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Asian American Actors in Recurring TV Roles UPDATED3

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“Not a single lead actor is Asian or Asian American.*

Yes, I am elated that Daniel Dae Kim has found life after Lost, but he’s technically in a supporting role to Alex O’Loughlin.”

from 8 Asians in 2010

I did a little digging to see what regular, recurring roles on television Asian Americans were getting, both today and in years past. I’m happy to say that while there are a lot of techies and doctors not surprisingly played by Asian Americans, there is a widening of “regular joe” roles, particularly for TV geared towards younger audiences. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the roles Asian Americans actors are getting these days. What do you think?

Who did I leave out? Please help.

The Doctors

Sandra Oh Asian Americans AAPI on TV television shows JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubSandra Oh, actually Canadian. Role: Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. 2005-currently.

Ming Na Wen Asian American Actress Actor JadeLuckClub ERMing Na Wen. Role: Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on ER. She was on Season 1, Season 6 through 11. She went on to star in other successful TV shows such as Stargate Universe.

Charlyne Yi House Asian American Actor Actress JadeLuckClubCharlyne Amanda Yi. Role: Dr. Chi Park on House. 2004- currently. She joins House for season 8 in 2011. She had her own show, Inconceivable, in 2005 which lasted 2 episodes. She played Rachel Lu, co-founder of a fertility clinic.


With a Martial Arts Slant

Maggie Q Nikita Asian American Model Actor Actress JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubMargaret Denise Quigley or  Maggie Q. Role: Maggie Q in Nikita.  The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as Division and, after three-year hiding period, is back with schemes to bring down the organization. 2010-present.

Thuy Trang Asian American Actress Actor Martial Arts Action JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubThe late Thuy Trang is probably a familiar face to many children and young adults for her role as Trini Kwan, the original yellow ranger, in the hit youth television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

The Beautiful Ones

Russell Wong the beautiful ones JadeLuckClub Asian American Actors TV TelevisionRussell Wong. Wong supported himself as a photographer and as a dancer (appearing in rock videos with David Bowie, Donna Summer, and Janet Jackson, among others) before scoring his first screen roles in 1985, appearing in a Hong Kong musical called Ge wu sheng ping (aka Musical Dancer) and in a screen adaptation ofJames Clavell‘s best-seller Tai-Pan. A number of undistinguished television and film roles followed, but Wong began breaking into better roles in 1989, when he made a memorable guest appearance on the drama series 21 Jump Street and won a leading role in Wayne Wang‘s acclaimed independent romantic comedy Eat a Bowl of Tea. Supporting roles in China Cry and New Jack City were to follow, and Wong found himself working with Wayne Wang again when he was cast in a role in the film adaptation of Amy Tan‘s best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club. Wong finally scored a high-profile breakthrough role in 1994, when he was cast in the leading role in the short lived TV series Vanishing Son, in which he played a Chinese political activist exiled in America. The show was popular enough to spawn three sequels, and was later spun off into a syndicated TV series. People magazine named him one of fifty “Beautiful People” in 1995. After Vanishing Son ran its course, Wong moved on to more big-screen work, including major roles in Prophecy IIThe Tracker, and Romeo Must Die, as well as the made-for-TV epic The Lost Empire.

Olivia Munn JadeLuckClub Asian Americans on TV Shows TelevisionOlivia Munn is an actress, model, and television personality is best known as a correspondent on The Jon Stewart ShowIn late 2005, Munn began her portrayal of Mily Acuna, a teen surfer, over two seasons of the TV drama Beyond the Break. She co-hosted Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira in 2006.

Stephanie Jacobson Asian American Actor Actress jadeluckclub Jade Luck Club televisionStephanie Jacobsen

Jacobsen began her career on the Australian soap opera, Home and Away, playing Charlotte Adams from 2001 to 2002. She later appeared in Farscape and the SBS comedy, Pizza, as well as a number of TV commercials.

