Sep. 23rd, 1957
Anaheim, California, USA
Rosalind Chao's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Nanking
2005 - Just Like Heaven
2003 - Freaky Friday
2001 - The Man from Elysian Fields
2001 - I am Sam
1998 - What Dreams May Come
1997 - The End of Violence
1994 - Love Affair
1994 - North
1993 - The Joy Luck Club
1992 - Memoirs of an Invisible Man
1983 - Going Berserk
1981 - An Eye For An Eye
1980 - The Big Brawl
Guest TV Roles
Lt. Maggie Chen
Mrs. Li (Voiced)
Rosalind Chao (born 23 September 1957; age 52) is an actress best known for her portrayal of Keiko O'Brien (nee Ishikawa) in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (While the character of Keiko is a Japanese national, the actress Chao is Chinese-American.) Chao appeared in eight episodes of Next Generation and nineteen episodes of Deep Space Nine.
Chao has remained friends with Colm Meaney and attended his wedding in Beverly Hills on 15 March 2007. At Grand Slam XV, Meaney said "It was lovely having my TV wife at my wedding". 
Her first major acting role was in the 1972 television series Anna and the King, in which she played Princess Serena.
She played Soon-Lee Klinger in the penultimate and final episodes of M*A*S*H with David Ogden Stiers. She would reprise the role in the short-lived spinoff, AfterMASH.
Chao also had recurring roles on other popular series, such as Diff'rent Strokes, in which she played Miss Chung, and Falcon Crest in which she played Li Ying. More recently, she has had recurring roles on 10-8: Officers on Duty, Six Feet Under and The O.C.
In 1987, she appeared in the series Max Headroom, along with Matt Frewer, Concetta Tomei, George Coe, Andreas Katsulas and W. Morgan Sheppard and the late Charles Rocket. In 2001, she played a midwife in a pivotal episode of Once And Again (with William O. Campbell and Paul Dooley.)
Chao has also made appearances in many successful films, including The Joy Luck Club (co-starring France Nuyen), What Dreams May Come (featuring Scott Trimble), I Am Sam (which also featured her TNG co-star Brent Spiner), and Freaky Friday (featuring Willie Garson).
In 2005, she starred in Just Like Heaven (with fellow TNG and DS9 guest star Ron Canada) and in Life of the Party (with VOY guest star David Clennon). Recently, she has made guest appearances on the HBO drama series Tell Me You Love Me. Ronny Cox has also appeared on that series.
Chao is married to actor and fellow TNG guest star Simon Templeman.
- Born in Anaheim, California as a first-generation Californian, her parents ran a successful Chinese American pancake restaurant, Chao's, right across the street from Disneyland, and she worked there from an early age. After moving from Garden Grove to Villa Park, California, Chao was enrolled at Marywood, an all-girls school where she was the only non-Caucasian student.
- Has a son and daughter.
- Has an action figure modeled after her character Keiko from _"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)_ (qv).
- Is the wife of well-known voice actor 'Simon Templeman' (qv), who is best known for voicing the character "Kain" in the Legacy of Kain video game series.
- While auditioning for the part of Keiko O'Brien on _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), she was up against actress 'Patti Yasutake' (qv), who also auditioned for the role. Rosalind eventually got the role, and Patti got the part of "Nurse Allysa Ogawa" on the same show.
- Was enrolled in the communications department at U.S.C. where she hoped to go into broadcasting. After a disillusioning year at the CBS-owned radio station in Hollywood, Rosalind decided to return to acting.
- Her parents ran a successful restaurant near Disneyland.
- Her ethnicity is Chinese
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