Tim Kang

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Tim Kang
Born Yila Timothy Kang
(1973-03-16) March 16, 1973 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Korean
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Harvard University
Occupation Actor
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Korean name
Hangul 강일아
Revised Romanization Gang Il-a
McCune–Reischauer Kang Ira

Tim Kang (born March 16, 1973) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for his role as Kimball Cho in the TV series The Mentalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Yila Timothy Kang was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University.[1] He also studied acting in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School.[2] He got into acting at age 26.[3]


Kang was a series regular on CBS's The Mentalist as Special Agent Kimball Cho. He appeared in Rambo (2008) and also on such TV shows as The Office, Chappelle's Show, and Monk.[4]

In 2012, Kang launched a production company named One Shoot Films with its first film project focusing on child abduction and sexually abused children.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Kang is the eldest of three brothers.[7] He has a daughter, Bianca, born in 2009.

Kang has a black belt in Taekwondo.[8]

Kang is a national spokesman and active supporter for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[9][10]


Year Film Role Other notes
2002 Two Weeks Notice Paul the Attorney
2003 Robot Stories Young John
Justice Bodega Owner
2004 The Forgotten Agent Alec Wong
2006 Spectropia Client
What Remains Ender
2008 Rambo En-Joo
2010 Mister Green Mason Park
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Sopranos Dr. Harrison Wong In episode "Whoever Did This"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Murakami In episode "Legion"
2004 Third Watch Detective Kent Yoshihara In 5 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial By Jury Dr. Liam Kelly In episode "Baby Boom"
2006 Chappelle's Show Car Wash Manager/ Mummy's Probation Officer In episode 3.1 & episode 3.3
Ghost Whisperer Warren Chen (Burning Ghost) In episode "The Night We Met"
2007 Monk William Lee In episode "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"
The Office Koh In episode "Local Ad"
The Unit Chaplain Alan Lantz In episodes "Gone Missing" and "Play 16"
2008–2015 The Mentalist Agent Kimball Cho 151 episodes


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