The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is proud to announce actor, Rich Ting, as the 2023 Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Parade’s Grand Marshal.
“I spent the majority of my youth growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area where I attended elementary and junior high school and graduated from Archbishop Riordan High School in the city. It is an absolute honor to be named the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, and I am extremely grateful and humbled to have this opportunity. As a 4th generation Asian American, I have always been proud of my Chinese heritage and culture and look forward to celebrating the new year in my hometown of San Francisco. Attending the annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade as a young boy along with my family, I am beyond words to express my gratitude for including me in such an iconic cultural celebration. “
Rich Ting was born in Los Angeles, California and is a 4th generation Asian American. Growing up as an athlete, Ting played collegiate football at Yale University while earning a B.A, and then went on to achieve a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree. Soon after achieving his scholastic goals, he realized that he needed to switch careers and pursue his passion for the entertainment industry and, specifically, as an actor.
Ting got his first big break when he was cast in the TV series, Beyond the Break. He began appearing in guest star roles on major hit shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Supergirl, and Chicago P.D. He split his time between the U.S. and Asia for several years after being cast in the lead role of “Xon Sa Ma” in the historic film, Huyen Su Thien Do, and on the Korean drama television series Iris. His determination and work ethic landed him a role in the blockbuster film Lone Survivor opposite Mark Wahlberg as well as on Salt alongside Angelina Jolie. He is also seen performing stunts as a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, The Green Hornet, Gamer, and Crank 2: High Voltage.
In 2018, Ting was cast as the iconic character ‘Bolo’ in the Cinemax drama series Warrior, a television series inspired by the writings and work of Bruce Lee. He can also be seen in Paramount Network’s Waco alongside Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch.
In 2019, Ting was unforgettable on Amazon’s Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed The Man in the High Castle as ‘Captain Iijima’, a driven, ambitious young detective in the Japanese Kempeitai.
In 2020, Ting played ‘Li Chang’, a Chinese-American, boyish, athletic, smart, and successful devoted dad to a baby girl from China on the CBS series Tommy.
In 2021, Ting was given the lead role of ‘Detective Daniel Kwan’ in Unborn, an original feature film for the streaming service TUBI. Ting also played ‘Bill Chang’, one of the leads in the feature film, Pan American.
Additionally, Ting had his animation debut as the lead character of ‘Habu Joji’ in Netflix’s recently acquired Japanese animation feature, The Summit of the Gods. Some of his other voice over credits include other Netflix projects, including All of Us are Dead where he plays the lead; the Chinese fantasy thriller, Dynasty Warriors where he has the starring role as Liu Bei; and the character of ‘Mu-Jin Choi’ in the Korean thriller drama series, My Name.
In 2022, Ting has been cast for recurring roles on CBS’s Magnum PI as ‘Taro ‘Tower’ Tamaguchi’, Netflix’s Partner Track as ‘Carter Min’, and Apple’s Hello Tomorrow as ‘Hikaru Makoto’. He will also be seen on FX’s The Old Man opposite Jeff Bridges on the streaming service Hulu. Ting also shows his versatility in the spaghetti Western feature film, No Name and Dynamite Davenport, where he plays the lead character of ‘Dynamite Davenport’.
Ting currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to working in film and television, he’s still active in the martial arts world, loves to travel to exotic places, and is a true foodie at heart.