Asian Actors

by jerrykoedding | created - 22 Jul 2013 | updated - 17 Dec 2013 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. John Cho

Actor | Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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. ...

4. Daniel Dae Kim

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 ...

5. Reggie Lee

Actor | Grimm

Reggie Lee was born in Quezon City, Philippines as Reggie Valdez. He is known for his work on Grimm (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

6. 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; ...

7. Adhir Kalyan

Actor | Rules of Engagement

Born in 1983 and raised in Durban, South Africa, Adhir Kalyan moved to London to pursue an acting career. He appeared as a guest star on the BBC series Holby City (1999) and Spooks (2002). Kalyan's first leading role was in the CW's comedy series Aliens in America (2007), in which he played Raja, a...

8. Ken Leung

Actor | The Sopranos

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 ...

9. 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 (2016) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015. They have one child.

10. 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 ...

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. 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).

13. Rex Lee

Actor | Entourage

Rex Lee was born on January 7, 1969 in Warren, Ohio, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Entourage (2004), Entourage (2015) and Suburgatory (2011).

14. Zaib Shaikh

Actor | Little Mosque on the Prairie

Zaib Shaikh is known for his work on Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007), Othello the Tragedy of the Moor (2008) and Midnight's Children (2012). He has been married to Kirstine Stewart since May 2011.

15. Joe Taslim

Actor | Serbuan Maut

Johannes Taslim or Joe Taslim (born 23 June 1981) is an Indonesian actor and former Judo athlete of Chinese descent. He became well known in the 2012 action film The Raid: Redemption.

Taslim was born in South Sumatera, Indonesia. He was exposed to martial arts at an early age. His martial arts ...

16. Hrithik Roshan

Actor | Kaabil

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor, born on 10th January 1974, well known globally for his versatile roles, unmatchable dancing skills and attractive looks.

After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) for ...

17. Brandon Call

Actor | Step by Step

Born Brandon Spencer Lee Call on November 17th, 1976, in Torrance, California, Brandon started performing at the tender age of two. His movie debut, albeit lending his voice, was in Disney's The Black Cauldron (1985), so his first live-action acting role was opposite Glenn Close in Jagged Edge (...

18. Rick Yune

Actor | Die Another Day

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

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. Lou Diamond Phillips

Actor | Courage Under Fire

Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962 in Subic Bay Naval Base, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines as Lou Diamond Upchurch. He is an actor and director, known for Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998) and La Bamba (1987). He has been married to Yvonne Boismier Phillips since ...

21. 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 ...

22. 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).

23. 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 ...

24. 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 Game of Chance (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 first ...

25. Salman Khan

Actor | Sultan

Born on December 27, 1965 Salman Khan is the son of the legendary writer Salim Khan, who penned many super-hits in the yesteryear's like Sholay (1975), Deewaar (1975), and Don (1978). Salman started his acting carrier in 1988 by doing a supporting role in the movie Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988). The ...

26. Archie Kao

Actor | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Archie Kao was born on December 14, 1969 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Chicago P.D. (2014) and Nothing Gold Can Stay (2017). He has been married to Xun Zhou since July 16, 2014.

27. Edison Chen

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Edison Chen was born on October 7, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Chen Xing Hua. He is an actor, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), The Grudge 2 (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008).

28. 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 ...

29. Leehom Wang

Actor | Wu wen xi dong

Leehom Wang was born on May 17, 1976 in Rochester, New York, USA as Alexander Lee Hom Wang. He is known for his work on Forever Young (2018), Blackhat (2015) and Lust, Caution (2007). He has been married to Jinglei Wang since November 27, 2013. They have two children.

30. James Shigeta

Actor | Die Hard

Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected the country's changing interest in films with East Asian themes, but, when called upon, he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor T.V. guest ...

31. Won Bin

Actor | Ajeossi

Won Bin was born on November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon, Korea as Do-Jin Kim. He is an actor, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) and Mother (2009). He has been married to Na-Young Lee since May 30, 2015.

32. Dustin Nguyen

Actor | Huyen thoai bat tu

Dustin Tri Nguyen, after moving to the US from Vietnam in 1975, went on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's premiere Asian-American actors coming out of the martial arts world, having starred on such hit TV shows as "21 Jump Street," "Seaquest DSV," "VIP," as well as feature films like MAN ...

33. Sab Shimono

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Sab Shimono was born on July 31, 1937 in Sacramento, California, USA as Saburo Shimono. He is an actor, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Southland Tales (2006) and Waterworld (1995). He has been married to Steve Alden Nelson since June 23, 2008.

34. Garret Sato

Actor | The Wolverine

Garret Sato was born on November 7, 1964 in Oahu, Hawaii, USA. He is an actor and executive, known for The Wolverine (2013), Midway (2019) and Inhumans (2017).

35. 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...

36. Eric Tsang

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Eric Tsang was born on April 14, 1953 in Hong Kong as Chi-Wai Tsang. He is an actor and producer, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), Hold You Tight (1998) and The Eye (2002). He was previously married to Mei-Hua Wang.

37. Louis Koo

Actor | Moon to

Louis Koo was born on October 21, 1970 in Hong Kong as Louis Tin Lok Koo. He is an actor and producer, known for Protégé (2007), Paradox (2017) and The White Storm (2013).

38. Verdi Solaiman

Actor | Halfworlds

Verdi Solaiman is an actor, known for Halfworlds (2015) and Belenggu (2012).

39. Tio Pakusadewo

Actor | Serbuan Maut 2: Berandal

Tio Pakusadewo was born on September 2, 1963 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is known for his work on The Raid 2 (2014), Letters from Prague (2016) and Identitas (2009).

40. Jack Yang

Actor | A Leading Man

Jack Yang has devoted the last 8 years of his life to acting, modeling and film. This Canadian/American artist already established a career in modeling and commercial acting when his love for art lead him behind the camera to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for Film Directing and Photo. ...

41. Chin Han

Actor | The Dark Knight

Named one of Asia's 25 greatest actors of all time by CNNGo (a division of CNN) alongside stars like Japan's Toshiro Mifune and India's Amitabh Bachchan and nominated for Variety's Asian Star of the Year Award in 2013, Chin Han's 20 year career has spanned many international theater, television and...

42. Kay Tong Lim

Actor | Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Kay Tong Lim is an actor, known for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994) and The Pupil (2010).

43. Keagan Kang

Actor | Beautiful Boxer

Keagan Kang was born on May 5, 1976 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. He is known for his work on Beautiful Boxer (2004), Marco Polo (2007) and Code of Law (2012).

44. Rain

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

Rain was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 25, 1982 with the birth name Jung Jihoon. He was extremely shy in elementary school, stating in interviews that he barely spoke a word. He caught the desire to become a dancer when, at a school talent show in sixth grade, no one from his school stepped ...

45. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

46. 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...

47. Ka Tung Lam

Actor | Yip Man

Ka Tung Lam was born on September 21, 1967. He is an actor and producer, known for Ip Man (2008), Infernal Affairs (2002) and Gallants (2010).



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