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Ken Jeong

American stand-up comedian, actor and physician

In this Korean name, the family name is Jeong.

Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong (Korean: 정강조; Hanja: 鄭康祖, born July 13, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, writer, television personality and licensed physician.[1][2] He has appeared in the films Knocked Up (2007), Role Models (2008), Furry Vengeance (2010), Ride Along 2 (2016), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), and Tom and Jerry (2021).[3] Jeong is best known for portraying Leslie Chow in The Hangover film series (2009–2013) and Ben Chang in NBC'sCommunity (2009–2015) and was the lead in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken (2015–2017). He was also the creator, writer, and executive producer of Dr. Ken.

Jeong is still a licensed physician in California[4] but has since stopped practicing in favor of his acting career.[5] He currently appears as a panelist on the American version of the singing competition show The Masked Singer and appeared on the first series of the British version. He also serves as the host of I Can See Your Voice.

Early life and education[edit]

Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, to South Korean immigrant parents, D.K. and Young Jeong. His father D.K. received his PhD in economics from Wayne State University.[3][6] Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina.[8] D.K. Jeong was a professor of economics at North Carolina A&T State University.[3]

Jeong attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he participated in the regional quiz bowl, was elected to student council and played violin in the school orchestra. He graduated in 1986 at the age of 16, and later went on to receive Greensboro's Youth of the Year award for his achievements.[3]

Jeong began pursuing acting while a sophomore at Duke University.[9] He briefly considered majoring in drama while still continuing his pre-med coursework.[3] He graduated from Duke in 1990 and obtained his M.D. at the UNC School of Medicine in 1995.[4][10] The summer before medical school, he took theater classes at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[3]

Career[edit]

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Jeong's background in theater and improv started while he was still a medical student in North Carolina. He was a regular at open mic nights in the Raleigh-Durham circuit, performing at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh and Tootie's Durham Comedy Club. He also emceed The Comedy Spot programming series on Duke University campus 1992 and 1993 (produced by his friend Kendrick Jahng) opening for Margaret Cho, Jeff Dunham, and others.[citation needed]

Jeong completed his residency in internal medicine at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.[11]

Jeong won the Big Easy Laff-Off in 1995 while still in residency. NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges and they both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles.[3][12]

1999–2007: Physician/comedian[edit]

Jeong moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and practiced medicine for several years as a physician of internal medicine at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills.[9] He began performing regularly at The Improv and Laugh Factorycomedy clubs. His stand-up work has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, FOX's MADtv, HBO's Entourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 2002, Jeong landed a spot on Comedy Central's Comic Groove.[9] Jeong was also on Kims of Comedy.[citation needed]

He made his film debut in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni, which proved to be his breakout performance. From that point forward he was able to transition from medicine into a full-time career in the entertainment industry. Jeong gave up the practice in 2006 in favor of his acting career; however, he maintains his medical license and has assisted with medical emergencies during performances and on-set.[4][9]

2006–present: Full-time entertainer[edit]

Early in Jeong's career, he studied with director Natalia Lazarus at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory where she coached him for his film debut in Knocked Up. Lazarus coached Jeong from 2006 - 2012 for all of his film and television roles through The Hangover Part II.

Subsequently, he has appeared in Step Brothers; Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron; All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.

Jeong played Señor Chang on the NBC sitcom Community and was nominated for the show's "Male Breakout Star" at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He was nominated for two 2010 MTV Movie Awards, winning the award for Best WTF Moment and for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for The Hangover. In fall 2010, Adidas basketball began a wide-ranging marketing campaign in which he starred as "Slim Chin", alongside NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. On May 22, 2011, he hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on ABC[13] and was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign from the American Heart Association on June 15, 2011.[14]

In 2012, it was reported that Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a leading role in the Jeong's buddy comedy After Prom. Jeong, in turn, will star in Foxx's sports comedy All-Star Weekend.[15] He also started as the voice of Dr Yap in the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers.

