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Ming-Na Wen

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.

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Nov 20, 1963 In Coloane Island, Macau
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series American Masters 1986-06-22
Latest Project:
Series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013-09-24

2 wins & 3 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Poster of ER
The Real Unknown 2013-07-15
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Melinda May 136 episodes, 2013-2020 2013-09-24
Nashville Unknown 2012
Sofia the First Unknown 2012-11-18
Adventure Time Unknown 2010-04-05
Stargate Universe Camile Wray / ... 31 episodes, 2009-2011 2009-10-02
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-19
Eureka Unknown 2006-07-18
Vanished Agent Lin Mei 13 episodes, 2006 2006-08-21
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
The Batman Unknown 2004-09-11
Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
George Lopez Unknown 2002-03-27
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Todd McFarlane's Spawn Unknown 1997-05-16
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
ER Jing-Mei Chen 118 episodes, 1995-2004 1994-09-19
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22