Randall Park

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Randall Park
Born (1974-03-23) March 23, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence San Fernando Valley[1][2]
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., M.A.)
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Jae Suh Park (m. 2008)
Children 1

Randall Park (born March 23, 1974)[3] is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director.

Early life[edit]

Park was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Korean parents. His mother worked as an accountant at UCLA and his father owned a one-hour photo store.[4] Park graduated from Hamilton High School's Humanities Magnet Program.[5][6] Park earned a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing and a master’s degree in Asian American studies from UCLA.[7] While attending UCLA, Park co-founded an Asian American theater group.[8]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Park made his acting debut in the 2003 short film Dragon of Love (as the main character, Joel), which won the Best Short Film at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival. Park has appeared in feature films such as Larry Crowne (as Trainee Wong opposite Tom Hanks), Dinner for Schmucks (as Henderson), and The Five-Year Engagement (as Ming). Park also appeared in various independent film projects such as Quentin Lee’s The People I've Slept With (2009) (as “Nice But Boring Guy”), and he starred and co-wrote the feature film American Fusion (2005) (as Josh).

In television, Park has made guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm (as Doctor), New Girl (as Will), The Office (as Asian Jim), ER (as Young-Jo Pak), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (as Scott Katsu), NBC's Four Kings (as Server Pat), Las Vegas (as Jasper), House (as Brad), iCarly (as Mr. Palladino), Cold Case (as Manny Kim '07), Reno 911! (as a Mailman), and more. He also appeared as the recurring series regular Martin Fukanaga, the father character, on Nickelodean's TV show Supah Ninjas. Park was also a cast member on MTV’s Nick Cannon improv show Wild 'n Out. In 2007, he regularly appeared as an actor in the filmmaking reality show On the Lot.

Park currently appears as a recurring character on The Mindy Project (as Colin) and on Veep (as Minnesota governor Danny Chung), the rival to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character.

Park was cast as Eddie Huang’s immigrant father, Louis, in ABC’s TV project Fresh Off The Boat (based on Huang’s memoirs, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir), written and produced by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan.[9] He will appear as the patriarch of a Taiwanese American family, in the sitcom, which airs in February 2015, and which is "the first network series in 20 years, since Margaret Cho's All-American Girl, to focus on an Asian American family."[10]

In 2014, Park played a company rep trying to recruit college students in Neighbors, co-starred in the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape, and played Kim Jong-un in another Seth Rogen film, The Interview.

He will star in the TV show Fresh Off the Boat in 2015.[11]

Writing and directing[edit]

In 2005, Park co-wrote and starred in the feature film American Fusion directed by Frank Lin, which won the Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

He has also created, directed, written, and starred in several short internet series for Channel 101, including Dr. Miracles, The Food, and Dumb Professor. In 2013, he wrote and starred in a series featuring his baby daughter entitled Baby Mentalist.[12]

Park also wrote a short film (directed by David J. Lee) entitled Blueberry (also starring Marques Ray), which won an award for Best Actor at the NBC Shortcuts Film Festival for short films.[13]

As a writer, Park has also been awarded the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) New Writers Award for his television pilot script, “The Erasists.”[14]

Commercials and online work[edit]

Park has been featured in ads for HBO Go, Ally Bank, as well as the 2011 Father's Day Verizon Droid commercial.[15][16]

Park was featured in Wong Fu Productions' short film “Too Fast” as Brandon and the web series Home Is Where the Hans Are as the stepfather.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Park is married to Jae Suh Park and they have one daughter. They reside in the San Fernando Valley.[2]


Parks was also in a rap group called Ill Again [18] which then changed its name to The Novelist.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Too Fast Brandon short
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Henderson
2011 Larry Crowne Trainee Wong
2012 The Five Year Engagement Ming
2014 Neighbors Rep
2014 Sex Tape Edward
2014 They Came Together Martinson
2014 The Interview Kim Jong-Un

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 House Brad 1 episode
2005-2007 Wild 'n Out Himself/Various 16 episodes
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Doctor 1 episode
2011-2013 Supah Ninjas Martin Fukanaga 27 episodes
2012 The Office Steve (more popularly known as Asian Jim Halpert) 1 episode
2012–present Veep Danny Chung 10 episodes
2014–present Newsreaders Clavis Kim 4 episodes
2015 Fresh Off The Boat Louis Huang 12 episodes[10]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Dr. Miracles' Dr. Miracles also writer/director
2009 The Food Wallace also writer
2009 Ikea Heights James
2010 Dumb Professor Professor Raymond Nash also writer/director
2011 Siamese Dad Russell also writer/director
2012 Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling Andy Ling starred opposite Elliott Gould[19]
2012 Home Is Where Hans Are' Andrew
2013 Baby Mentalist Detective Chung also writer
2014 CollegeHumor - If Google was a Guy (2) Bing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashok Kondabolu (July 26, 2013). "Ashok and Randall Park Celebrate Father’s Day". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Tseng, Ada (February 13, 2014). "Randall and Jae Suh Park: Baby Makes Three". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "People Search & Directory Services Powered By Intelius". Intelius.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  4. ^ Tseng, Ada (December 23, 2014). "Off Script with Randall Park". KoreAm. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "April Issue: Randall Park Reflects on the Riots « KoreAm Journal – Korean America's Premier Magazine". Iamkoream.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Randall Park Video | Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  7. ^ Edward (January 4, 2011). "The Working APA Actor: Randall Park | Entertainment". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  8. ^ Ashok Kondabolu (July 26, 2013). "Ashok and Randall Park Celebrate Father’s Day". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 7, 2014). "Constance Wu, Randall Park Join 'Fresh Off The Boat'; Windell Middlebrooks In 'Mason Twins'". Deadline Hollywood
  10. ^ a b Rottenberg, Josh (December 16, 2014). "'The Interview's' Kim Jong Un actor, Randall Park, knew it was 'insane'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Yu, Phil (2014-02-10). "CONSTANCE WU AND RANDALL PARK CAST IN 'FRESH OFF THE BOAT'". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  12. ^ Angry Asian Man, Baby Mentalist, http://blog.angryasianman.com/2013/04/the-further-adventures-of-baby-mentalist.html
  13. ^ "NBC Shortcuts | Guts.Glam.Grace". Guts.Glam.Grace. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ "Short Cuts Film Festival". Nbcshortcuts.com. August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ John (May 23, 2011). "Asian American Commercial Watch: Randall Park in HBO Go | Current Events". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  16. ^ "Too Fast". YouTube. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  17. ^ "Too Fast". Wong Fu Productions. 
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgFgUWZ8gtE.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling (TV Movie 2012) - IMDb" Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling (TV Movie 2012) - IMDb

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