Bradd D. Wong|
(? - living) U.S.A.
Tony-winning Broadway actor, singer
Born Braddley Darryl Wong in San Francisco, he shortened his name specifically so audiences of Butterfly wouldn't know whether he was a man or a woman, and has stuck with his initials ever since.
Perhaps no other actor has won as much acclaim for creating a single role as did Wong for "M. Butterfly". His performance as Song in the play's premiere (and his Broadway debut) earned him the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics, Clarence Derwent, and Theater World awards as best actor, the only time all of these awards have gone to a single person.
Wong's performance earned him a spot among theater's elite, his latest work being a revival of Herringbone, and he has appeared on television on Chicago Hope and Law and Order, among other shows. Musicals are also in his repertoire, as he reprised a childhood role by playing Linus in the Broadway production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and has toured with As Thousands Cheer.
His movie roles, on the other hand, have been limited by Hollywood's stereotyped conception of the Asian man, compounded by his being an out queer person. He did, however, serve as the voice of Captain Shang in Mulan, and returned to the screen in 2002 after a long absence with a role in Salton Sea. Wong is active in the East-West theater company and a variety of stage-related charities.
Wishing you a drag queen Christmas (from the various artists CD "Cabaret Noel, A Broadway Cares Christmas," 1993)