Ming-Na Wen

BirthDay:

20 Nov 1963

BirthPlace:

Coloane Island, Macau

BirthName:

Ming-Na Wen

Bio:

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother met Soo Lim Yee, a U.S. businessman. They soon married, and at four years, Ming-Na moved with her family to Queens, New York. Five years later, they transferred to Yee's hometown of Pittsburgh where his family runs the Chinatown Inn restaurant. Jonathan and half-brother, Leong, now manage this restaurant. Struggling to fit in at school, she changed her name to Maggie & Doris. She found a love for acting while appearing in a third grade Easter play, where she played a klutzy bunny. Her mother was not excited about her desire to pursue acting, She preferred that she go into medicine. Nonetheless, Ming-Na graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theatre. She got her first acting job in 1988 on the soap As the World Turns (1956). Her big break came when she was cast in The Joy Luck Club (1993). When she needed a ride to the premiere of the film, her acting instructor sent one of his students, Eric Michael Zee. The two started dating in 1994 after Ming-Na moved permanently to Los Angeles and married in 1995, dropping her last name, Wen, at that time. She says she is now like Ann-Margret. Zee is a screenwriter and, with Ming-Na, manages At Last, a boy band.
Filmography

Actor ( 68 credits )

A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass (2016)  Herself
April Rain (2014) Hillary
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)  Melinda May (22 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Sofia the First (2013)  Mulan (1 episode, 2014)
The Real (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Herself - Celebrity Player (1 episode, 2015)
Nashville (2012)  Calista Reeve (1 episode, 2013)
BoyBand (2010) Judy Roberts (as Ming-Na)
Adventure Time (2010)  Finn's Mom (2 episodes, 2012)
Push (2009) Emily Wu (as Ming-Na)
SGU Stargate Universe (2009)  Camile Wray / ... (31 episodes, 2009-2011)
Prom Night (2008) Dr. Elisha Crowe (as Ming Wen)
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (2008)  Gui Nai Nai (1 episode)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Private Practice (2007)  Kara Wei (1 episode, 2008)
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Dr. Hirano (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Eureka (2006)  U.S. Senator Michaela Wen (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Vanished (2006)  Agent Lin Mei (13 episodes, 2006)
Inconceivable (2005)  Rachel Lu (3 episodes, 2005)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Mary Kate Olsen / ... (1 episode, 2005)
Making a Scene (2005)  Agent Lin Mei (1 episode, 2006)
Boston Legal (2004)  Ming Wang Shu (1 episode, 2008)
The Batman (2004)  Detective Ellen Yin (16 episodes, 2004-2005)
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Perfection (2004) Woman (as Ming-Na)
Two and a Half Men (2003)  Linda Harris / ... (5 episodes, 2007-2010)
The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Bronx Bunny Show (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
World Poker Tour (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002) Katy Woo (as Ming-Na)
A Ribbon of Dreams (2002) Mei-Ling (voice) (as Ming-Na)
George Lopez (2002)  Professor Lim (2 episodes, 2006)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002)  Peggy Tsu (1 episode, 2004)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Doctor Aki Ross (voice) (as Ming-Na)
House of Mouse (2001)  Mulan (1 episode, 2002)
Not Black or White (2000) Herself (as Ming-Na)
We Served with Pride: The Chinese American Experience in WWII (1999) Narrator (voice) (as Ming-Na)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Li Mei (1 episode, 2004)
Outreach (1999)  Dr. Sara Kwan
12 Bucks (1998) Gorgeous
Mulan (1998) Mulan (voice)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Guest Appearance (1 episode, 2002)
One Night Stand (1997) Mimi Carlyle
Spawn (1997)  Lisa Wu / ... (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)  Lani (1 episode, 1997)
The Single Guy (1995)  Trudy (43 episodes, 1995-1997)
Street Fighter (1994) Chun-Li
Hong Kong 97 (1994) Katie Chun
Terminal Voyage (1994) Han
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
All-American Girl (1994)  Amy (1 episode, 1994)
Asian America (1994)  Herself (unknown episodes)
ER (1994)  Dr. Jing-Mei Chen / ... (118 episodes, 1995-2004)
The Joy Luck Club (1993) June - The Daughter
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
Rain Without Thunder (1992) 'Uudie' Prisoner (as Ming Na Wen)
The More You Know (1989)  Herself (as Ming-Na)
American Masters (1985)  Narrator (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Canada A.M. (1972)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968)  Royal Trumpeter #3 (2 episodes, 1985)
As the World Turns (1956)  Lien Hughes #1 (1988-1991) (unknown episodes)
The Darkness (0)