Lauren Tom

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Lauren Tom
Lauren Tom by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lauren Tom on the Futurama voice cast panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born (1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Agent Imperium 7
Spouse(s) Curt Kaplan (1999–present)
Website
www.laurentom.com

Lauren Tom (born August 4, 1961)[1] is an American stage, film, television and voice actress. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, and the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voiced Amy Wong and her mother Inez, while on King of the Hill she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone. She also played Numbuh 3 in Codename Kids Next Door.

Early life[edit]

Lauren Tom was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Nancy (née Dare) and Tom Chan, Jr. who worked in the frozen food business. Her grandfather Tom Y. Chan was a businessman and a leading supporter of the Kuomintang in the United States, and helped raise money for both Sun Yat-sen and General Chiang Kai-shek. Her uncle was also a businessman and an influential civic leader.[2] In an article for Detour magazine Tom described how being teased as a child about her Chinese heritage made her introverted and is what originally inspired her to study dance.[3]

Theatre[edit]

At the age of 17, Tom landed a spot with a touring company of A Chorus Line and was cast in the Broadway production of the show less than a year later.[4] She won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway acting and was cast in the Broadway shows Hurlyburly and Doonesbury.

Film[edit]

Tom had several small roles in movies including Nothing Lasts Forever, Wall Street, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Blue Steel. Her biggest role up until that point was as a waitress in the Robin Williams/Tim Robbins film Cadillac Man. This role led to being a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Tom landed a lead role in the film The Joy Luck Club in 1993, which led to roles in such other films such as When a Man Loves a Woman and North.

Since the mid-1990s, Tom has focused her work, primarily, in the voiceover roles. She has appeared in a few live action films, including the 2003 comedy Bad Santa and the critically acclaimed 2004 film In Good Company.

Television[edit]

Lauren Tom's first role in television was that of Miko Wakamatsu on The Facts of Life. She subsequently appeared on The Equalizer, Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, thirtysomething, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, Grace Under Fire, Friends, The Nanny, The Middle, DAG, The Division, Monk, My Wife and Kids, Barbershop: The Series, Grey's Anatomy, The Closer and Men in Trees. She had an acting role in a bonus feature on the Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder DVD. In 2012, she also had a supporting role on the 8th season of the drama series Supernatural as prophet Kevin Tran's mother, Linda Tran.

Voice acting[edit]

Tom began vocal work in the animated series Superman: The Animated Series playing Angela Chen. From there on, she voiced Dana Tan in Batman Beyond and had minor roles on Pinky and the Brain, Extreme Ghostbusters, The Zeta Project before landing her regular roles on King of the Hill, where she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone and later Futurama, where she voices Amy and Inez Wong.

She has also lent her voice to All Grown Up!, Rocket Power, Max Steel, Handy Manny as Mrs. Lee and Nelson, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Justice League Unlimited, Kim Possible and Legion of Super Heroes.

From 2002-2008, Lauren Tom played Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban), Numbuh Three's mother Genki, and Numbuhs 44 and 45 on Codename: Kids Next Door.

She has also voiced the villains Gizmo and Jinx on Teen Titans, Yan Lin, Susan, Alchemy on W.I.T.C.H., Tasumi on The Replacements, Jake's mom, Counselor Chang on American Dragon: Jake Long, and as Joo Dee on Avatar the Last Airbender. She also guest-starred in The Penguins of Madagascar as Chuck Charles's co-anchor, Bonnie Chang, in "Gator Watch" and "All Tied Up With a Boa".

Recently in 2010, she did the voice of Bai Li and Ming on the animated series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and also played the role of Jessica in the animated film, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare.

Other animated movies Tom has voiced include Mulan II, Kim Possible: The Secret Files, Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and the four Futurama movies: Bender's Big Score, The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder.

