Asians

by morales_gus | created - 28 Dec 2016 | updated - 03 Jan 2017 | Public

1. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

Hong Kong

2. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

Hong Kong

3. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

Taiwan

4. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Japan

5. Ang Lee

Director | Wo hu cang long

Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ...

Taiwan

6. Nora Miao

Actress | Meng long guo jiang

Nora Miao was born on February 8, 1952 in Hong Kong, China. She is an actress and production manager, known for The Way of the Dragon (1972), Dong feng po (2010) and The Big Boss (1971).

Hong Kong

7. Akira Toriyama

Writer | Dragonball Evolution

Has a son, Sasuke (born April 1987) & a girl (October 1990).

Japan

8. Bolo Yeung

Actor | Bloodsport

Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular ...

China

9. Anita Mui

Actress | Yan zhi kou

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...

Hong Kong

10. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

China

11. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

Malaysia

12. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Robin Shou is the fourth child of a Shanghai tailor and homemaker. His family moved to the US in 1971. Their first home in Los Angeles was a 2 bedroom apartment near Olympic and Vermont, today known as Koreatown.

Shou didn't start attending martial arts classes until he was 19. He took Kenpo (Karate...

Hong Kong, moved to USA at 11 years old

13. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

China

14. Tony Jaa

Actor | Ong-bak 3

Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts at the local ...

Thailand

15. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

Hong Kong

16. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

Hong Kong

17. Yoko Ono

Actress | Isle of Dogs

Yoko Ono was born on Saturday, February 18th, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, Eisuke Ono, was the descendant of a 9th Century Emperor of Japan. Her mother, Isoko Yasuda Ono, was the granddaughter of Zenijiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Bank. Yoko was two years old when ...

Japan

18. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

Hong Kong

19. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

China

20. Rain

Actor | Ssa-i-bo-geu-ji-man-gwen-chan-a

Rain was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 25, 1982 with the birth name Jung Jihoon. He was extremely shy in elementary school, stating in interviews that he barely spoke a word. He caught the desire to become a dancer when, at a school talent show in sixth grade, no one from his school stepped ...

South Korea

21. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Chungking Express (1994), Police Story (1985) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

Taiwan

22. Jay Chou

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

Jay Chou is a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and director. He was born in Taipei to schoolteachers, Yeh Hui-Mei, who taught fine arts, and Chou Yao-Chung, a biomedical researcher. In 2000, Chou released his first album, titled Jay (2000), under the record ...

Taiwan

23. Jenna Ushkowitz

Actress | Glee

Jenna Ushkowitz was born on April 28, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea as Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Yellow Fever (2017) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009).

South Korea, moved to USA at 3 months old when adopted

24. Collin Chou

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Collin Chou was born on August 11, 1967 in Taiwan as Hsiao-Lung Chou. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and The Forbidden Kingdom (2008). He has been married to Wanda Yung since December 10, 1997. They have two children.

Taiwan

25. Ming-Na Wen

Actress | Mulan

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...

Macau

26. Bill Tung

Actor | Hung fan kui

Originally Hong Kong's best known horseracing commentator. Two roles in mid-80s Hong Kong movies landed him many subsequent opportunities playing essentially the same two characters in many other films. #1 Uncle Bill (as in Jackie Chan's bumbling yet wisecracking police chief from Police Story) - ...

Hong Kong

27. Bai Ling

Actress | Red Corner

Bai Ling is recognized for unbridled freedom and creativity, Bai Ling has become undoubtedly one of the world's most diverse and captivating actresses! Born in the city of Cheng Du in southern China, Bai Ling began her career at age of 14. She enlisted In the Chinese People's Liberation Army, where...

China

28. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

South Korea

29. Yun Lin

Actress | Mei ren yu

Yun Lin was born on April 16, 1996 in Huzhou, Zhejiang, China as Fei Xia. She is an actress, known for The Mermaid (2016), Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) and Genghis Khan (2018).

China

30. Nicholas Tse

Actor | Shi yue wei cheng

Nicholas was born in Hong Kong, China. He attended school in Vancouver, Canada. He also attended school for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Hong Kong with his parents Patrick Yin Tse and Deborah Dik, and his sister, Jennifer (Ting Ting). Nicholas started his singing career ...

