Jimmy O. Yang

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Jimmy O. Yang
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Native name
Chinese: 歐陽萬成
Au-yeung Man-Sing

(1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 31)
Other namesJimmy Ouyang, Jimmy O'Yang
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
OccupationComedian, actor
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese歐陽萬成
Simplified Chinese欧阳万成

Jimmy O. Yang (Chinese: 歐陽萬成; born on June 11, 1987) is a Chinese American actor, stand-up comedian and writer best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

On June 11, 1987, Yang[a] was born as Au-yeung Man-Sing (Chinese: 歐陽萬成) in Hong Kong. When Yang was thirteen years old, his family emigrated to the United States.[3] His aunt and grandmother were already living in the U.S., and his parents joined them primarily to allow O. Yang and his brother access to better schools and education.[3]


Yang attended the University of California, San Diego,[3] where he majored in economics. The commencement speaker at his college graduation was his later Silicon Valley showrunner and UCSD alumnus Mike Judge.


After college, he went to work for Smith Barney before searching out a creative career.[4]

O. Yang made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls, and his first late night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. In season 9 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he played the character Tang-See. Yang also appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds as Nathan Chow, a high-school student who suffered a psychotic break.[5] He was once a writer/consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters,[6] and voiced roles in the video game Infamous Second Son.[7]

He played Dun Meng, who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers, in the 2016 action drama Patriots Day.[8] It was O. Yang's first dramatic role.

He initially began as a guest star on Silicon Valley making scale, then $900 per episode. He appeared in three episodes and spent the money on a Prius so he could drive for Uber to earn money between the first and second season of the show. For the second season, he was promoted to series regular.[9]

In 2018, he played Bernard Tai in the romantic comedy film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu.[10][11]

How to American[edit]

He is also the author of How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, a book where "he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents."[12] Mike Judge wrote the book's foreword.[13]

O. Yang has also continued stand-up comedy, in 2018 going on a tour titled after the book.[14]

Personal life[edit]

O. Yang's father later signed with the same talent agency and has since appeared in several films, including playing his character's father in Patriots Day.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 2 Broke Girls Person in Line Episode: "And the Secret Ingredient"
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Chinese Teenager #1 Episode: "Girl in the Flower Dress"
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tang-See Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
2014 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Phil Recurring
2014 New Girl Steve Episode: "Dice"
2014 Criminal Minds Nathan Crow Episode: "Burn"
2014–present Silicon Valley Jian-Yang Recurring role (season 1); main role (seasons 2-5)
2015 Battle Creek Chang Episode: "Mama's Boy"
2016 Those Who Can't James Chen Guest, 3 episodes
2016 Broken Donny Guest, 3 episodes
2016 American Dad! Hisashi (voice) Episode: "The Enlightenment of Ragi-Baba"
2018 Another Period Eng Bunker Episode: "Lucky Chang's"
2018 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: "No Good Read Goes Unpunished"
2018 Drunk History Himself / Temujin 2 episodes
2018 Fresh Off the Boat Horace 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Internship Wa Zao Uncredited
2016 Patriots Day Dun Meng
2017 El Camino Christmas Mike the Cameraman
2018 Juliet, Naked Elliot Uncredited
Life of the Party Tyler
Crazy Rich Asians Bernard Tai [15]
The Happytime Murders Officer Delancey
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part[16] Zebe Voice
Wish Dragon[17] Small Goon (voice) In production
The Opening Act Will O’Brien Post-production
Limited Partners Post-production
2020 Fantasy Island Filming

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Infamous Second Son Male Pedestrian #5 Voice


  1. ^ "'Silicon Valley' Promotes Jimmy O. Yang to Series Regular (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. ^ "Talking With Jian Yang, The Greatest Prank Caller In 'Silicon Valley'". UPROXX. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Jimmy O. Yang". Texas Travesty. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ Sanders, Sam (May 8, 2018). "Jimmy O. Yang on 'Silicon Valley' and 'How To American'". It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. NPR. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  5. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Ouyang | San Francisco Comedy Competition". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  7. ^ Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous: Second Son. Sony Computer Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 3:43 in, Additional Voice Talent.
  8. ^ "Silicon Valley's Jimmy O. Yang is Abraham Lincoln's wingman". The A.V. Club. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  9. ^ "'Silicon Valley' Promotes Jimmy O. Yang to Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  10. ^ Busch, Anita (2017-05-01). "Jimmy O. Yang Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians' At Warner Bros". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  11. ^ Sun, Rebecca (6 October 2017). "Ronny Chieng confirmed as Eddie, Jimmy O. Yang confirmed as Bernard. #crazyrichasians #codeswitchlive". @therebeccasun. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  12. ^ "How to American". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  13. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang talks Silicon Valley, Mike Judge and his book". CNET. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  14. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang brings 'How to American' to S.F." SFGate. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  15. ^ "Crazy Rich Asian (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/FunnyAsianDude/status/1086428704689946624
  17. ^ Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation
  1. ^ O. Yang abbreviates "Ou-Yang", the Standard Mandarin form of his surname, to "O. Yang".

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