- Christopher Pang
December 29, 1984 (age 36)
Christopher Pang is an Australian actor and producer of Chinese descent. He is best known for his role as Colin Khoo in Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and Lee Takkam in Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010).
Pang was born in Melbourne, Australia and is the son of Wing Chun instructors. His paternal grandparents are from Canton, China while his father, Barry, was born and raised in Australia. His mother, Anne, is also of Chinese descent, but was born in Taiwan and migrated to Australia in the 1970s.
Pang is distantly related to Bruce Lee as Lee's father was cousins with Pang's paternal grandmother and both came from the same village in Canton. Through his mother's side, Pang is a descendant to Wong Nai Siong, the Chinese revolutionary leader, Christian reformer and humanitarian who was key in the Fujian province in overthrowing the propaganda machine of the late Qing Dynasty.
He later enrolled in a university and majored in multimedia studies. Unsatisfied with his studies, he later took a year off and sold phones to businesses before going into acting.
Pang is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
While selling phones, Pang began his career incidentally after walking into a casting agency who were looking for a performer to do a Chinese accent for a voice over, Pang booked the role dubbing as Jackie Chan's brother in New Police Story 4. This led him to become an actor.
He temporarily migrated to Beijing and Hong Kong to pursue an acting career. His big break would come in 2010, booking one of the lead roles in Australian film adaptation of the young adult dystopian novel Tomorrow, When the War Began and would star opposite Caitlin Stasey, the film was a box office success in Australia. Later he acted in the feature film Citizen Jia Li.
Despite the success of Tomorrow, he received little traction and in 2013 moved to Hollywood to further pursue his acting career. He reunited with his Tomorrow co-star Caitlin Stasey in I, Frankenstein. In 2016, he appeared in the martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, in which he played the character Flying Blade. He also recurred in the season two of drama series Marco Polo.
In 2018, he co-starred in the film adaptation Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. He potrayed Colin Khoo. He later produced and starred in the Manila-set independent film Empty by Design alongside Osric Chau and Filipina actress Rhian Ramos. Empty by Design was his first feature film as a producer.
In October 2018, it was announced he joined the cast of the 2019 reboot and continuation of Charlie's Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks, in an undisclosed role. In June 2019, he was cast in Jason Katims' pilot for Amazon Studios.