Jeong at SXSW 2015
|Born||Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
July 13, 1969
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Duke University,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, physician|
The Hangover trilogy
|Home town||Greensboro, North Carolina|
Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong(Korean: 정강조 Jeong Kang-jo, born July 13, 1969) is an American actor, comedian and physician. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series Community and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover trilogy.
Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of South Korean immigrants Young and Dong-Kuen Jeong, who was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jeong was raised in Greensboro and attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro's Youth of the Year award. Jeong completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1990 and obtained his M.D. degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
Jeong won the Big Easy Laff-Off, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges, and they both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles. Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. After moving to Los Angeles, he initially practiced medicine for several years as a general practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills.
Jeong's background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He made his film debut in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni, which proved to be his breakout performance. From that point forward he was able to transition from medicine into a full-time career in the entertainment industry. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron, All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.
In 2007, he co-starred as Dr. Ken in Mike O'Connell's video "What's it gonna be" for the popular website, Funny or Die.com.
Jeong will star in and produce the film The Chung Factor, which was purchased by Lionsgate on October 25, 2011.
In an unusual, if informal, partnership, Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a lead role in a new movie Jeong will produce called After Prom. Jeong will star in All-Star Weekend, a comedy Foxx is developing at his production company about two friends who find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars.
In 2015, Jeong stars, writes and co-executive produces the pilot of his new ABC medical comedy, "Dr Ken", as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them. On May 7, 2015, the series stars Suzy Nakamura, Albert Tsai, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin and Krista Marie Yu for its first Season.
Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, is Vietnamese American, a family physician and a breast cancer survivor. They have twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey, and live in Southern California. Jeong became engaged to Ho around 2003 or 2004.
Jeong was encouraged by his wife to quit his job as an internist and pursue acting full-time; Jeong states that "I had just finished filming Knocked Up, and it was life-changing. But I didn't have the courage to go for it until she persuaded me. Medicine is a hard-won skill, and acting can be a fickle profession, so I tried to be realistic. Now, I'm a spoiled actor. I get weekends off and hiatus weeks — time I never got as a doctor".
He is 5' 5½" (1.66 m).
|2007||Knocked Up||Dr. Kuni|
|2008||Step Brothers||Employment Agent|
|2008||Role Models||King Argotron|
|2009||The Hangover||Leslie Chow||MTV Movie Awards for Best WTF Moment
Nominated – MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Teddy Dang|
|2009||All About Steve||Angus|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Therapist No.2|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||Curtis Lee|
|2010||Furry Vengeance||Neal Lyman|
|2010||Despicable Me||Talk Show Host (voice)|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Mailman||Cameo|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Leslie Chow||Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jerry Wang|
|2011||The Muppets||Punch Teacher Host||Cameo|
|2013||Pain & Gain||Jonny Wu|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Leslie Chow|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Floyd Eagle-san (voice)|
|2014||Birds of Paradise||Vinnie (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Short Fuse (voice)|
|2015||The Duff||Mr. Arthur|
|2016||Norm of the North||Mr. Greene (voice)||Post-production|
|2016||Ride Along 2||TBA||Post-production|
|1997||The Big Easy||Dr. Tang||Episode: "Night Music"|
|2001||The Downer Channel||Store Owner||Episode: "1.2"|
|2002||Girls Behaving Badly||Series regular|
|2003||Cedric the Entertainer Presents||Asian Thunder||1 episode|
|2003–2005||MADtv||Various characters||4 episodes|
|2004||Significant Others||Gynecologist||Episode: "An Ache, a Fake & Forgot to Brake"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Steve Choi||Episode: "Slam Dunk"|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Owner||Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"|
|2005||Two and a Half Men||Male Nurse||Episode: "Woo-Hoo, a Hernia-Exam!"|
|2005||The Office||Bill||Episode: "E-mail Surveillance"|
|2005||Mind of Mencia||Ken||1 episode|
|2006||Three Strikes||Roido's Interpreter||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Entourage||Coffee Shop Manager||Episode: "The Release"|
|2007||The Shield||Skip Osaka||Episode: "Back to One"|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Man in Jersey #1||Episode: "The Anonymous Donor"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Coroner Myron Okubo||Episode: "The Innocent Man"|
|2008||'Til Death||Dr. Park||2 episodes|
|2008||Worst Week||Phil||2 episodes|
|2009–2011||American Dad!||Dr. Perlmutter / Butch Johnson (voices)||3 episodes|
|2009||Party Down||Alan Duk||2 episodes|
|2009||Men of a Certain Age||Kuo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009–present||Community||Señor Ben Chang||79 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2010)
|2010||Players||Rufus Ramsey||Episode: "Induction Day"|
|2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Hyralius (voice)||Episode: "Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!"|
|2012||Burning Love||Ballerina||2 episodes
Streamy Award for Best Guest Appearance
|2012–2014||Bob's Burgers||Dr. Yap (voice)||3 episodes|
|2013||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Woo (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Sullivan & Son||Jason||2 episodes|
|2013||Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale||Kelly's Manager||Television special|
|2013–2014||Turbo FAST||Kim-Ly (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Doctor||Episode: "Stayin' Alive"|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Dr. Allen Hu (voice)||Episode: "Downer Ending"|
|2015||Glee||Pierce Pierce||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Dr. Ken||Dr. Ken||Also writer and co-executive producer|
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