Byron Mann (Chinese: 文峰; pinyin: Wén Fēng; Jyutping: Man4 Fung1;) is a Hong Kong American actor of film and television. His roles include Wing Chau in The Big Short, Chang in Hell on Wheels, Ryu in Street Fighter, Silver Lion in The Man with the Iron Fists, Admiral Nguyen in The Expanse, Yao Fei in the first season of Arrow and Uncle Six in the Netflix series Wu Assassins.
Byron Mann in July 2018, at a press conference in Beijing
Hong Kong, China
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S. |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hong Kong, China
|Alma mater||USC Gould School of Law |
University of California, Los Angeles
Mann was born in Hong Kong. Mann's father was a dentist. Mann's mother was Chinese-American. Mann grew up bilingual in English and Cantonese. Mann attended the Diocesan Boys' School, an all-boys secondary school in Hong Kong, where he was active in community theatre as both an actor and a writer. After graduating, Mann moved to California.
Mann received a degree in philosophy from UCLA in Los Angeles, California. After college, Byron attended USC Law School, but took a sabbatical after the first year. Back in Hong Kong, he received an acting role in the NBC Movie TV movie Last Flight Out. He returned to Los Angeles, graduated from USC Law, passed the California bar, and pursued acting full-time.
In 1990, Mann's acting career began. Mann starred in films such as Red Corner and The Corruptor, and in the television show Dark Angel, and has also co-starred in Catwoman and Invincible. He is best known as Ryu in Street Fighter (starring alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raúl Juliá) and Koh in the manga-based movie Crying Freeman. In 2012, Mann starred alongside Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in The Man with the Iron Fists, directed by RZA, and presented by Quentin Tarantino. In 2015, Mann appeared in The Big Short, a Paramount Pictures feature film directed by Adam McKay, alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. He also was a series regular on AMC's Hell on Wheels, playing the powerful railroad mercenary Chang. In 2018, Mann was a recurring character on Netflix's Altered Carbon.
Mann is interested in sports, especially tennis and golf. He was at one point a top-ranked tennis player, under 16 division, in Hong Kong. He is also a wushu practitioner, displaying his skills in a number of movies including Invincible and Street Fighter.
|1994||Possessed by the Night||Fok Ping Wong|
|1997||Red Corner||Lin Dan|
|1999||The Corruptor||Bobby Vu|
|2003||Belly of the Beast||Sunti|
|2007||Shanghai Kiss||Jai Li|
|The Counting House||Jackie|
|Blonde and Blonder||Mr. Wong|
|A Dangerous Man||The Colonel|
|2012||Cold War||Chan Bin|
|The Man with the Iron Fists||Silver Lion|
|2013||A Stranger in Paradise||Lek|
|2014||Rise of the Legend||Black Crow|
|The Big Short||Wing Chau|
|2019||Don't Let Go||Det. Roger Lee|
|1990||Last Flight Out||TV film|
|1992||Tequila and Bonetti||Jeffrey Han||Episode: "Brooklyn and the Beast"|
|1993||Murphy Brown||Quan Chang||Episodes: "The Young & the Rest of Us"|
|1994||Time Trax||Taki||Episodes: "Return of the Yakuza"|
|Galaxy Beat||Two-headed man||TV film|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Yosuki Ishida||Episode: "Kendo Killing"|
|Pacific Blue||Marlon Ky||Episode: "The Enemy Within"|
|1997||The Sentinel||Tommy Wu||Episode: "Poachers"|
|1999||Martial Law||Ataru Nakamura||Episode: "This Shogun For Hire"|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||P.K. Song||Episode: "Black Dragons"|
|2000–2002||Dark Angel||Det. Matt Sung||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2001||UC: Undercover||Simon Shen||Episode: "Amerikaz Most Wanted"|
|2002||Robbery Homicide Division||Twan Kee||Episode: "Life is Dust"|
|2003||Invincible||Michael Fu||TV film|
|First to Die||Derek Lee||TV film|
|2003–2005||Smallville||Com. Cheng/Kern||Recurring role (2 episodes)|
|2004||Petits Mythes urbains||Dr. Shaw/Dr. Lee||Episode: "Scalpel illégitime"|
|2007||Nobody||Mr. North||TV film|
|Dragon Boys||Tommy Jiang||Miniseries|
|2009||The Unit||Stanley Wu||Episode: "Bad Beat"|
|2010||Durham County||Julian Cho||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures||Chen||Miniseries|
|Burn Notice||Ming Khan||Episode: "Fast Friends"|
|2011||Befriend and Betray||Winstead P.C. Lau||TV film|
|True Justice||Savon||Episode: "Street Wars: Part 2"|
|2012||Arctic Air||Gavin||Episode: "New North"|
|Nikita||Agent Li Bai||Episode: "3.0"|
|2012–2017||Arrow||Yao Fei Gulong||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2014||The Novice||Johnny Joo||TV film|
|Hawaii Five-0||Fire Capt. Hank Iona||Episode: "Ku I Ka Pili Koko"|
|2015||CSI: Cyber||Jordan Tan||Episode: "URL, Interrupted"|
|2015–2016||Hell on Wheels||Chang||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2016||Rush Hour||Fong||Recurring role (2 episodes)|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Zhang Kiu||Episode: "Black Market"|
|2016–2018||Blood and Water||Evan Ong||Recurring role (16 episodes)|
|2017||The Expanse||Adm. Nguyen||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2018||Altered Carbon||O.G. Kovacs||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2019||Wu Assassins||Uncle Six||Main cast|
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- "Street Fighter: The Movie — What went wrong | Polygon". polygon.com. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- Feola, Josh (9 August 2019). "Actor Byron Mann on "Wu Assassins" and Expanding Roles for Asian Professionals in Hollywood". Radii China. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
- Service, LUAINE LEE Tribune News. "Actor Byron Mann owes his career to a former girlfriend". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Q&A: Byron Mann Of "Hell on Wheels" - Cowboys and Indians Magazine". Cowboys and Indians Magazine. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- says, Toni Kanetzky (18 December 2015). "UNSTOPPABLE: Byron Mann Talks Career, 'Hell On Wheels' And 'The Big Short'". Icon vs. Icon. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- Petski, Denise (11 November 2016). "Byron Mann Joins 'Altered Carbon'; 'Pure Genius' Adds Alexis Krause". Deadline. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- Otterson, Joe (29 June 2018). "Netflix Orders Martial Arts Drama 'Wu Assassins,' Iko Uwais to Star". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
- "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2016.