Barney Cheng landed on the Hollywood map as an actor in 2002 with his acclaimed performance in Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending. The New York Times described Barney’s comedic timing as “surgically precise.” The Orange County Register raved that Barney “steals every scene he’s in.” Barney accompanied Woody Allen to promote the film and to open the 55th Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to acting, Barney works as a director, writer and producer. His award-winning films have collectively screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide.
Barney collaborated with Oscar-winning Producer Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman) and directed his first feature film Baby Steps. A US-Taiwan-China co-production, Baby Steps received the 2014 Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access award.
The San Francisco Chronicle calls Baby Steps an “engaging” and “touching” film. “Baby Steps is becoming more and more relevant by the second,” raves Huffington Post, “a film “created by and starring Asian-Americans that is definitely worth applauding.”
The United States Embassy in Beijing hosted the first screening of Baby Steps in mainland China, showing the groundbreaking LGBT-themed film at U.S. Consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu and Shenyang, as well as in Mongolia.
Barney collaborated with NBCUniversal and directed the 2015 NBC Diversity Showcase. He is a Finalist for the 2015-16 NBCUniversal Directing Fellowship. His screenplay A Doorknob Away is a Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition finalist. It is currently in development for a US-China co-production.
A graduate of Stanford University and a food/wine enthusiast, Barney resides in Los Angeles, California and is a proud Board Member of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley API.