In 2007, Jacobsen landed the role of Kendra Shaw in Battlestar Galactica: Razor, a between-seasons television film of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series. She also played Sam Tyler’s future girlfriend in the original pilot of the Americantelevision show, Life on Mars.

In 2008, she was cast on the Fox television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,[2] playing Jesse, a Resistance fighter and girlfriend of Derek Reese. She also appeared as the character Yoshi in The Devil’s Tomb.

In April 2009, Jacobsen was cast on The CW‘s revamped Melrose Place in the role of medical student, Lauren Yung.

In 2011, Jacobsen made a cameo appearance in Episode 2 of the ninth season of Two and a Half Men as Charlie’s former gal pal, Penelope.

Kelly Hu Asian American TV television Actress Actor JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club bestKelly Hu

In 1995, Hu played an undercover police officer in the movie No Way Back. She was the star in this movie. She was then cast as Dr. Rae Chang on Sunset Beach for six months in 1997. Afterwards, Hu was cast as police officers Michelle Chan in the television series Nash Bridges (1997–1998), Pei Pei “Grace” Chen on Martial Law (1998–2000), and Agent Mia Chen on the last three episodes of the television series Threat Matrix (2004). Her subsequent movie appearances include The Scorpion King (2002), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) and X2 (2003). She provided voice talents for the popular video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords as Visas Marr, the Sith woman who joins the Jedi Exile‘s party. Hu has been featured twice in Maxim magazine (May 2002 and May 2005).

In January 2007, Hu began appearing in a full time role on the TV series In Case of Emergency. She plays Kelly Lee, a Korean American woman who accidentally reunites with her high school classmates and realizes none of them grew up according to their high school plans.

In April 2009, Hu developed the character JIA for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. In July, she appeared at Comic-Con International in San Diego to sign copies of Secret Identities alongside her collaborator, DC Comics artist Cliff Chiang. In the fall of 2009, she appeared in the film The Tournament as Lai-Lai Zhen. She was the first guest actor to cross over between the television series NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS, playing Lee Wuan Kai in a two-episode arc within both series.

In spring of 2010, Kelly Hu played Pearl, a vampire, on the CW television show Vampire Diaries.

In fall of 2010, Kelly Hu began a recurring role on the CBS television show Hawaii Five-0.

Joan Chen Twin peaks TV Asian American  Actress JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubJoan Chen. Role:  Josie Packard in David Lynch’s offbeat television series Twin Peaks (1990). She is also known for her roles in Twin PeaksRed Rose White RoseSaving Face and The Home Song Stories, and for directing the feature film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

Tamlyn Tomita Asian American Actors Actress Best JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club in recurring TV rolesTamlyn Naomi Tomita (born January 27, 1966) is a Japanese-born American actress. She has appeared in many Hollywood films and television series.

Playing Regular People

Daniel Day Kim Lost Asian American Actors on TV JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubDaniel Dae Kim. Role: Jin Soo Kwon, a Korean businessman, on Lost. 2004-2010.  Role: Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0. 2010-present.

Yunjin Kim Asian Actress Lost JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubYunjin Kim. She played Sun-Hwa Kwon on Lost.

Lucy Liu Ally McBeal Asan American Actors Actresses on TV Television Recurring Roles JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubLucy Liu.  Role: She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal (1998–2002)in Ally McBeal.

Brenda Song Asian American Actress TV Hollywood Television JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club Best SuccesssfulBrenda Song is a Thai-Hmong American actress known to younger audiences for starring in several Disney Channel productions including The Suite Life Of Zack and CodyWendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior 1 and 2Stuck in the SuburbsThe Suite Life on Deck, and, most recently, The Social Network.

Jenna Ushkowitz Glee Asian American Actors Singers on TV television JadeLuckClubJenna Ushkowitz. Role:  Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee.

