Will Yun Lee
Will Yun Lee
Lee in 2013
Lee Sang-wook (이상욱)
March 22, 1971
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
Jennifer Birmingham (m. 2010)
|Revised Romanization||I Sang-uk|
Will Yun Lee (born March 22, 1971) is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for his roles as Danny Woo in the supernatural drama Witchblade and Jae Kim in the sci-fi series Bionic Woman. He has also appeared in the films Die Another Day (2002), Elektra (2005) and The Wolverine (2013). He had a recurring role as Sang Min in Hawaii Five-0, played one of the bodies of series protagonist Takeshi Kovacs in Altered Carbon, and voiced Wei Shen in the game Sleeping Dogs (2012). As of 2019[update], he is appearing on the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor playing Dr. Alex Park.
Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Korean parents. His father also has some Chinese origins. His parents are mother Jing Ja Lee and father Soo Woong Lee, a Taekwondo grandmaster. He first began training at just three years old and spent a portion of his youth teaching at Lee's Tae Kwon Do training facility, his family's business in Napa, California.
Lee spent his youth moving across the United States and has attended 23 schools.
Lee had supporting roles in high-profile films such as Die Another Day, Torque, The King of Fighters and Elektra. He has also acted on FX Network's mini-series Thief and ABC Family's TV movie Mini-series Fallen. He recently guest starred in Hawaii Five-0 as recurring character "Sang Min", and in True Blood as "Mr. Gus". He also played Kenuichio Harada in James Mangold's The Wolverine (2013). In 2018, Lee appeared in several episodes of the Netflix science-fiction series Altered Carbon as the original body of protagonist Takeshi Kovacs (otherwise predominantly played by Joel Kinnaman in season one and Anthony Mackie in season two).
In 2002, he was named by People as one of their "50 Most Beautiful People", which quickly led to high-profile roles. In November 2007, he was again recognized by People, this time as one of the members of their list of the 15 "Sexiest Men Alive".
Lee is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the 2006 documentary The Slanted Screen directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood. He was featured in the music video of Mariah Carey's "Boy (I Need You)" as well as Ice Cube's "Roll Call".
In October 2010, Lee married actress Jennifer Birmingham in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their son, Cash, was born in June 2013. Cash was diagnosed with the Moyamoya disease, a rare blood disorder, at the age of three.
|2000||Gung Fu: The New Dragon||Danny|
|What's Cooking?||Jimmy Nguyen|
|2002||Die Another Day||Colonel Tan-Sun Moon|
|2005||The Seed||Ken Marcado|
|2008||6th and Santa Fe||Short film|
|2010||The King of Fighters||Iori Yagami|
|2011||Where the Road Meets the Sun||Takashi|
|Five Star Day||Samuel Kim|
|Red Dawn||Captain Cho|
|2013||Superman: Unbound||Parasoldier Leader (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Make Your Move 3D||Kaz|
|Lost for Words||Stanford|
|The Wolverine||Kenuichio Harada|
|Power/Rangers||General Klank||Short film|
|San Andreas||Dr. Kim Park|
|2016||Restored Me||Trevor Kang|
|She Has a Name||Akkarat|
|2017||Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin|
|2018||Bangkok Love Story|
|Canal Street||Officer Hank Chu|
|Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets|
|1997||Nash Bridges||Quick||Episode: "Gun Play"|
|1998||Profiler||Andrew Young||Episode: "Ties That Bind"|
|1999||V.I.P.||Bobby Wu||Episode: "Mao Better Blues"|
|The Disciples||Yoyo Lee||Television film|
|2000||Witchblade||Danny Woo||Television film|
|2001||The Agency||Sam||Episode: "The Year of Living Dangerously"|
|2001–2002||Witchblade||Detective Danny Woo||23 episodes|
|2003–2004||10-8: Officers on Duty||Detective Danny Chang||2 episodes|
|2004||Threat Matrix||Danny Roh||Episode: "PPX"|
|Law & Order||Hiroji Yoshida||Episode: "Gaijin"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dennis Kim||Episode: "Time of Your Death"|
|Tsunami: The Aftermath||Chai||Miniseries|
|2007||Hustle||Shiro||Episode: "Conning the Artists"|
|Bionic Woman||Jae Kim||7 episodes|
|2010||Boston's Finest||Eddie Lao||Television film|
|2010–2017||Hawaii Five-0||Sang Min||11 episodes|
|2014||The Novice||The Big Bang||Television film|
|True Blood||Mr. Gus||5 episodes|
|Intelligence||Jin Cong||2 episodes|
|2015||Strike Back: Legacy||Kwon||5 episodes|
|Dr. Ken||Kevin O'Connell||Episode: "Kevin O'Connell"|
|The Player||Liu Zeng||Episode: "House Rules"|
|2016–2018||Falling Water||Taka||Main role|
|2018||Altered Carbon||Takeshi Kovacs||4 episodes|
|2018–present||The Good Doctor||Dr. Alex Park||Recurring (season 1)|
Main (season 2)
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Pedestrians|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Additional Voices|
|Sleeping Dogs||Wei Shen|
|2013||Saints Row IV||The Voices of Virtual Steelport|
|2015||Mortal Kombat X||Kung Lao|||
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- Leon, Anya (June 6, 2013). "Will Yun and Jennifer Birmingham Lee Welcome Son Cash". Reporting by Julie Jordan. People. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
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- Brian Chard [@bcharred] (April 14, 2015). "Huge thanks to the stellar MKX voice actors: Troy @TroyBakerVA (Shinnok/EBlack/Fujin), Ronald M. Banks (Quan Chi); Ashly Burch (Cassie)..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Twitter.
- Brian Chard [@bcharred] (April 14, 2015). "...Nathan Hosner (Narrator); Kelly Hu (D'Vorah/Sindel/Frost); Phil LaMarr (Kotal Kahn); Will Yun Lee (Kung Lao); Patrick Seitz (Scorpion)..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Twitter.