Kang in 2007
|Born||April 8, 1972|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Seongho|
Sung Kang (Korean name: Kang Sung-Ho; 강성호; born April 8, 1972) is an American actor. He is best known for appearing in five films of the Fast & Furious franchise as Han Lue, a character he first portrayed in Better Luck Tomorrow (2002).
Kang was born in Clarkston, Georgia to South Korean immigrant parents before moving to Gainesville, Georgia. He was raised by his Korean mother and African American stepfather. He moved to Barstow, California while in high school.
Kang attended the University of California, Riverside. While in college he chose acting over law school, a decision which was met with disappointment from his parents due to their concerns over the lack of Asians on American television and lack of job prospects.
He portrayed Han Seoul-Oh in The Fast and the Furious film franchise, appearing in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, as well as the short film Los Bandoleros. He also had a role in Jet Li's film War (2007), playing an FBI agent, and was featured in the movie Forbidden Warrior as Doran, a son of Genghis Khan. He had a small role in the action movie Live Free or Die Hard, and he appeared in Walter Hill's movie Bullet to the Head (2013) as Detective Taylor Kwon, opposite Sylvester Stallone.
Kang has had several notable television roles, including the recurring role of the narcissistic President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee in the Korean drama parody "Tae Do (Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive)" alongside Bobby Lee on MADtv. He portrayed FBI Agent Tae Kim in the short-lived crime procedural Gang Related on FOX. Both roles required him to speak Korean, which he is conversant in. The character Tae Kim was written specifically for him by creator Chris Morgan, who had worked on the Fast & Furious film franchise.
Kang credits reporter Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times and her #JusticeForHan social media campaign for rallying public interest and bringing the character of Han Lue back to the Fast and the Furious franchise. Kang reprised his role as Han in F9 (2021).
Kang has said that, prior to his casting as Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he had been unaware of the drifting culture that existed in Japan. It was not until he began researching the part that he perfected his skills in this popular sport, which is a global craze. He stated that filming the Fast & Furious film franchise rekindled a long-dormant interest in cars; he had grown up watching an elderly neighbor restore vintage cars.
|2000||Talk to Taka||Co-Producer||Co-producer|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Listener/Japanese Translator|
|2002||Better Luck Tomorrow||Han Lue||Associate producer|
|2004||9:30||Chan Kin Fai||Short film|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Han Lue|
|2007||Finishing the Game||Cole Kim|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard||Raj|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Han Lue|
|2009||Los Bandoleros||Short film|
|2009||Clap Clap||Roy||Short film|
|2011||Fast Five||Han Lue|
|2011||4 Wedding Planners||Kai|
|2012||Bullet to the Head||Taylor Kwon|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Han Lue|
|2013||The Come Up||Douchey Actor||Short film|
|2015||Furious 7||Han Lue||Archive footage|
|2016||Pali Road||Mitch Kayne|
|2016||The Free World||Detective Shin|
|2016||Code 8||Officer Alex Park||Short film|
|2019||Code 8||Officer Alex Park|
|TBA||We Can Be Heroes||Filming|
|1999||Felicity||Student||Episode: "The Love Bug"|
|2000||Martial Law||Xian Law||Last 3 episodes|
|2001||NYPD Blue||Asian Uniform||Episode: "Fools Russian"|
|2001||Girlfriends||Bartender||Episode: "You Better Watch Out"|
|2002||Spin City||Jordan||Episode: "Look Who's Not Talking"|
|2003||The Shield||Malcom Rama||Episode: "Scar Tissue"|
|2004||Threat Matrix||Ray Lee||Episode: "PPX"|
|2004||Cold Case||Sen Dhiet/Varin Toan||Episode: "Who's Your Daddy"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Deke||Episode: "Nickel and Dimed: Part 2"|
|2005||Monk||Mr. Huang (Disciple)||Episode: "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra"|
|2006–2008||MADtv||President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee||4 episodes|
|2006||Standoff||David Lau||Episode: "Shanghai'd"|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Lee Choi||Episode: "Death Pool 100"|
|2008||Knight Rider||Johnny Chang||Episode: "Journey to the End of the Knight"|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jang||Episode: "Say Uncle"|
|2009||Monk||Vince Kuramoto||Episode: "Mr. Monk on Wheels"|
|2009||Mental||Jimmy||Episode: "Rainy Days"|
|2010||Easy to Assemble||Sung Skjulstad / Sung Skjulestad||Webseries, 3 episodes|
|2012||Acting for Action with Sung Kang||Himself||TV mini-series, director, producer, writer|
|2014||Robot Chicken||Episode: "Link's Sausages"|
|2014||Gang Related||Tae Kim||Main Role|
|2016||Family Guy||Soap Opera Actor (voice)||Episode: "Candy, Quahog Marshmallow"|
|2016||Hawaii Five-0||Dae Wan||Episode: "O Ke Ali'i Wale No Ka'u Makemake"|
|2016-18||Power||Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak||Main Role (Season 4, 5, 6)|
|2018||Magnum P.I.||Lieutenant Yoshi Tanaka||Episode: "I Saw the Sun Rise"|
|2019||Whiskey Cavalier||Daniel Lou||Episode: "Two of a Kind"|
|2013||Fast & Furious: Showdown||Han (voice)|
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