Tee in April 2011
March 15, 1977
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
Jae-bum Takata (born March 15, 1977), known professionally as Brian Tee, is a Japanese American actor, best known for his role as D.K. (also known as The Drift King) in the action film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and as Dr. Ethan Choi in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med (2015–present).
Tee was born Jae-bum Takata in Okinawa, to a Japanese-American father and Korean mother. At the age of two, he moved to Hacienda Heights, California, and was raised in Southern California. 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.
Tee graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in theater and performing arts. Not long after graduating he adopted his "culturally ambiguous" stage name Brian Tee after being rejected by a Korean director at an audition for having a Japanese last name.
Tee played Kazu, the owner of Sushi Rox, on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101. He played Eddie Choi in Crash. 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 as a contestant on an episode of Hollywood Squares hosted by Tom Bergeron. He played 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).
Tee appeared in the made-for-television film The Gabby Douglas Story on October 18, 2013, where he played her coach Liang Chow, which aired in 2014 on Lifetime.
|2013||Olympus has fallen||Role||Notes|
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Japanese Pedestrian|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Sushi Chef|
|2006||All In||Rosenbloom Player 2|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Takashi "D.K."|
|2007||Finishing the Game||Mac Chang|
|2008||The Trade||Mr. Cho|
|2009||Chain Letter||Brian Yee|
|2013||The Wolverine||Noburo Mori|
|2014||The Gabby Douglas Story||Liang Chow|
|2014||No Tears for the Dead||Chaoz|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Oroku Saki/The Shredder|
|2000||The Pretender||Male Agent||Episode: "The Agent of Year Zero"|
|2000||The Invisible Man||Mallon||Episode: "The Value of Secrets"|
|2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Intern||Episode: "Family"|
|2001||Family Law||DEA Agent||Episode: "Liar's Club: Part 1"|
|2001||18 Wheels of Justice||Host||Episode: "The Game"|
|2001||The Chronicle||Neo||Episode: "Here There Be Dragons"|
|2003||JAG||North Korean Soldier||Episode: "Close Quarters"|
|2004||Passions||Young Asian Man||1 episode|
|2004||Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation||Cpl. Thom Kobe||Television film|
|2004||Cracking Up||Frat Guy #1||Episode: "Daddy's Home"|
|2004||Monk||James Lu||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather"|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||MA2 Chan||Television film|
|2005–06||Zoey 101||Kazu||3 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Kirk||Episode: "Transitions"|
|2005||Wanted||Jin-Lee Park||Episode: "Rubbing One Out"|
|2006||The Unit||Rebel Leader||Episode: "200th Hour"|
|2006||Entourage||Fukijama's Bodyguard||Episode: "What About Bob?"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Andy Meltzer||2 episodes|
|2008||Jericho||Cheung||Episode: "Patriots and Tyrants"|
|2008–09||Crash||Eddie Choi||13 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Han Yong-Dae||Episode: "Love Always"|
|2009||Bones||Ken Nakamura||Episode: "The Girl in the Mask"|
|2009||Dark Blue||Kang||Episode: "K-Town"|
|2010||Sym-Bionic Titan||Mike Chan||Episode: "Roar of the White Dragon"|
|2011||Burn Notice||Takeda||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|2012–13||Grimm||Akira Kimura||3 episodes|
|2012||Shake It Up||Concierge||"Made in Japan"|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Ryu Nabushi/Hideaki Kuroda||Episode: "Kupouli 'la"|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Toshiro Mori||Episode: "A Fractured House"|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Jesse Kong||Episode: "The Three Gs"|
|2015||Baby Daddy||Tommy Kwan||Episode: "It Takes a Village Idiot"|
|2015–present||Chicago Med||Dr. Ethan Choi||Series regular|
|2016–present||Chicago Fire||Dr. Ethan Choi||Recurring character|
|2016–present||Chicago P.D.||Dr. Ethan Choi||Recurring character|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Liu Kang||4 episodes|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Jyunichi (voice)|
|2008||Far East Movement||"Dance Like Michael Jackson"|
- Han, Brian (15 January 2015). "‘Jurassic World’ actor Brian Tee feels ‘career starting to hit stride’". The Korea Times. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
- Sanders, David Lee (29 September 2009). "Interview with Brian Tee". HalfKorean.com. HalfKorean.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Half-Korean.com Interview with Brian Tee, http://www.halfkorean.com/?page_id=381
- "‘Jurassic World’ actor Brian Tee feels ‘career starting to hit stride’". The Korea Times. January 15, 2015.
- interviews Brian Tee of Crash, 13/12/2008
- indieWire, Brian Tee Joins The Wolverine,, 10/07/2012
- "Web Series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2′ Hitting February 17th". Latino Review. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
- Reera Yoo, Brian Tee Cast as 'Hamada' in Jurassic World, http://iamkoream.com/brian-tee-cast-as-hamada-in-jurassic-world/
- Prudom, Laura (April 27, 2015). "'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Casts Brian Tee as Shredder". Variety.
- Gomez, Luis (November 11, 2015). "Interview: Brian Tee says his Shredder in 'Ninja Turtles' sequel is 'more grounded in reality'". Chicago Tribune.
- Kate Stanhope (July 20, 2015). "'Chicago Med' Adds 'Jurassic World' Actor as Series Regular'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Chicago Med's Brian Tee: Balance Is the Key to Life". Parade. November 9, 2016.
- "Brian Tee Welcomes Daughter Madelyn Skyler". People. August 13, 2015.