Tim Chiou

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Tim Chiou
Born (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 38)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2005–present
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Website https://timchiou.com/

Tim Chiou (born November 23, 1979) is an Asian-American actor who has played a number of television and film roles. He most notably plays the reoccurring role of the venture capitalist Ed Chen on Season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley.


Chiou attended UCLA where he was involved in the Asian American theatre company on campus, LCC, which had been co-founded by Randall Park just several years prior. He would later join Park to form the comedy troupe "The Propaganders".[1][2][3]


Chiou's most prominent role to date is as the venture capitalist Ed Chen on Season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley. The character, who works at the fictional Raviga Capital Management,[4] serves as a parody of Silicon Valley "bro" culture.[5]

On television, he also played Edwin, the sexy web designer on 2 Broke Girls,[6] and on TV shows such as House M.D., The Cape (as Kwan), Victorious (as a Record Producer), Parenthood (as Mike Garrison), CSI:NY, Grey's Anatomy, Southland, Dollhouse (as Travis Nikoden), NCIS (as Officer Kevin Lim), Hannah Montana, Chuck, Just Jordan, and 'Til Death.[7][8]

Chiou has starred in feature films such as multi-character film Crossing Over also starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Justin Chon, Leonardo Nam and more, Seventh Moon opposite Amy Smart as her love interest, Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With as Fred, the husband of Lynn Chen's character, Juliet, and as "The Wang" in Abraham Lim's The Achievers, written by Michael Golamco. He has also been in a number of independent short films such as James Huang's Represent and The Adventures of Johnny Karate and Golden Delicious, Viet Nguyen's Ninja Say What, and Nadine Truong's Initiation.[9]

Chiou has also appeared in the Colony Theater production of Michael Golamco's play, Year Zero as Han[10][11] as well as the production of the play at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.[12] Chiou has also appeared in Snow Falling on Cedars at Theaterworks in Silicon Valley as Kabuo Miyamoto,[13] Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart at East West Players,[14] You Can't Take It with You at the Geffen Playhouse[15] as well as the Berkeley Repertory Theater production of Heidi Stillman's The North China Lover, a stage adaptation of Marguerite Duras's novel, The Lover.[16] He has also reprised his role as "The Lover" in Looking Glass Theater's 2013 Chicago production of Heidi Stillman's The North China Lover, the play getting rave reviews from The Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, and The Chicago Theater Beat.[17][18][19][20][21]

Chiou has also appeared in print modeling ads for companies such as GNC.[22]


Chiou won a "Best Actor" award at the 8th Annual NBC Short Cuts Film Festival in 2013 for his performance as "King" in Kevin Lau's short film, Made in Chinatown opposite Elaine Kao.[23] The awards ceremony was hosted by Craig Robinson, and the film Made in Chinatown also won awards for Best Short (presented by Marlon Wayans), and Best Writing.[24] For the 2013 NBC Short Cuts Film Festival, only eight films made the final cut of finalists considered for awards out of the 1400 total films submitted.[25]


Year Work Role Notes
2006 The Achievers The Wang
2007 The Wizard of Gore Chinese Mickey
2007 L.A. Proper Daniel Yang
2008 Seventh Moon Yul
2009 Crossing Over Steve
2010 A Foundling Jim Wales
2012 The People I've Slept With Fred
2014 Tin Man Teddy Meade TV movie
2015 Crush the Skull Riley [26]
2015 Unsingle Michael TV movie
2016 Love Is All You Need? Brad Henderson
Year Work Role Notes
2006 Standoff Paul Episode: "Shanghai'd"
2006-2007 'Til Death Delivery man 2 episodes
2007-2009 Grey's Anatomy Paramedic 3 episodes
2007 October Road Young dude Episode: "Let's Get Owen"
2008 Just Jordan Monte Episode: "Picture Me Rollin'"
2008 Chuck Mighty Jock Episode: "Chuck Versus the Break-Up"
2008 Hannah Montana Stage manager Episode: "He Ain't a Hottie, He's My Brother"
2009 NCIS Petty Officer Kevin Lim Episode: "Broken Bird"
2009 Dollhouse Travis Nikoden Episode: "A Spy in the House of Love"
2009 Southland Responding officer Episode: "See the Woman"
2010 CSI: NY Vince Episode: "Unusual Suspects"
2011 Victorious Record producer Episode: "The Diddly-Bops"
2011 The Cape Kwan Episode: "Scales"
2011 House Dad #1 Episode: "Parents"
2012 2 Broke Girls Edwin Episode: "And the One-Night Stands"
2013-2016 Living with Models Kim Recurring role, 22 episodes
2013 Baby Daddy Good Samaritan Episode: "Surprise!"
2014 Don't Talk in the Kitchen Kenny Episode: "Single Ladies Life Alert"
2014 Chicago P.D. Rick Fong Episode: "Different Mistakes"
2015, 2017-18 iZombie AJ Episode: "Liv and Let Clive"; "Return of the Dead Guy"; "Yipee Ki Brain, Motherscratcher!"; and "Insane in the Germ Brain"
2015 Major Crimes Ken Song Episode: "Blackout"
2016 Stitchers Morgan Episode: "Pretty Little Lawyers"
2016 Code Black Lt. Jeff Reese Episode: "Sleight of Hand"
2017 Silicon Valley Ed Chen Multiple episodes in Season 4
Web series
Year Work Role
2017 John Hughes Ruined My Life Tim


