asian actorsby xcrazyxshionx | created - 12 Feb 2017 | updated - 24 Mar 2017 | Public
Actor | Dark Matter
Born in the Philippines and raised in Scarborough, Canada Alex Mallari Jr quickly learned the meaning of hard work and dedication. Having had national success in both Tae Kwon Do and competitive basketball, it was evident that his determination would always carry him to great heights no matter what...
3. Bruce Lee
Actor | Meng long guo jiang
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...
Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng
Byung-hun Lee 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 ...
Actor | The 100
Born in Taegu, South Korea. Adopted by parents of Irish and French-Canadian descent. Raised in Hebron, Connecticut.
In 2001, Larkin was discovered by director Martha Coolidge and cast in the lead role of the young son in Hallmark Entertainment's "The Flamingo Rising." He then went on to train at the...
8. Donnie Yen
Actor | Yip Man
Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.
There, Master Bow-sim ...
Actor | Lost
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 ...
10. George Takei
Actor | Star Trek
Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek (1966) and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist.
George Takei was born Hosato...
11. John Cho
John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where 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. ...
12. Forrest Wheeler
Actor | Fresh Off the Boat
Forrest Wheeler knows that if you want to live the dream, it takes commitment and hard work. Forrest has always strived for excellence in his many ventures and activities: Acting, IMPROV, Xtreme Martial Arts, Action Stunts, Hip Hop and Tennis to name a few.
Forrest's first acting class was at the ...
13. Tom Choi
Actor | Truth or Dare
Tom Choi was born in Taegu, South Korea and moved to Des Moines, Iowa when he was four years old. After graduating high school, Tom moved to Seattle, Washington where he graduated from The University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Drama. Moving to Los Angeles, he has continued to act in ...
16. Jackie Chan
Actor | Ngo si seoi
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.
Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...
17. Jet Li
Actor | The One
Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...
18. 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.
His acting career started at 2005. He was in shows such as 'Jack & Bobby' and 'Taki & Luci'. He ...
19. Ken Leung
Actor | Rush Hour
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 and studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, then briefly with Anne ...
20. 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 ...
21. Ken Watanabe
Actor | The Last Samurai
Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...
22. Masi Oka
Actor | Heroes
Masayori "Masi" Oka is a Japanese American actor, producer and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role on NBC's Heroes as Hiro Nakamura and in CBS' Hawaii Five-0 as Doctor Max Bergman. Oka was born in Tokyo, Japan, to Setsuko Oka. His parents divorced when he was one month old; ...
24. Min-Ho Lee
Actor | Gangnam 1970
Lee Min Ho is a South Korean actor who is known for his leading roles in television dramas such as Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter and Heirs. He started his career in 2006 and since then has been cast in various TV shows, short dramas and minor movie roles. He first gained widespread fame with his ...
25. Nico Santos
Actor | Crazy Rich Asians
Santos was born in Manila, Philippines and moved with his family to the United States when he was sixteen, residing in Gresham, Oregon and attending Gresham's Centennial High School. Santos studied acting at Southern Oregon University. He worked for several years in the costume department of the ...
Producer | Crossing into the Mystic
Phuriphop Srichan is an American actor who was born in Thailand. He is known for films, such as 'The Valley'(2017), 'What's in a name'(2016), and 'Hotel bar'(2016). At an early age, he went to China to study in high school and at university, where he studied Chinese Business. He can speak Chinese ...
28. Randall Park
Actor | Ant-Man and the Wasp
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 ...
29. Ryan Potter
Actor | Big Hero 6
Ryan Potter is an actor, director, martial artist, and photographer. Ryan, though born in the United States, was raised in Tokyo until the age of seven.
Ryan got his start as the lead, "Mike Fukanaga" in Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas," (2011-2013) working with the legendary, George Takei, who played ...
31. Toru Uchikado
Actor | Heroes Reborn
Japanese actor Toru Uchikado was raised in Yokohama, Japan and moved to Los Angeles in 2011. Uchikado made his television debut in the epic 13-episode event series "Heroes Reborn" from creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who also imagined the critically acclaimed 2006 "Heroes" series. He plays '...
32. Wen Jiang
Actor | Rogue One
Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One (2016), Guizi lai le (2000) and Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi (2007). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have one child. He was previously married to Sandrine Chenivisse.
34. Doua Moua
Actor | Mulan
Doua Moua was born in Thailand to parents, Cher Tong Moua and Pang Chang. After 6 months the family immigrated to the United States. Moua grew up with a large family in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has one brother and three sisters. He started off his career with singing in choir and school. He has ...
35. BD Wong
Actor | Jurassic Park
BD Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in "M. Butterfly." He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the ...
36. Hiroyuki Sanada
Actor | Tasogare Seibei
Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Rokyoku komori-uta (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada ...
37. 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 Body", James recently guest starred in AMC's Preacher (2016), CBS' Elementary (2012) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016), and FOX's Sleepy ...
