Yune on May 2, 2007
August 22, 1971 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer, former model|
|Revised Romanization||Yun Seong-sik|
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.
Yune was born in Washington D.C. He is of Korean descent. His maternal grandmother was a Shanghai Jew from the Hongkou district. 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.
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. 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 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.
|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|
|2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Zen Yi|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Kang Yeonsak|
|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|
- Lesley Jackson. "Rick Yune Interview". Martialedge.net. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
- Patton, Phil (November 10, 2002). "The Spy Who Drove Me". The New York Times.
- "Sexiest Pop Sensation - Sexiest Man Alive, Enrique Iglesias". People.com. 2002-12-02. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- "The Man With The Iron Fists: Rick Yune On His Character". The New York Times. May 6, 2001.
- "Rick Yune Stars With Russell Crowe in Eli Roth's 'Man With an Iron Fists". thewrap.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
- Kit, Borys (July 10, 2012). "Melissa Leo and Rick Yune Joining 'Olympus Has Fallen'". The Hollywood Reporter.