Jeong in March 2012.
|Born||Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
July 13, 1969
Detroit, Michigan, US
|Alma mater||Duke University (undergraduate studies)
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, physician|
|Years active||1997–present (acting)|
|Spouse(s)||Tran Ho (2 children)|
Kendrick Kang-Joh “Ken” Jeong (born July 13, 1969) is an American comedian, actor, and physician. He is best known for his role as Leslie Chow in The Hangover films and as Señor Ben Chang on the NBC comedy series Community.
Early years 
Ken 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 attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy. Jeong is licensed as a physician in the state of California.
Show business 
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. Upon 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. Ken made his feature film debut as Dr. Kuni in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up 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 and The Hangover Part II. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.
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.
Personal life 
See also 
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- "NOMINATIONS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR 3RD ANNUAL STREAMY AWARDS". The Streamy Awards. 2012-12-17.
- Kit, Borys (5 April 2012). "'Community' Star Ken Jeong Joins Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Siegel, Tatiana; Belloni, Matthew (July 12, 2012). "Ken Jeong Signs on for Expanded Role in 'Hangover: Part III' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- "Ken Jeong to star in and co-produce The Chung Factor". Asia Pacific Arts. 2011-10-31.
- "Jamie Foxx and Ken Jeong agree to trade movies". Los Angeles Times. 2012-10-10.
- Deerwester, Jayme (September 3, 2009). "Ken Jeong transitions from doctor to in-demand jokester". USA Today.
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