Jeong won a Streamy Award for "Best Guest Appearance" for Burning Love.[16]

In 2013, he appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational speaker.[17] Later that year, he returned in a significantly expanded role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover Part III.[18] He voiced Kim Ly in the animated film Turbo (2013). In 2015, Jeong starred, wrote, and executive produced the pilot of his new ABC medical comedy, Dr. Ken, as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage, and parenting, but succeeding at none of them. On May 7, 2015, the series was ordered by ABC to debut in the 2015–16 TV season starring Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Jonathan Slavin.[19][20][21] The series premiered on October 2, 2015.[22]

In August 2018, Fox cast Jeong as a celebrity panelist on its upcoming music competition series The Masked Singer, based on the South Korean series King of Mask Singer.[23] Additionally, Jeong appeared as a panelist on the first series of the British adaptation of the show. In January 2019, Jeong made a guest appearance on King of Mask Singer, performing "Creep" by Radiohead as the Golden Pig.[24]

Jeong's first comedy special, You Complete Me, Ho, was released in 2019 on Netflix.[25]

Jeong was awarded the Visionary Award by East West Players, the oldest Asian Pacific American theatre company in the United States,[26][27] for helping to raise "the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through [his] craft."[28]

In February 2020, Fox named Jeong as host and co-executive producer of its upcoming music game show I Can See Your Voice, also based on a South Korean format.[29]

In March 2020, Jeong started a podcast with fellow Community actor Joel McHale, The Darkest Timeline with Ken Jeong & Joel McHale, as a response to the social isolation brought on by COVID-19 pandemic.[30]

In July 2021, Jeong appeared with Joel McHale as a guest judge on Crime Scene Kitchen.[31] Also in 2021, Jeong provided the voice of Sprout Cloverleaf, the antagonist of the Netflix animated film My Little Pony: A New Generation.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, is Vietnamese American, a family physician, and a breast cancer survivor.[33][34][35] They have twin daughters named Zooey and Alexa (born 2007).[33] Jeong and his family reside in Calabasas, California.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Main article: Ken Jeong filmography

References[edit]

