Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma

Born: June 10, 1962
Age: 55
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Tzi Ma (Chinese: 馬志; born June 10, 1962) is a Hong Kong American actor who has made numerous appearances in American films and television series.


Early life and education

Ma was born in Hong Kong, the first of eight children.


Ma's film career includes major roles in the films The Quiet American and the remake of The Ladykillers as well as appearances in Asian American independent films The Sensei, Red Doors, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce and Baby. He is recognized for his role as Consul Han in Rush Hour and in the third installment, Rush Hour 3.

He has appeared in Akeelah and the Bee and thriller Dante's Peak.

Ma appeared in Denis Villeneuve's 2016 film Arrival as General Shang, the commander of the Chinese military.

Ma is among the actors, producers, and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood.


He is also known for his recurring role as Cheng Zhi, the head of security for the Chinese Consulate (Los Angeles), on the television series 24, first appearing in the series's fourth season and reprising the role in 24: Live Another Day. He also voiced Bàba Ling, Francine's adoptive father, in the animated TV series American Dad!.

He also had a role in the first season of Martial Law as Lee "Nemesis" Hei, first major antagonist and Sammo Law's arch-nemesis.

Ma's other TV credits include guest appearances on MacGyver, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, ER, Boomtown, Commander in Chief, Chicago Hope, The Unit, Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Millennium, Fringe, Cold Case, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, Lie to Me, The Cosby Show, Grey's Anatomy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hell on Wheels. Ma also had a voice role in the video game Sleeping Dogs. He also appeared on the ABC series Once Upon a Time as "The Dragon". He also appeared as a zen master on the USA series Satisfaction.

He appeared as General Onoda in the Amazon show The Man In The High Castle, and as Tao on AMC’s Hell On Wheels.



Year Title Notes
1979 Cocaine Cowboys
1981 They All Laughed Uncredited
1986 The Money Pit
1990 RoboCop 2
1992 Rapid Fire
1993 Golden Gate
1995 Make a Wish,Molly Short film
1996 Chain Reaction
1997 Dante's Peak
1997 Red Peak
1998 Rush Hour
1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
2002 The Quiet American
2004 The Ladykillers
2006 Akeelah and the Bee
2007 Baby
2007 Rush Hour 3
2007 Battle in Seattle
2008 The Sensei
2008 Management
2009 Formosa Betrayed
2012 The Campaign
2013 Made in Chinatown Short film
2014 Million Dollar Arm
2014 Sutures Short film
2015 Diablo
2016 Arrival


Ma has received awards for his acting roles including the Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor for The Dance and The Railroad, and the Garland Award for his acting in Flower Drum Song.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]