Brian Tee

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Brian Tee
Brian Tee 2011 (cropped).jpg
Tee in April 2011
Born (1977-03-15) March 15, 1977 (age 38)
Okinawa, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Brian Tee (born March 15, 1977) is a Japanese American actor, best known for his role as D.K. (a.k.a. The Drift King) in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and as Dr. Ethan Choi in Chicago Med.

Early life[edit]

Tee was born in Okinawa, to a Japanese-American father and Korean mother.[1] At the age of two, he moved to Hacienda Heights, California, and was raised there ever since. He attended Glen A. Wilson High School where he was Associated Student Body president and captain of the football team. While in high school, he worked at Blackjack Pizza. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Theater/Performance Arts.[2] In his spare time, he enjoys working out, playing sports, and practicing martial arts. He speaks fluent Korean, Japanese, and English.


Tee also played Kazu, the owner of Sushi Rox, on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101. He played Eddie Choi in Crash.[3] He also starred as Akira Kimura on Grimm and Takeda on Burn Notice. He also appeared in the season 4 episode "The Girl in the Mask" as Ken Nakamura on the series Bones. He has also played Dwayne Archimedes in the indie Feature film Roswell FM. Tee has also appeared in an episode in the first season of the television series Dark Blue as a Korean criminal. He also had a short part in Austin Powers in Goldmember as a pedestrian ("Run! It's Goldzilla!"; "Still we should run like it is Godzilla!"). Brian can also be seen on an episode of Hollywood Squares presented by Tom Bergeron playing in 1999 against a woman named Heidi.

Tee was also in the music video "Dance Like Michael Jackson" by Far East Movement.

In James Mangold's The Wolverine (2013), starring Hugh Jackman, Tee played Noburo Mori, a sadistic minister of justice arranged to marry the daughter of Yakuza Boss Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada).[4]

Tee took on the role of Liu Kang in the YouTube series Mortal Kombat Legacy.[5]

Tee appeared in the made-for-television film, The Gabby Douglas Story on October 18, 2013, where he plays the role of her coach Liang Chow, which aired in 2014 on Lifetime.

Tee co-starred in the 2015 film Jurassic World, playing Hamada, a high-ranking commander who works for the Asset Containment Unit (ACU).[6]

In April 2015, Tee was cast as the main antagonistic character, Shredder, in the 2016 sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[7]

On July 20, 2015, Tee joined NBC series, Chicago Med, as a regular, an emergency room third-year resident with an expertise in infectious diseases and Navy Reserve medical officer who just returned stateside. [8]


Year Film Role Notes
2002 We Were Soldiers Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama
Austin Powers in Goldmember Japanese Pedestrian
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation Cpl. Thom Kobe Direct-to-video
Tiger Cruise MA2 Chan Made for TV
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Sushi Chef
2006 All In Rosenbloom Player 2
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Takashi "D.K."
2007 Pandemic Danny Miniseries
Finishing the Game Mac Chang
2008 The Trade Mr. Cho
2009 Deadland Jax
Chain Letter Brian Yee
Wedding Palace Jason
2013 The Wolverine Noburo Mori
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story Liang Chow
2014 No Tears for the Dead Chaoz
2015 Jurassic World Hamada
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows The Shredder/Oroku Saki Post-production
Year Title Role Episode(s)
2000 The Pretender Male Agent "The Agent of Year Zero"
2000 The Invisible Man Mallon "The Value of Secrets"
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Intern "Family"
2001 Family Law DEA Agent "Liar's Club: Part 1"
2001 18 Wheels of Justice Host "The Game"
2001 The Chronicle Neo "Here There Be Dragons"
2002 Flipside Lance "Pilot"
2003 JAG North Korean Soldier "Close Quarters"
2004 Passions Young Asian Man 1 episode
2004 Cracking Up Frat Guy #1 "Daddy's Home"
2004 Monk James Lu "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather"
2005 Without a Trace Kirk "Transitions"
2005 Wanted Jin-Lee Park "Rubbing One Out"
2006 The Unit Rebel Leader "200th Hour"
2006 Entourage Fukijama's Bodyguard "What About Bob?"
2005–2006 Zoey 101 Kazu 6 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Andy 2 episodes
2008 Jericho Cheung "Patriots and Tyrants"
2008 Crash Eddie Choi
2009 Lie to Me Han Yong-Dae "Love Always"
2009 Bones Ken Nakamura "The Girl in the Mask"
2009 Dark Blue Kang "K-Town"
2010 Sym-Bionic Titan Mike Chan "Roar of the White Dragon"
2011 Burn Notice Takeda "Bloodlines"
2011–2012 Grimm Akira Kimura
2012 Shake It Up Concierge "Made in Japan"
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Liu Kang
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Ryu Nabushi/Hideaki Kuroda "Kupouli 'la"/("Broken")
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Toshiro Mori "A Fractured House"
2014 Chicago PD Jesse Kong Season 2, Episode 19: The Three Gs
2015 Baby Daddy Tommy Kwan "It Takes a Village Idiot"
2015-Present Chicago Med Dr. Ethan Choi
Video game
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Saints Row 2 Jyunichi
Music video
Year Artist and song Role Notes
2008 Far East Movement – "Dance Like Michael Jackson" Himself Intro appearance


  1. ^ Sanders, David Lee (29 September 2009). "Interview with Brian Tee". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Interview with Brian Tee,
  3. ^ interviews Brian Tee of Crash, 13/12/2008
  4. ^ indieWire, Brian Tee Joins The Wolverine,, 10/07/2012
  5. ^ "Web Series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2′ Hitting February 17th". Latino Review. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  6. ^ Reera Yoo, Brian Tee Cast as 'Hamada' in Jurassic World,
  7. ^ Prudom, Laura (April 27, 2015). "'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Casts Brian Tee as Shredder". Variety. 
  8. ^ Kate Stanhope (July 20, 2015). "'Chicago Med' Adds 'Jurassic World' Actor as Series Regular'". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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