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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 15 March 1977Okinawa, Japan
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (2)

A Los Angeles native and mixture of multiple Asian descents, Tee is proficient in both Japanese and Korean, and holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts - Acting from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tee is best known for his starring role as the lead villain "DK, the Drift King," in Universal Pictures' The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, directed by Justin Lin, Tee soon transformed to give a comedic performance in Lin's next film, "Finishing the Game," as the Vietnam Vet, "Mac Chang."

Early on in his career, Tee was "Jimmy Nakayama," in the action drama "We Were Soldiers," opposite Mel Gibson. Tee has also been featured in many Hollywood studio comedies such as "Austin Powers: Goldmember," alongside Mike Myers and Fun with Dick and Jane, with comedy great, Jim Carrey. Tee also stars in the highly anticipated romantic comedy "Wedding Palace," the first US/Korea co production.

On television, Tee was a series regular playing "EMT Eddie Choi," in "Crash," a Starz TV series based on the Academy Award winning film. He recently recurred on NBC's Grimm, playing the assassin "Akira Kimura." Tee has made memorable guest star turns on hit shows such as Burn Notice, The Good Guys, CSI, Dark Blue, Bones, Lie To Me, Jericho, Grey's Anatomy, Entourage, The Unit, Wanted, Without A Trace, JAG, Family Law, The Pretender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more.

Recently, Tee returned to the stage to rave reviews, for his lead performance in Snow Falling on Cedars at the prestigious Hartford Stage.

Brian Tee is a Lead in 20th Century FOX's blockbuster "The Wolverine," with Hugh Jackman and Directed by James Mangold. While prepping for the feature, Tee can also be seen, starring in the highly anticipated Season 2 of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," where he takes on the role of the legendary iconic character "Liu Kang."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa DiSante-Frank

Brian Tee is a Los Angeles native and mixture of multiple Asian descents. He was a star football captain at his Glen A. High School in Hacienda Heights, California. During high school he worked at Blackjack Pizza where fellow Hacienda resident Fergie AKA "Fergie" frequently visited. After completing his training in Dramatic Arts at the University of California in Berkeley, he was ready to embark on his acting career. It began in 2000, mostly with work in television, on series such as The Pretender (1996), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Family Law (1999). Brian began his film work with a short called Remember Pearl Harbor (2002). Next he appeared in We Were Soldiers (2002), followed that same year with a more high profile movie, the comedic spy flick Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). He also appeared in a brief role as a radio corporal in the Sci-Fi video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004). He was also cast as the lead in the popular Fast and the Furious series The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) as D.K. Going into the late 2000s, Brian appeared with his Starship Troopers 2 cast mate Jason-Shane Scott in the survival thriller Deadland (2009). Between films, his television credits expanded to include work on The Unit (2006), Without a Trace (2002), Grey's Anatomy (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Burn Notice (2007).

Brian Tee embarks on his largest movie yet, as one of the Lead Antagonists, "Noburo Mori," in the upcoming Marvel Comic's blockbuster, "The Wolverine." (in theaters July 26, 2013) Tee is also keeping busy recurring on 2 hit shows, Disney's "Shake It Up" and NBC's "Grimm" as the monster villain "Akira Kimura."

Soon Brian Tee can be seen in "Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2" where he takes on the iconic role of "Liu Kang."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The 7th Scribe

Trivia (5)

His last name, "Tee," is a stage name.
Is of Korean and Japanese descent.
Received a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Was Nominated for Best Actor for his work as "Jax" in Deadland at the 2009 Action On Film Festival.
"Best Supporting Actor" Nominee at the 2009 Maverick Movie Awards (for "Deadland").

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