Anthony Wong

Anthony Brandon Wong is an award-winning actor who has played a wide range of roles in numerous films, more than 30 hit television programs, and over thirty stage productions in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa. He is best known to international audiences for his role as ‘Ghost’, the Zen Buddhist assassin in “The Matrix Reloaded”, “The Matrix Revolutions”, and as the lead character (alongside Jada Pinkett Smith) in the “Enter the Matrix” video game, all written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Wong spent 15 months working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sydney, Australia opposite Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving.

He also worked with Dennis Quaid, Hugh Laurie, Tyrese Gibson and Giovanni Ribisi in the Twentieth Century Fox action picture “Flight of the Phoenix”, filmed in the deserts of Namibia, Africa.

In 2012, Wong played the role of former Chinese premier Chou En-lai in the HBO movie “Hemingway and Gellhorn” opposite Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, directed by Philip Kaufman. He also played a guest role opposite Ed Asner in “Hawaii Five-O” in the episode titled “Kalele”.

In 2011, Wong was seen in the Steven Soderbergh movie “Haywire”, alongside Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano. Wong filmed the role of ‘Jiang’ in Dublin, Barcelona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Wong also played the supporting role of ‘Asian Elvis’ opposite Gary Oldman and Christian Slater in the comedy “Guns, Girls and Gambling”, which was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Other notable film credits include the lead male role in Clara Law’s “Floating Life” as a womanizing Hong Kong stockbroker who realizes the error of his philandering ways, the villainous Chinatown crime lord Peter Cho in the Australian comedy “Crooked Business” and the films “Little Fish” (opposite Cate Blanchett), “Lilian’s Story” (starring Toni Collette), “Till There Was You” (starring Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbe), and “Seeing Red” (opposite David Wenham, ‘Faramir’ in “The Lord of the Rings”).

Wong played the series regular role of ‘Tasuke Kogo’ in ABC Family’s “Samurai Girl”, father of the title character and one of Japan’s most powerful businessmen. In the BBC’s “Secrets of the Forbidden City” he played the principal character of real life 15th Century Chinese Emperor Yongle, the visionary but despotic leader who built the world-famous Forbidden City.

In 2013, Wong filmed the role of Michael Lau in the Matchbox Pictures sci-fi series “Nowhere Boys”, which won the Award for Best Children’s Series at the 2014 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts [AACTA] Awards.

Wong plays a series regular role in the NBC Universal/Matchbox Pictures kung fu comedy series “Maximum Choppage”, due to be screened on Australia’s ABC TV network in late 2014.

Wong also played the lead role of Hirohito opposite Caspar Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”) in the US martial arts TV movie “Mask of the Ninja” (Spike TV). His many television credits include “Glee” (in the Series 2 episode “Grilled Cheesus”), “The Unit” (as a Thai prince facing death threats), “NCIS” (as Navy Doctor Russell Nguyen), the Francis Ford Coppola produced “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” (playing a Hong Kong detective), Disney Channel’s “Jumping Ship” (as a modern-day pirate), “All Saints” (as a journalist who loses his partner), “Water Rats” (as a compulsive gambler), “Xena Warrior Princess” “Cassidy”, “The Boys from the Bush”, “Home and Away”, “A Country Practice”, “The Alice” and the HBO pilot “1%”, written by Michael Tolkin (“The Player”) and directed by Emmy award winning director Alan Taylor (“The Sopranos”).

Wong also played the series regular roles of ‘Mek’, a heroic scientist on “Spellbinder 2”, filmed in Poland, China and Australia, opposite Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and ‘Lee’, a political revolutionary in “Embassy”, filmed in Melbourne and Fiji.

He played the role of Gerald in the Internet series “The Booth at the End”, opposite Xander Berkeley (“24” and “Nikita”), produced by Michael Eisner.

Wong trained in many different acting techniques (Meisner, Strasberg, Improvisation, Asian theatre methods) and with many acclaimed acting teachers including world-renown acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who has worked with Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey, Terrence Howard, Catherine Keener, Kate Hudson and hundreds of other A List actors. He has also studied with Larry Moss, acting coach to Leonardo di Caprio, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt and Tobey Maguire; with Eric Morris, former coach to Jack Nicholson, and with Elizabeth Kemp and Bradley Cooper.

 

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