Randall Park

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Randall Park
Randall Park in NY on February 4, 2015 Photo by Lia Chang.jpg
Park in New York City in 2015
BornMarch 23, 1974 (age 44)
ResidenceSan Fernando Valley, California, U.S.[1][2]
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (B.A., M.A.)
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)
Jae Suh Park (m. 2008)
Children1
Websitewww.randallparkplace.com

Randall Park (born March 23, 1974)[3] is an American actor, comedian and writer known for portraying North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un in the 2014 film The Interview, Minnesota governor Danny Chung in Veep, Eddie Huang's father, American restaurateur Louis Huang, in ABC's television show Fresh Off the Boat and most recently, FBI agent Jimmy Woo in the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Early life[edit]

Park was born to Korean immigrant parents in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in West Los Angeles. His mother was an accountant at UCLA, and his father owned a one-hour photo store.[4]

Park graduated from Hamilton High School's Humanities Magnet Program.[5][6] Park earned a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing and a master's degree in Asian American studies from UCLA.[7] While attending UCLA, Park co-founded the largest and longest running University Asian American theater company named "Lapu, the Coyote that Cares", which is now known as the LCC Theatre Company.[8][9][1][10]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Park made his acting debut in the 2003 short film Dragon of Love (as the main character, Joel), which won the Best Short Film at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival. He has appeared in feature films such as Larry Crowne, Dinner for Schmucks, and The Five-Year Engagement. He appeared in various independent film projects such as Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With (2009) and starred and co-wrote the feature film American Fusion (2005).[11]

Park has made guest appearances on television shows including Community, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, The Office, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Four Kings, Las Vegas, House, iCarly, Cold Case, The Mindy Project, and Reno 911!. He appeared as Martin Fukanaga on Supah Ninjas and was a cast member on MTV's Wild 'n Out. In 2007, he regularly appeared as an actor in the filmmaking reality show On the Lot.

In 2014, Park played a company rep trying to recruit college students in Neighbors, co-starred in the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz comedy, Sex Tape, which led to his being cast in The Interview (2014),[12] portraying Kim Jong-un.

Park played the recurring character of Minnesota governor, Danny Chung on the HBO comedy Veep. He appeared as Jeff in the prequel 2015 series for Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. In 2015 he also appeared in Wong Fu Productions' first feature film, Everything Before Us.

Since February 2015, Park has starred as Louis Huang, patriarch of a Chinese American family, alongside Constance Wu, in ABC's television show Fresh Off The Boat (based on Eddie Huang's memoir, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir), written and produced by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan.[13] He was the first actor cast on the show, with the producers having approached him before the pilot was ordered.[14]

In 2015, Park appeared with John Malkovich in the music video for Eminem's single "Phenomenal". He also appeared as a co-worker of Amy Schumer's character in 2015's Trainwreck. In 2015, Park also had roles in the films Southpaw (as Jed Wang) and The Night Before as Ethan's Boss.

In 2016, Park appeared in the film Office Christmas Party as Fred and in 2017 appeared in the comedies The House as the Wall Street Guy and The Disaster Artist. He also lent his voice talents to the CGI animated film The Lego Ninjago Movie as Chen the Cheerleader.

In 2018, Park played the role of FBI Agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and the Wasp. He appeared in the DC Extended Universe film Aquaman as Dr. Stephen Shin in late 2018.

Park will star with Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe, a film directed by Nahnatchka Khan, and written by Park, Wong and Michael Golamco. The film is slated for 2019.

Writing and directing[edit]

In 2005 Park co-wrote and starred in the feature film American Fusion directed by Frank Lin, which won the Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.[11] He has also created, directed, written, and starred in several short internet series for Channel 101, including Dr. Miracles, The Food, and Dumb Professor.