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  2. ^Barshad, Amos (May 23, 2011). "The Surprisingly Earnest Ken Jeong on the Secret Messages of The Hangover". Vulture.com. Nymag. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
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  4. ^ abc"Medical Board of California – Licensing details for A 65869". dca.can.gov.
  5. ^Yorio, Nicole. "A Side of Community's Ken Jeong You Haven't Seen". Redbook.
  6. ^Lee, Chris (June 10, 2009). "Doctor provides best medicine". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  7. ^Williams, Jessica (May 10, 2019). "Ken Jeong inspires at UNC-G commencement". The Times News. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  8. ^ abcdJeong, Ken (August 27, 2015). "Ken Jeong: How to Ditch Medicine for a Career in Comedy and Diagnose Castmates". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  9. ^Dodson, Aaron (March 31, 2017). "Ken Jeong has degrees from both UNC and Duke — but where does his loyalty lie?". The Undefeated. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  10. ^Guillermo, Emil (December 2, 2009). "Dr. Ken Jeong". Justforlaughs. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  11. ^"'Hangover' actor saw his career start in New Orleans -- at Ochsner". NOLA.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  12. ^"Far*East Movement will perform at Ken Jeong-hosted Billboard Music Awards". Asia Pacific Arts. May 12, 2011. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  13. ^"Ken Jeong AHA Hands-Only CPR video". June 15, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  14. ^Zeitchik, Steven (October 10, 2012). "Jamie Foxx and Ken Jeong agree to trade movies". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  15. ^"Nominations Are Announced For 3rd Annual Streamy Awards". The Streamy Awards. December 17, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  16. ^Kit, Borys (April 5, 2012). "'Community' Star Ken Jeong Joins Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  17. ^Siegel, Tatiana; Belloni, Matthew (July 12, 2012). "Ken Jeong Signs on for Expanded Role in 'Hangover: Part III' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  18. ^"ABC Orders Ken Jeong's Comedy 'Dr. Ken' to Series". May 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  19. ^"Medical Comedy Starring 'Community's' Ken Jeong Scores ABC Pilot Order". The Hollywood Reporter. February 10, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  20. ^"Dr. Ken Series Premiere Date Announced". ABC Go. June 10, 2015. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  21. ^Tribune Content Agency, Luaine Lee (October 1, 2015). "Ken Jeong was a doctor, and now he plays one on TV". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  22. ^Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (August 2, 2018). "Fox Orders 'The Masked Singer' Celebrity Competition Series With Nick Cannon To Host – Watch The Trailer". Deadline. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  23. ^"WATCH: Hollywood star Ken Jeong surprises on Korean tv show 'King of Masked Singer'". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  24. ^"In His Return To Stand-Up, Ken Jeong Tells His Wife: 'You Complete Me'". NPR. February 14, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  25. ^"Behind the Curtains: The Evolution and Impact of Asian Americans in Theatre | US-China Institute". china.usc.edu. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  26. ^Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 3, 2019). "East West Players Unveils 54th Season Featuring BD Wong-Directed 'The Great Leap', Jiehae Park's 'Hannah And The Dread Gazebo'". Deadline. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  27. ^Wood, Ximón. "East West Players' 51st Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction Honors Randall Park and Ken Jeong on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Hilton Universal City". East West Players. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  28. ^Schneider, Michael (February 6, 2020). "Fox to Adapt South Korean Game Show I Can See Your Voice, Hosted by Ken Jeong". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  29. ^Darwish, Meaghan (May 18, 2020). "Joel McHale on 'Community' Movie Chances, 'The Darkest Timeline' Podcast & Reunion Table Read". TV Insider. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  30. ^"'Crime Scene Kitchen': Guest Judge Ken Jeong Steals Joel McHale's Thunder (Exclusive Video)". TheWrap. July 14, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  31. ^D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 30, 2021). "Netflix's Animated 'My Little Pony' Movie Gets A Title And A Release Date; Voice Cast Revealed – Update". Deadline. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  32. ^ abJeong, Ken (May 7, 2011). "For My Wife, in Celebration of Mother's Day". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  33. ^Deerwester, Jayme (September 3, 2009). "Ken Jeong transitions from doctor to in-demand jokester". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  34. ^Margarita (June 7, 2010). "Dr. Ken Jeong Thanks Wife Dr. Tran Ho During MTV Movie Awards". Vitals. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  35. ^"Comedian Ken Jeong buys an upgraded home in Calabasas for $3.95 million". Los Angeles Times. October 19, 2016.

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Jet Li

Do not let the limitations of Hollywood action films like “War” (with Jason Statham) or “Romeo Must Die” (with Aaliyah) fool you about the actor Jet Li. Jet Li is a very popular actor in Chinese martial arts films, as a perfect example see “Hero”. He plays the main character, a nameless assassin in ancient China. He gives a very compelling performance, especially in some intense interactions with the other main characters, most notably the emperor, whom he has planned to assassinate. The depth of the character he plays here is a great place to get you started on his work in Chinese films.

 

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Ge You

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Anthony Wong

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Zhang Ziyi

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Andy Lau

If mega-pop star turned actor is your thing, then you should definitely get to know Andy Lau. He has probably the most successful career in Cantopop history and has appeared in what seems like dozens of Hong Kong gangster films; and this is for a good reason, he is a very entertaining actor. But you should really try to see him in a unique Mandarin speaking film, “A World Without Thieves”. He plays a thief traveling aboard a long distance train in China who is thinking about retiring with his girlfriend (and ‘business’ partner). However, a chance for one more score and a showdown with a gang of professional thieves change things dramatically for him.

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Tony Leung

Tony Leung mostly performs in Cantonese speaking films and like many Hong Kong actors, is also a successful Cantopop star. He has also appeared in several popular Mandarin films. One of them is the epic “Red Cliff” which tells the story of a battle that marked a dynastic turning point in ancient China. If you like epics, this is a great one, the original is over four hours long. He plays the main character trying to defend the kingdoms of warlords from the imperial army. He gives an skilled and compelling performance, right in the middle of plenty of plotting, alliances, deceptions, and strategies.

