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Ben Kingsley

His father is Indian and his mother is White (British). The actor who shot to stardom after playing the role of Mahatma Gandhi. Few performers could have made the switch from Indian pacifist (Gandhi) to gangster (Meyer Lansky in Bugsy) to Holocaust survivor (Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List ) to Shakespearean fool (Feste in Twelfth Night) with such authority and success.

Phoebe Cates

Her mother is Filipina according to E! Online and her father is White. She began dancing as a child and was something of a prodigy; in her teens, she became a model. She debuted on screen at age 18 in Paradise (1982), becoming well-known after her appearances in the hits Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Gremlins (1984); she greatly increased her visibility with a lead role in the TV miniseries Lace (1984). In 1989 she married actor Kevin Kline, and took a four-year break from films to concentrate on her new family.

Brandon  Lee

His father (Bruce Lee) was Chinese his mother is White. Brandon made his big break 1986, in the television film, Kung Fu- The Movie. It wasn't until 1993 when people started to reconize Brandon in the movie the Crow. Unfortunatly during the making of this film. Brandon was shot and died hours later, on March 31st, 1993 at the young age of 28. Other credits included Rapid Fire (1992), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Laser Mission (1990).

Keanu Reeves

His father is half-Hawaiian, half-Chinese and his mother is White (English). This movie star has starred in numerous films most notably The Matrix and Speed. He also plays bass guitar for his own band Dogstar.

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Dean Cain

His father was half Japanese and half White, his mother is White.  Cain attended Princeton, where he majored in history and played on the football team, and was even signed to play for the Buffalo Bills before knee injury forced him out of the game.  He is probably best known for his role as TV's Superman, but is currently the host for the TBS show Ripley's Believe It Or Not. 

Lou Diamond Phillips

His father is Scottish/Irish/Cherokee and his mother is Filipino/Hawaiian/Chinese/Spanish. This movie star gained fame with his portrayal of '50s rocker Ritchie Valens in La Bamba and his next role of a troubled gangleader in Stand and Deliver. Since then he has went on to star in numerous films.

Amy Hill

Asian and Finnish.  She played Margaret Cho's 70-year-old Korean grandmother on ABC's "All-American Girl." She also appeared  on "Seinfeld," and as a series regular on "The Naked Truth".   Her film credits include Next Friday and Rising Sun. She also has solo acts such as "Beside Myself" or "Tokyo Bound".  

Rob Schneider

His father is White and his mother is Filipina (From E! Online). He started out working the comedy club circuit, opening for the likes of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Dana Carvey. His first big break came in 1990 when he performed on HBO's "13th Annual Young Comedians Special" and was spotted by "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels. Originally hired to write on the series but wanting to perform, Schneider was able to do both. Schneider departed from "SNL" in 1994 to focus on his movie career. He has starred in movies such as The Animal, Big Daddy and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He also appeared on the short lived NBC sit-com Men Behaving Badly.

Tommy Chong

His father is Chinese his mother is White (Scottish-Irish) according to E! Online. Grammy Award-winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counterculture as part of the comedy team Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1974 Grammy winner Los Cochinos, and starred in seven films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed.

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Siddig el Fadil
His mother is White (English) his father is Arab.  Siddig El Fadil is probably best known for his role as STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE'S doctor JULIAN BASHIR. However, he has also appeared in theater in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. And various TV shows such as THE BIG BATTALIONS and LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA, as well as STAR TREK:DS9 from 1993-98. He has also appeared in STAR TREK: TNG episode Birthright Part 1.  He also starred in the movie Vertical Limit.

Stacy Kamano

According to her bio on the Baywatch website she was, "Born and raised in Honolulu, Stacy comes from a multi-cultural background of Japanese, German, Russian and Polish decent." Began as a model for posters, calendars and catalogs and her reputation began to spread. She has appeared in numerous fashion shows and most recently modeled for international designers Versace, Armani and Ferragamo, among others. She began acting in commercials and later had guest starring roles on "Fantasy Island" and "Beverly Hills 90210." Now she is in her second season on Baywatch Hawaii.

China Chow

An article in the USA Today says she, "is of Chinese-Japanese-German-American-British heritage". She spent several years as a model, posing for Shiseido cosmetics in Japan, was seen on billboards for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, was named one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in 1996, and was named in the December 1996 edition of Vogue magazine's "The Next Best-Dressed List." Her acting debut was in 1998's "The Big Hit" and then in "Head Over Heels" in 2001.

Kelly Hu

According to her biography on the IMDB website, she was born in Honolulu of Chinese, Hawaiian and English ancestry. Before she began her career as an actress, she was 1985 Miss Teen USA and later represented her native state of Hawaii in the Miss USA Pageant. Her first acting role was in the television series Growing Pains. Her television credits include Nash Bridges, guest-starring roles in Tour of Duty, Melrose Place, Murder One, Martial Law and nearly 20 other series. Her theatrical motion picture credits include The Doors, Surf Ninjas, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and No Way Back.

Lindsay Price

Her mother is Korean, and her father is German-Irish. Her TV appearances include All My Childern, Bold & the Beautiful, Beverley Hills, 90210. Guest Appearances: Frasier, C-16, Head Over Heels, Life Goes On, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, The Wonder Years, Newhart, and My Two. She also appeared in the film Hundred Percent (1998).

Sandrine Holt

According to an article about her in the Toronto Sun she is British born with a Chinese father and French mother. A former model turned actresses has appeared in films such as Once a Thief: Family Business (1998), Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother (1998), 1999 (1998), Once a Thief (1996), Pocahontas: The Legend (1995), Rapa Nui (1994), Legends of the North (1994), and Black Robe.

Nancy Kwan

She was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese father and English mother. She achieved film stardom when she starred in The World of Susie Wong (1961). She followed this box-office success with Flower Drum Song (1961). Roles tapered off in quality over the next few years, and by 1967 her career was dwindling. Nancy Kwan has since sustained her movie career in Hong Kong-produced movies and with Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993).

Russell Wong

His father is Chinese his mother is White. He first broke into television with a guest appearance on 21 Jump Street and landed a starring role in the popular syndicated television miniseries, Vanishing Son. Later he starred in films such as The Joy Luck Club, New Jack City, and Romeo Must Die.

Jennifer Tilly

Her father is Chinese and her mother is White. A veteran of the Los Angeles stage who made her TV debut in the short-lived series "Boone" (1983) and her film debut the following year in "No Small Affair". Usually cast as provocative sex-kitten types, Tilly appeared in the recurring role of a Mafia moll who snares a straight-laced cop on "Hill Street Blues". She also was in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "Made in America" (1993) and "The Getaway" (1994). Her starmaking performance came in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) Her performance brought rave reviews and earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

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