Top 40 Asian Actors Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywood

by scotteriksson | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

November 2018 Update

1. Henry Golding

Actor | A Simple Favor

Malaysian television host, actor, and model Henry Ewan Golding was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to Margaret Likan and Clive Golding. His father is English and his mother is Malaysian. His mother is from the Iban people, an Indigenous group in Sarawak, and Henry completed the bejalai, an Iban...

2. Ross Butler

Actor | 13 Reasons Why

Ross Fleming Butler was born in Singapore, and was raised in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. He attended The Ohio State University studying Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering, but decided to drop out after one year after discovering he had no passion or interest in that field of ...

3. Alex Landi

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

Alex is a half Korean, half Italian actor born in New York City. At a very young age, he was focused on sports with a career goal as a professional tennis player. His parents took him to his first Broadway show, The Lion King, when he was seven and he was mesmerized by the performance sparking his ...

4. Lewis Tan

Actor | Deadpool 2

Lewis Tan was born on February 4, 1987 in Manchester, England as Lewis Singwah Tan. He is known for his work on Deadpool 2 (2018), Into the Badlands (2015) and Wu Assassins (2019).

5. Charles Melton

Actor | Riverdale

Charles Melton is an actor, known for Riverdale (2016), American Horror Story (2011) and Glee (2009).

6. 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.

7. Osric Chau

Actor | 2012

Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer (2008) that was shot in Hengdian, ...

8. Jake Choi

Actor | Front Cover

Jake Choi is an American actor born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.

Choi received his training at The Lee Strasberg Institute, T. Schreiber Studio under Peter Miner, and Bob Krakower.

He has performed throughout New York on stage, film, TV and national commercials.

During his free time, Jake...

9. Jason Momoa

Actor | Justice League

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa was born on August 1, 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the son of Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. His father is of Hawaiian descent and his mother, who is from Iowa, is of mostly German ancestry. Jason was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his ...

10. 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).

11. Chris Pang

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Chris Pang is an actor and producer, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) and Marco Polo (2014).

12. Hayden Szeto

Actor | The Edge of Seventeen

Hayden Szeto was born on September 11, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Hayden Chun Hay Szeto. He is known for his work on The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Truth or Dare (2018) and Lodge 49 (2018).

13. 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 ...

14. Brandon Soo Hoo

Actor | Tropic Thunder

Brandon Soo Hoo was born on November 2, 1995 in Pasadena, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Tropic Thunder (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Ender's Game (2013).

15. 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 ...

16. Mackenyu

Actor | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Mackenyu was born in Los Angeles and and began acting in his teens. His career took off in Japan in 2015 when he starred in three supporting roles in TV Mini-series and as one of the leads in the live action movie Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. In January 2016 he made his stage debut in the ...

17. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

18. John Harlan Kim

Actor | The Librarians

John Kim was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His early years in grade school were spent focusing on extra-curricular athletics including basketball, tennis and Australian rules football. It was not until High School that John became interested in the arts.

At age 15, he attended a...

19. 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.

20. Christopher Larkin

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...

21. 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 ...

22. Ken Kirby

Actor | Good Trouble

Ken Kirby is an actor, known for Good Trouble (2019), The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo (2016) and Drunk History (2013).

23. Jimmy O. Yang

Actor | Patriots Day

Jimmy O. Yang is a stand-up comedian and actor. He stars as Jian-Yang on HBO's Silicon Valley (2014), Bernard Tai in the film Crazy Rich Asians and as real-life hero Dun Meng in the film Patriots Day (2016). As a stand-up, he performed on The Arsenio Hall Show and received a rare standing ovation. ...

24. Avan Jogia

Actor | Shaft

Vancouver native, Avan Jogia landed his first acting role as 'Danny Araujo 'on the award-winning TV movie drama A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland. Jogia followed up with a recurring role on the SyFy Channel hit series Caprica (2009) as well as...

25. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

26. Daniel Kang

Actor | The Front Runner

Daniel Kang is an actor, known for The Front Runner (2018), Candy Jar (2018) and Insatiable (2018).

27. Manish Dayal

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Manish Dayal was born on June 17, 1983 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA as Manish Sudhir Patel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), Viceroy's House (2017) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

28. Kian Talan

Actor | Brainchild

Kian Talan is a Filipino-American born raised in Boston. Passionate about acting from a young age, he succumbed to the usual family pressure and got his degree in Computer Science. After graduating, he moved to New York to pursue acting at Stella Adler, William Esper and Terry Schreiber Studios. ...

29. Shannon Kook

Actor | The Conjuring

Born in Johannesburg as Shannon Kook-Chun to a father of Chinese descent and South African mother, Shannon moved to Canada at an early age and eventually adopted the stage name Shannon Kook.

After attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, where he graduated with the Edna Khubyar ...

30. Wesley Wong

Actor | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Born in Hong Kong, Wesley is a graduate of University of Southern California and Beijing Film Academy and is the son of Hong Kong actors Melvin Wong and Angie Chiu. His first feature roles included Sorry I Love You (2013), Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen (2015), Buxiude Shiguang (2016) and Falling in ...

31. Christopher Sean

Actor | Star Wars Resistance

Japanese American Actor, Christopher Sean speaks conversational Japanese and Spanish. Very proud son to a Navy veteran and Mother born and raised in Japan. Known for Hawaii Five-0, Days of Our Lives, Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Cultured through in many countries but Southern California is considered ...

32. Jordan Rodrigues

Actor | Lady Bird

Jordan Rodrigues was born on July 20, 1992 in Sydney, Australia. He is an actor, known for Lady Bird (2017), The Fosters (2013) and Dance Academy (2010).

33. Eddie Shin

Actor | Alexa & Katie

Eddie Shin was born on July 17, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edward Andrew Yoon Beom Shin. He is an actor, known for Alexa & Katie (2018), Westworld (2016) and The Man in the High Castle (2015).

34. Yoshi Sudarso

Actor | Buffalo Boys

Actor/Model/Stuntman Yoshua "Yoshi" Sudarso was born in Indonesia and moved to Los Angeles at the age of nine. He and his brother, Actor/Model Peter Adrian Sudarso, developed a fanbase through social media by creating YouTube videos, doing fashion blogging, and cosplay. He has done commercial work ...

35. Ryusuke Kobayashi

Actor | Just Between You and Me

Born in Tokyo, Ryusuke was always adventurous involving himself in Racing Karts from the age of seven and by his teenage years he was racing in competitions around the world including the European Championships for Japan. At age 13 he took the initiative to move to the UK to study and attended ...

36. Peter Adrian Sudarso

Actor | Unboxed

Peter Adrian Sudarso was born on August 20, 1990 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is known for his work on Unboxed (2017) and Chunk & Bean (2016).

37. Carlin James

Actor | Better Call Saul

Carlin James is an actor, known for Better Call Saul (2015), American Crime Story (2016) and Criminal Minds (2005).

38. Simu Liu

Actor | Kim's Convenience

Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actor, writer and stunt performer, known for his roles as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience (2016) and Faaron on the NBC series Taken (2017), based on the film franchise starring Liam Neeson.

Immigrating from China at the age of 5, Simu was raised...

39. Andy Marques

Actor | NCIS: Los Angeles

Born in Spain on the island of Menorca to a Spanish father and Korean mother, Andy moved to Philadelphia as a child where he grew up. His interest in acting began at a very young age, but after high school he attended Temple University and studied International Business. After graduating in 2012, ...

40. Michael Copon

Actor | One Tree Hill

Michael Copon was born on November 13, 1982 in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA as Michael Sowell Copon. He is an actor and producer, known for One Tree Hill (2003), The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008) and Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007).



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