Justin Chon

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Justin Chon
Justin Chon.jpg
Chon in 2009
Born (1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 34)
Garden Grove, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Sasha (Egorova) Chon

Justin Jitae Chon[1] (born May 29, 1981) is a Korean American actor. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012).

Early life[edit]

Chon was born in Garden Grove, California[2] and raised in Irvine, California.[3] He is of South Korean descent. His father, Sang, who worked in show business, was a child actor in South Korea,[4] and was often in black and white films. Chon grew up watching his father's films, which eventually inspired him to pursue acting. His mother, Kyung, is a pianist and homemaker.[5][6]

Chon was educated at University High School in his home city of Irvine in California, where he played saxophone in the marching band, followed by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (also in California), where he majored in Business Administration.[7] As he was required to learn a language as a part of his course, he started learning Japanese, then switched to Korean (his parents' native tongue). In order to improve his ability in the language, he spent time in South Korea as part of a year abroad in his junior year. During the first semester, he lived in the dorms of Yonsei University, in the capital, Seoul.[7]



Chon started acting in 2005 in shows such as Jack & Bobby and Taki & Luci. He came to fame in 2006 when he played Peter Wu in the Disney Channel film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.[1] He also played Tony Lee in the Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan.[1] In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.[8] Justin reprised his role as Eric Yorkie in the Twilight sequel New Moon.[9] He starred as the central character, Jeff Chang, in the film 21 & Over. He also appeared in the independent film Innocent Blood. In 2014, Chon appeared as a lead character in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons (executive produced by Martin Scorsese ). In 2015, Chon starred as "Sid Park", the trouble-making main character influenced by rocker culture in the independent film Seoul Searching directed by Benson Lee, which made its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[10]


Chon also co-wrote (with Kevin Wu aka KevJumba), directed, executive produced, and starred in a feature film released in 2015 entitled Man Up.[11] The film made its premiere at the 2015 CAAMFest.[12] It also screened at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, making its West Coast Premiere there.[13] The film is set in Hawaii and stars himself (Justin Chon), Kevin Wu, Amy Hill, Parvesh Cheena, Nichole Bloom, Dion Basco, Samantha Futerman and more.[14] In March 2015, the comedy was acquired by "Off the Dock", a digital studio owned by Lakeshore Entertainment.[15]

Chon has also directed several digital short films that are viewable on his YouTube Channel, including You're Stoopid (2013), Full Circle (2013) and 90 Day Visa (2015).[16]

Other ventures[edit]

Chon co-owns a chain of stores, named the Attic, in California.[17] Since January 2015, edited vlogs with his wife Sasha are uploaded on his YouTube channel on a weekly basis. Since November 24, 2015, he has uploaded daily edited vlogs to the channel. He also creates short comedy videos on YouTube with his friends. He appeared on Nigahiga's YouTube channel in the video,"Proving the Illuminati is Real!" Justin also uploads skits on his channel. His last skit was uploaded with a friend and Justin's wife Sasha the day before he began daily vlogging.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Bobbi
2006 Fleetwood Rong
2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Peter Wu Television film
2007 Hack! Ricky
2008 Twilight Eric Yorkie
2009 Ashley Mason Morgan
2009 Crossing Over Yong Kim
2009 Turbo Hugo Park
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Eric Yorkie
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Joe Chang Television film
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Eric Yorkie
2011 From the Rough Ji-Kyung
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Eric Yorkie
2012 Detention of the Dead Ash
2012 Rock Jocks Seth
2012 Hang Loose BJ
2013 21 & Over Jeff Chang
2013 Innocent Blood Brad Lee
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Sonny
2015 Seoul Searching Sid Park
2015 Man Up Randall Also Director, Writer, Executive Producer

Director work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 You're Stoopid Director, Writer Short Film
2013 Full Circle Director, Writer, Actor Short Film
2015 90 Day Visa Director, Writer, Actor Short Film
2015 Man Up Director, Writer, Actor, Executive Producer Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jack & Bobby Greek Chorus Episode: "Under the Influence"
2005-2006 Pokémon Chu Viete voice, 15 episodes
2006 The O.C. Big Korea Episode: "The Party Favor"
2007–2008 Just Jordan Tony Lee
2011 House Harold Lam Episode: "The Dig"
2013 New Girl Brian Episode: "Menus"


  1. ^ a b c "Star Spotlight: Justin Chon". Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlueSKJunbo&feature=related
  4. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2009/08/05/interview-with-justin-chon/
  5. ^ http://jetsetextra.com/the-extra/jetsetting-with/jetsetting-with-up-and-coming-actor-justin-chon.html
  6. ^ http://audreymagazine.com/tag/justin-chon/
  7. ^ a b Justin Chon Publisher: www.TwilightLexicon.com Published: 27 July 2008. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-07). "'Twilight' Gives The Green Light To Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon For Book-Turned-Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  9. ^ "New Moon Actors arrived in Vancouver". ReelzChannel. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  10. ^ James S. Kim, Justin Chon Does His Own ‘Seoul Searching’, http://iamkoream.com/justin-chon-does-his-own-seoul-searching/
  11. ^ Cynthia Brothers & Vu-Bang Nguyen, Justin Chon on ‘Seoul Searching’ and ‘Man Up’, http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2015/02/26/justin-chon-on-seoul-searching-and-manning-up/
  12. ^ CAAMFest, Man Up, http://caamfest.com/2015/films/man-up/
  13. ^ LAAPFF 2015, MAN UP, http://laapff.festpro.com/films/program/man_up_2015
  14. ^ Man Up, Official Film Page, http://www.manupfilm.com
  15. ^ Dave McNary, Lakeshore Launches Digital Studio With Justin Chon-Kevin Wu Comedy http://variety.com/2015/film/news/lakeshore-launches-digital-studio-with-justin-chon-kevin-wu-comedy-1201460990/
  16. ^ ChannelAPA.com, Full Circle, http://www.channelapa.com/2013/02/full-circle-short-film-with-justin-chon.html
  17. ^ AllKPop, Up in Justin Chon's Attic, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2009/04/up-in-justin-chons-attic

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