Asian actors and actresses are currently ruling Hollywood. These actors and actresses break down barriers and succeed those who came before them.
Jackie Chan, Ken Jeong, Bruce Lee, and Lucy Liu Wong paved the way for these modern movie stars to shatter stereotypes about Asian actors and actresses.
To honor these acting greats from the old and new generations, here are 8 of Hollywood's most famous Asian actors and actresses.
Despite his recent advancement to leading man status, Henry Golding has been a part of the Hollywood system for some time. After aspiring to be a hairdresser, Golding's focus shifted to acting.
His first role was as a host for the Maylasian variety show The 8TV Quickie. This gig quickly led to Golding hosting Football Crazy, Welcome to Railroad Maylasia, and BBC favorite The Travel Show, which he is still involved with today.
His breakthrough came when he was cast in the international smash hit Crazy Rich Asians. Despite declining the role due to his lack of experience, Golding eventually relented and played the handsome Nick Young.
Because of the film's worldwide success, Golding became the latest heartthrob, and he was cast in the romantic comedy Last Christmas alongside Emilia Clarke. This was followed by a supporting role in Guy Ritchie's The Gentleman and the lead in Snake-Eyes.
With several more films set to be released in the coming years, Golding's name will be one you hear a lot about in the future.
Nobody does action better than Jackie Chan. The former stuntman is well-known for his dedication to performing daring stunts that elevate his movies to the next level. The Chinese star from Hong Kong helped define Asian kung fu films in the 1970s and 1980s.
He has appeared in over 150 films and sustained some serious injuries along the way. He broke into the mainstream with the cult classic Rumble in the Bronx, which led to him co-starring in the smash hit Rush Hour with Chris Tucker.
Chan had finally established himself as a global box office star after two sequels and a slew of American films.
In addition to his prolific film career, Chan is a well-known singer who has released numerous albums in his native language that have reached the top of the charts. He is also a notable philanthropist, though his politics are dubious, as Chan has turned pro-Communist.
Here is another Asian actor who has made a significant impact. Bruce Lee was more than just an Asian American actor who appeared in some of his generation's most popular martial arts films.
He is regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern martial arts and one of the primary reasons for bridging the East-West divide and changing the way Americans perceived Asian films. Enter the Dragon is also regarded as one of the best martial arts films of the last 50 years.
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim, born in South Korea, has had a successful career in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Kim, a Tae Kwon Do expert, began her career with minor roles in various TV shows before landing the role of Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost.
This boosted his star, and Kim quickly became a TV mainstay after Lost ended. He appeared in The Good Doctor, The Hot Zone: Anthrax, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and seven seasons of the Hawaii Five-0 reboot.
One of People Magazine's ‘Sexiest Men Alive' in 2005, he has carved out an intriguing career set to last another three decades.
James Hong has seen and done it all in the entertainment industry throughout his 70-year career. Despite being in his 90s, the actor, director, and producer has over 450 film and television credits to his name and continues to act.
He rose to prominence after appearing in the detective series The New Adventures of Charlie Chan. Hong then appeared on major television shows such as Hawai Five-O, Perry Mason, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
He also appeared in films such as Chinatown, Big Trouble in Little China, and Blade Runner. His voice-over work has been praised, and in 2022 he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We believe it is well deserved.
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang, unlike many others on this list, began his career in comedy. Yang quickly realized that after graduating with a degree in economics and landing a job at a financial consulting firm, this was not what he wanted to do with his life.
Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his comedy dreams, he sold used cars and DJed at a strip club. Before landing his first acting role on 2 Broke Girls, he worked as a stand-up comedian.
Before Yang was cast in Silicon Valley, he appeared in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Criminal Minds. That role allowed him to appear in films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Fantasy Island, and Love Hard, as well as his own Amazon Prime Video comedy special, Good Deal.
It's still difficult to believe Leslie Chow from The Hangover was once a doctor. Kim Jeong spent many years as a licensed physician in California before turning to his true love, acting. Knocked Up, a Judd Apatow comedy, was his first film role.
Jeong left medicine in 2006 to pursue a career as an actor full-time. He was cast in The Hangover after receiving critical acclaim for his small but hilarious performance. As they say, the rest is history.
Along with the two sequels to The Hangover, some of Jeong's most notable roles include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Killing Hasselhoff, and his role as Ben Chang in the hit sitcom Community. Jeong, currently the host of The Masked Singer, has a successful career and is proof that you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough.
Many people will remember John Cho as MILG Guy #2 in the American Pie franchise. However, the South Korean actor's diverse filmography is filled with dramatic turns and intriguing roles.
He appeared in the crime thriller Better Luck Tomorrow and the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar. Go To White Castle, the Star Trek reboot, and the remake of the action film Total Recall are all in the works. He was also praised for his performance in the live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop.
Cho's proudest moment occurred in 2014 when he was cast as the lead in the sitcom Selfie. While the show was not a huge success, it was the first time an Asian actor played the romantic information, which is quite remarkable given our lives.
Cho is still fighting for Asian actors' and actresses' rights and will next be seen in the coming-of-age drama. Don't Make Me Go.