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Isaiah Washington starred opposite Clint Eastwood as Frank Beachum in True Crime and recently completed work on A Texas Funeral.

Washington brings a dedication and depth to his craft which is immediately evident onscreen. His performance was preceded by key roles in Out of Sight, Clockers, Bulworth, love jones, Get On The Bus, Girl 6, Dead Presidents, Crooklyn and Mixing Nia.

On television, Washington has appeared in a funny turn on Ally McBeal and in dramatic roles on NYPD Blue, Homicide, Law and Order, NY Undercover, Always Outnumbered, The Joe Torre Story, Power: The Eddie Matos Story and Strapped.

Washington has appeared onstage in a variety of regional plays such as Police Boys, The Skin of Our Teeth, Distant Fires, Fences, Generations of The Dead, Soulful Scream..., Song of the Sad Young Men, Vusumuzi, Raisin In The Sun and Spell 7.

A charismatic and talented performer, RUSSELL WONG (Kai Sing) is one of Hollywood's leading Asian American actors. In this past year, Wong completed filming Takedown, in which he stars with Skeet Ulrich, Tom Berenger and Angela Featherstone for Miramax/Dimension, and The Tracker, with Casper Van Dien.

Wong made his theatrical debut in the United States in the feature film adaptation of James Clavell's Taipan. He went on to star in Wayne Wang's Eat a Bowl of Tea and Abel Ferrara's China Girl, and played leading roles in China Cry, the box-office hit New Jack City, the critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club and the Vanishing Son series and television movies.

In 1994, Wong was honored with two awards: the Image Award, by the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans' Media Achievement Award, both in recognition of his outstanding work in the entertainment industry as well as for being an exceptional role model for Asian Americans. In 1995, he was included in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People issue. Wong was also honored in 1997 in San Francisco by The Asian American Arts Foundation (along with John Woo, Terence Chang and Tia Carrera).

A native of New York, Wong studied the martial arts for several years, which enabled him to perform many of his own stunts. In recent years Wong has taken classes in film production at New York University to broaden his entertainment industry knowledge in all arenas, including directing.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)


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