Chon in 2009
May 29, 1981 |
Garden Grove, California, U.S.
Chon was born in Garden Grove, California and raised in Irvine, California. He is of South Korean descent. His father, Sang, who worked in show business, was a child actor in South Korea, 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.
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. 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.
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. He also played Tony Lee in the Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan. In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. Justin reprised his role as Eric Yorkie in the Twilight sequel New Moon. 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 ). In 2015, Chon starred as "Sid Park", the trouble-making main character influenced by rocker culture in the independent film Seoul Searching directed by Benson Lee, which made its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Chon also co-wrote (with Kevin Wu aka KevJumba), directed, executive produced, and starred in a feature film released in 2015 entitled Man Up. The film made its premiere at the 2015 CAAMFest. It also screened at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, making its West Coast Premiere there. The film is set in Hawaii and stars himself (Justin Chon), Kevin Wu, Amy Hill, Parvesh Cheena, Nichole Bloom, Dion Basco, Samantha Futerman and more. In March of 2015, the comedy was acquired by "Off the Dock", a digital studio owned by Lakeshore Entertainment.
Chon has also directed several digital short films that are viewable on his YouTube Channel, including You're Stoopid (2013), Full Circle (2013) and 90 Day Visa (2015).
Chon co-owns a chain of stores, named the Attic, in California. 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!"
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Bobbi|
|2006||Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior||Peter Wu||Television film|
|2009||Crossing Over||Yong Kim|
|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|
|2013||21 & Over||Jeff Chang|
|2013||Innocent Blood||Brad Lee|
|2014||Revenge of the Green Dragons||Sonny|
|2015||Seoul Searching||Sid Park|
|2015||Man Up||Randall||Also Director, Writer, Executive Producer|
|2013||You're Stoopid||Director, Writer||Short Film|
|2013||Full Circle||Director, Writer, Actor||Short Film|
|2015||90 Day Visa||Director, Writer, Actor||Short Film|
|2015||Man Up||Director, Writer, Actor, Executive Producer||Feature Film|
|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"|
- "Star Spotlight: Justin Chon". Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
- 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
- Justin Chon Publisher: www.TwilightLexicon.com Published: 27 July 2008. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
- Larry Carroll (2008-02-07). "'Twilight' Gives The Green Light To Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon For Book-Turned-Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
- "New Moon Actors arrived in Vancouver". ReelzChannel. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- James S. Kim, Justin Chon Does His Own ‘Seoul Searching’, http://iamkoream.com/justin-chon-does-his-own-seoul-searching/
- Cynthia Brothers & Vu-Bang Nguyen, Justin Chon on ‘Seoul Searching’ and ‘Man Up’, http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2015/02/26/justin-chon-on-seoul-searching-and-manning-up/
- CAAMFest, Man Up, http://caamfest.com/2015/films/man-up/
- LAAPFF 2015, MAN UP, http://laapff.festpro.com/films/program/man_up_2015
- Man Up, Official Film Page, http://www.manupfilm.com
- Dave McNary, Lakeshore Launches Digital Studio With Justin Chon-Kevin Wu Comedy http://variety.com/2015/film/news/lakeshore-launches-digital-studio-with-justin-chon-kevin-wu-comedy-1201460990/
- ChannelAPA.com, Full Circle, http://www.channelapa.com/2013/02/full-circle-short-film-with-justin-chon.html
- AllKPop, Up in Justin Chon's Attic, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2009/04/up-in-justin-chons-attic
- Justin Chon at the Internet Movie Database
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