Asian (mostly) American Actors

by jaltest-22975 | created - 30 Jul 2016 | updated - 02 Aug 2016 | Public

Asian American actors who should have bigger roles

1. Daniel Henney

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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

2. Ian Anthony Dale

Actor | The Hangover

Ian Anthony Dale was born on July 3, 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He is an actor, known for The Hangover (2009), Hawaii Five-0 (2010) and Salvation (2017). He has been married to Nicole Garippo since October 2016. They have one child.

3. Godfrey Gao

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Godfrey Gao was born on September 22, 1984 in Taiwan as Tsao Chih-Hsiang. He is an actor, known for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), The Jade Pendant (2017) and The Wedding Bible.

4. Byung-Hun Lee

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 ...

5. Shane Yoon

Actor | Ktown Cowboys

Born and raised in Southern California, Shane Yoon is a Korean American actor, writer and host. His overall gregarious-yet-grounded nature soon landed him a gig hosting the first U.S. National tour of the South Korean Pop group JYJ. He also found early success appearing in commercials ranging from ...

6. Peter Jae

Actor | Blackhat

Peter Jae is known for his work on Blackhat (2015), Call Me King (2017) and The Last Ship (2014).

7. 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 ...

8. Harry Shum Jr.

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Harry Shum Jr. was born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. He is an actor, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015.

9. Ki Hong Lee

Actor | The Maze Runner

Ki Hong Lee 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.

10. 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 ...

11. 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 ...

12. Constance Wu

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother is a computer programmer and her father is a college professor. Both are Taiwanese immigrants. Constance grew up in Richmond performing in the local community theatre scene. At sixteen, she moved to New York to study at the famed ...

13. Ming-Na Wen

Actress | Mulan

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...

14. Kelly Hu

Actress | The Scorpion King

On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan...

15. Tamlyn Tomita

Actress | The Day After Tomorrow

Tamlyn Tomita was born on January 27, 1966 in Okinawa, Japan as Tamlyn Naomi Tomita. She is an actress, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Eye (2008) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986).

16. 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 Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

17. Hana Mae Lee

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Hana Mae Lee began her career modeling and doing commercials from the age of 16. Booking over four dozen national campaigns, she modeled for Jeep, Honda, Verizon, Apple, Sebastian, American Express, Nokia, Midori, and has shot with some of the worlds top photographers such as Ellen Von Unwerth.

Hana...

18. Michelle Krusiec

Actress | The Invitation

At the age of 12, a talent agent scouted Michelle Jacqueline Krusiec in her hometown of Virginia Beach. She began formal training at the Virginia Governor's Magnet School for the Arts and graduated with a Theatre and English Degree from Virginia Tech in 1995. She completed additional studies on ...

19. Lynn Chen

Actress | Saving Face

Lynn Chen began performing on the Lincoln Center Stage at the age of 5. She made her movie debut in Sony Pictures Classic's Saving Face, a role that won her the title of "Outstanding Newcomer" at the 2006 AXAwards. Since then, she has become a fixture on the film festival circuit - including ...

20. Kristin Kreuk

Actress | EuroTrip

Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused ...

21. Shay Mitchell

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother and a father of Irish and Scottish descent. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Shay began dance lessons at the age ...

22. April Hong

Actress | Kung Fu Panda 2

April Hong was born on April 11, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA as April Kristina Hong. She is known for her work on Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

23. Elizabeth Pan

Actress | For The People

Elizabeth Pan is known for her work on For The People (2018), Lights Out (2016) and Out of Blue (2018).

24. Helen Hong

Actress | Epic

Helen Hong plays "Janet Fung" in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and recurs as "Mrs. Song" in Starz' "Blunt Talk." She also has a recurring guest star role as "Mrs. Wong" on Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans." In addition to her numerous acting roles, Helen has performed standup comedy on "...



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