31. JeeJa Yanin

Actress | Chocolate

Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some ...

Thailand

32. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

33. Sammi Cheng

Actress | Mou gaan dou

Sammi Cheng was born on August 19, 1972 in Hong Kong as Cheng Sau Man. She is an actress, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), Love on a Diet (2001) and My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002). She is married to Andy Chi-On Hui.

34. Takeshi Kaneshiro

Actor | Shi mian mai fu

The 1/2 Taiwanese and 1/2 Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro may have started out as a puerile teen idol in the Chinese entertainment scene, but he's since become a proper film star in his own right. Whether by his own design or not, the boyishness that marked his first steps into showbiz has evolved into ...

35. Wei Zhao

Actress | Chi bi

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was...

36. Cung Le

Actor | Pandorum

Cung Le made his first appearance on the professional M.M.A. stage in 2006, and shortly after won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in 2008, setting high standards through his powerful kicks, skillful strikes, and well-timed take-downs. This U.S.-Viet Namese champion, actor, producer and ...

37. Kelly Chen

Actress | Mou gaan dou

Went to primary school in Hong Kong, High school in Japan. Graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York, specialized in Graphic Design. Speaks Cantonese Mandarin Japanese and English. Has and elder sister and a younger brother, singer Victor Chen Si Hon.

38. Jon Foo

Actor | Tekken

Jon Foo was born October 30th, 1982 in London England. He is known for his roles in The Protector (2005) Tekken (2010) WEAPONiZED (2016) and Rush Hour (2016) . He studied Art and Design, excelled in sports and took up a career in Film, with his main body of work existing in London, Thailand, Hong ...

39. Charlie Yeung

Actress | Do lok tin si

Charlie Yeung was first cast to star in a jewelry commercial with pop idol Aaron Kwok in 1993, and thus began her versatile career. Within a year, she appeared in various movies including acclaimed director Kar-Wai Wong's Ashes of Time, and released her first album which won her The Most Promising ...

40. Byeong-ok Kim

Actor | Oldeuboi

Byeong-ok Kim was born on October 11, 1960 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005) and No Mercy for the Rude (2006).

41. Jonathan Ke Quan

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Jonathan Ke Quan was born on August 20, 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam as Ke Huy-Quan. He is known for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Goonies (1985) and X-Men (2000).

42. Thuy Trang

Actress | The Crow: City of Angels

Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to America to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind.

In 1979, Thuy and her ...

43. Ken Leung

Actor | The Sopranos

Ken Leung was raised in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side in New York City. His family moved to Midwood, Brooklyn where he grew up before finishing high school in Old Bridge, New Jersey. He attended NYU and studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, then briefly with Anne ...

44. Seung-shin Lee

Actress | Oldeuboi

Seung-shin Lee was born on October 22, 1969 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005) and Addicted (2002).

45. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His...

46. Yûko Daike

Actress | Zatôichi

Yûko Daike was born on August 9, 1971 in Kôchi, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Fireworks (1997) and Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000).

47. Jun Kunimura

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Jun Kunimura was born on November 16, 1955 in Kumamoto, Japan. He is an actor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The Wailing (2016) and Ichi the Killer (2001).

48. Yifei Liu

Actress | The Forbidden Kingdom

Liu Yifei Born in Wuhan, Hubei province of China 1987 August 25th, She began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano. Moving to the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there for four years. She returned to China in June 2002 to pursue a modeling and ...

49. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

50. Cecilia Cheung

Actress | Mong bat liu

Cecilia Cheung (Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi) was born in Hong Kong to a Cantonese father and a half Cantonese-half British mother. Her parents divorced when she was little after which she was sent to Australia for studies. She graduated from RMIT Holmes College.

Her career began in 1998, when she was ...

51. Chia-Hui Liu

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Chia-Hui Liu was born on August 22, 1951 in Guangdong, China as Jin-Hsi Shin. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978).

52. Bingbing Fan

Actress | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bingbing Fan was born 16 September 1981. She is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.

Fan rose to fame in Asia in 1998-1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, winning a Hundred...