 

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Gong Li

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    Ki Hong Lee

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    Jimmy O. Yang (born June 11, 1987) is a Hong Kong-American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. He is best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.O. Yang made his...  more

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    BD Wong

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    This list contains information about the best Asian comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best Asian comedians come in many forms. Some famous Asian comedians joke about their heritage while other Asian comedians generate laughs from social issues. A few hilarious Asian comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

    Who will you find on this top Asian comedians list? Margaret Cho has to be near the top. Cho typically integrates politics into her stand-up routines, and she made TV history with her show, All-American Girl, which featured an East Asian family. She has also released several books including I Have Chosen to Stayand Fight and I'm the One That I Want. Aziz Ansari is another hilarious comedian with Asian roots.

    Steve Byrne often jokes about his Asian/Irish upbringing in his stand-up routines. Other funny comics featured on this top Asian comedians list include Hasan Minhaj, Bobby Lee, and Ali Wong.

    How will we ever determine which Asian comedian deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up voting others down accordingly.

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    Ken Jeong is a Korean-American actor, comedian and physician, best known for his role as the comedic gangster Leslie Chow in 'The Hangover' film franchise.

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    Ken Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 13, 1969, to South Korean immigrants. After completing undergraduate work at Duke and getting a medical degree at the University of North Carolina, he pursued his interest in comedy while completing his residency in internal medicine in New Orleans. He scored his breakout film role in the 2009 smash The Hangover, and became a regular on the NBC hit Community before landing his own show, Dr. Ken.

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    Ken Jeong was born Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong in Detroit, Michigan, on July 13, 1969. Jeong grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his father, D.K. Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Jeong later told USA Today that he inherited his sense of humor from his father.

    Jeong was involved in student council and played in the orchestra at Walter Hines Page High School, graduating from the school at age 16. He grew up loving comedy, especially comedians Bill Cosby and Jim Carrey, but at his parents’ urging, he pursued the stable career of medicine. He completed his pre-med studies at Duke University in 1990 and obtained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.

    Medicine to Comedy

    While training for his residency in internal medicine at Oshsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Jeong moonlighted, pursuing his love of theater and comedy. In New Orleans, he won the "Big Easy Laff-Off," judged by late NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv comedy club founder Budd Friedman, both of whom encouraged Jeong to move to Los Angeles to pursue his entertainment dreams.

    While working as a practicing physician, seeing patients for seven years at Kaiser Permanente, Jeong performed at Los Angeles' famed Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. His side gigs gave him the experience he needed to secure higher-profile entertainment jobs, and he soon appeared on ABC’s The View and earned the title "The Funniest Doctor in America."

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    Early TV and Film Roles

    Several television appearances followed, including on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), HBO’s Entourage (2004), NBC’s The Office (2005) and ABC’s Boston Legal. Jeong’s feature film debut, as a wisecracking doctor in Judd Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up, opened more doors for the rising star. 

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    Along with his featured roles on television, Jeong made appearances on shows like Hot in Cleveland and Fresh Off the Boat and contributed his voice to animated fare like BoJack Horseman. On the big screen, he landed roles in Ride Along 2 (2016) and the hit rom-com Crazy Rich Asians (2018).

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    Jeong’s Vietnamese-American wife, Tran Ho, also a doctor, practices family medicine. The couple has twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey. Because Tran Ho was struggling with a rare form of breast cancer when her husband was offered his role in The Hangover, Jeong almost turned down the part.

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    Jimmy O. Yang

    Hong Kong-American actor and comedian

    In this Chinese name, the family name is Au-yeung.

    Jimmy O. Yang (Chinese: 歐陽萬成; born June 11, 1987) is a Hong Kong-American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.[1][2]

    Early life and education[edit]

    Yang was born Au-yeung Man-Sing in Hong Kong during British rule. His parents were both originally from Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong.[3] In 2000, when Yang was thirteen years old, his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California.[4][5][6][7] His aunt and grandmother were already living in the United States and his parents joined them primarily to allow Yang and his brother, Roy, access to better schools and education.[5] When he arrived, he enrolled at John Burroughs Middle School for the eighth grade.[7] He later attended Beverly Hills High School.[6]

    Yang graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in economics in 2009.[5] The commencement speaker at his college graduation was his future Silicon Valleyshowrunner and fellow UCSD alumnus Mike Judge.[7]