Harry Shum Jr. Asian American Actor Singer Dancer Glee TV Television hit show JadeLuckClubHarry Shum, Jr. Role: Mike Chang on the FOX television show GleeHe also plays the character of Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

Sonja Sohn Asian African American Actor TV JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubSonja Sohn was a series regular on the entire run of the critically acclaimed television series The Wire. Sohn is of African American and Korean heritage.

Suchin Pak Asian American Actor Actress on TV Television JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubSouth Korea-born SuChin Pak was a news correspondent frequently seen on MTV News and now the host of G Word for Planet Green.

Reiko Aylesworth Asian American Actress Actor TV Hollywood JadeLuck Club JadeLuckClubReiko Aylesworth was part of the cast of the critically acclaimed hit TV series 24. She is of is of DutchWelsh, and Japanese ancestry.

Kirk Acevedo Asian American Actor TV Television Hollywood JadeLuckClubKirk Acevedo was a lead actor on various TV shows and was known for his regular roles on popular television shows such as OZLaw & Order: Trial by Jury, and Fringe. The American actor who stars as Miguel Alvarez on the series OZ, is of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent.

Mark Paul Gosselaar Asian American Actor TV JadeLuckClubBoth Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jennie Kwan in the past were both popularly known to the teen and children audiences for their roles on television series Saved by the Bell and California Dreams respectively both aimed at youth in the 1990s. Mark-Paul’s  father Hans is Dutch and his mother Paula is DutchIndonesian.

Jennie Kwan Asian American Actor Actress Hollywood Children's Programming JadeLuckClubJennie Kwan is Filipino-American. (see above)

Ken Jeong JadeLuckClub Asian American best TV actorsKendrick Kang-Joh “Ken” Jeong (born July 13, 1969), also known as “Dr. Ken,” is an American comedianactor, and physician. Currently, he appears as Ben Chang on the NBC comedy series Community.

Lauren Tom Best Asian American Actress Voice Actress JadeLuckClubLauren Tom (born August 4, 1961) is an American actress and voice actress perhaps best known for her roles as Lena St Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the TV series Friends, and for providing the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voices Amy Wong and her mother Inez, and on King of the Hill she voiced Minh & Connie Souphanousinphone.


Garrett Wang Ensign Kim Best Asian American Actors TV recurring roles JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubGarrett Richard Wang (Chinese name: ChineseWáng Yǐzhān) (born December 15, 1968) is an American actor. Wang is best known for his role in Star Trek: Voyager as Ensign Harry Kim.

Patti Yasutake Asian American Japanese American TV film actor actress best JadeLuckClubPatti Yasutake is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Nurse Alyssa Ogawa in the Star Trek universe.

Her television acting career began in 1985 with an appearance on the show T.J. Hooker alongside William ShatnerRichard HerdJames Darren and Michelle Phillips. More recently, she starred on Boston Legal alongside Trek alumni Shatner, Rene AuberjonoisCorbin BernsenJoanna Cassidy and Philip Weyland. She resides in Hollywood, California.

Linda Park Asian American Actress Actor Best JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club Star TrekLinda Park (born July 9, 1978) is a South Korean-born American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of communications officer character Hoshi Sato in the television series Star Trek: Enterprise. She is also known for her role as Maggie Cheon on the 2008-10 TV series Crash.

Grace Park Asian American Canadian Actor Actress TV roles JadeLuckClubGrace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-born Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon Valerii & Sharon Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park currently plays Detective Kona “Kono” Kalakaua in CBS‘ remake of Hawaii Five-0, which debuted September 20, 2010, on CBS.

