Raymond Ma has been acting for forty years. He was inspired by watching Chinese drama, the Three Stooges, Little Rascals, Addams Family, Bewitched, Bonanza, I Love Lucy, and Lassie in the 60s and 70s. His acting career includes hundreds of TV show and movie credits, plus numerous commercials (IMDb).
His stage works include “Chinglish” (Minister Cai) written by David Henry Hwang, performed in 2013 at South Coast Repertory and consequently toured to Hong Kong. He also made a national tour with “Joy Luck Club” (Canning/Old Man Chong) in 2012-2014.
In 2014 Mr. Ma directed a play “Bahala Na” (Let It Go), written by Clarence Coo, which toured San Gabriel Valley libraries and was highly praised.
Mr. Ma won The Most Promising Director Award at the Pacific Film Institute in 1984 in Hawaii. From there he went on to producing films, commercials and infomercials. One of the memorable ones was in 1990: “Breathing Fire” which starred Jonathan Ke Quan (Indiana Jones-Temple of Doom” ) and Bolo Young ( Bloodsport).
He produced, wrote, directed and acted in “I Don’t Have a Phone” which won him Best Short, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Score at L.A. Shorts Awards 2016. He also won the Audience Award at Culver City Film Festival the same year. “I Don’t Have a Phone” is his “official” directing debut in film. He won the Lead Actor award in the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival for “The Lesson”. He also co-produced, wrote and acted in “Pedals in the Ocean” which earned The Golden Angel Award for Best short film at the Chinese American Film Festival in 2011 in L.A.