Korean Actors & Actresses in U.S. Movies & TV Shows

by cyinet | created - 04 Feb 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Nicole Bilderback

Actress | Cruel Summer

Nicole "Nikki" Bilderback hails from Dallas, Texas and got her start as a dancer at the young age of 3 years old and is proficient in all styles of dance. In addition, Nikki is a fitness buff and enjoys spin, HIIT, hot yoga, kickboxing and is well experienced in mixed martial arts, making her ...

2. Moon Bloodgood

Actress | Terminator Salvation

Moon Bloodgood was born on September 20, 1975 in Alliance, Nebraska, USA as Korinna Moon Bloodgood. She is known for her work on Terminator Salvation (2009), Faster (2010) and The Sessions (2012). She was previously married to Grady Hall.

3. John Cho

Actor | Star Trek

John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Los Angeles, California as a child. His father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale, before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied English literature. Upon ...

4. Margaret Cho

Producer | Margaret Cho: PsyCHO

Margaret Cho was born on December 5, 1968 in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea & married Margaret's father, who ...

5. Smith Cho

Actress | Norbit

Smith Cho is an actress, known for Norbit (2007), Meet Dave (2008) and Fired Up! (2009).

6. Justin Chon

Actor | Twilight

Justin Chon was born in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, and was raised in Irvine, California. He is the son of Kyung, a pianist, and Sang Chon, a former child actor. Justin is of Korean descent.

Justin Chon is a writer, director, and actor known for his '90s LA Riots drama Gook (2017), ...

7. Jamie Chung

Actress | Big Hero 6

Jamie Chung was born and raised in California, the daughter of Korean parents. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Chung's break came in 2004, when she was working in a sports bar. MTV held auditions for The Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

8. Daniel Henney

Actor | Big Hero 6

Daniel Henney was born on November 28, 1979 in Carson City, Michigan, USA as Daniel Phillip Henney. He is an actor, known for Big Hero 6 (2014), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Last Stand (2013).

9. Ken Jeong

Actor | The Hangover

Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian, and physician. He is known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy. He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational ...

10. Sung Kang

Actor | Furious 6

Sung Kang was born on April 8, 1972 in Gainesville, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Fast & Furious 6 (2013), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Bullet to the Head (2012). He is married to Miki Yim.

11. Tim Kang

Actor | Rambo

Tim Kang was born on March 16, 1973 in San Francisco, California, USA as Yila Timothy Kang. He is an actor and producer, known for Rambo (2008), Two Weeks Notice (2002) and The Forgotten (2004).

12. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Insurgent

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

13. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

14. Esther Ku

Actress | The Jack and Triumph Show

Esther Ku is a stand-up comedian born and improperly raised in Chicago. By the age of thirteen, she became the first chair oboe player in the state of Illinois. She always wrote funny columns for her school paper until she got censored by the administration. Early in her career, she moved to Boston...

15. Bobby Lee

Actor | A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Bobby Lee was born on September 17, 1972 in San Diego, California, USA as Robert Lee Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011), Paul (2011) and Pineapple Express (2008).

16. Lee Byung-hun

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Lee Byung-hun was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

17. C.S. Lee

Actor | Dexter

C.S. Lee got the acting bug his junior year of High School while playing football. Film became his passion. He attended Cornish College of the Arts on an acting scholarship and graduated with his BFA. He continued his acting training at the Yale School of Drama graduating with an MFA. He then spent...

18. James Kyson

Actor | Preacher

One of today's most exciting & versatile actors, voted by Buzzfeed as a Top 10 Asian-American Leading Man, and by TV Guide as "Hollywood's 25 Hottest", James is next appearing in the Netflix movie Yes Day, and the upcoming HBO show Lovecraft County. He recently guest starred in AMC's Preacher (2016)...

19. Will Yun Lee

Actor | Altered Carbon

Will Yun Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Jung Ja Lee and Soo Won Lee, who had recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the tough Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San ...

20. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii and Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (2004), as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont (2000). From 2010 to 2017, Park starred ...

21. Randall Park

Actor | WandaVision

Randall Park is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Korean parents, and graduated from the Humanities Magnet Program at Hamilton High School. Park went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing and a Master's degree ...