Rosalind Chao Asian American best actress JadeLuckClubRosalind Chao  born September 23, 1959) is a Chinese American actress. Chao’s most prolific roles have been as a star of CBS‘ AfterMASH portraying South Korean refugee Soon-Lee Klinger for both seasons, and the recurring character Keiko O’Brien with 27 appearances on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


Steve Park Asian American Korean American comedian JadeLuckClub In Living Color Television TVSteve Park is a Korean-American comedian. Originally a stand-up comedian, his best known work includes being a cast member of In Living Color during the 1991-1992 season and the roles of Mike Yanagita in Fargo, Sonny in Do The Right Thing and Detective Brian in Falling Down. During his run on In Living Color, he often portrayed Asian born characters, or spoofed people such as Yoko Ono and Connie Chung. He is married to another former cast member of In Living ColorKelly Coffield.

After witnessing a racist incident while doing a guest role on the show Friends, he wrote a mission statement requesting that mainstream media portray East Asian people in a more positive light rather than encourage hate towards them.

Margaret Cho All American Girl Asian American Actress Actor Comedian on TV Television JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubMargaret Cho. Role: lead character of TV sitcom, All American Girl, based on her stand-up routine.  The show, All American Girl, was initially feted as the first show prominently featuring an East Asian family, although the short lived sitcom Mr. T and Tina preceded it by nearly two decades. 1994.


Heroes on Heroes

Masi Oka Asian American Actor Got Milk Ad JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubMasi Oka. Role: Hiro Nakamura, a space-time manipulator.

James Kyson Lee Heroes Asian American Actors on TV Television JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubJames Kyson Lee. Role: Ando Masahashi.  Ando is a partner to his co-worker and friend Hiro Nakamura on various quests to save the world. He often has to overcome insecurities about being undervalued and being seen as a sidekick or liability due to his lack of special abilities in contrast to Hiro and other characters. At the end of the third volume, “Villains,” he acquires the ability to massively amplify the power of any posthuman he touches. Later, in the fourth volume, “Fugitives,” Ando has learned to channel this energy into concussive blasts, projecting the energy outward to knock back any targets.

Sendhil Ramamurthy Asian Americans TV Actors JadeLuckClub Sendhil Ramamurthy. Role: geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC drama Heroes.

George Takei Heroes TV Actor Asian American prominent JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubGeorge Takei. Role: Kaito Nakamura on the NBC television series HeroesKaito was the husband of Ishi Nakamura and the father of Hiro and Kimiko. In 1963, he met Angela Petrelli and joined her and her friends in their mission to find and protect other evolved humans, becoming one of The Company’s founders. Kaito was also a powerful businessman, serving as CEO of Yamagato Industries.

Reality TV

Jon Gosselin Reality TV show star Asian American JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club Jon Gosselin. Jon and Kate Plus 8.

Yul Kwon Asian American TV Show Reality Show Personalities JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubYul Kwon. Survivor: Cook Islands. He is currently hosting America Revealed on PBS as well as LinkAsia on LinkTV.

Tila Tequila Asian American TV personalities Reality TV show stars JadeLuckClubTila Tequila was the star of the two-season MTV show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.

Kelly Choi TV Host Asian American Television JadeLuckClubKelly Choi is the former host of Bravo TV‘s Top Chef  spin-off, Top Chef Masters, which premiered on June 10, 2009.

Padma Lakshmi Television Star asian American actress JadeLuckClubPadma Lakshmi  has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006.

The Pioneers

George Takei Sulu Star Trek Asian American Actors on TV series JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club George Takei. Role: Hikaru Suluhelmsman of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek.  Takei also played Kaito Nakamura on the NBC television series HeroesKaito was the husband of Ishi Nakamura and the father of Hiro and Kimiko. In 1963, he met Angela Petrelli and joined her and her friends in their mission to find and protect other evolved humans, becoming one of The Company’s founders. Kaito was also a powerful businessman, serving as CEO of Yamagato Industries.

