Justin Chon

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Justin Chon
Justin Chon.jpg
Chon in 2009
Born (1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 33)
Garden Grove, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Justin Jitae Chon[1] (born May 29, 1981) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012).

Early life[edit]

Chon was born in Garden Grove, California[2] and raised in Irvine, California.[3] He is of South Korean descent. His father, Sang, who worked in show business, was a child actor in South Korea,[4] and was often in black and white films. Chon grew up watching his father's films, which eventually inspired him to pursue acting. His mother, Kyung, is a pianist and homemaker.[5][6]

Chon was educated at University High School in his home city of Irvine in California, where he played saxophone in the marching band, followed by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (also in California), where he majored in Business Administration.[7] As he was required to learn a language as a part of his course, he started learning Japanese, then switched to Korean (his parents' native tongue). In order to improve his ability in the language, he spent time in South Korea as part of a year abroad in his junior year. During the first semester, he lived in the dorms of Yonsei University, in the capital, Seoul.[7]



Chon started acting in 2005 in shows such as Jack & Bobby and Taki & Luci. He came to fame in 2006 when he played Peter Wu in the Disney Channel film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.[1] He also played Tony Lee in the Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan.[1] In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.[8] Justin reprised his role as Eric Yorkie in the Twilight sequel New Moon.[9] He starred as the central character, Jeff Chang, in the film 21 & Over. He also appeared in the independent film Innocent Blood. In 2014, Chon appeared as a lead character in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons (executive produced by Martin Scorsese ).

Other ventures[edit]

Chon co-owns a chain of stores, named the Attic, in California.[10] He also creates short comedy videos on YouTube with his friends. He appeared on Nigahiga's YouTube channel in the video,"Proving the Illuminati is Real!"



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Bobbi
2006 Fleetwood Rong
2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Peter Wu Television film
2007 Hack! Ricky
2008 Twilight Eric Yorkie
2009 Ashley Mason Morgan
2009 Crossing Over Yong Kim
2009 Turbo Hugo Park
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Eric Yorkie
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Joe Chang Television film
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Eric Yorkie
2011 From the Rough Ji-Kyung
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Eric Yorkie
2012 Detention of the Dead Ash
2012 Rock Jocks Seth
2012 Hang Loose BJ
2013 21 & Over Jeff Chang
2013 Innocent Blood Brad Lee
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Sonny


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jack & Bobby Greek Chorus Episode: "Under the Influence"
2005 Taki & Luci Drug Buyer
2006 The O.C. Big Korea Episode: "The Party Favor"
2007–2008 Just Jordan Tony Lee
2011 House Harold Lam Episode: "The Dig"
2013 New Girl Brian Episode: "Menus"


  1. ^ a b c "Star Spotlight: Justin Chon". Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlueSKJunbo&feature=related
  4. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2009/08/05/interview-with-justin-chon/
  5. ^ http://jetsetextra.com/the-extra/jetsetting-with/jetsetting-with-up-and-coming-actor-justin-chon.html
  6. ^ http://audreymagazine.com/tag/justin-chon/
  7. ^ a b Justin Chon Publisher: www.TwilightLexicon.com Published: 27 July 2008. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-07). "'Twilight' Gives The Green Light To Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon For Book-Turned-Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  9. ^ "New Moon Actors arrived in Vancouver". ReelzChannel. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  10. ^ AllKPop, Up in Justin Chon's Attic, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2009/04/up-in-justin-chons-attic

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