Tim Kang

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Tim Kang
Born Yila Timothy Kang
(1973-03-16) March 16, 1973 (age 43)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Korean
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Harvard University
Occupation Actor
Children Bianca Jooyung Kang
Korean name
Hangul 강일아
Revised Romanization Gang Il-a
McCune–Reischauer Kang Ira

Tim Kang (born March 16, 1973) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for his role as Kimball Cho in the TV series The Mentalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Yila Timothy Kang was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Harvard's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at American Repertory Theater and Moscow Art Theatre.[1][2] He got into acting at age 26.[3]


Kang was a series regular on CBS's The Mentalist as Special Agent Kimball Cho. He appeared in Rambo (2008) and also on such TV shows as The Office, Chappelle's Show, and Monk.

In 2012, Kang launched a production company named One Shoot Films with its first film project focusing on child abduction and sexually abused children.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Kang is the eldest of three brothers.[6]

Kang has a black belt in Taekwondo.[7]

With actress, Gina Marie May, Kang has a daughter, Bianca Jooyung Kang, born November 7, 2009.[8][9]

Kang is a national spokesman and active supporter for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[10][11]


Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Two Weeks Notice Paul the Attorney
2003 Robot Stories Young John
Justice Bodega Owner
2004 The Forgotten Agent Alec Wong
2006 Spectropia Client
What Remains Ender
2008 Rambo En-Joo
2010 Mister Green Mason Park
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Sopranos Dr. Harrison Wong Episode: "Whoever Did This"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Murakami Episode: "Legion"
2004 Third Watch Detective Kent Yoshihara Recurring role, 5 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial By Jury Dr. Liam Kelly Episode: "Baby Boom"
2006 Chappelle's Show Car Wash Manager/ Mummy's Probation Officer Episodes 3.1 & 3.3
Ghost Whisperer Warren Chen (Burning Ghost) Episode: "The Night We Met"
2007 Monk William Lee Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"
The Office Koh Episode: "Local Ad"
The Unit Chaplain Alan Lantz Episodes: "Gone Missing", "Play 16"
2008–15 The Mentalist Agent Kimball Cho Main role, 151 episodes
2015 The Vampire Diaries Oscar Recurring role
2015 Criminal Minds Charlie Senarak Episode: "The Witness"


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