Thursday Morning Man: BD Wong!
While he was also in the cast of the late, great HBO prison drama OZ, B.D. first achieved stardom on stage, winning the Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. He is the only actor to have been honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same performance.
The 49-year-old B.D. played Margaret Cho’s brother on her ABC sitcom All-American Girl and was Martin Short’s flamboyant wedding planner assistant in Father of the Bride and its sequel.
In 2000, B.D. and his now ex-partner Richie Jackson had twin sons: Boaz Dov, who died 90 minutes after birth, and Jackson Foo Wong. They were born through a surrogate mother, using B.D.’s sperm and an egg donated by Jackson’s sister. In 2003, Wong wrote a memoir about his experiences with surrogacy titled Following Foo: the Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man. He and Jackson ended their 16-year relationship in 2004.