Marcus Chong

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Marcus Chong
BornMarcus Wyatt
(1967-07-08) July 8, 1967 (age 46)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1978-present
 
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Marcus Chong
BornMarcus Wyatt
(1967-07-08) July 8, 1967 (age 46)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1978-present

Marcus Chong (born Marcus Wyatt[1] on July 8, 1967) is an American actor. His best-known roles are as Tank the Operator in The Matrix, and before that, Huey P. Newton in the 1995 Mario Van Peebles movie Panther. He was born in Seattle, Washington.

Thomas Chong of Cheech and Chong brought Marcus to Los Angeles in 1978. Marcus began acting on his own at age nine. Marcus Wyatt's acting debut was portraying Frankie Warner in the 1979 miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. Marcus then went on to guest star in Little House on the Prairie working with Michael Landon in the episode, 'Blind Journey'. Wyatt portrayed a blind boy named Samson.

When Marcus Wyatt turned eighteen Thomas Chong suggested that he change his name to Marcus Chong.

He then went on to Broadway in Stand-Up Tragedy with Jack Coleman. This effort garnered him the Theater World Award.

In the early 1990s he played lead character Miguel Mendez on the TV show Street Justice. He later appeared in the Vanishing Son action series as Fu Qua Johnson and has also played a biracial character of African American/Chinese descent in Season 3 of the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Inheritance").

Chong recently completed his first novel entitled, The Arch, based on his experience with The Matrix and one of his heroes, Alexandre Dumas.

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