Mini Bio (1)
Kenneth Mark Bhan was born in Washington, DC, the son of engineer Chander Bhan and writer, Esme Evelyn Bhan. His father is Punjabi, while his mother is a New Delhi native. Both are born and raised in India and immigrated to America in the 1970s, and despite having only eight dollars each, they achieved their version of the American dream, owning multiple cars, houses and sending all their children to college. Today they celebrate over fifty-one years of marriage and live in a prestigious waterfront community. Chander Bhan has been recognized in "Who's Who in the World" as well as "Who's Who in the East" and "Men of Achievement" for his engineering achievements in energy usage and procurement, particularly with IBM & Honeywell. His mother, Esme, was selected to be a fellow at Harvard University and is a published writer and archivist. It's safe to say, there's no one like their son, Kenny. His interesting talents are coupled with an exceptional I.Q. which is last measured at 150. Interestingly, Kenny managed to "hook school" his first two weeks of kindergarten, by simply not telling his parents he should be in kindergarten. His immigrant parent's finally figured out he should be in school, and Kenny went to kindergarten two weeks late, and the teacher made him teach the class on his first day, because he was the only student that followed the instructions to the exercise correctly. Kenny went on to be the "teacher's pet" until the fourth grade at which point, his male friends, staged an intervention, explaining being the teacher's pet isn't cool, causing Kenny to become a social misfit.
His parents' wanted him to be an engineer due to his perfect math SAT scores, and his ability to fix just about anything mechanical or electronic. In the 1980s Chander drove a new BMW seven series while his old five series BMW sat neglected and did not run due to a myriad of issues. The local dealer estimate for replacing the transmission gear selector was over five hundred dollars, and the list went on. Although Chander planned on delivering the old car to a junkyard, he told Kenny, "If you fix it, you can have it." Kenny fixed the transmission gear selector on his father's old BMW 530i when he was fifteen years old, and it's how he got his first car. Ken began tinkering with cars before he had his actual driver's license and fixed the broken BMW for only $13.61, with a few washers and bushings from the local BMW dealership.
Kenny would begin to study mathematics and quantum physics at the United States Naval Academy, in a special program, for three consecutive years, while attending High School. Kenny began viewing car control as a mathematical equation, and developed a unique ability to "skid" or "drift" a car, perfectly, around any corner or racetrack by age eighteen. He was inspired by the 80's TV Show "Knight Rider" with a self-driving car, K.I.T.T. which could "drift" perfectly. Now going by Ken, he graduated high school and the United States Naval Academy was making preparations for Ken to enlist, and become a midshipman. As fate would have it, the Naval Academy reported Ken failed his physical examination solely because he wears glasses, and would not be allowed to enlist. While his parents were disappointed, Ken was rather stoked and followed his passion and became an acting major at Howard University and later received a scholarship to further train, in acting, at Oxford University at Balliol College with the British American Drama Academy (BADA) where his teachers include John Barton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Turner and Fiona Shaw in Great Britain. He later graduated with a BFA in acting and while minoring in directing from Howard University.
Ken is one of those actors who goes above and beyond when cast in a project, impressing the director/creator/producer so much, that they later give Ken a producing credit as well. Ken was cast in the lead role of a tv pilot "The Trainer" directed by Richard Alan Elias, who later promoted Ken to a producer, and gave him the rights to the project. Ken also received an associate producing credit on a short film he was originally cast in "The Origin of Om" directed by Freeman White III. He has booked many commercials for companies like Wendy's, Geico, AT&T, Pacsun and more. In his latest commercial he's dancing alongside Robert Downey Jr. for OnePlus. He just wrapped a feature film, playing a villain role, entitled "Kings of L.A." directed by Van Elder, scheduled for a 2022 release.
Ken joined the Screen Actors Guild, now SAG/AFTRA, with a recurring role on the "Young Americans" on the WB Network in 2000 and has over two decades of experience acting professionally. He was featured as a taxi driver on "Sex & the City" giving Sarah Jessica Parker and Bridget Monayan a cab ride, in the episode "Running with Scissors" Directed by Dennis Erdman and began his stunt driving career. Production was impressed with his driving ability. Ken has acted opposite Kelsey Grammer, Fred Willard and Patricia Heaton directed by James Burrows. Ken worked opposite Tim Roth and Erika Christensen in "Lie to Me" as the Cube Technician in Episode: "The Core of It" Directed by Daniel Sackheim. Ken booked another doctor role in "The Good Doctor" alongside resident doctor, Orlando Bloom directed by Lance Daly which was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival.
Ken has been performing magic since age ten and loves to blow people's minds whenever he's not on a film or TV set. Ken has performed close up magic at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and enjoys performing magic wherever he goes. He combines quantum physics with "sleight of atoms" to produce mesmerizing visual effects. You can see them on his vlog, "Driving Me Wild with Ken Bhan" on YouTube. Ken carries a pack of cards in his wallet wherever he goes and says "Life can be magical, but it's up to you to believe." You can call him, Ken, Kenny or Kenneth, whatever you like, he enjoys the variety.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Esther Washington