Randall Park

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Randall Park
Randall Park 2015.jpg
Randall Park at a panel discussion for the new show Fresh Off the Boat in 2015.
Born (1974-03-23) March 23, 1974 (age 41)
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, director, writer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Jae Suh Park (m. 2008)
Children 1
Website
www.randallparkplace.com

Randall Park (born March 23, 1974)[3] is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He played Kim Jong-Un in the 2014 film, The Interview, Minnesota governor Danny Chung in Veep, and is Eddie Huang's father, Louis Huang, in ABC's television show Fresh Off the Boat.

Early life[edit]

Park was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in West Los Angeles to Korean emigrant 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, Dinner for Schmucks, and The Five-Year Engagement. He appeared in various independent film projects such as Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With (2009) and starred and co-wrote the feature film American Fusion (2005). He portrayed Kim Jong-Un in The Interview (2014).

In television, Park has made guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm (as Doctor), New Girl (as Will), The Office, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Four Kings, Las Vegas, House, iCarly (as Mr. Palladino), Cold Case, Reno 911!, among others. He appeared as Martin Fukanaga on Supah Ninjas and was a cast member on MTV's Wild 'n Out. In 2007, he regularly appeared as an actor in the filmmaking reality show On the Lot. Park appears as a recurring character on The Mindy Project and Veep.

Park portrays the patriarch of a Taiwanese American family in ABC's television show Fresh Off The Boat (based on Eddie Huang's memoirs, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir), written and produced by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan.[9]

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, which led to his casting in The Interview (2014).[10]

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.[11]

Park also wrote a short film, Blueberry, which won an award for Best Actor at the NBC Shortcuts Film Festival for short films.[12] He was awarded the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) New Writers Award for his television pilot script, "The Erasists."[13]

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.[14][15] He plays a "doggie daycare owner" in a print and online campaign for Chase Bank, which aired in early 2015.[16]

Park was featured in Wong Fu Productions' short film, Too Fast as Brandon and in 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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The People I've Slept With Nice but Boring Guy
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
2015 The Hollars Dr. Fong
2015 Trainwreck

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 House Brad 1 episode
2005-2007 Wild 'n Out Himself/Various 16 episodes
2007 "Cold Case" Manny Kim '07 1 episode
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[18]
2015 Repeat After Me Himself 1 episode
2015 Community Himself 1 episode

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
2012 Home Is Where The Hans Are Andrew Wong Fu Productions short
2013 Baby Mentalist Detective Chung Also writer
2014 CollegeHumor - If Google was a Guy (2) Bing
2014 Adult Swim - The Broomshakalaka Mark
2014 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself Guest with Jae


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". 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". 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". 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. "Constance Wu, Randall Park Join 'Fresh Off The Boat'; Windell Middlebrooks In 'Mason Twins'", Deadline.com, February 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Don (February 4, 2015). "Randall Park on ABC's New 'Fresh Off the Boat': The first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years premieres". Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ Angry Asian Man, Baby Mentalist, blog.angryasianman.com, April 2013.
  12. ^ "NBC Shortcuts". Guts.Glam.Grace. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Short Cuts Film Festival". Nbcshortcuts.com. August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ John (May 23, 2011). "Asian American Commercial Watch: Randall Park in HBO Go". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ "Too Fast". YouTube. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  16. ^ Primack, Dan (January 7, 2015). "When 'Kim-Jong Un' did an ad for Chase Bank". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Too Fast". Wong Fu Productions. December 2010. 
  18. ^ 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. 

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