Pat Morita Arnold Happy Days JadeLuckClub Asian American Actors on TV Television rolesNoriyuki “Pat” Morita. Role: Matsuo “Arnold” Takahashi on Happy Days. Morita depicted the owner of Arnold’s Drive-In for Season 3 (1975–1976). He stated that he obtained the moniker when he purchased Arnold’s restaurant and people thought it was named after him, explaining that it was too costly to buy enough letter signs needed to rename it “Takahashi”. He moonlighted as a martial arts instructor, teaching self-defence classes at the drive-in after hours. Morita also played “Arnold” as a guest star in 1977 and 1979 before returning as a recurring character after Al Molinaro departed in 1982. 1974-1984In 1976, Morita starred in the first American sitcom centered on a person of Asian descent, Mr. T and Tina and would go on to become widely known as the mentor to the main character, Mr. Miyagi, in The Karate Kid movies of the ’80s.

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    1. To Chris,

      Good call! Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), an English costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist and Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent.

      I didn’t include him because he didn’t come up for television roles. I thought he did mostly films and theatre? But I could be wrong … anyone know if he was on an TV shows as a recurring character? Thanks!

      1. Keanu is actually Canadian, and in regard to tv – he has done numerous guest roles but no recurring characters. He did however voice the character Ted in the animated Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures back in 1990.

  1. Here are some more. 🙂

    Garrett Wang in Star Trek Voyager:

    Linda Park in Star Trek Enterprise:

    Grace Park in Battlestar Galactica:

    Françoise Yip (famous for being in some movies, but also has been in the some TV series as well – she’s Canadian):

    Tamlyn Tomita (most famous for Karate Kid 2, but has also been in some TV shows):

    I think Steph Song is now a Canadian citizen, but not sure:

    Lauren Tom was 2 of the voices in “King of the Hill” on TV

    Rosalind Chao has been in several episodes in the Star Trek series

    Patti Yasutake was also in several episodes in the Star Trek series

    Hope that helps!


  2. Very useful post. It was very relavant. I was looking exaxtly for this. Thank you for your effort. I hope you will write more such useful posts.

  3. Ken Jeong (THE HANGOVER) was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of South Korean immigrants Young and D.K. Jeong, who was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina for 35 years.[3][4] Jeong was raised in Greensboro and attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award.[3]
    He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1990 and attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.[2] He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy.[5]

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      This is what I found on Kirk Acevedo: The American actor who stars as Miguel Alvarez on the series OZ, is of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent.

  4. Hi Cheryl,
    Yes, sorry! I can’t seem to find what percentage Chinese he is. The wording makes it sound like he’s 50% Puerto Rican and 50% Chinese but I don’t know for sure.

  5. Kristin Kreuk, also Canadian, from the show Smallville (Lana Lang) and now plays in Beauty and the Beast father is of Dutch descent and mother Chinese descent.

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  7. As a Pioneer, please add the impressive KEYE LUKE, “Keye Luke (Chinese: 陸錫麟, Cantonese: Luk Shek Lun; June 18, 1904 – January 12, 1991) was a Chinese-born American actor. He was known for playing Lee Chan, the “Number One Son” in the Charlie Chan films, the original Kato in the 1939-1941 Green Hornet film serials, and Master Po in the television series Kung Fu. He was the first Chinese-American contract player signed with RKO, Universal, and MGM and was one of the most prominent Asian actors of American cinema in the mid-twentieth century. ~ Wikipedia

  8. Ming-Na Wen
    Currently co-stars in Marvels’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Previous series include Eureka, SGU Stargate Universe, Two and a Half Men, Vanished, ER, The Single Guy as well as voice work in The Batman and Spawn TV Series. Ming-Na may has also been guest star on several TV shows, when between series. She was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother divorced her father when Ming-Na was a toddler and shortly after, moved the family to Hong Kong. There, her mother met a U.S. businessman and they soon married. At only four years of age, Ming-Na moved with her family to Queens, New York. Five years later, they moved to Pittsburgh. Ming-Na graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theatre and got first acting job in 1988 on the soap As the World Turns.

