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Byron Mann (Chinese: 文峰; pinyin: Wén Fēng) is an actor who has made films in both Hollywood and Asia. He is perhaps best known for his performances as Ryu in Street Fighter, Silver Lion in The Man with the Iron Fists and Yao Fei in the first season of Arrow.
Mann attended Diocesan Boys' School, an all-boys high school, where he was active in community theatre as both an actor and a writer. After graduating, Byron moved to California to study and received a degree in philosophy at UCLA, even though acting remained important to him. After college, Byron attended USC Law School, but took a sabbatical after the first year. Back in Hong Kong, he received an acting role in the NBC Movie TV movie Last Flight Out. He returned to Los Angeles, California, graduated from USC Law, passed the California bar, and pursued acting full-time.
He starred in films such as "Red Corner" and "The Corruptor," and in the television show Dark Angel, and has also co-starred in Catwoman and Invincible. He is best known as Ryu in Street Fighter (alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raúl Juliá) and Koh in the manga-based movie Crying Freeman. In 2012, Mann starred with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in The Man with the Iron Fists, directed by RZA, and presented by Quentin Tarantino.
Mann is interested in sports, especially tennis and golf. He was at one point a top-ranked tennis player in Hong Kong. He is also a Wushu practitioner, displaying his skills in a number of movies including Invincible and Street Fighter.