She voiced Li Li Stormstout in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria[5] and played Hayaku on an episode of Turbo FAST.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life Miko Episode: "The Americanization of Miko"
Episode: "Runaway"
1983 Doonesbury: A Broadway Musical Ching 'Honey' Huan
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Eloy
1984 ABC Afterschool Special Sarah Episode: "Mom's on Strike"
1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kim Episode: "The Exchange Student"
1985 Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Mrs. Tom Episode: "China Rain"
1985 Spenser: For Hire Episode: "Children of a Tempest Storm"
1985 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Mrs. Gwynne Episode: "Denise's Friend"
1987 Magic Sticks Redhead
1987 Wall Street Lady Broker
1989 Rooftops Audry
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil Mitzie
1989 Blue Steel Marjolene Ping the Female Reporter
1990 Cadillac Man Helen
1990 Angel of Death Julie TV movie
1990 thirtysomething Gail Episode: "The Distance"
1991 Lenny Nurse Episode: "G.I. Joe"
1991 Quantum Leap Sophie Episode: "Southern Comforts"
1991 Palace Guard Episode: "Eye of Newt"
1991 Anything but Love Episode: "First Lady Sings the Blues"
1992 Man Trouble Adele Bliss
1993 Joy Luck Club, TheThe Joy Luck Club Lena St. Clair
1993 Mr. Jones Amanda Chang
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Amy
1994 704 Hauser Margaret Episode: "Triskaidekaphobia"
1994 North Mrs. Ho
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Emma Zoole Episode: "A Model Citizen"
Episode: "Happy to Be Here"
1994 Chicago Hope Nurse Julia Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart" and Episode: "Love and Hope"
1995 Puzzle Place, TheThe Puzzle Place Julie's Mom Episode: "Family Fun"
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Lily Yee TV movie
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Claudia Ford TV movie
1995 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Kim Episode: "The Chatterbox"
1995 If Not for You Claire Episode: "Pilot"
1995–1996 Friends Julie 7 episodes
1996 Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, TheThe Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest Angela Chen (voice) TV movie
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Angela Chen (voice) TV movie
1996–1999 Superman Angela Chen (voice) 14 episodes
1997 Blues Brothers Animated Series, TheThe Blues Brothers Animated Series Soon-He / Mrs. Fun (voice) 3 episodes
1997 Tell Me No Secrets Connie Ching TV movie
1997 Murder Live! Marge Fong TV movie
1997 Tracey Takes On... Weng Episode: "Race Relations"
1997 Pinky and the Brain Shopper Episode: "Brain Acres"
1997 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Ice Maiden #3 (voice) Episode: "Cold Comfort"
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Episode: "Fallout"
Episode: "Eyes of a Dragon"
1997–1998 Grace Under Fire Dot 12 episodes
1997–2010 King of the Hill Various (voice) 98 episodes
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Mother (voice) Episode: "Charity"
1998 SubZero Mariko (voice) Video
1998 Dexter's Laboratory Teacher (voice) Episode: "Last But Not Beast"
1998 With Friends Like These... Yolanda Chin
1998 Susan's Plan Carol
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Samantha Episode: "Dishonorable Discharge"
1999 Batman Beyond: The Movie Dana Tan (voice) TV movie
1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Mai
1999 Early Edition Amy Hunter Episode: "Play It Again, Sammo"
1999 Rocket Power Sherry
Trish (voice)
Episode: "Fall and Rise of Sam / Typhoid Sam"
1999 Y2K Ann Lee TV movie
1999-2001 Kids from Room 402, TheThe Kids from Room 402 Jordan (voice) TV series
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Dana Tan
Various (voice)
22 episodes
1999–2003
2008–2013
Futurama Amy Wong
Various (voice)
125+ episodes
2000 City of Angels Episode: "Unhand Me"
2000 Teacher's Pet Younghee
Additional voices
TV series
2000 Weekenders, TheThe Weekenders Candace (voice) Episode: "Real Fake"
2000 Pepper Ann Alice Kane Episode: "Complementary Colors"
Episode: "A Is for Average/Alice Kane Went Down to Calcutta"
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Dana Tan (voice) Video
2000–2001 DAG Ginger Chin 17 episodes
2000-2001 Clerks (voice) 2 episodes
2001 Jack the Dog Angel
2001 Max Steel Laura Chen (voice) Episode: "Strangers"
2001 Johnny Bravo Ting (voice) Episode: "Enter the Chipmunk"
2001 No P in the O.O.L. Numbuh Three (voice) TV movie
2001–2002 Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta Project Agent Lee (voice) 8 episodes
2002 Chang Family Saves the World, TheThe Chang Family Saves the World TV movie
2002 ChalkZone Flunke/Robin (voice) 1 episode
2002 The Division Nora Chen 6 episodes
2002 Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Additional Voices (uncredited)
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Various (voice) 4 episodes
2002 My Wife and Kids Hostess Episode: "Table for Too Many: Part 1"
Episode: "Table for Too Many: Part 2"