22. Jenna Ushkowitz

Actress | Glee

Jenna Ushkowitz was born on April 28, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea as Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz. She is an actress and producer, known for Glee (2009), Yellow Fever (2017) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009). She has been married to David Stanley since July 24, 2021.

23. Keong Sim

Actor | Dead to Me

Keong Sim is an actor and writer, known for Dead to Me (2019), Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) and Hillbilly Elegy (2020).

24. Brian Tee

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Brian Tee can be seen as a series regular on the hit NBC television drama "Chicago Med," produced by Dick Wolf. Tee plays "Dr. Ethan Choi," the sexy doctor on rotation who found his calling in medicine while serving in the Navy. He is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who suffers from his own trauma ...

25. Steven Yeun

Actor | Minari

Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to June and Je Yeun. His family first immigrated to Canada and stayed there for one year, and then moved to the U.S. He has a brother named Brian. He began acting while at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, where he studied Psychology as a major (BS in ...

26. Aaron Yoo

Actor | 21

Aaron Yoo was born on May 12, 1979 in New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for 21 (2008), Disturbia (2007) and Friday the 13th (2009).

27. Karl Yune

Actor | Real Steel

Karl Yune portrays Maseo Yamashiro (mentor and friend to Oliver Queen) on the hit show Arrow. Karl's character Maseo is a DC Comics character who has had a strong presence throughout season 3 in the flashback story line, as well as in the present day story as Maseo's alter ego Sarab (2nd in command...

28. Rick Yune

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Rick Yune was born on August 22, 1971 in Washington D.C., USA as Richard Yun. He is an actor and producer, known for The Fast and the Furious (2001), Die Another Day (2002) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

29. Linda Park

Actress | Bosch

Linda Park was born in Seoul, South Korea. Immediately after graduating Boston University's BFA Acting program she booked her first movie role in Jurassic Park III alongside Laura Dern and then landed her first series regular role on Star Trek Enterprise shortly after . She continued on to series ...

30. Arden Cho

Actress | Teen Wolf

Arden Cho was born on August 16, 1985 in Amarillo, Texas, USA as Arden Lim Cho. She is an actress and producer, known for Teen Wolf (2011), Chicago Med (2015) and The Honor List (2018).

31. Sandra Oh

Actress | Killing Eve

Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-Nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet ...

32. Claudia Kim

Actress | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Claudia Kim was born on January 25, 1985 in South Korea as Kim Soo-hyun. She is an actress, known for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Equals (2015) and The Dark Tower (2017). She has been married to Matthew Shampine since December 14, 2019. They have one child.

33. Ki Hong Lee

Actor | The Maze Runner

Ki Hong Lee was born on September 30, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and writer, known for The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). He has been married to Ha Young Choi since March 7, 2015.

34. Awkwafina

Actress | Ocean's Eight

Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress and rapper. She has played supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and her leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019) earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress nomination.

She ...

35. Rain

Actor | Ssa-i-bo-geu-ji-man-gwen-chan-a

Rain was born in Seoul, South Korea on June 25, 1982 as Jung Jihoon. He was extremely shy in elementary school; in interviews he's stated that he barely spoke. He caught the desire to become a dancer at a school talent show in sixth grade; when nobody from his school stepped forward to dance, he ...

36. Lee Joon-Gi

Actor | Wang-ui namja

Lee Joon-Gi was born in Busan, South Korea on April 17, 1982. He was raised by his parents and has one younger sister. He is an actor/model/singer. He started his career as a model and had minor roles in Korean dramas until he landed the role of Gong-Gil in The King and the Clown in 2005. After ...

37. Dong-won Gang

Actor | Bando

Since he debuted as an actor in 2003,Gang, Dong-Won has played a leading role in 20 works over 18years.(Accumulated Attendance 67,000,000, which is ranked 1st among Korean actors in their 30s, excluding 2 years of military service period) As much as he enjoys creating new characters in his works, ...

38. Chae-rin Lee

Actress | Mile 22

Lee Chae-rin, better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in Japan and France. She trained at JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.

39. Nicole Kang

Actress | Ten Minutes to Midnight

Nicole Kang is an actress and writer, known for Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020), Jack and Jane and Batwoman (2019).

40. Bae Doona

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was The Ring Virus (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take ...



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