Randall Park

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Randall Park
Born (1974-03-23) March 23, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2003–present

Randall Park (born March 23, 1974[1]) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director.

Early life and education[edit]

Park was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to South Korean parents. Park graduated from Hamilton High School's Humanities Magnet Program.[2][3] Park attended UCLA and finished with an undergraduate degree in English and creative writing and a master’s degree in Asian–American studies.[4]

While attending UCLA, Park co-founded the LCC Asian American Theater Group.

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 has recently been 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.[5]

In 2014 Park is set to star in the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape as well as the Seth Rogen films The Interview - where he plays Kim Jong Un - and Neighbors, where he plays a company rep trying to recruit college students.

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.[6]

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.[7]

As a writer, Park has also won a CAPE (Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award for his TV Pilot Script, “The Erasists.”[8]

Commercials and online work[edit]

Park has made a name for himself in the commercial world. He has been featured in ads for HBO Go, Ally Bank, as well as the 2011 Fathers Day Verizon Droid commercial.[9][10]

Park is in Wong Fu Productions’ short film “Too Fast” as Brandon and the new web series “Home Is Where the Hans Are” as the stepdad.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Web series[edit]

  • Dr. Miracles
  • Dumb Professor
  • The Food
  • Baby Mentalist
  • Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling
  • Siamese Dad


References[edit]

  1. ^ "People Search & Directory Services Powered By Intelius". Intelius.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  2. ^ "April Issue: Randall Park Reflects on the Riots « KoreAm Journal – Korean America's Premier Magazine". Iamkoream.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Randall Park Video | Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  4. ^ Edward (January 4, 2011). "The Working APA Actor: Randall Park | Entertainment". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva, Constance Wu, Randall Park Join 'Fresh Off The Boat'; Windell Middlebrooks In 'Mason Twins', http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/constance-wu-cast-in-fresh-off-the-boat-windell-middlebrooks-in-mason-twins/
  6. ^ Angry Asian Man, Baby Mentalist, http://blog.angryasianman.com/2013/04/the-further-adventures-of-baby-mentalist.html
  7. ^ "NBC Shortcuts | Guts.Glam.Grace". Guts.Glam.Grace. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  8. ^ "Short Cuts Film Festival". Nbcshortcuts.com. August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  9. ^ John (May 23, 2011). "Asian American Commercial Watch: Randall Park in HBO Go | Current Events". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Too Fast". YouTube. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 

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