Barney Cheng landed on the Hollywood map as an actor in 2002 with his acclaimed performance in Woody Allen's Hollywood EndingThe 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.

Since then, he has starred in numerous films, including Stay Until Tomorrow, Capers and appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III.

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. “Strong performances in a sweet tale of surrogacy,” Singapore’s The Straits Times raves. “Baby Steps may be a sequel in spirit to Lee Ang’s seminal gay-themed The Wedding Banquet, but it also stands on its own two feet.”

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.

MTV Networks acquired Barney's earlier film The Red Dress for its 2009-2010 Logo programming. His screenplay A Doorknob Away is a Semifinalist (top 3%) of the 2011 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. 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 delivers every Friday for Project Angel Food.