also lacked an entry into the tightly knit Hong Kong film industry.


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