"Light and fun. Irene Tsu writes about her life as an innocent and fortunate adventurer. Her love of people shines through, and we get to glimpse her famous friends and lovers in a simple and disarming way. Sharing her 'watercolor' approach to life is a wonderful gift to us."
—Film producer Michael Phillips
Chicago TV network WGN-9 interviewed me about my new book, "A Water Color Dream," now available on Amazon. Here's the full interview.
Australia's Today Extra Channel 9 also just interviewed me about my new book. Check out the video above!
Irene is appearing in two new series on Netflix! On Sept. 4, Away, starring Hilary Swank and created by Andrew Hinderaker, will debut and run for 10 episodes. Away tells the story of Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind in order to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, three year-long mission. It is a series about hope, humanity and how ultimately, we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.
Then, later in 2020, Irene lends her unique vocal talents to the animated Chinese-American film Over the Moon. This adventure musical comedy film was directed by Glen Keane and co-directed by John Kahrs. This computer-animated movie is about a girl named Fei Fei, who builds and flies a rocket ship to meet the moon goddess Chang'e. Over the Moon is scheduled for a late 2020 release on Netflix. Click above to see the official trailer.
The Ultimate Sizzle Reel! See highlights of Irene Tsu's film and TV appearances.
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I've had an enormously colorful life. I grew up with all the parts I
played. I played the daughter, the sweet daughter, the disobedient daughter.
I was a secretary, a nurse, a doctor, a judge, a business woman, a villain.
In my real life, I've been a dancer, an actor, a designer, an artist, an
entrepreneur, a realtor, a builder, a wife, and a mother.
A master of none, that's for sure.
I imagine that I'm the one that laid down the first stroke of my water
color, when perhaps I'm just the instrument of the mighty hand of the
Higher Power that governs heaven, the stars, the galaxy, the water, earth,
wind, and fire, and all the creatures small and large. I wake each morning,
I yawn, I wiggle my finger and toes, and as long as all seem to be in working
order, I am grateful for another day of living, giving, laughing, loving,
crymg, and dancing till dawn ... and then closing my eyes and dreaming
of where the next stroke leads me.
Over the course of my career, I have earned over eighty film and TV credits…and I continue to work today.
*Credits are taken from IMDB.com
1961 - Flower Drum Song - Dancer (uncredited)
1962 - The Horizontal Lieutenant - Oriental Spy (uncredited)
1963 - Perry Mason (TV Series) - Juli Eng
1963 - Take Her, She’s Mine - Miss Wu
1963 - Under the Yum Yum Tree - Suzy (uncredited)
1964 - Breaking Point (TV Series) - Niki
1964 - My Favorite Martian (TV Series) - Leilani
1964 - The Lieutenant (TV Series) - Hoa Luu
1964 - The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series) - Johnny’s Mother
1965 - How to Stuff a Wild Bikini - Native Girl
1965 - I Spy (TV Series) - Girl
1965 - John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! - Harem Girl (uncredited)
1965 - Mr. Novak (TV Series) - Mexico - United Nations Assembly
1965 - The Sword of Ali Baba - Nalu
1965 - The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series) - Beautiful Native Girl
1965 - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series) - Su Yin
1965-1967 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) - Reiko / Jasmine
1966 - 7 Women - Chinese Girl
1966 - My Three Sons (TV Series) - Terry Wong
1966 - Paradise, Hawaiian Style - Pua
1966 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet - Linda
1967 - Caprice - Su Ling
1967 - Island of the Lost - Judy Hawiiani
1967 - Laredo (TV Series) - Jem Sing
1967 - Off to See the Wizard (TV Series) - Judy Hawiiani
1967 - The Wild Wild West (TV Series) - Reiko O’Hara
1968 - Insight (TV Series)
1968 - The Green Berets - Lin
1970 - Family Affair (TV Series) - Ming Lee
1970 - The Name of the Game (TV Series) - Miss Takashima
1971 - Cade’s County (TV Series) - Mimi Drake
1971 - Sarge (TV Series) - Akiko
1972 - Cannon (TV Series) - Lavonne Rowan
1972 - Mission: Impossible (TV Series) - Penyo
1972 - Stand Up and Be Counted - (uncredited)
1972 - The Smith Family (TV Series) - Nancy
1973 - Hawaii Five-O (TV Series) - Alia
1973 - Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series) - Miss Shirado
1973 - The New Perry Mason (TV Series) - Nhi Khanh
1974 - Airport 1975 - Carol
1974 - Ironside (TV Series) - Laurie Li
1974 - Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (TV Movie) - Celestial Image
1974 - Three the Hard Way - Empress
1975 - Deadly Hero
1975 - Paper Tiger - Talah
1976 - Damien’s Island - Momi
1976 - Hot Potato - Detective Sgt. Pam Varaje
1977 - Future Cop (TV Series regular) - Dr. Tingley
1977 - The Rockford Files (TV Series) - Daphne Ishawahara
1977 - Wonder Woman (TV Series) - Mei Ling
1978 - The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go - Tah-Ling
1980 - Father Damien: The Leper Priest (TV Movie)
1983 - Ryan’s Four (TV Series)
1984 - A Touch of Scandal (TV Movie) - Woman in Restaurant
1985 - Airwolf (TV Series) - Carol Oshiro
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills - Sheila Waltzberg
1986 - Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series) - Dr. Julie Lok
1987 - Steele Justice - Xua Chan
1988 - Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
1990 - A Girl to Kill For - The Counselor
1992 - Unbecoming Age - R.J.
1993 - Mr. Jones - Mrs. Chang
1993 - Snapdragon - Hua
1994 - Compromising Situations (TV Series) - Li Miau
1996 - Baywatch Nights (TV Series) - Lili
1996 - Comrades: Almost a Love Story - Aunt Rosie
1996 - Widow’s Kiss (TV Movie) - Dr. Joyce Sabata
1997 - Tell Me No Secrets (TV Movie) - Mrs. Ching
1997-2001 - Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series) - Mary Kim / Kim’s Mother
2000 - The Michael Richards Show (TV Series) - Woman #3
2000 - Unauthorized: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story (The judge-TV Movie)
2002 - Golden Chicken - Kam’s Aunt (as Irene Tsui)
2003 - Lost at Home (TV Series) - Brenda
2003 - The Division (TV Series) - Madame Lin
2004 - Strong Medicine (TV Series) - Mrs. Fong
2005 - CSI: NY (TV Series) - Madam Tuki Song
2006 - The Heart Specialist - Mrs. Olson
2007 - Alibi - Chu Fan
2009 - Cold Case (TV Series) - Da Chun Lu
2011 - Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (TV Movie) - Mrs. Rhee
2011 - Law & Order: LA (TV Series) - Christina Yu
2012 - Sleeping Dogs (Video Game) - Mrs. Chu (voice)
2019 - Caregiver (Short Subject) - Mrs. Sugita
2019 – Over the Moon (Animation) - Grandma