B.D. Wong is a popular actor who has acted in ‘Jurassic World’ as well as many other films including ‘Oz’ and the television show ‘Law and Order.’ Read on further to learn everything about him including his overall net worth.
Who is B.D. Wong? Actor–‘Law and Order,’ ‘Oz’ and ‘Jurassic World’
Bradley Darryl “BD” Wong was born on October 24th, 1960. He is an American actor best known for his performance in ‘M. Butterfly.’ Wong earned a Tony Award for his wonderful performance as Song Liling in ‘M. Butterfly,’ thereby becoming the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award all for the same role. His hugely popular role of Dr. George Huang on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ has also earned him recognition. He has also played the roles of Father Ray Mukada on ‘Oz’, the role of Dr. John Lee on ‘Awake’, and even the part of Dr. Henry Wu in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise. He was also Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme in the film, ‘Seven Years in Tibet.’ Wong was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Television Award for the role of Whiterose in ‘Mr. Robot’. The role earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He has done a lot of voice-over work and stage acting as well and his best known voice acting role was that of Li Shang in the Disney animated film ‘Mulan’. He would later reprise this role from ‘Mulan’ twice. He even lent his voice to the video game ‘Kingdom Hearts II.’ In 2016, Wong acted in the TV series ‘Gotham’ as the character, Hugo Strange. Bradley Darryl Wong ( B.D. Wong) was born and raised in San Francisco, California by parents Roberta, a telephone company supervisor, and William D. Wong, a postal worker. He also has an older brother and a younger brother. Wong studied at Lincoln High School, where he discovered his love of acting and there he also starred as the lead in numerous school plays, before eventually attending San Francisco State University. Wong regularly donates his time and resources to numerous LGBT and art-related charities, such as the Ali Forney Center, Materials for the Arts, and Rosie’s Theater Kids. He has been in a long-term relationship with talent agent Richie Jackson since 1988. In 2000, Wong had twin sons – Boaz Dov, who died just 90 minutes after birth, and Jackson Foo Wong – through a surrogate mother, using Wong’s sperm and an egg donated by Jackson’s sister. Wong and Jackson ended their relationship in 2004 but they co-parents their son with his Jackson, and Jackson’s current partner, Jordan Roth.
Career of the actor
Wong shot to fame with his Broadway debut in ‘M. Butterfly’ starring opposite John Lithgow. In addition to his long role on ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ as FBI psychiatrist Dr. George Huang, he has also had recurring roles in ‘All American Girl’ and as a prison priest on ‘Oz.’ He has also made guest appearances on ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Sesame Street’. On the big screen, he has appeared in the movie, ‘The Freshman’ in 1990, the 1991 remake of ‘Father of the Bride’ and its 1995 sequel, ‘Father of the Bride Part II.’ He was in ‘Jurassic Park’ in 1993, ‘Executive Decision’ in 1996 and he was also in the movie, ‘Slappy and the Stinkers’ in 1997. Wong provided his voice acting skills as Captain Shang in Disney’s ‘Mulan’ in 1998, its direct-to-video sequel, and also in the video game Kingdom Hearts II. In 2008, Wong appeared in the one-man show ‘Herringbone’, in which he played 12 roles, at McCarter Theatre at Princeton University. In 2014, Wong starred in the U.S. premiere of adaptation of ‘The Orphan of Zhao’. ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ is an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge. The ‘Orphan of Zhao’ was co-produced with La Jolla Playhouse. Wong announced officially his departure from the cast of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in July 2011, to join another NBC police drama, ‘Awake’. In Awake, he portrayed the role of Dr. Johnathan Lee who is the confrontational therapist of an Los Angeles Police Detective. Wong also guest starred in a thirteenth season episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ titled “Father Dearest”. Wong also appeared for a short time in his role as the enigmatic Whiterose in Season 1’s, episodes 8 and 10 on USA Network’s ‘Mr. Robot’. He also played the dual role of Zhang, who was the Chinese Minister of State Security. On August 13, 2017, he started hosting the new Healthy Living Network series ‘Something’s Killing Me With BD Wong’. The documentary series explored the strange and sometimes not so explainable real medical ailments and attacks documented worldwide. Wong will next be seen in the upcoming, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ that is set to be released this July. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. The film is a sequel to Jurassic World (2015).
B.D. Wong has a net worth of $8 million dollars.
Wong was chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the “100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time”. The left-handed actor chose to go by his initials rather than his full name because once while playing his major breakthrough role, ‘M. Butterfly,’ he decided that using his initials rather than his full name would make it difficult for everyone to guess whether he was a man or a woman. This went on to add to the androgyny of the character that he was playing and ever since, he has been addressed as B.D. Wong.