2002-2005 Kim Possible Yoshiko (voice) Episode: "Crush"
Episode: "Low Budget"
Episode: "A Very Possible Christmas"
Episode: "Showdown at the Crooked D"
2002-2003 Totally Spies! Lady Dragon
Keiko
Sunny (voice)
Episode: "Game Girls"
Episode: "Man or Machine"
Episode: "Here Comes the Sun"
2002–2004 Fillmore! Various (voice) 16 episodes
2002–2008 Codename: Kids Next Door Kuki 'Numbuh 3' Sanban (voice)
Additional Voices
78 episodes
2003 Manhood Bambi
2003 All Grown Up! Bean (voice) Episode: "Interview with a Campfire: "Part 1"
Episode: "Interview with a Campfire: Part 2"
2003 Monk Mrs. Ling Episode: "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man"
2003 Duck Dodgers Dr. Yoshimi (voice) Episode: "The Spy Who Didn't Love Me"
2003 Kim Possible: The Secret Files Yoshiko (voice) Video
2003 Samurai Jack Various (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Bad Santa Lois
2003 Line of Fire Korean Jury Member Episode: "This Land Is Your Land"
2003-2005
2006
Justice League Chung
Kid
Dana Tan
Various (voice)
Episode: "Epilogue"
Episode: "The Great Brain Robbery"
Episode: "Eclipsed"
2003–2005 Teen Titans Gizmo
Jinx (voice)
6 episodes
2004 Infinite Darcy, TheThe Infinite Darcy Darcy Chang (voice) TV series
2004 Teacher's Pet Younghee (voice)
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Carla TV movie
2004 Mulan II Su (voice) Video
2004 My Wife and Kids Annie Hoo Episode: "Jr. Sells His Car"
Episode: "Restaurant Wars"
2004 In Good Company Obstetrician
2004–2006 W.I.T.C.H. Yan Lin
Various (voice)
51 episodes
2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Yoshiko (voice) TV movie
2005 Danger Rangers Various (voice) Episode: "Fires & Liars"
2005 Barbershop Dana 4 episodes
2005 Threshold Janet Tam Episode: "The Order"
2005 Clifford's Puppy Days Shun (voice) 2 episodes
2005–2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Joo Dee
Additional voices (voice)
3 episodes
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Susan Long
Counselor Chang(voice)
25 episodes
2006 God's Waiting List Sylvia
2006 Courting Alex Jan Episode: "Everything I Know About Men"
2006 Let Go Beverly TV movie
2006 Grey's Anatomy Audrey Episode: "Begin the Begin"
2006 In from the Night Dr. Myra Chen TV movie
2006 Codename: Kids Next Door - Operation: Z.E.R.O. Kuki 'Numbuh 3' Sanban (voice) TV movie
2006 Closer, TheThe Closer Dr. Tann Episode: "Borderline"
2006 Me, Eloise (voice) Episode: "Eloise Goes to School"
2006–2008 Men in Trees Mai Washington 26 episodes
2006–2009 Replacements, TheThe Replacements Tasumi (voice) 43 episodes
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Numbuh Three (voice) TV movie
2007 Grim Adventures of the KND, TheThe Grim Adventures of the KND Numbuh 3 (voice) TV movie
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Amy
Various (voice)
Video
2007-2008 Legion of Super Heroes Zyx (voice) Episode: "Child's Play"
Episode: "Trials"
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Amy Wong
Inez Wong (voice)
Video
2008 Futurama: Bender's Game Amy
Various (voice)
Video
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bae Chin Episode: "Say Uncle"
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Amy Wong
Inez Wong
Trixie (voice)
Video
2009 Without a Trace Kim Tan Episode: "Devotion"
2009 Hawthorne Mrs. Tanaka Episode: "The Sense of Belonging"
2010–2011 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Bonnie Chang (voice) Episode: "Gator Watch"
Episode: "All Tied Up With a Boa"
2010 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!"
2010 Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Jessica (voice) Video
2010 Fish Hooks Barb (voice) Episode: "Bea Becomes an Adult Fish"
2010-2013 Pound Puppies Various (voice)
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Market Sheep (voice)
2011 Curious George Mei (voice)
2011 Chasing Eagle Rock Roxanne Post-production
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Song (voice) TV series
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Tokiko (voice) Episode: "Scantronica Love"
2012

2014

Supernatural Mrs. Linda Tran Episode: "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?"
Episode: "A Little Slice Of Kevin"
Episode: "Captives"
2013-present Teen Titans Go! Gizmo
Jinx (voice)
Episode: "Laundry Day"
Episode: "Girl's Night Out"
2014 Turbo FAST Hayaku
Translator (voice)
Episode: "Turbo Drift"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.birthdatabase.com/query.php Lauren J Tom, 1959-08-04, Los Angeles, CA
  2. ^ "Lauren Tom Biography (1961-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  3. ^ Article from Detour Magazine Accessed 7 February 2010
  4. ^ Article from In Style Magazine Accessed 7 February 2010
  5. ^ Tom, Lauren (2012-10-02). "twitter.com/LaurenTom9000". "@erictbar: That’s great! My monk sounds great. :) Did you happen to do Li-Li, a young girl in The Valley of the Four Winds, as well? @LaurenTom9000: Yep! Glad you had fun with the Monk! :)" 
  6. ^ http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Lauren-Tom/

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