Kenneth Choi

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Kenneth Choi
Born Kenneth Choi
(1971-10-20) October 20, 1971 (age 44)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Korean
Alma mater Purdue University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Kenneth "Ken" Choi (born October 20, 1971) is an American actor.[1] He is best known for playing the character Henry Lin on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014). He is also known for his roles as Jim Morita in the film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Chester Ming in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Judge Lance Ito in American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (2016).[2]

Early life[edit]

"Eventually I said, you know, ‘I’m going to give it a go, I’m going to try it’ and so I dropped out of school, I packed up all of my belongings, which was not much, [I] saved up enough money to buy a one-way Greyhound ticket and I came out West."

—Kenneth Choi[3]

Choi was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Korean immigrants.[3] His parents, especially his father, discouraged his childhood dreams of becoming an actor, instructing him to pursue a “responsible and reasonable” career, like accounting.[3] Choi followed the advice of his parents and majored in accounting at Purdue University, but later decided to drop out in order to pursue his acting dreams.[3] Choi stated: “I came from a very traditional kind of Asian upbringing and so they were very strict. So when I decided to do this [pursue acting] I decided that I had to do this on my own. And so when I left I basically ran away from home.”[3]

Career[edit]

He has appeared in a number of films and television series since 1998.[citation needed]

Films[edit]

Choi has appeared in the films The Wolf of Wall Street (as Chester Ming),[2] Captain America: The First Avenger (as Jim Morita), Red Dawn (as Smith), Street Kings (as Boss Kim), War (as Takada), Baby (as Mike), Walk The Talk (as Dave), The Heart Specialist (as Mitchell Kwan), Undoing (as Danny), Only the Brave (as Private Dave "Bullseye" Fukushima), Harsh Times (as Fujimoto), The Terminal (as CBP Officer), Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (as Professor Josh Chan), Woman on Fire (as the Janitor), Beyond the Pale (as Douglas), Koreatown (as Sil the Well Dressed Drug Dealer), Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (as Ambassador Li Sung Park), and Deep Core (as Wayne Lung).[citation needed]

TV[edit]

On TV, Choi has most notably played Henry Lin in Sons of Anarchy and Captain Ed Rollins on the NBC TV series Ironside. He has also appeared on the TV series Longmire (as Dr. Bloomfield), the YouTube webseries Dr0ne (as Jay), The Newsroom (as Dr. Lee), Last Man Standing (as Dr. Wong), Funny or Die Presents, Hawthorne (Dr. Paul Hyun), Glee (as Dr. Wu), Burning Hollywood (as Louie), Heroes (as Sam Douglas), Without A Trace (as Agent Philip Shen), Crash (as Mikey Han), Samurai Girl (as Sato), 24) (as Cheng's Operative), Lincoln Heights (as Anthony Moon), Shark (as Kirk Bagley), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (as Jason Tua), Las Vegas (as Duncan Sabusawa), House M.D. (as Dr. Lim), Dragnet (TV series) (as C.I. Burrell), According to Jim (as the Lab Technician), Becker (as Kim Nam Kyu), Crossing Jordan (as Garma), Presidio Med (as Dennis), The King of Queens (as Todd Ling), Reba (as Officer Aoki), Dead Last (as Syd the Junkie), The Brothers Garcia (as Alec Lind), The Division (as Louis Tang), Kristin (as Smoove), V.I.P. (as Desmond Kusari), Roswell (as Ken), Arli$$ as Tommy Takega, The Huntress (as Douglas Ho), The West Wing (as the first Secret Service Agent), and Martial Law (as the Biohazard Driver).[citation needed]

Video games and voicework[edit]

Choi has provided his voice as Jim Morita for the 2011 video game Captain America: Super Soldier.[4] He has also voiced the role of a gangster in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Halloweentown Hip-sales-creature
2000 Deep Core Wayne Lung
2001 Beyond the Pale Douglas
2002 Woman on Fire Janitor
2003 Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Professor Josh Chan Straight-to-DVD
2004 The Terminal CBP Officer
2005 The Road to Canyon Lake Pong
2005 Harsh Times Fujimoto
2006 Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil South Korean Ambassador Li Sung Park Straight-to-DVD
2006 Undoing Danny
2006 The Heart Specialist Mitchell Kwan
2006 Only the Brave Dave Fukushima
2007 Walk the Talk Dave
2007 War Takada
2007 Koreatown Sil the Well Dressed Drug Dealer
2008 Street Kings Boss Kim
2008 Baby Mike
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger James "Jim" Morita
2012 Red Dawn Smith
2012 Dr0ne Jay
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Chester Ming
2016 Suicide Squad Yakuza Boss
2016 The Whole Truth
2016 Stephanie Post-production
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Principal Morita Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martial Law Biohazard Driver Episode: "Blue Flu"
2000 The West Wing Secret Service Agent #1 Episode: "Six Meetings Before Lunch"
2000 The Huntress Douglas Ho Episode: "Scattered"
2000 Arli$$ Tommy Takega Episode: "Where There's a Will..."
2000 V.I.P. Desmond Kusari Episode: "Magnificent Val"
2000 Roswell Ken Episode: "Skin and Bones"
2001 The Division Louis Tang Episode: "Absolution"
2001 The Brothers García Alec Lind Episode: "Band on the Run"
2001 Kristin Smoove Episode: "The Escort"
2001 Dead Last Syd the Junkie Episode: "Heebee Geebee's"
2002 Reba Officer Aoki Episode: "Brock's Swan Song"
2002 The King of Queens Todd Ling Episode: "Holy Mackerel"
2003 Presidio Med Dennis 2 episodes
2003 Crossing Jordan Garma Episode: "Fire and Ice"
2003 Becker Nam Episode: "Dates & Nuts"
2003–04 Dragnet C.I. Burrell 2 episodes
2004 According to Jim Lab Technician Episode: "A Vast Difference"
2004–05 House Dr. Lim 2 episodes
2005 Las Vegas Duncan Sabusawa Episode: "Fake the Money and Run"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jason Tua Episode: "Post Mortem"
2007 Shark Kirk Bagley Episode: "The Wrath of Khan"
2007 Lincoln Heights Anthony Moon Episode: "Tricks Treats"
2007 24 Cheng's Operative 4 episodes
2008 Samurai Girl Sato 6 episodes
2008–09 Crash Mikey Han 3 episodes
2008–14 Sons of Anarchy Henry Lin 14 episodes
2009 Without a Trace Agent Philip Shen Episode: "Once Lost"
2009 Heroes Sam Douglas Episode: "Chapter Nine 'Turn and Face the Strange'"
2009 Glee Dr. Wu 2 episodes
2010 Hawthorne Dr. Paul Hyun 3 episodes
2011 Last Man Standing Dr. Wong 2 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Dr. Lee Episode: "The Greater Fool"
2013 Ironside Captain Ed Rollins 9 episodes
2013 Longmire Dr. Bloomfield Episode: "Tuscan Red"
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. James "Jim" Morita Episode: "Shadows"
2015 Allegiance Sam Luttrell 13 episodes
2016 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Judge Lance Ito 7 episodes
2016 The Last Man on Earth Lewis 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Gangster
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Jim Morita

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Year Artist Song title
2016 OneRepublic "Wherever I Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenneth Choi". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Movie Casting Roundup: 'Wolf of Wall Street', 'Twelve Years A Slave', 'You Are Here', 'Claire's Cambodia'". Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kenneth Choi Brings Nisei Soldiers to the Big Screen in "Captain America". New American Media. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Captain America: Super Soldier (2011 Video Game) Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004 Video Game) Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 

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