Kao in 2004
December 14, 1969 |
Washington D.C, U.S.
Kao is best known for his role as Archie Johnson in the hit television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as the role of Kai Chen, the Blue Ranger, in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy as well as Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. He has also appeared on TV shows such as Desperate Housewives (as Steve), ER (as Yuri), NBC's Heroes, Century City, Huff (as Kane), Power Rangers Wild Force (as General Venjix), Once and Again (as Steven), L.A. Firefighters (as Peter), Maybe This Time (as Takeshi) and more.
In 2013, Kao joined the cast of the NBC TV series Chicago PD (a spin-off from Chicago Fire) as a series regular, a character named Jin who is in charge of surveillance at the Chicago Police Department Intelligence Unit.
Kao has also appeared as Sebastian in Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and starred as the main romantic lead, Jefferson, in Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With. Kao also played Edwin Luke, the brother of Keye Luke in Timothy Tau's short film bio-pic on Keye Luke, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and which was Closing Night Film of the inaugural 2013 Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Kao has recently signed on to a thriller film from China entitled "The Deathday Party" opposite Anita Yuen, which is also being shot in the ancient Chinese Alu Caves of Yunan. Kao will also be playing a character named "Shum" in Michael Mann's upcoming film, Cyber. Kao has also had roles in films such as The Hills Have Eyes 2 (as Han), Nomad: The Warrior (as Shangrek), When In Rome (as Nobu), and Jet Li's The One (as Woo).
Kao also recently wrote, directed and produced a short film entitled Initiation (2011), which starred Ashley Bell and Kao's CSI co-star Marc Vann. The film is about an assassin trainee (Bell) who struggles with initiation day jitters under her mentor (Vann). Kao also produced and starred in a short film (as Jin) directed by Jerry Chan entitled Fast Money (2006).
Life and background
Kao attended George Mason University, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated with a degree in Speech Communication. While at GMU, Kao was elected student government president (as well as vice president the year prior) and elected homecoming king. He initially planned to attend law school and work in politics before becoming an actor. Kao also speaks and understands Mandarin Chinese because he grew up in a bilingual household with two younger sisters. He also studied French for six years.
|2013||The Death Day Party||Eric/Danny|
|2012||Keye Luke||Edwin Luke|
|2011||Snow Flower and the Secret Fan||Sebastian|
|2008||The People I've Slept With||Jefferson|
|2007||The Hills Have Eyes 2||Han|
|2006||Nomad: The Warrior||Shangrek|
|2006||Need for Speed: Carbon (VG)||Kenji|
|2002||When In Rome (V)||Nobu|
|2002||My Daughter's Tears||Minh Van Canh|
|2002||Local Boys||David Kamelamela|
|2001||Thank Heaven||Sam Lee|
|2000||Power Rangers in 3D: Triple Force (V)||Kai Chen / Blue Galaxy Ranger|
|1999||Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Return of the Magna Defender (V)||Kai Chen / Blue Galaxy Ranger|
|1998||Milk and Honey||Peter|
|2008||Desperate Housewives||"Hello, Little Girl" (2008) (Guest Appearance)||Steve|
|2006||Heroes||"Chapter Five 'Hiros'" (2006) (Guest Appearance)||Doctor|
|2004||Century City||"To Know Her" (2004) (Guest Appearance)||Bartender|
|2004||ER||"Abby Normal" (2004) and ""Just a Touch" (2004) (Recurring Role)||Yuri|
|2004||Huff||"That Fucking Cabin" (2004) (Guest Appearance)||Kane|
|2002||Power Rangers Wild Force||"Forever Red" (2002)||General Venjix (Voice)|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Various Episodes (2001–Present) (Also in 1 episode as M.Blaze) (Recurring Role)||Archie Johnson|
|2000||Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue||Various Episodes (2000)||Kai Chen, the Blue Galaxy Ranger and Liztwin (Voice)|
|1999||Once and Again||"The Past is Prologue" (1999) and "A Dream Deferred" (2009) (Recurring Role)||Steve/Steven|
|1999||Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy||Various Episodes in 1999 (Series Regular)||Kai Chen, the Blue Galaxy Ranger|
|1996||Maybe This Time||"Break a Leg" (1996) (Guest Appearance)||Takeshi|
|1996||L.A. Firefighters||"Fuel and Spark" (1996) (Guest Appearance)||Peter|
- Archie Kao at the Internet Movie Database
- 《CSI》华裔帅哥高圣远 与滕华涛合作进军内地
- 优酷娱乐播报 2012 7月
- NELLIE ANDREEVA, Archie Kao Joins ‘Chicago PD’ As Regular; Genevieve Angelson In ‘House Of Lies’, Deadline Hollywood, http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/archie-kao-joins-chicago-pd-as-regular-genevieve-angelson-in-house-of-lies/
- Archie Kao's Official Website, http://www.archiekao.com/
- Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times, Seattle Asian American Film Gets Under Way, http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/2020207886_atatheater25columnxml.html
- James Marsh, Twitch, CSI's Archie Kao Joins THE DEATHDAY PARTY, http://twitchfilm.com/2013/03/csis-archie-kao-joins-the-deathday-party.html
- Archie Kao's Alive Not Dead, http://www.alivenotdead.com/archiekao