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Chinese-American actress Ming-Na is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Deb Chen on the medical drama ER.
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She won an Annie Award for Best Female Voiceover Performance and later played Mulan again in the 2004 sequel.
Ming-Na appeared on the popular medical drama ER in 1995 as a medical student named Deb Chen, but her character's story arc ended after only a few episodes. Five years later, in 2000, she received word that the show's producers wanted to revive her character—now Dr. Deb Chen—as a series regular. "It's nice that they remembered,
" Ming-Na said. She went on to star on ER for the next four years, transforming Dr. Chen into one of the program's most enduring characters. While performing on ER, Ming-Na also continued her career as a voiceover actress in the animated series Spawn (1998-99) and the animated film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001).
Since leaving the cast of ER in 2004, Ming-Na landed a series of leading roles in a diverse group of popular and acclaimed shows. She played Ellen Yin in the animated series The Batman (2004-2005), a federal agent in the drama series Vanished, and Judge Linda Harris in the comedy series Two and a Half Men (2007-2010). Ming-Na also played Camile Wray on the sci-fi drama Stargate Universe (2009-2011).
Ming-Na married film writer Kirk Aaanes in 1990, and they remained married for three years before divorcing in 1993. In 1995, she married her second husband, actor Eric Michael Zee; they have two children.
A prolific and versatile television actress who also has an impressive resume onstage and on the big screen, Ming-Na is one of the most successful Asian-American actresses of her generation. Asked about the future direction of her career, Ming-Na, who once appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated 1998 play Golden Child, said that she wants to return to her roots as a stage actress. "I've been lucky, knock on wood," she says of her career thus far. "But you have to have a sense of humor and grounding about all this stuff. I have a gypsy spirit. That's why I keep an apartment in New York for when I want to get back to theater, because Broadway always will be my final fantasy."
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