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Sung Kang in 2007
April 8, 1972 |
Gainesville, Georgia, U.S.
|Revised Romanization||Gang Seongho|
Kang was born Gainesville, Georgia to North Korean immigrant parents and spent his adolescence in California. He attended the University of California, Riverside. While in college he chose acting over law school and was met with disappointment from his parents due to their concerns over the dearth of Asians on American television and lack of job prospects.
His first major role was in Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), in which he played Han Hu, an aloof gang member and the cousin of Virgil Hu (played by Jason Tobin). He was one of the stars in The Motel, in which he played Sam Kim. He played the recurring character Han Seoul-Oh in The Fast and the Furious film series, appearing in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6. 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 franchise films.
Kang is featured in the music video "Lie" for the South Korean band g.o.d.
Kang has said that before he was cast as Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift he was 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 series rekindled a long dormant interest in cars, as he had grown up watching an elderly neighbor of his restoring vintage cars.
|2000||Talk to Taka||Co-Producer||Co-producer|
|2002||Better Luck Tomorrow||Han Hu||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||Han Lue||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||Credited only and footage re-used from Tokyo Drift|
|2016||Pali Road||Mitch Kayne|
|2016||The Free World||Detective Shin|
|2016||Code 8||Officer Alex Park||Short film|
|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||Ian 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 Cast|
|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"|
|2017||Power||Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak||TV series: Season 4|
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