Fernando Funan Chien (Chien Fu-Nan), born in Taipei on October 6th, 1974 has followed a diverse road consequently landing him in Hollywood as a budding Asian actor. After immigrating to Toronto, Canada in 1978, raised by his grandmother and aunt in Taiwan, Fernando was interested in becoming a doctor. Following the separation of his parents at 14, and being the middle child, he left home to live with his best-friend Andre Fullerton at the Greenwood projects in Toronto’s westside. Living in a 1-bedroom apartment with Andre’s family of 4, Fernando slept on the kitchen floor, went to school, was an outstanding varsity athlete in track and basketball, and worked 2 evening jobs. While other kids his age partied, he worked and developed a relentless work ethic determined not to become another inner city statistic.
At the age of 17, Fernando reluctantly moved to Montreal and attended McGill University where his interest in performance and film was sparked. While majoring in Evolutionary Biology, Fernando took film courses, attended circus school, studied martial arts, worked as a personal trainer and was a member of Canada’s top breakdance crew Mtl Redmask. In his junior year, Fernando was approached to play a small part in a film called False Pretense. This sparked his film career. With the support of his girlfriend at-the-time (Corinne Merrell) he pursued acting. In 2000 landed a role in The Art of War starring Wesley Snipes. During the filming Fernando was impressed with the stunt performers and befriended actor Ron Yuan. Yuan encouraged Fernando to move to LA to pursue a career in stunts.
In the winter of 2002, Fernando relocated in Los Angeles to pursue his dream. He began his training first at the Lee Strasberg Academy then at the Howard Fine Acting Studio to develop his craft. During this time he also began to train under legendary Gene Lebell and Gokor Chivichyan at the Hayastan Academy in Mixed Martial Arts. In 2004, Fernando studied Wushu Kung Fu and met Sam Hargrave and created Reel Kick Films, an underground martial arts stunt team. Impressed with Sam’s action skills they wrote, filmed and produced many underground action shorts when between jobs. In 2005 at the referral of Sensei Gene, Fernando was cast as Saul the Augment in Star Trek Enterprise. This launched his professional stunt career with titles such as Crank, Flags of Our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Mummy 3, Monk and various commercials for Diet Pepsi where he doubled Jackie Chan.
During this time what set Fernando apart was his ability to act. He played action actor roles in 24, Pistol Whipped, Bunraku, Angel of Death, Beyond the Ring, TKO, Honor and Crossing Jordan to name a few. In 2008, Fernando was cast in the web-series The Guild which allowed him to act and display his action skills. Since then he has appeared in NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy and The CW’s Melrose Place as an actor. 2009 has been his break-out year as an actor playing in the remake of Red Dawn as Lt. Yee and in Lionsgate’s MMA film Warrior as gym-rat Fenroy which will be released in 2010.