Daniel Dae Kim

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Daniel Dae Kim
Kim signs autographs at HIFF, 2007
Born (1968-08-04) August 4, 1968 (age 45)
Busan, South Korea
Residence Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Occupation Actor
Agent SidusHQ
Korean name
Hangul 김대현
Revised Romanization Gim Dae-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Taehyŏn

Daniel Dae Kim (born August 4, 1968) is a South Korean-born American actor. Kim is best known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of video games. He also played a recurring role on Angel.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States with his family when he was two years old.[1] He is now a naturalized citizen of the United States. He grew up in Lehigh Valley, Easton, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Freedom High School and Haverford College. His theatre major was completed at Bryn Mawr College. He graduated from NYU's Graduate Acting Program in 1996.


On the cover of KoreAm, April 2010

Prior to his casting as Jin in Lost, he was probably best known for numerous recurring roles in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. He has been seen in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a treasury agent as well as episodes of Angel, 24, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Crusade, Charmed, The Shield, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, ER, and The Andromeda Strain.

His film credits include a small part in Spider-Man 2 as a scientist working in Doctor Octavius' laboratory and Crash, the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award winner.

Kim was named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2005. Kim is the voice of the character Johnny Gat for THQ's Saints Row video game series. He also provided his voice for 24: The Game in which he played his character from the show, Tom Baker. He also provided the voice for Metron in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

Kim played the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I from June 12–28, 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.[2]

In February 2010 it was announced that Kim was cast in the CBS reboot Hawaii Five-0 playing Chin Ho Kelly.[3] That show premiered on September 20, 2010.

BuddyTV ranked him #81 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[4]

In January 2014, Kim signed with South Korean talent agency SidusHQ.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kim currently resides in Oahu, Hawaii, with his wife and two sons.


On October 25, 2007, Kim was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kim was later released at the main station after he posted $500 bail.[6] He publicly apologized for the incident a day later.[7] Kim pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, had his driver's license revoked for six months, was subjected to a drug-and-alcohol assessment, was ordered to pay $212 in court fees, and perform 72 hours of community service.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 American Shaolin Gao
1997 Addicted to Love Undergrad Assistant
1997 Jackal, TheThe Jackal Akashi
1999 For Love of the Game E.R. Doctor B5 Crusade
2001 Looking for Bobby D Timmy Short film
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Visiting Expert
2003 Hulk Aide
2003 Ride or Die Miyako Video
2003 Sin Lakorn
2004 Spider-Man 2 Raymond
2004 Crash Park
2005 Cave, TheThe Cave Alex Kim
2008 Onion Movie, TheThe Onion Movie Ivy Leaguer
2011 Arena Taiga Video
2013 Linsanity[9] Narrator Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Law & Order Harry Watanabe Episode: "Golden Years"
1994 All-American Girl Stan Episode: "Ratting on Ruthie"
1995 All My Children Dr. Kim TV series
1997 Pacific Palisades Kate's Attorney Episode: "Sweet Revenge"
1997 Night Man Roland Yates Episode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Dr. Sturla Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
Episode: "The Way We Weren't"
1997 NYPD Blue Simon Lee Episode: "It Takes a Village"
1998 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Lenny Duc Episode: "Collateral Damage"
1998 Seinfeld Student #1 Episode: "The Burning"
1998 Brave New World Ingram TV movie
1998 Ally McBeal Police Officer Episode: "The Inmates"
1998 Practice, TheThe Practice Testifying Officer Episode: "Axe Murderer"
1998 Party of Five Ethan Episode: "Opposites Distract"
1998 Fantasy Island Episode: "Dreams"
1999 Crusade Lt. John Matheson 13 episodes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Kahn Episode: "The Lynn Sisters"
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Astronaut - Gotana-Retz Episode: "Blink of an Eye"
2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Everett Jang TV movie
2001 Once and Again Co-Worker #3 Episode: "Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight"
2001 Charmed Yenlo Episode: "Enter the Demon"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Special Agent Beckman Episode: "Ellie"
2001–2003 Angel Gavin Park 12 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Mr. Chung Episode: "Call Him Macaroni"
2003 Momentum Agent Frears TV movie
2003 Street Time Vo Nguyen Episode: "Born to Kill"
2003 Miss Match Clifford Kim 4 episodes
2003–2004 24 Tom Baker 11 episodes
2003 ER Ken Sung 3 episodes
2003-2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Corporal Chang Episode: "The Xindi"
Episode: "Extinction"
Episode: "Hatchery"
2004 Without a Trace Mark Hiroshi Episode: "Exposure"
2004 ER Ken Sung Episode: "Abby Normal"
2004 Shield, TheThe Shield Thomas Choi Episode: "Riceburner"
2004–2010 Lost Jin-Soo Kwon 114 episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender General Fong (voice) Episode: "The Avatar State"
2006 Justice League Metron / Chinese Man (voice) Episode: "Alive!"
Episode: "Destroyer"
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Jin-Soo Kwon TV miniseries
2008 Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda Strain Dr. Tsi Chou TV miniseries
2010–present Hawaii Five-0 Chin Ho Kelly Character
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Teddy Lee (voice) Episode: "The Anomaly"
2011–2012 Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra Hiroshi Sato (voice) 5 episodes
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Chin Ho Kelly Episode: "Touch of Death"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "The One With the Friends"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven Rikimaru (voice)
2006 24: The Game Agent Tom Baker (voice)
2006 Saints Row Johnny Gat (voice)
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (voice)
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth General Fong (voice)
2008 Saints Row 2 Johnny Gat (voice)
2011 Saints Row: The Third Johnny Gat (voice)
2013 Saints Row IV Johnny Gat (voice)


  1. ^ Daniel Dae Kim Biography ((?)-)
  2. ^ "Mini-View: Lost's Daniel Dae Kim". Fantasy Magazine. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-02-07). "'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  4. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim signs with SidusHQ". Allkpop. January 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Police: 'Lost' Star Had Double Legal Blood Alcohol Limit". 
  7. ^ "'Lost' Actor Issues Apology After DUI Arrest". KITV. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  8. ^ "‘Lost’ star pleads no contest to DUI". 
  9. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (March 25, 2013). "Freedom's Daniel Dae Kim narrates "Linsanity"". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. 

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