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Rosalind Chao (1959)

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Rosalind Chao is a Chinese American actress. Chao's most prolific roles have been as a star of CBS' AfterMASH portraying South Korean refugee Soon-Lee Klinger for both seasons, and the recurring character Keiko O'Brien with 27 appearances on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Chao is married to voice actor Simon Templeman.


 early life
Born in Anaheim, California as a first-generation Californian of Chinese descent, Chao's parents ran a successful Chinese American pancake restaurant, Chao's, across the street from Disneyland, and employed her there from an early age. After moving from Garden Grove to Villa Park, California, Chao was enrolled at Marywood, an all-girls school where she was the only non-Caucasian student. She graduated from Pomona College in 1978.

Chao's parents were instrumental in her decision to pursue acting; she began at the age of five in a California-based Peking opera traveling company at the instigation of her parents who were already heavily involved, and during the summers they sent her to Taiwan to further develop her acting. She later performed in television commercials and guest starred on TV series in her teenage years. Her first acting role was in the CBS sitcom Here's Lucy, but she was first noticed performing in another CBS sitcom: 1972's short-lived Anna and the King as the eponymous king's eldest daughter.

Dropping out of acting, Chao enrolled in the communications department at the University of Southern California where she earned her degree in journalism. However, after spending a year as a radio newswriting intern at the CBS-owned Hollywood radio station KNX, she soon returned to acting.

Remembering Chao from Anna and the King, television producer Burt Metcalfe provided her big break with the role of Soon-Lee, a South Korean refugee, in the final episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H. Soon-Lee married longtime starring character Maxwell Klinger in the series finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", the most-watched television episode of all time . Chao continued playing the character in the M*A*S*H sequel: 1983's AfterMASH, her first role billed at co-starring status.

Chao regularly portrayed the Japanese exo-botanist Keiko O'Brien (née Ishikawa) on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with eight appearances in the former and 19 in the latter before DS9s end in 1999. In 2010 a preliminary casting memo for The Next Generation from 1987 was published, revealing that Chao was originally considered for the part of Enterprise security chief Tasha Yar.

 Performance credits
  • Here's Lucy
  • Anna and the King
  • Kojak , Grace Chen - The Summer of '69"
  • The Amazing Spider Man - "The Chinese Web"
  • Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women , Flower
  • Diff'rent Strokes , Miss Chung - recurring role
  • Moonlight
  • M*A*S*H , Soon-Lee - episodes "As Time Goes By" and "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen"
  • AfterMASH (1983—1985), Soon-Lee Klinger
  • The A-Team , - "Point of No Return"
  • Falcon Crest , Li-Ying - recurring role
  • Paper Angels - first lead role on television
  • Last Flight Out , Tra Duong
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991—1992), Keiko O'Brien (née Ishikawa) - recurring role
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993—1999), Keiko O'Brien (née Ishikawa) - recurring role
  • Murder, She Wrote , Phoebe - "Nailed"
  • ER , Dr. Chao - "Humpty Dumpty"
  • Citizen Baines , Judith Lin
  • The O.C. , Dr. Kim - guest star recurring role
  • Monk , Arleen Cassady - "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School"
  • Tell Me You Love Me - recurring role

  • The Ultimate Imposter
  • The Big Brawl , Mae
  • An Eye for an Eye , Linda Chan
  • The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
  • Twirl , Kim King
  • The Terry Fox Story , Rika
  • Slam Dance , Mrs. Bell
  • White Ghost , Thi Hau
  • Denial
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold , Lalu Nathoy/ Polly Bemis
  • Megaville
  • Intruders
  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man , Cathy DiTolla
  • The Joy Luck Club , Rose
  • Web of Deception
  • Love Affair , Lee
  • North , Chinese Mom
  • To Love, Honor and Deceive
  • The End of Violence , Claire
  • What Dreams May Come , Leona
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Enemies of Laughter , Carla
  • I Am Sam , Lily
  • Freaky Friday , Pei-Pei
  • Life of the Party , Mei Lin
  • Just Like Heaven , Fran
  • Nanking , Chang Yu Zheng
  • The Rising Tide , Narrator

  • Some Girl , Lindsay

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