Raised in China (fluent in Mandarin), Henry was brought up in English and American missionary schools. He worked in the Children’s Art Theater as an actor and later as the deputy art director/actor for thirty years. Henry came to America with his wife to take care of their grandsons, but was soon asked to audition for a stage production. Since then he has worked continuously in plays, films, and television in the United States.
His most notable roles include “The Last Emperor”, “Romeo Must Die”, “Shanghai Noon”, “Snow Falling on Cedars”, “Brokedown Palace”, “Red Corner”, “Marco Polo”, “Rush Hour 3” and “Premium Rush”. He also starred in Wayne Wang’s “Thousand Years of Good Prayers” for which he won the Silver Shell award for best actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Henry has also guest starred on “The Sopranos”, “Evidence”, “West Wing”, and “ER”. He also coaches actors in Mandarin. Henry is currently writing an autobiography, which he hopes to publish soon.