In 2013 he wrote and starred in a series for Channel 101 featuring his baby daughter entitled Baby Mentalist.[15] In Channel 101's bracket competition format for webseries, Baby Mentalist was voted number one the most times of any show at the time, ending with six episodes in 2013.[14][16]

Park wrote a short film, Blueberry, which won an award for Best Actor at the NBC Shortcuts Film Festival For Short Films.[17] He was awarded the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) New Writers Award for his television pilot script, The Erasists.[18]

Park also co-wrote a feature film with Ali Wong and Michael Golamco entitled Always Be My Maybe, which is directed by Nahnatchka Khan and will be released in 2019.

Commercials and online work[edit]

Park has been featured in ads for HBO Go, Ally Financial, and the 2011 Father's Day Verizon Droid commercial.[19][20] He plays a "doggie daycare owner" in a print and online campaign for Chase Bank, which aired in early 2015.[21]

Park was featured in Wong Fu Productions' short film, Too Fast as Brandon, the web series Home Is Where the Hans Are as the stepfather and as Randall in their first feature film, Everything Before Us (2015).[22]

Park was featured in UTC Business Ethics Course HUR750 "Respect in the Workplace".

Personal life[edit]

Park is married to Jae Suh Park and they have one daughter. They live in the San Fernando Valley.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The People I've Slept With Nice but Boring Guy
2010 Too Fast Brandon Short
Dinner for Schmucks Henderson
The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It Officer Yo Ass
2011 Larry Crowne Trainee Wong
2012 The Five Year Engagement Ming
2014 Neighbors Rep
Sex Tape Edward
They Came Together Martinson
The Interview Kim Jong-un
2015 Southpaw Jed Wang
Trainwreck Bryson
The Hollars Dr. Fong
Everything Before Us Randall
The Night Before Ethan's Boss
Amigo Undead Kevin Ostrowski
2016 The Meddler Officer Lee
Office Christmas Party Fred
2017 The Disaster Artist Male Actor
Snatched Michael
The House Wall Street Guy - Buckler
The Lego Ninjago Movie Chen the Cheerleader (voice)
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Jimmy Woo
Aquaman Dr. Stephen Shin
2019 Flarsky Post-production
Always Be My Maybe Marcus Post-production; also writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Fastlane Octopus Man Episode: "Strap On"
2003 Reno 911! Mailman Episode: "Dangle's Moving Day"
2003 Las Vegas Jasper Episode: "Jokers and Fools"
2004 Alias Korean Soldier Episode: "Crossings"
2004 ER Yong-Jo Pak Episode: "White Guy, Dark Hair"
2005 House Brad Episode: "Autopsy"
2005–2007 Wild 'n Out Himself/Various 16 episodes
2006 Four Kings Server Pat Episode: "Night of the Iguana"
2006–2007 The Bold and the Beautiful E.R. Doctor 2 episodes
2006–2007 Mad TV Various 3 episodes
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz Various 3 episodes
2007 Cold Case Manny Kim '07 Episode: "That Woman"
2008 iCarly Mr. Palladino Episode: "iGot Detention"
2008 The Sarah Silverman Program Mongolian Aide Episode: "The Mongolian Beef"
2008 Eli Stone Chris Kim Episode: "Unwritten"
2009 Gary Unmarried Dr. Greenberg Episode: "Gary Tries to Do It All"
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Doctor Episode: "The Table Read"
2010–2015 Community Crime Boss / Himself 2 episodes
2010–2011 Svetlana Dr. Park 3 episodes
2011–2013 Supah Ninjas Martin Fukanaga 27 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Scott Katsu Episode: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"
2012 New Girl Will Episode: "Fancyman Part 1"
2012 The Office Steve (more popularly known as Asian Jim Halpert) Episode: "Andy's Ancestry"
2012–2016 Veep Governor Danny Chung 12 episodes
2013 Mr. Box Office Larry Kung Episode: "Marcus Gets Kung Pow'd"
2013–2014 The Mindy Project Dr. Colin Lee 3 episodes
2014 Newsreaders Clavis Kim 3 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Kim Jong-un (voice) Episode: "Walking Dead Lobster"
2015–present Fresh Off the Boat Louis Huang Regular role[23]
Nominated — Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2016)
2015 Repeat After Me Himself Episode #1.5
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Jeff 4 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Randall Park Wears Brown Dress Shoes With Blue Socks"
2016 Idiotsitter Hank Episode: "GED Prom"
2016 Childrens Hospital Jamyang Episode: "Show Me a Hero"
2016 Dr. Ken Gary Chon Episode: "Korean Men's Club"
2016 $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: "Randall Park vs. Anna Camp"
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Grieg Episode: "Day of the Diamond Dealmakers"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Blair Variety special
2017 Love Tommy 2 episodes
2017 Angie Tribeca Dr. Moreau Episode: "Brockman Turner Overdrive"
2017 Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Himself Episode: "A Body and a Crater"
2018 Hot Streets Donovan Kim (voice) Episode: "Got a Minute for Love?"
2018 Robot Chicken Charon, Red Power Ranger (voices) Episode: "Why Is It Wet?"
2018 Drunk History Himself / Jamukha 2 episodes
2018 Art Prison Prisoner / TBA Adult Swim TV special
2018 Bojack Horseman Tourist Episode: "The Dog Days Are Over"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Notes
2015 Eminem "Phenomenal"