  1. ^ "Cast: Alumni and Inactive Cast". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA.
  2. ^ Ashok Kondabolu (July 26, 2013). "Ashok and Randall Park Celebrate Father's Day". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Meet Propergander (Part I)". UCLA International Institute. August 16, 2005.
  4. ^ http://www.raviga.com/index.html#section-team
  5. ^ http://www.8asians.com/2017/06/14/hbos-silicon-valleys-vc-bro-ed-chen-breaking-the-stereotype/
  6. ^ 2 broke girls has found its "hot asian guy", http://blog.angryasianman.com/2012/02/2-broke-girls-has-found-its-hot-asian.html
  7. ^ Tim Chiou, Resume, http://timchiou.com/?page_id=7
  8. ^ Tim Chiou, IMDb, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1977583/
  9. ^ Id.
  10. ^ Glendale News-Press, A Poignant Immigrant Story, http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2011-06-19/entertainment/tn-gnp-0619-colony_1_immigrant-cambodians-vuthy
  11. ^ Scott Eriksson, Asians on Film, Year Zero Review: Eymard Cabling, Tim Chiou, Christine Corpuz & David Huynh, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  12. ^ Chicagoist, Victory Gardens’ Year Zero Has Its Strengths, But Doesn’t Connect, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  13. ^ http://www.starkinsider.com/2011/04/review-snow-falling-on-cedars-at-theatreworks.html
  14. ^ East West Players, Crimes of the Heart, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  15. ^ Geffen Playhouse, Press Release, You Can't Take It With You, http://www.geffenplayhouse.org/mediacenter/press/RELEASE_YouCantTakeIt_3_18_05.htm
  16. ^ Tim Chiou, The North China Lover @ The Ground Floor, http://timchiou.com/?p=192
  17. ^ Reviews for the "North China Lover", http://timchiou.com/?p=304
  18. ^ Looking Glass Theater Company, North China Lover, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  19. ^ Heidi Weiss, Theater - 'The North China Lover', Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/22673284-421/theater-the-north-china-lover.html
  20. ^ Kris Vire, The North China Lover at Lookingglass Theatre Company: Theater review, http://www.timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/16448986/the-north-china-lover-at-lookingglass-theatre-company-theater-review
  21. ^ Scotty Zacher, Review: The North China Lover (Lookingglass Theatre), http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2013/10/15/north-china-lover-review-lookingglass-theatre-chicago/
  22. ^ Tim Chiou, Tag = GNC, http://timchiou.com/?tag=gnc
  23. ^ 'Chinatown' wins big at NBC Short Cuts, http://timchiou.com/?p=286
  24. ^ Donloe's Lowdown, Winners Announced At NBCUniversal's 8th Annual Short Cuts Festival, Hosted By Craig Robinson, http://donloeslowdown.blogspot.com/2013/10/winners-announced-at-nbcuniversals-8th.html
  25. ^ Id.
  26. ^ Tsai, Martin (May 12, 2016). "Review Thrilling 'Crush the Skull' never lets up". Los Angeles Times.

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