Actor | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Vincent Rodriguez III was born on August 10, 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Vincent Coquico Rodriguez. He is an actor, known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), Designated Survivor (2016) and Hostages (2013). He has been married to Gregory Wright since August 2015.
40. Alec Mapa
Actor | You Don't Mess with the Zohan
Alec Mapa got his professional break when he was cast to understudy, and then replace B. D. Wong in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. Mapa later played the role on the national tour. Mapa would return to Broadway in an adaptation of L'Hôtel du libre échange by Georges Feydeau and Maurice ...
42. Mark Dacascos
Actor | Le pacte des loups
Mark Dacascos was born on February 26, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mark Alan Dacascos. He is known for his work on Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Only the Strong (1993) and Drive (1997). He has been married to Julie Condra since January 5, 1998. They have three children.
43. Jo Koy
Writer | This Functional Family
Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today's premiere stand-up comedians, Koy sells-out comedy clubs & theaters across the nation with his infectious and explosive energy onstage. The comedian pulls inspiration from his family, ...
45. Jason Scott Lee
Actor | Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, Jason Scott Lee was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Hawaii from the age of two. His interest in acting began while studying in high school. It blossomed further when he enrolled in Fullerton College, where he studied under acting coach Sal Romeo. His ...
46. Parry Shen
Actor | Better Luck Tomorrow
Parry Shen was born on June 26, 1973 in Queens, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), The New Guy (2002) and General Hospital (1963). He has been married to Kim Hollands since August 2, 2002. They have two children.
Actor | Mortal Kombat
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His...
48. Chris Tashima
Actor | Visas and Virtue
In 1998, Chris Tashima received an Academy Award® for Live Action Short Film, for Visas and Virtue (1997) -- a 26-minute historical drama inspired by Holocaust rescuer Chiune 'Sempo' Sugihara -- which he directed, co-wrote (adapting an original one-act play by Tim Toyama), and starred as the ...
49. Mike Shinoda
Soundtrack | Transformers
Michael Kenji Shinoda was born in Agoura, California on February 11, 1977. He met guitarist Brad Delson in 9th grade and started writing songs in his bedroom. Brad and Rob Bourdon used to play for numerous bands in high school. This started Mike on the way to becoming a singer. Mike met Joseph Hahn...
50. Steven Yeun
Actor | Okja
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 ...
51. Andy Lau
Actor | Mou gaan dou
Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...
53. Nicholas Tse
Actor | Shi yue wei cheng
Nicholas was born in Hong Kong, China. He attended school in Vancouver, Canada. He also attended school for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Hong Kong with his parents Patrick Yin Tse and Deborah Dik, and his sister, Jennifer (Ting Ting). Nicholas started his singing career ...
55. Ludi Lin
Actor | Power Rangers
Ludi Lin is one of Asia's fastest rising stars and was just cast as Murk in the upcoming 2018 DC film, AQUAMAN. He is well known as Zack, The Black Power Ranger in THE POWER RANGERS, Lions Gate's franchise. He was also seen in Season 2 of Netflix's MARCO POLO along with Chinese films COME ACROSS ...
56. Aaron Ikeda
Actor | Scrubs
Aaron Ikeda is an American Actor of Japanese and Korean decent. Best known for his recurring role as "Rex" on the hit sitcom "Scrubs"; Aaron has been featured on hit shows "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Superstore" and "Angie Tribeca". Aaron will also be featured in the upcoming Netflix ...
59. Andy T. Tran
Actor | The Last Ship
Andy T. Tran was born and raised in Houston, TX. Andy's affinity for the arts came from his father, a gifted artist and musician.
After graduating from I.H. Kempner High School in 2002, he went on to study electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, but quickly lost ...
63. Christopher Chen
Actor | Abby's
Christopher Chen was born in DeKalb, IL. He grew up in Bowling Green, KY, Sunnyvale, CA, and Cleveland Heights, OH. Christopher got his start as a professional singer-dancer in revues for theme parks and cruise ships and later in musical theater. He studied Theater at Northwestern University in ...
64. Tom Yi
Actor | Bridesmaids
Tom Yi has lived in four countries on three continents. His formative years were spent in the South Bay area of Southern California. Attended Denver University before transferring to (LMU) Loyola Marymount University.
His work credits include numerous regional and national commercials, as well as ...
65. Jon Lee Brody
Actor | Furious Seven
Jon Lee Brody was born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. His father of German and Jewish decent and his mother of Korean decent, worked as a civil engineer and business consultant, respectively. Jon attended William Fremd High School where he excelled as a three sport athlete and also...
66. Daniel Wu
Actor | San ging chaat goo si
Daniel Wu was born on September 30, 1974 in Berkeley, California, USA as Daniel N. Wu. He is an actor and producer, known for San ging chaat goo si (2004), Wang jiao hei ye (2004) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Lisa S. since April 6, 2010. They have one child.