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Dr. Miracles Dr. Miracles Also writer/director
2009 The Food Wallace Also writer
2009 IKEA Heights James YouTube Series only filmed in IKEA without staff noticing
2010 Dumb Professor Professor Raymond Nash Also writer/director
2011 Siamese Dad Russell Also writer/director
2011 The Game Station - The Street Fighter Kenneth
2012 The Game Station - The Return of King Hippo Roommate
2012 Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling Andy Ling Starred opposite Elliott Gould
2012 Home Is Where The Hans Are Andrew Wong Fu Productions short
2013 Baby Mentalist Detective Chung Also writer
2014 CollegeHumor - If Google was a Guy (2) Bing
2014 Adult Swim - The Broomshakalaka Mark
2014 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself Guest with JaeLego
2018 Asian Bachelorette 2 Himself Wong Fu Productions short

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ashok Kondabolu (July 26, 2013). "Ashok and Randall Park Celebrate Father's Day". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Tseng, Ada (February 13, 2014). "Randall and Jae Suh Park: Baby Makes Three". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "People Search & Directory Services". Intelius.com. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ Tseng, Ada (December 23, 2014). "Off Script with Randall Park". KoreAm. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "April Issue: Randall Park Reflects on the Riots". Iamkoream.com/Korean Journal. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Randall Park Video | Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ Edward (January 4, 2011). "The Working APA Actor: Randall Park". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  8. ^ "About: History". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA.
  9. ^ "Cast: Alumni and Inactive Cast". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA.
  10. ^ "Meet Propergander (Part I)". UCLA International Institute. August 16, 2005.
  11. ^ a b IMDB, American Fusion (2005)
  12. ^ Steinberg, Don (February 4, 2015). "Randall Park on ABC's New 'Fresh Off the Boat': The first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years premieres". Wall Street Journal.
  13. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Constance Wu, Randall Park Join 'Fresh Off The Boat'; Windell Middlebrooks In 'Mason Twins'", Deadline.com, February 7, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Sound and Fury Podcast Episode 18: Randall Park". blog.angryasianman.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  15. ^ Angry Asian Man, Baby Mentalist, blog.angryasianman.com, April 2013.
  16. ^ "Channel 101 - Baby Mentalist". Channel 101. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  17. ^ "NBC Shortcuts". Guts.Glam.Grace. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Short Cuts Film Festival". Nbcshortcuts.com. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  19. ^ John (23 May 2011). "Asian American Commercial Watch: Randall Park in HBO Go". 8Asians.com. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Too Fast". YouTube. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  21. ^ Primack, Dan (January 7, 2015). "When 'Kim-Jong Un' did an ad for Chase Bank". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  22. ^ "Too Fast". Wong Fu Productions. December 2010.
  23. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (December 16, 2014). "'The Interview's' Kim Jong Un actor, Randall Park, knew it was 'insane'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2014.

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