Russell Wong

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" American Premiere - Arrivals

Wong in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Russell Girard Wong

Place of Birth: Troy, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1963

*father – Chinese
*mother – Dutch, as well as French-Canadian and English

Russell Wong is an American actor. His roles include television’s Vanishing Son and The Monkey King, and the films China Girl, New Jack City, The Joy Luck Club, The Prophecy II, Takedown, Romeo Must Die, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. He is also known as Russell Jan Tak Wong.

The sixth of seven children, he was born in Troy, New York. His father, William Wong, is a Chinese-American restaurateur. His mother, Connie Van Yserloo, an artist, is of one half Dutch, as well as French-Canadian and English, descent. He was partly raised in Albany, New York, and later in California, near Yosemite. His brother is actor Michael Wong, who is based in Hong Kong.

Russell has a daughter with dancer Eartha Robinson.

Russell’s maternal grandfather was named Jan Hendrik/John Henry van Yserloo. Jan was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Russell’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Blanchard (the daughter of Frank Blanchard and Sarah Sawyer). Catherine was born in New York. Frank was Canadian. Sarah was born in New York, to Canadian parents, Moses Sawyer and Flavie/Flavia Mire.

24 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Maternal grandparents:

    Jan Hendrik (John Henry) van Yserloo, born in Rotterdam, and Catherine Blanchard. Catherine was born in New York to a Canadian father, Frank, and Sarah Sawyer, who was herself born in New York to Canadian parents.

    Sarah’s parents were Moses Sawyer and Flavie (Flavia) Mire.

  2. ShawntheGod says:

    He looks fully Asian and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is half Asian and looks fully white.

    • WTF says:

      mark-paul actually isn’t half, dumbass. his mother is dutch-indonesian. he’s less than half. russell doesn’t look fully asian to me. are you also one of those ignorant —– assholes who think mulattoes look fully black too?

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