53. Tzi Ma

Actor | Arrival

Tzi Ma was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States at a young age. Together with his parents and four of his siblings, he worked in a family-owned restaurant on Staten Island, New York, where he still has his elementary school friends he's in touch with. One of the most prolific and ...

54. Qing Xu

Actress | Looper

Summer Qing is a native of Beijing, and graduated from Beijing Film Academy's renowned performing division. She made an attention-grabbing film debut as the female lead in Kaige Chen's 1990 Cannes Film Festival-competing Life on a String (1991) (Life on a String), about a pair of blind musicians in...

55. Brian Tee

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Brian Tee can be seen as a series regular on the hit NBC television drama "Chicago Med," produced by Dick Wolf. Tee plays "Dr. Ethan Choi," the sexy doctor on rotation who found his calling in medicine while serving in the Navy. He is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who suffers from his own trauma ...

56. Doona Bae

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take Care of My ...

57. Byung-Hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

58. Hye-jeong Kang

Actress | Oldeuboi

Hye-jeong Kang was born on January 4, 1982 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for Oldboy (2003), Hoodwinked! (2005) and The Butterfly (2001). She has been married to Tablo (Lee Seon-Woong) since October 26, 2009. They have one child.

59. John Cho

Actor | Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where his father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied English Literature. ...

60. Chiaki Kuriyama

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Chiaki Kuriyama was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shojo (Girl of Myth) and Shojokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shojo became a best-seller but...

61. Steven Yeun

Actor | Okja

Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to June and Je Yeun. His family first immigrated to Canada and stayed there for one year, and then moved to the U.S. He has a brother named Brian. He began acting while at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, where he studied Psychology as a major (BS in ...

62. Vivian Wu

Actress | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Vivian Wu was born in Shanghai, China, in 1966 as Wu Jun Mei. She started acting at age 15 with the Shanghai Film Studio, and then later studied Travel Industry Management at Hawaii's Pacific University. After that she played 'Wen Hsiu' in the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987) directed by ...

63. Ji-tae Yu

Actor | Oldeuboi

Ji-tae Yu was born on April 13, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and director, known for Oldboy (2003), Ditto (2000) and Mai Ratima (2012).

64. Ryôko Hirosue

Actress | Okuribito

Kochi on the island of Shikoku was bombed from the air and razed to the ground by the USA during 1945, but Kochi castle still stands as a historical point of interest. More recently the city has acted as the birth place of short-haired tomboyish singer and actress Hirosue Ryoko. She signed up for ...

65. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

66. Isuzu Yamada

Actress | Kumonosu-jô

Isuzu Yamada was born on February 5, 1917 in Osaka, Japan as Mitsu Yamada. She was an actress, known for Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961) and Flowing (1956). She was married to Tsutomu Shimomoto, Yoshi Katô, Takita, Kazuo, Ichirô Tsukida and Teinosuke Kinugasa. She died on July 9, 2012 in ...

67. Tatsuya Nakadai

Actor | Kagemusha

Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi encountered him and cast him in The Thick-Walled Room (1956). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in...

68. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded ...

69. Minoru Chiaki

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor equally adept at comic or seriously unsavory roles. Chiaki graduated from the University of Chuo with degrees in economics and commerce, but almost immediately found that his interest lay more with the theatre. In 1937, he began to study with the Shin-Tsukiji Gekidan ("The ...

70. John Woo

Director | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

71. Justin Lin

Producer | Furious 6

Justin Lin is a Taiwanese-American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True ...

72. The Dalai Lama

Tao of Peace

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama (born Lhamo Döndrub, also known by his religious name, Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso), is Tibet's head of state as well as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was recognized at age 2 as the reincarnation...

73. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

74. Psy

Soundtrack | Black Panther

Psy is a South Korean pop singer and International satirical pop performer whose hit single, "Gangnam Style," won the 2012 Best Video MTV Europe Award and became a viral video on YouTube. He is also a songwriter, record producer and rapper.

He was born on December 31, 1977 in Seoul, South Korea as ...

75. Sung Hi Lee

Actress | The Girl Next Door

Sung Hi Lee was born on April 1, 1970 in Eunpyong-Gu (Gija-Chon), a borough of Seoul, South Korea. She moved to the United States in 1978 and spent a large part of her childhood moving around from city to city. Sung Lee was a studious child and teenager spending more time at the library than at ...

76. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Lost

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

77. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

78. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

79. Tamlyn Tomita

Actress | The Day After Tomorrow

Tamlyn Tomita was born on January 27, 1966 in Okinawa, Japan as Tamlyn Naomi Tomita. She is an actress, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Eye (2008) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986).

80. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

81. Joan Chen

Actress | Judge Dredd

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

82. Biao Yuen

Actor | Bai ga jai

Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as ...

83. Sonoya Mizuno

Actress | Ex Machina

Sonoya Mizuno was born on July 1, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ex Machina (2014), La La Land (2016) and Maniac (2018).

84. Simon Yam

Actor | Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Simon Yam was born 19 March, 1955, also known as Yam Tat-wah, is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television ...

85. Lana Condor

Actress | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress. She made her film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), portraying Jubilation Lee / Jubilee. Condor was born on May 11, 1997 in Can Tho, Vietnam and was adopted by her American parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and journalist Robert Condor, as an ...

86. Masi Oka

Actor | Heroes

Masayori "Masi" Oka is a Japanese American actor, producer and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role on NBC's Heroes as Hiro Nakamura and in CBS' Hawaii Five-0 as Doctor Max Bergman. Oka was born in Tokyo, Japan, to Setsuko Oka. His parents divorced when he was one month old; ...

87. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

Chinese Descent

88. BD Wong

Actor | Jurassic Park

BD Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in "M. Butterfly." He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the ...

Chinese Descent

89. Jennifer Tung

Actress | Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Actress/Producer Jennifer Tung has worked in the film and television industry for more than 20 years and is best known for her roles in successful J.J Abrams Television series, "Alias" (2001-2006), working opposite Director Quentin Tarantino, and "Kung Pow, Enter the Fist" with Steve Oedekerk (2002...

Chinese Descent

90. Ken Jeong

Actor | The Hangover

Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian, and physician. He is known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy. He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational ...

Korean Descent

91. Devon Aoki

Actress | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Born in New York but raised in California, Devon Aoki is no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Rocky Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese (from her father) and German ...

Japanese Descent

92. Kane Kosugi

Actor | Tekken: A Man Called X

Born in California, he is half Japanese and half Chinese. He began his training in martial arts at the age of one and a half. Since moving to Japan at the age of 18, he has done numerous movies and TV shows becoming one of the nation's most popular and recognizable talents. He has worked with some ...

Japanese and Chinese Descent

93. Ellen Wong

Actress | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Ellen Wong was born in Ontario, Canada. Her first role was on the award winning television series "This is Wonderland". She is best known for her role as Knives Chau in "Scott Pilgrim VS The World", starring alongside Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman. She auditioned ...

Cambodian Descent

94. Victor Wong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Eccentric looking Chinese-American actor with a slightly drooping face (the result of a bout of Bell's palsy) who studied political science, art & journalism before becoming a news reporter for a San Francisco public TV station in the late 1960s.

Apart from a brief stint in the mid-1970s on the TV ...

Chinese Descent

95. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

Vietnamese Descent

96. Pat Morita

Actor | The Karate Kid

Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate ...

Japanese Descent

97. Jamie Chung

Actress | Big Hero 6

Jamie Chung was born and raised in California, the daughter of Korean parents. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Chung's break came in 2004, when she was working in a sports bar. MTV held auditions for The Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

Korean Descent

98. George Takei

Actor | Star Trek

Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek (1966) and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist.

George Takei was born Hosato...

Japanese Descent

99. Karen Fukuhara

Actress | Suicide Squad

Karen Fukuhara is a Japanese-American actress from Los Angeles, California. She is fluent in English and Japanese. While attending UCLA, she continued to work on numerous shows in Japan, notably the Disney Channel. She is a martial arts champion, trained in karate and sword fighting. She made her ...

Japanese Descent

100. Ric Young

Actor | Seven Years in Tibet

Ric Young was born in June 1944 in Wandsworth, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Seven Years in Tibet (1997), The Transporter (2002) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).

Chinese Descent



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