  9. Miyoshi Umeki
    As a FEMALE PIONEER — Miyoshi Umeki was born on May 8, 1929, in Otaru on the large northern island of Hokkaido (Japan). Her biggest claim to fame was as Mrs Livingston, the housekeeper and quiet pillar of strength to a widower and his young son, in the heart-tugging TV comedy The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1969). Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy and subservience in most of her prime film and stage roles, beguiling, tiny-framed Miyoshi Umeki was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. This docile and deceptive-looking talent with the cropped hair and heart-shaped face radiated charm and innocence so effortlessly, she managed to make history at the Academy Awards as the first Asian performer to receive an acting Oscar for her superb work in the tragic post-WWII film drama Sayonara (1957). Following her work in Sayonara, she made several guest appearances on TV shows until accepting the Role as Mrs Livingston. Following this renewed attention, Umeki went into a complete self-imposed retirement. She died on 28 August 2007, of cancer.

  10. Jack Soo
    A genial, laid back, slumber-eyed character player especially adept at the relaxed wisecrack or dry comment, Japanese-American actor Jack Soo was born in Oakland, California, in 1917, his real name being Goro Suzuki. In the post-WWII years, he entertained as a stand-up performer in nightclubs and had made a reasonable dent on the Midwest circuit by the time he earned his big break playing the club MC/comedian in the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit Broadway musical “Flower Drum Song” in 1958. Three years later, Soo was upgraded to the Sammy Wong character in the film version and decided to settle in Hollywood. Over the next decade, despite a typical lack of roles for Asian-Americans, he managed to find a niche for his hip, deadpan demeanor on TV and a few other films including Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963), the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), and John Wayne’s controversial pro-Vietnam War film The Green Berets (1968). Jack Soo may be best remembered for his smart-aleck Detective Sgt. Nick Yemana on Barney Miller (1974), one of the more popular sitcoms of the 1970s, alongside Hal Linden and Abe Vigoda. Sadly, he died of cancer during the show’s fifth season in 1979 at the height of his popularity. ~IMDB

  11. MAKO
    Mako’s lengthy career spanned almost 50 years in television, Recurring roles included Walker, Texas Ranger, Martial Law, Dexter’s Laboratory, Hawaiian Heat, Romance Theater, The Incredible Hulk, M*A*S*H, I Spy, McHale’s Navy and Ensign O’Toole. His most frequent recurring roles began in 2001 where he found steady voice work in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Duck Dodgers and Samurai Jack.

    Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency by Congress. Mako joined his parents in New York and studied architecture. He entered the U.S. Army in the early 1950s and acted in shows for military personnel, discovering a talent and love for the theatre. He abandoned his plans to become an architect and instead enrolled at the famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. Following his studies there, he appeared in many stage productions and on television. In 1966, he won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his first film role, as the coolie Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966). Only occasionally since have his roles reached the level of his talents, but he has worked steadily in feature films ever since. He appeared on Broadway in the leading role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures” and he co-founded and served as artistic director for the highly-acclaimed East-West Players theatre company in Los Angeles. After a long battle and illness from cancer, he passed away on the twenty first of July in 2006, at the age of 72. He was survived by his wife, Shizuko Hoshi, who co-starred in episodes of M*A*S*H (1972) as well, and his children and grand-children. ~ IMDB

    Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Janairo; January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, voice artist, and singer who obtained her first big break as a regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, Nani in Lilo & Stitch, its sequel films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Queen Tyr’ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and Sydney Fox in the syndicated television series Relic Hunter. She appeared as a contestant in the second season of Dancing with the Stars and the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

    Carrere, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the daughter of Filipino parents, Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker. Carrere is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino ancestry. ~ WIkipedia

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  16. Actually, Dustin Nguyen is a leading actor in “21 Jump Street.” That is the only show that I can think of about a Viet being a leading star.

  17. Bruce Lee was a supporting actor in “The Green Hornet.” How can people forget about him?? LOL He is THE most popular and famous actor of all time!!

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