Garrett Wang

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Garrett Wang
Garrett Wang at FedCon 2013.jpg
Wang in 2013 at FedCon in Germany.
Born Garrett Richard Wang
(1968-12-15) December 15, 1968 (age 47)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Other names Wang Yi Jahn[1] (王以瞻)[2]
Years active 1994-present

Garrett Richard Wang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wáng Yǐzhān) (born December 15, 1968) is an American actor. Wang is known for his role in Star Trek: Voyager as Ensign Harry Kim.

Early life[edit]

Wang was born in Riverside, California, to Chinese immigrant parents who moved to Indiana and then to Bermuda, Memphis, Tennessee and then back to California. He moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2008.

Wang graduated from Harding Academy High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Wang then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA to major in pre-med. He switched majors multiple times, going from Biology to Political Science to History to Economics and finally Asian Studies with all his upper division electives in Theater.

Career[edit]

Wang is most noted for his series regular role as Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager which ran from 1995 to 2001. In 2005, Wang played the role of Chow Ping in the TV miniseries "Into The West" which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg. He played the part of Garan in the 2007 fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, saying, "it’s always more challenging for an actor to play the bad guy."[3]

Wang also made an appearance in the television series All American Girl episode "Submission:Impossible" as Raymond Han.

In 2010 Wang was named the Director of the Trek Track for Dragon Con becoming the first actor to work behind the scenes at a convention.

Wang has participated in the Calgary Expo Comicon, in 2012 interviewing Stan Lee and being present at a booth among other exhibitors, as well as being a surprise speaker at TNG Exposed. He has, in fact, been a celebrity moderator interviewing other celebs at various conventions around the world since 2008.

Star Trek[edit]

From early childhood on, actor Garrett Wang was a science fiction fan, in particular Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.[4] Wang watched all the Star Trek films that came out in the theaters but never really got into Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) prior to working on Voyager. The first season one TNG episode he watched was "Code of Honor", which Garrett says is widely considered by all Trek writers to be the worst episode of Star Trek ever produced. On three separate occasions (in a span of a year and a half) he tried to watch TNG again and it was always a repeat of "Code of Honor". Wang considers this a good thing, as he believes if he was a huge fan of TNG, he might have been so nervous during his auditions for Voyager that he might have ended up losing the role altogether.

It was announced at Star Trek Las Vegas in 2014 that Wang would be reprising his role as Harry Kim in Delta Rising, the second expansion of the MMORPG, Star Trek Online.

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Garrett Wang interacts with the audience at his panel at the Calgary Expo 2015.
Year Title Role Notes
1994 All-American Girl Raymond Han TV series; episode: "Submission Impossible"
1995 Flesh Suitcase Film
1995 Angry Cafe Short film(?)
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Harry Kim TV series; main role; 176 Episodes
1998 Hundred Percent Troy Tashima Film
1998 Ivory Tower Mark Film
1999 The Auteur Theory Mike Wong/God Film
2002 Demon Island Paul Film
2002 Into the West Chow-Ping Yen TV miniseries; episode: "Hell on Wheels"
2005 Deja Vu Short video film
2007 Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Commander Garan Miniseries; 3 episodes
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Vic Vu Film
2009 The Ride Henry Short film
2014 Alongside Night Major Chin Film; based on the book of the same name

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force Ensign Harry Kim Voice role
2014 Star Trek Online Captain Harry Kim Voice role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chat Transcript, 1998-05-07 
  2. ^ "特写:美国华人龙年迎春巡礼". 中新社. 2002-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Let There Be Lights: "Of Gods and Men" Shoots". startrek.com. July 12, 2006. 
  4. ^ Garrett Wang Reflects on Voyager, trekweb.com, February 22, 2004.

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