Daniel Dae Kim

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Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim set of Hawaii Five-O 2013 (cropped).jpg
Kim on the set of Hawaii Five-O in October 2013
Born (1968-08-04) August 4, 1968 (age 48)
Busan, Yeongnam,
South Korea
Residence Honolulu, Hawaii,
United States
Alma mater Haverford College
Bryn Mawr College
New York University
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1992–present
Agent SidusHQ
Spouse(s) Mia Kim
Children 2
Website danieldaekim.com
Korean name
Hangul 김대현
Revised Romanization Gim Dae-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Taehyŏn

Daniel Dae Kim (born August 4, 1968) is a South Korean born American actor, voice actor, producer, and director currently[when?] living in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kim is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of video games. He also played a recurring role on Angel.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States with his family when he was two years old.[1] He is now a naturalized citizen of the United States. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Freedom High School and Haverford College. His theater major was completed at Bryn Mawr College. He graduated from NYU's Graduate Acting Program in 1996.


On the cover of KoreAm, April 2010

After graduation, Kim made a name for himself playing numerous roles in a wide variety of television programs. He appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a treasury agent as well as episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, The Shield, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue and ER. He landed recurring roles on Angel, 24 and the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade. He also portrayed Dr. Tsi Chou in a 2008 miniseries based on the acclaimed Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain.

His film credits include a small part in Spider-Man 2 as a scientist working in Doctor Octavius' laboratory, and Crash, the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award winner. He also had minor roles in films such as The Jackal, For Love of the Game, Hulk and The Cave.

From 2004 to 2010, Kim served as a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost in which he played Jin-Soo Kwon, a lowly Korean fisherman-turned-hitman who crashes onto a mysterious island with his wife, Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim). Since the role required him to speak exclusively in Korean, Kim said he was forced to quickly relearn the language, which he had not spoken with any great frequency since high school.[2] He would go on to play the character up until the 2010 series finale. Throughout the show's run, Kim, along with his fellow cast members, received numerous accolades, including a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. Kim was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor.[3] Kim was also named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2005.

In February 2010, shortly after Lost's conclusion, it was announced that Kim would join the CBS reboot Hawaii Five-0 playing Chin Ho Kelly, the role originally made famous by actor Kam Fong.[4] Kim was the first actor to be officially cast on the show.[5] That series premiered on September 20, 2010 to strong ratings and solid critical acclaim.[6]

Kim co-starred in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to 2014's Divergent,[7] playing Jack Kang, the leader of the Candor faction.[8] Kim starred as the King of Siam on Broadway in the musical The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. He began the role on May 1, 2016.

In addition to acting, Kim made his directorial debut with the Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 episode, "Kuka'awale"- Stakeout.

Other projects[edit]

Kim is the voice of the character Johnny Gat for THQ's Saints Row video game series. He also contributed his vocal likeness for 24: The Game in which he played his character from the show, Tom Baker. He provided the voice for Metron in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

In a return to his theater roots, Kim played the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I from June 12–28, 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.[9]

In January 2014, Kim signed with South Korean talent agency SidusHQ.[10] He is currently repped in America by Agency for the Performing Arts and Anonymous Content.[11]

In January 2016, it was announced Kim would make his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I for an eight-week run from May 3 - June 26, 2016, at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York.[12]


Kim has expanded his career to include producing. In January 2014, he signed a first look development deal with CBS Television Studios, the first of its kind with an Asian American actor.[13][14] With his new production company, 3AD, he and his team are currently creating original content for both television and film.

Personal life[edit]

Dainel Dae Kim At Comic-Con

Though Kim continues to split his time between Los Angeles and New York, he spends the majority of his year in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he lives with his wife and two children. After first moving to Hawaii during the later seasons of Lost, Kim continued his residency after being cast in Hawaii Five-0. On May 17, 2014, he served as a speaker at the 2014 University of Hawaii commencement ceremony.[15]

Besides acting, Kim has devoted much of his time to various charities. More recently, he served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea.[16]


