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|Born||Edward Andrew Yoon Beom Shin
July 17, 1976
Chicago, Illinois, U. S.
Edward Andrew Yoon Beom "Eddie" Shin (born July 17, 1976) is an American actor.
Life and career
He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, in the neighborhood of Rogers Park, of Korean descent. From a young age, Shin was heavily involved in academics and extracurriculars. Notably, he would go on to become student body president at both his grade school, Saint Jerome, and his high school, Loyola Academy. Throughout high school, Eddie was also involved in his Church youth club (the KCYC), where he would also become president during his junior and senior years.
After graduating from high school, he attended Williams College and seriously considered a career in medicine. Instead, he discovered the theatre and became passionate about acting after getting involved with the Student Theatre Project (STP), "Jurasian Park," in his first year. Before his second year of college, he transferred to the University of Chicago, where he would become a mainstay of the University Theatre. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Humanites, focused on theatre and performance.
During his time at the U of Chicago, he spent three years interning at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre under the mentorship of Curt Columbus. Eddie would help lead various theatre-related workshops and after he graduated, Eddie would have his professional acting debut in the world premier of Chuck Mee's "The Berlin Circle", directed by Tina Landau. Shin has performed throughout Chicago at theatres such as the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, and Appletree Theatre.
While working in Chicago, Shin garnered interest from LA. After playing recurring roles as Henry Cho on Gilmore Girls, and Stanley Mao on ER, he landed the role of Roger Park on That '80s Show. He also continued his theatre roots by performing in various productions with East West Players and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. In NY, he originated the role of Felix in the Ensemble Studio Theatre's premier of Sasha No Home.
Shin would further his television career with roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City, David E. Kelley's Girls Club, Malcolm in the Middle, Pushing Daisies, Phoo Action, NYPD Blue, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and various other television programs.
In 2008 Shin relocated to the UK to play Terry Phoo in Phoo Action, the BBC adaptation of the cult comic-strip, Get The Freebies. The show would go on to win a BAFTA for best New Drama series.
In 2009, Shin came back to the States after landing the role of Martin Hu in the Showtime series, End of Steve. Since returning, he has also held guest spots on shows such as Castle, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Royal Pains, and CHAOS, among others.
Most recently, Shin has been added as Carl, a recurring character on Men of a Certain Age, which stars Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula. The show picked up the prestigious Peabody Award in 2010 for significant and meritorious achievement in media.
Shin continues to reside in Los Angeles and Chicago.