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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameKenneth Leung
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ken Leung was raised in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side in New York City. His family moved to Midwood, Brooklyn where he grew up before finishing high school in Old Bridge, New Jersey. He attended NYU as a University Scholar and studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, then briefly with Anne Jackson at HB Studio.

He emerged from Manhattan's downtown theater community in the 1990s. He flourished in non-traditional productions that included Jeff Weiss' Hot Keys; Terrence McNally's passion play Corpus Christi; and as Buckingham opposite Austin Pendleton's Richard III.

His early career is defined by the relationships he established with theater groups like Ma-Yi, New Perspectives, and STAR, a traveling troupe of actors-educators based in Mount Sinai Hospital. In 2002, he made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Leung has gone on to establish himself in mainstream features including two films with Spike Lee and four with Brett Ratner. He played Carter Chong in the final season of The Sopranos (1999) and plays Miles Straume on ABC's Lost (2004).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: NB

Trivia (4)

Made his Broadway debut as Ching Ho in the 2002 Tony Award winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Frequently works with Brett Ratner.
Was considered for the role of Wah Sing Ku in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).
Worked on 3 projects alongside Michael Emerson - Saw, Lost, and Person of Interest.

Personal Quotes (7)

I haven't been in a position to have the luxury to pick roles for most of my career, so I'm not practiced in that. Usually, when you want to be an actor, you take whatever comes along. If there's an audition, you go for it. If you get the job, you do it - just to get experience, to act, to meet people.
I have an awareness of a spiritual realm, and I see signs that I feel speak to me - I don't know if that falls into superstition.
If I'm in a room full of intense people, I'm pretty normal. If I'm in a room full of people who aren't, maybe I'm intense. I don't know, I don't think of it that way.
If I'm in a room full of intense people, I'm pretty normal. If I'm in a room full of people who aren't, maybe I'm intense.
My face frowns by default, so when I'm most calm is when I appear the least approachable.
You ask politicians a question, and they have an answer. It's almost like the more articulate the answer, the more something feels wrong because that question takes thought.
I did this thing for HBO called 'Strip Search' with Sidney Lumet, who was one of the best directors I've ever worked with. We actually had a rehearsal period before we shot, which is unusual.

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