On October 25, 2007, Kim was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kim was later released at the main station after he posted $500 bail.[17] He publicly apologized for the incident a day later.[18] Kim pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, had his driver's license revoked for six months, was subjected to a drug-and-alcohol assessment, was ordered to pay $212 in court fees, and perform 72 hours of community service.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 American Shaolin Gao
1997 Addicted to Love Undergrad Assistant
1997 Jackal, TheThe Jackal Akashi
1997 Space Retro Teddy
1999 For Love of the Game E.R. Doctor
2001 Looking for Bobby D Timmy Short film
2001 Nate The Animals Kuong
2002 Superman Must Die Bradley
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Visiting Expert
2003 Hulk Aide
2003 Ride or Die Miyako Video
2003 Sin Lakorn
2004 Spider-Man 2 Raymond
2004 Crash Park
2005 Cave, TheThe Cave Alex Kim
2008 Onion Movie, TheThe Onion Movie Ivy Leaguer
2011 Arena Taiga Video
2013 Linsanity[20] Narrator Documentary
2015 Ktown Cowboys David
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Jack Kang
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Jack Kang
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Law & Order Harry Watanabe Episode: "Golden Years"
1994 All-American Girl Stan Episode: "Ratting on Ruthie"
1995 All My Children Dr. Kim TV series
1997 Pacific Palisades Kate's Attorney Episode: "Sweet Revenge"
1997 Night Man Roland Yates Episode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Dr. Sturla Episode: "Forgive and Forget"
Episode: "The Way We Weren't"
1997 NYPD Blue Simon Lee Episode: "It Takes a Village"
1998 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Lenny Duc Episode: "Collateral Damage"
1998 Seinfeld Student No. 1 Episode: "The Burning"
1998 Brave New World Ingram TV movie
1998 Ally McBeal Police Officer Episode: "The Inmates"
1998 Practice, TheThe Practice Testifying Officer Episode: "Axe Murderer"
1998 Party of Five Ethan Episode: "Opposites Distract"
1998 Fantasy Island Episode: "Dreams"
1999 Crusade Lt. John Matheson 13 episodes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Kahn Episode: "The Lynn Sisters"
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Astronaut – Gotana-Retz Episode: "Blink of an Eye"
2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Everett Jang TV movie
2001 Once and Again Co-Worker No. 3 Episode: "Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight"
2001 Charmed Yenlo Episode: "Enter the Demon"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Special Agent Beckman Episode: "Ellie"
2001–2002 The Incredible Hulk James Monroe 8 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Mr. Chung Episode: "Call Him Macaroni"
2002 Any Day Now Mr. Chung Episode: "Call Him Macaroni"
2003 Momentum Agent Frears TV movie
2003 Street Time Vo Nguyen Episode: "Born to Kill"
2003 Miss Match Clifford Kim 4 episodes
2003–2004 24 Tom Baker 11 episodes
2003 ER Ken Sung 3 episodes
2003–2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Corporal Chang Episode: "The Xindi"
Episode: "Extinction"
Episode: "Hatchery"
2004 Without a Trace Mark Hiroshi Episode: "Exposure"
2004 ER Ken Sung Episode: "Abby Normal"
2004 Shield, TheThe Shield Thomas Choi Episode: "Riceburner"
2004–2010 Lost Jin-Soo Kwon Main role; Seasons 1-6, 92 episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender General Fong (voice) Episode: "The Avatar State"
2006 Justice League Metron / Chinese Man (voice) Episode: "Alive!"
Episode: "Destroyer"
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Jin-Soo Kwon TV miniseries
2008 Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda Strain Dr. Tsi Chou TV miniseries
2010–present Hawaii Five-0 Chin Ho Kelly Main Cast
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Teddy Lee (voice) Episode: "The Anomaly"
2012–2014 Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra Hiroshi Sato (voice) 7 episodes
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Chin Ho Kelly Episode: "Touch of Death"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "The One With the Friends"
2015 Once Upon a Time Drive-thru employee (voice) Episode: "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven Rikimaru
2006 24: The Game Agent Tom Baker
2006 Saints Row Johnny Gat
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Macau Fast Food manager
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth General Fong
2008 Saints Row 2 Johnny Gat
2010 Apache Overdose Gangstar III Mac Silver
2011 Saints Row: The Third Johnny Gat
2013 Saints Row IV Johnny Gat
2013 Apache Overdose Gangstar IV Mac Silver
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Johnny Gat [21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Notes
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Lost Won [22]
2006 Asian Excellence Awards Outstanding Television Actor Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor - Action Hawaii Five-0 Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor - Action Hawaii Five-0 Nominated


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  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2010). "'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2010). "'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hawaii Five-0". Metacritic. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Dae Kim Joins Summit's 'Insurgent' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  8. ^ "'Insurgent': Daniel Dae Kim joins cast". EW.com. 
  9. ^ "Mini-View: Lost's Daniel Dae Kim". Fantasy Magazine. February 11, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim signs with SidusHQ". Allkpop. January 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Daniel Dae Kim Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ "Daniel Dae Kim Will Make His Broadway Debut in 'The King and I'". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  13. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Hawaii Five-O' Co-Star Daniel Dae Kim Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios – Deadline". Deadline. 
  14. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Daniel Dae Kim Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ "Hawaii 5-0's Daniel Dae Kim Gives Commencement Address to UH Grads – RumorFix". RumorFix. 
  16. ^ "The Guild Agency". theguildagency.com. 
  17. ^ "Police: 'Lost' Star Had Double Legal Blood Alcohol Limit". 
  18. ^ "'Lost' Actor Issues Apology After DUI Arrest". KITV. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  19. ^ "'Lost' star pleads no contest to DUI". 
  20. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (March 25, 2013). "Freedom's Daniel Dae Kim narrates "Linsanity"". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ Juba, Joe (December 11, 2014). "Get Candid with the Voice Actors of Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell – Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell". Game Informer. 
  22. ^ "12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

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