Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma

Born: June 10, 1962
Age: 60
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Tzi Ma (Chinese: 馬泰; born June 10, 1962) is a Hong Kong American character actor who has made numerous appearances in American films and television series including Dante's Peak, Rush Hour, 24, Arrival and The Man in the High Castle.

Ma was born in Hong Kong, the last of eight children.[1]



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.[2]

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".[3] He also appeared as a zen master on the USA series Satisfaction.[4]

He appeared as General Onoda in the Amazon show The Man In The High Castle, and as Tao on AMC’s Hell On Wheels.[2]

In July 2018, it was announced that Ma was cast in the series regular role of Mr. Young on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Cocaine Cowboys Jimmy Lee
1981 They All Laughed Extra Uncredited
1986 The Money Pit Hwang
1990 RoboCop 2 Tak Akita
1992 Rapid Fire Kinman Tau
1993 Golden Gate Chen Jung Song
1995 Make a Wish, Molly David Wong Short film
1996 Chain Reaction Lu Chen
1997 Dante's Peak Stan
1997 Red Corner Li Cheng
1998 Rush Hour Solon Han
1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Vinh
2002 The Quiet American Hinh
2004 The Ladykillers The General
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Mr. Chiu
2007 Baby Pops
2007 Rush Hour 3 Solon Han
2007 Battle in Seattle The Governor
2008 The Sensei Buddhist Monk
2008 Management Truc Quoc
2008 All God's Children Can Dance Glen
2009 Formosa Betrayed Kuo
2012 The Campaign Mr. Zheng
2013 Mad in Chinatown Hangman Short film
2014 A Good Man Mr. Chen
2014 Million Dollar Arm Chang
2014 Sutures Jim Short film
2015 Diablo Quok Mi
2015 Baby Steps Mr. Lin
2015 Pali Road Arnold Zhang
2016 Arrival General Shang
2017 Meditation Park Bing
2017 Jade Pendant Yu Hing
2018 Skyscraper Fire Chief Zheng
2020 Mulan Filming[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Cosby Show Mr. Lee 1 episode
1985 The Equalizer Lin 1 episode
1989 L.A. Law Ed Chang 1 episode
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Physiologist 1 episode
1989 MacGyver Wing Lee 1 episode
1990 Yellowthread Street Detective Eddie Pak 6 episodes
1990 Forbidden Nights Li Dao Television film
1990 Midnight Caller Arthur Chang 1 episode
1990 Head of the Class Kwong 1 episode
1993 Street Justice Bryn To Chi
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Chan
1994-2001 NYPD Blue Detective Harold Ng 3 episodes
1996-2000 Nash Bridges Jimmy Zee 3 episodes
1998-99 Martial Law Lee Hei 5 episodes
1998-99 Millennium Dr. Takashi
Capt. Youfook Law
2 episodes
2000 Chicago Hope Mr. Wang 1 episode
2000 The Pretender Ki Mok/Chen Thon 1 episode
2000 City of Angels Dr. Henry Lu 4 episodes
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger General Nimh 1 episode
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. To 1 episode
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Ed 1 episode
2002 ER Liam Young 1 episode
2002 Boomtown Roger Lam 1 episode
2002 Law & Order Li Chen 1 episode
2003 The Practice Tang Jingyu 1 episode
2004 Jake 2.0 Nanda Sang 1 episode
2004 Hawaii Joseph Dao 1 episode
2005 JAG Admiral Lutarno 1 episode
2005-07 24 Cheng Zhi 13 episodes
2006 Commander in Chief Chinese Ambassador 2 episodes
2006 The Unit Rudolph Hatano 1 episode
2006 Deadwood Mahjong Player 1 episode
2007 Dragon Boys Henry Wah 2 episodes
2007-13 American Dad! Bah Bah Ling 11 episode
Voice role
2008 Grey's Anatomy Patterson 1 episode
2009 The Beast Kim Nam 1 episode
2009 Dirty Sexy Money Tsung Shien Chun 1 episode
2009 Cold Case Bo-Lin Chen 1 episode
2009 Fringe Ming Che 1 episode
2009 Dollhouse Matsu 1 episode
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Jun Lee 1 episode
2010 Lie to Me Mr. Chen 1 episode
2010 The Whole Truth Judge Garrett 1 episode
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Chi 1 episode
2011 CHAOS Quon 1 episode
2012 Perception Professor Arthur Wei 1 episode
2012 Vegas Watanabe 1 episode
2013 Saving Hope Dr. Lin 1 episode
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Quan 1 episode
2013-16 Once Upon a Time The Dragon 3 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Cheng Zhi 3 episodes
2014 State of Affairs Premier Chu Jian 1 episode
2014-15 Satisfaction Zen Master
9 episodes
2015 Hell on Wheels Tao 6 episodes
2016 Elementary Xi Hai Ching 1 episode
2016 Man Seeking Woman Master Sheng 1 episode
2016 Stitchers De Deshei 1 episode
2016 Angie Tribeca Joseph Takagi 1 episode
2016 The Man in the High Castle General Onoda 6 episodes
2016-17 Veep Lu Chi-Jung 3 episodes
2017 Ransom Senator Vang 1 episode
2017 The Catch Kenji Yoshida 1 episode
2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Inspector Cheong 1 episode
2018 Silicon Valley Factory Manager Yao 2 episodes
2018 Star Wars Resistance Senator Hamato Xiono 1 episode
Voice role
2019 Wu Assassins Mr. Young Main cast


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.

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