Justin Chon

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Justin Chon
Justin Chon.jpg
Chon in 2009.
Born Justin Jitae Chon[1]
(1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 33)
Garden Grove, Orange County, California[2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

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

Early life[edit]

Chon was born in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, and was raised in Irvine, California.[3] He is of 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]

Life and career[edit]

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 Twilight's sequel, New Moon.[9] He starred as the central character, Jeff Chang, in the film 21 & Over opposite Miles Teller. He also appeared in the independent film Innocent Blood opposite Doug Jones and Jun-seong Kim. He will be appearing as the lead character Sonny in Andrew Lau's Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is also Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese.

Chon co-owns three stores located in California named the Attic.[10]

Chon's hobbies are surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He learned to play the violin, and later on played guitar while growing up with his father. He is also an amateur dancer and creates comedic short videos on YouTube with his personal friends. He also appeared with Michelle Phan in a YouTube video called " Midnight Kiss " where he kissed Michelle Phan, but had blue duct tape covering his mouth.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Bobbi
Fleetwood Rong
2007 Hack! Ricky
2008 Twilight Eric Yorkie Supporting role
2009 Ashley Mason Morgan
Crossing Over Yong Kim
Turbo Hugo Park
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Eric Yorkie Supporting role
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2011 From the Rough Ji-Kyung
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Eric Yorkie
2012 Detention of the Dead Ash
Rock Jocks Seth
Hang Loose BJ
2013 21 & Over Jeff Chang
Innocent Blood Brad Lee post-production
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Filming
Television films
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Peter Wu Main role
Straight-to-DVD films
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Joe Chang
Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008 Just Jordan Tony Lee Main role, Nickelodeon
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jack & Bobby Greek Chorus Episode: "Under the Influence"
Taki & Luci Drug Buyer
2006 The O.C. Big Korea Episode: "The Party Favor"
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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