Reggie Lee (actor)

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Reggie Lee
Reggie Lee.jpg
Reggie Lee, 2007
Born Reggie Valdez
c. 1974 (age 39–40)[1]
Quezon City, Philippines
Education Padua Franciscan High School
Occupation Actor

Reggie Valdez (born c. 1974), known professionally as Reggie Lee, is a Filipino-American[2] stage, film, and television actor. He played William Kim on the show Prison Break and also appeared as Tai Huang in Pirates of the Caribbean, Ross, a police officer in The Dark Knight Rises, and Lance Nguyen in The Fast and the Furious. He is currently playing the role of Sergeant Wu on NBC's Grimm.

Early life[edit]

Valdez was born in Quezon City, Philippines,[2] to Zenaida Telmo and Jesus Espiritu Valdez.[3] Although fluent in English, he also speaks Tagalog. At the age of five, he moved with his family to the Cleveland, Ohio area, including Parma and Strongsville. While still a student, he performed in shows at the Greenbrier Theatre (now the Cassidy Theatre) in Parma Heights and was an intern at the Cleveland Play House. He graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma.[4]

Although accepted to Harvard, he instead decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He later changed his last name from Valdez to Lee, stating in a 2001 interview that "they kept calling me in for Hispanic roles, and I'm a far cry from Hispanic";[4] he took the name Lee from his grandparents.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1992, at the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles, where he joined a national tour of Miss Saigon.[1] He followed that with work as a dancer for Prince on the MTV Video Music Awards and toured nationally with the musical Heartstrings.[1] He was in the original company of the 1994 Broadway revival of Carousel.[1] In 1997, he received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in F.O.B. at East West Players, an Asian-American theatre organization in Los Angeles.[1] With his critical acclaim, Lee also starred in their production of Carry the Tiger to the Mountain.[1]

Since starring as Lance Nguyen—the snakeskin-wearing, motorcycle-riding, cold-blooded killer—in the 2001 Universal film The Fast and the Furious, Lee has also appeared as Tai Huang in the Walt Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He has played Special Secret Service Agent Bill Kim in the FOX drama Prison Break, a character he describes as "a guilty pleasure to play, wonderfully complex and devious". He also appeared in the independent feature film Chinaman's Chance (2008), about which he said "It's an important story that definitely needs to be told and humanized. Plus I get to play pretend in the Old West. How great is that?"[5]

In 2010, he played the role of Tom in the NBC television series Persons Unknown.

He currently plays Sergeant Wu in the NBC cop drama Grimm.

In 2012, Reggie portrayed the heroic Gotham City police officer Ross who is mercilessly gunned down by one of Bane's thugs in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

Personal life[edit]

Lee has two younger brothers, musician Nathan and comic book artist R.V. Valdez.[4][6]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Big Blind
2000 Southstreet Lullaby Mahler Greeter
2000 Psycho Beach Party Dancer
2000 Drift Ryan as R.T. Lee
2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up Nuey Phan
2001 The Fast and the Furious Lance Nguyen
2001 The Parlor Slappy Sue
2002 Black Hole Justin
2002 Reality School Student
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Suit
2003 Masked and Anonymous Armed Man
2003 Net Games Laurence
2004 Frankenfish Anton
2005 Amateur Ron Harper
2006 Dimples Dr. Ross Hammer
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Hadras
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Tai Huang
2008 I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell Sing (original title: Chinaman's Chance)
2008 Tropic Thunder Byong
2009 Drag Me to Hell Stu Rubin
2009 Star Trek Kobayashi Maru Test Administrator
2010 Life as We Know It Alan Burke
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Agent Huang
2012 Safe Quan Chang
2012 Here Comes the Boom Mr. De La Cruz
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Ross
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Kim Ho 1 episode
1997 Dangerous Minds Student 1 episode
1997 Moloney Ramon 1 episode
1997 The Journey of Allen Strange Zero
1998 Babylon 5 Chen Hikaru 1 episode
1998 The Wayans Bros. Reporter #2 1 episode
1998 ER Christian 1 episode
1998 Sister, Sister Lawson Hicks 1 episode
1998 Hyperion Bay Lives-on-Pizza 1 episode
1998 Mad About You Gardner's Assistant 1 episode
1998 Seven Days Duncan 1 episode
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Richard 1 episode
1999 Two of a Kind Waiter 1 episode
1999 Sons of Thunder Bad Guy 1 episode
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Chan 1 episode
2000 Chicago Hope Sam 1 episode
2001 The Ellen Show Kwan 1 episode
2001 Judging Amy Dr. Oliver Lee 2 episodes
2001 Philly Brian Chin 2 episodes
2001 The Division Officer Jim Chang 4 episodes
2002 Strong Medicine Dr. Nakashima 1 episode
2003 Luis Zhing Zhang
2005 Blind Justice Don Yun 1 episode
2006 Night Stalker Stanley Kim 1 episode
2006 Prison Break Secret Service Special Agent William 'Bill' Kim 15 episodes
2008 NCIS Jonathan Chow 1 Episode
2010 No Ordinary Family Dr. Francis Chiles
2010 Persons Unknown Tom 7 Episodes
2010-2013 American Dad Toshi's Father (Voice 2010), Hideki Yoshida (Voice 2013) 2 Episodes
2011 White Collar Ambassador Kyi Episode "What Happens in Burma"
2011-present Grimm Sgt. Drew Wu Main cast

Miscellaneous crew[edit]

  • Psycho Beach Party (2000) (choreographer) (dancer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lo, Ricardo F. (May 23, 2007). "Reggie Lee: From Q.C. to Hollywood". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 23, 2012. "That was 1992 and he was 18." 
  2. ^ a b "The Filipino-American actor in ‘Pirates 3’ is from Quezon City". Manila Bulletin. June 16, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Villagomez, Kaye (October 7, 2008). "Pinoy actor talks about breaking barriers in Hollywood". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Palmer, Debbie (September 13, 2001). "Actor passes up Harvard: Padua grad trades college for leading roles in TV series, movies". Cleveland Sun News. Archived from the original on December 30, 2001. 
  5. ^ "The Filipino-American actor in ‘Pirates 3’ is from Quezon City". Manila Bulletin. June 16, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Me". RVValdez.com. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 

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