Rick Yune

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yune.
Rick Yune
Yune on May 2, 2007
Born (1971-08-22) August 22, 1971 (age 45)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer, former model
Korean name
Hangul 윤성식
Revised Romanization Yun Seong-sik
McCune–Reischauer Yun Sŏngsik

Rick Yune (born August 22, 1971) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, martial artist and former model. His most notable roles have been in the movies Snow Falling on Cedars, the first Fast and Furious film The Fast and the Furious, and in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. He is currently part of the main cast of the Netflix original series Marco Polo.

Early life[edit]

Yune was born in Washington D.C. He is of Korean descent. His maternal grandmother was a Shanghai Jew from the Hongkou district.[1] His younger brother is actor Karl Yune. Yune was educated at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland), and St. John's College High School. In 1994, he received his degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business. Yune was one of the original hedge fund traders for SAC Capital but left to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.[citation needed]

Yune practices many forms of martial arts, having reached Olympic standard in Taekwondo and being a serious contender for the US team when he was 19.[2] He changed the spelling of his last name from "Yun" to "Yune" for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) purposes.


While studying at Wharton, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during the mid-1992. During that time, he was "discovered" by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren's Polo.

Yune made his film debut in 1999, playing Kazuo Miyamoto, a Japanese-American war hero accused of killing a respected fisherman (played by Daniel von Bargen) in the close-knit community, in director Scott Hicks' film adaptation of David Guterson's post-WWII novel, Snow Falling on Cedars.

Yune co-starred as Johnny Tran, the ruthless leader of a Vietnamese gang and the rival of Vin Diesel's character, in the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious.

In 2002 Yune portrayed James Bond villain Zao, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, in the James Bond Die Another Day.[3] That year Yune was voted one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive.[4]

Yune appeared in the 2004 video "Call U Sexy" by the band VS, as well as in Someone (1997) by SWV, featuring Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Yune appeared in two 2005 episodes of ABC's spy series Alias, playing a modern-day samurai Kazu Tamazaki who is hunted down by Jennifer Garner in Sydney. He also appeared as a guest in an episode of ABC's legal dramedy series Boston Legal and the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2006 he provided his voice for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours which was based the 1983 motion picture Scarface.

He produced, and starred as a Bangkok assassin in the action/adventure movie The Fifth Commandment, directed by Jesse V. Johnson and also stars Keith David and Bokeem Woodbine.

Yune starred with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in the 2012 martial arts film, The Man with the Iron Fists.[5][6]

In 2013 Yune played villain Kang Yeonsak, in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, opposite Gerard Butler.[7]

In 2014, Yune took on the role of Kaidu, a Mongol Khan, in the historical drama series Marco Polo. Yune reprised his role in the second season, which was released in 2016.

Other work[edit]

Yune is a Board member of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation and an Ambassador for the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco.[citation needed]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Nathan Grimm Extra
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Kazuo Miyamoto
2001 The Fence Lucky Chang
The Fast and the Furious Johnny Tran
2002 Die Another Day Zao
2008 The Fifth Commandment Chance Templeton
Alone in the Dark II Edward Carnby
2009 Beyond Remedy Dr. Lee
Ninja Assassin Takeshi
2011 China-Town Man
Remigration Jonathan Park
2012 The Man with the Iron Fists Zen Yi
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Kang Yeonsak
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Any Day Now
2001 The Division 1 episode
2005 Alias Kazu Tamazaki 2 episodes
Boston Legal Troi Ran 1 episode
2006 CSI Hong Hsing 1 episode
2014 Marco Polo Kaidu Recurring role
2016 Prison Break Ja Recurring role


  1. ^ http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/1999/01/24/1999012461304.html
  2. ^ Lesley Jackson. "Rick Yune Interview". Martialedge.net. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  3. ^ Patton, Phil (November 10, 2002). "The Spy Who Drove Me". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Sexiest Pop Sensation - Sexiest Man Alive, Enrique Iglesias". People.com. 2002-12-02. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  5. ^ "The Man With The Iron Fists: Rick Yune On His Character". The New York Times. May 6, 2001.
  6. ^ "Rick Yune Stars With Russell Crowe in Eli Roth's 'Man With an Iron Fists". thewrap.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (July 10, 2012). "Melissa Leo and Rick Yune Joining 'Olympus Has Fallen'". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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