    Career[edit]

    Yang did his first stand-up set at 21 years old as "Lowball Jim" at the Ha Ha Comedy Club in North Hollywood, Los Angeles.[7]

    After graduation, Yang interned at the financial consulting firm Smith Barney in Beverly Hills, California, but he found it unfulfilling and turned down their return offer.[6][7] Instead, he returned to San Diego to finish his graduation requirements. He stayed in the city afterward, where he sold used cars, DJ'ed at a strip club, and seated customers at a comedy club to support himself financially while doing stand-up sets for free at The Comedy Palace.[7] There, he met his mentor, Sean Kelly, a stand-up comedian who ran the venue and later went on to create the reality show Storage Hunters.[8][7]

    When he moved back to Los Angeles, he signed up for Central Casting, due to their low barrier of entry, and various casting websites. He was spurred to consider acting when a friend told him that there was money to be made in residual checks from commercials. In the interim, he did stand-up sets around Southern California and signed up for acting classes. Yang eventually found acting representation through Vesta Talent Agency.[7]

    Yang made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls in 2012 and his first late night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 2014.[7] In season 9 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he played the character Tang-See. Yang also appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds as Nathan Chow, a high-school student who suffered a psychotic break. He was once a writer/consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters,[9] and voiced roles in the video game Infamous Second Son.[10]

    Yang initially began as a guest star on Silicon Valley making scale, then $900 per episode. He appeared in three episodes and spent the money on a Prius so he could drive for Uber to earn money between the first and second season of the show. For the second season, he was promoted to series regular.[11] Prior to the announcement, he had landed a series regular role on the Yahoo! Screen original television show Sin City Saints, but turned down the opportunity because it would have required him to quit Silicon Valley.[7] The series ran from 2014 to 2019.

    Yang's first dramatic role was as Dun "Danny" Meng, a Chinese immigrant who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers in the 2016 action drama Patriots Day.[12]

    In 2018, he played Bernard Tai in the romantic comedy film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu.[13]

    On September 26, 2019, it was announced that Yang was cast as Dr. Chan Kaifang in the Netflix comedy series Space Force.[14]

    In 2020, he starred opposite Ryan Hansen in two films, Like a Boss and Fantasy Island, released a month apart. In the former film, their characters were business partners, and in the latter, they were step-siblings who were strongly fond of each other.

    His comedy special Good Deal was released on Amazon Prime Video on May 8, 2020.[15] He stars opposite Nina Dobrev in Netflix's Love Hard, his first romantic film.[16]

    How to American[edit]

    Yang is also the author of How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, a book in which "he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents."[17] Mike Judge wrote the book's foreword.[18]

    Yang has also continued stand-up comedy, in 2018 going on a tour titled after the book.[19]

    Personal life[edit]

    Along with English, Yang speaks Shanghainese, Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese.[7] His parents emigrated from Shanghai, China to Hong Kong.[7]

    Yang's father, Richard Ouyang, later signed with the same talent agency as his son and he has since appeared in several films, including playing his son's character's father in Patriots Day.[6]

    Yang became an American citizen in 2015.[7]

    Filmography[edit]

    Television[edit]

    Film[edit]

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    References[edit]

    1. ^"'Silicon Valley' Promotes Jimmy O. Yang to Series Regular (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
    2. ^"Talking With Jian Yang, The Greatest Prank Caller In 'Silicon Valley'". UPROXX. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
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    7. ^ abcdefghijklmYang, Jimmy O. (2018-03-13). How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents. Hachette Books. ISBN .
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    14. ^Porter, Rick (September 26, 2019). "John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz Join Steve Carell in Netflix's 'Space Force'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
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    16. ^"'Love Hard': Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Charles Melton Star in Netflix's Dating App Romantic-Comedy". /Film. 2020-08-14. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
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    18. ^"Jimmy O. Yang talks Silicon Valley, Mike Judge and his book". CNET. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
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    21. ^https://twitter.com/FunnyAsianDude/status/1086428704689946624[dead link]

    External links[edit]

    Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_O._Yang


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