October 20, 1971
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Purdue University|
Kenneth "Ken" Choi (born October 20, 1971) is an American actor. 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).
Choi was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Korean immigrants. His parents, especially his father, discouraged his childhood dreams of becoming an actor, instructing him to pursue a “responsible and reasonable” career, like accounting. 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. 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.”
Choi has appeared in the films The Wolf of Wall Street (as Chester Ming), 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).
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$$ as Tommy Takega, The Huntress (as Douglas Ho), The West Wing (as the first Secret Service Agent), and Martial Law (as the Biohazard Driver).
Video games and voicework
|2000||Deep Core||Wayne Lung|
|2001||Beyond the Pale||Douglas|
|2002||Woman on Fire||Janitor|
|2003||Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision||Professor Josh Chan||Straight-to-DVD|
|2004||The Terminal||CBP Officer|
|2005||The Road to Canyon Lake||Pong|
|2006||Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil||South Korean Ambassador Li Sung Park||Straight-to-DVD|
|2006||The Heart Specialist||Mitchell Kwan|
|2006||Only the Brave||Dave Fukushima|
|2007||Walk the Talk||Dave|
|2007||Koreatown||Sil the Well Dressed Drug Dealer|
|2008||Street Kings||Boss Kim|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||James "Jim" Morita|
|2013||The Wolf of Wall Street||Chester Ming|
|2016||Suicide Squad||Yakuza Boss|
|2016||The Whole Truth|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Principal Morita||Filming|
|1999||Martial Law||Biohazard Driver||Episode: "Blue Flu"|
|2000||The West Wing||Secret Service Agent #1||Episode: "Six Meetings Before Lunch"|
|2000||The Huntress||Douglas Ho||Episode: "Scattered"|
|2000||Arli$$||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|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Gangster|
|2011||Captain America: Super Soldier||Jim Morita|
|2016||OneRepublic||"Wherever I Go"|
- "Kenneth Choi". The New York Times.
- "Movie Casting Roundup: 'Wolf of Wall Street', 'Twelve Years A Slave', 'You Are Here', 'Claire's Cambodia'". Retrieved July 9, 2014.
- "Kenneth Choi Brings Nisei Soldiers to the Big Screen in "Captain America". New American Media. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "Captain America: Super Soldier (2011 Video Game) Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004 Video Game) Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 July 2016.