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The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now

Updated June 30, 2021 23.8k votes 3.9k voters 133.7k views101 items

As the film and TV industry grow in diversity, who do you think are the biggest Asians in Hollywood right now? While plenty of the best Asian-American actors have been starring in movies for years, famous Asian actors from all over the world are finally starring in Hollywood movies and TV shows. In short, the best Asian actors continue to rise and land serious roles on the big screen.

With movies like the 2018 hit Crazy Rich Asians and the hilarious sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, Asian roles are becoming increasingly popular. Whether you're talking veteran actors John Cho and Ken Watanabe or rising Asian actresses, like Constance Wu and Awkwafina, these are the top Asian actors in Hollywood. 

Who's your pick for the most popular Asian actors in Hollywood right now? Check out the list of famous Asian actors below and vote up the ones you think are nailing their roles and taking the industry by storm.

  • 1

    Jackie Chan

    Rush Hour series, Jackie Chan Adventures


    BirthplaceVictoria Peak, Hong Kong

    NationalityHong Kong

    CharactersGeneral Meng Yi , Benny Black, Monkey, Chan Foh To, Jackie Lung

    Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting...  more

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  • 2

    Chase Tang

  • 3

    Ken Jeong

    Hangover trilogy, Community


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersKen, Dr. Park, Owner, Passenger, Male Nurse

    Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong, M.D. (born July 13, 1969) is an American comedian, actor and physician. He is best known for playing Ben Chang on the sitcom Community and the drug lord Leslie Chow in The...  more

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  • 4

    Randall Park

    The Interview, Veep


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersBarry, Sam, Josh, Carlton, Henderson

    Randall Park (born March 23, 1974) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for portraying Kim Jong-un in the 2014 film The Interview and Eddie Huang's father, American...  more

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  • 5

    Lucy Liu

    Kill Bill, Ally McBeal


    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America


    Lucy Liu (born December 2, 1968) is an American actress, voice actress, director, and artist who is known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally...  more

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  • 6

    John Cho

    Harold & Kumar series, Searching


    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    CharactersMark Chao, Neil, Raymond, Harvey Park, Thomas Kim

    John Cho (born Cho Yo Han; June 16, 1972) is a Korean American actor known for his roles as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films; Jin in Kogonada's feature directorial debut Columbus; and Hikaru...  more
  • 7
    Sandra Miju Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her roles as Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2005–2014) and Eve Polastri in the...  more

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  • 8


    Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Nora Lum (born June 2, 1988), known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress, comedian, internet personality, rapper, author, and television host. She rose to prominence in 2012 when her...  more

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  • 9

    Michelle Yeoh

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


    BirthplaceIpoh, Perak, Malaysia


    CharactersCheerleader 4

    Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato' Seri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng, PSM, SPMP (; born 6 August 1962) is a Malaysian actress who rose to fame with frequent roles in 1990s Hong Kong action films and is best...  more

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  • 10

    Daniel Dae Kim

    Lost, Hawaii Five-0


    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea, United States of America

    CharactersJin-Soo Kwon, Hiroshi Sato, Chin Ho Kelly

    Daniel Dae Kim (Korean: 김대현; born Kim Dae-hyun on August 4, 1968) is a Korean-American actor, voice actor, and producer. He is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii...  more

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  • 11

    Constance Wu

    Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asians


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersMichelle, Kimi Hu, Christine, Jenn

    Constance Tianming Wu (born March 22, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Kathy on the web series EastSiders (2012–present) and as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series...  more


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  • 12

    Gemma Chan

    Sherlock, Humans


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    CharactersKim-Lin, Chinese Girl

    Gemma Chan (born 29 November 1982) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Astrid in the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians, in which she received widespread recognition, and as Anita/Mia on the...  more

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  • 13

    Ken Watanabe

    Godzilla, The Last Samurai


    BirthplaceKoide, Japan


    CharactersHideaki Komatsubara, Detective Sako Akio, Shunichiro Yamaguchi, Fujiwara no Nobutaka, Tanaka

    Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙, Watanabe Ken, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in...  more

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  • 14

    Harry Shum, Jr.

    Glee, Stomp the Yard


    BirthplaceLimón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica, United States of America

    CharactersMike Chang

    Harry Shum Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. He is best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015),...  more

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  • 15

    Henry Golding

    Crazy Rich Asians, The Travel Show

    BirthplaceSarawak, Malaysia

    Henry Ewan Golding (born 5 February 1987) is a British actor, model, and television host who has been a presenter on BBC's The Travel Show since 2014. He is known for his film work, playing the role...  more

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  • 16

    Donnie Yen

    Ip Man series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    BirthplaceGuangzhou, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong, United States of America

    CharactersDan, Chen Zhen, Tse Kwok Tung, Cheng Ho Nam, Hung Hei Kwan

    Donnie Yen Ji-dan (Chinese: 甄子丹; born 27 July 1963) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.Yen...  more

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  • 17

    Benedict Wong

    Marvel Cinematic Universe


    BirthplaceManchester, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    CharactersEd, Todd Ambro, Trey, Karma Phuntsho, Wiliam Kwan

    Benedict Wong (born 3 July 1971) is an English actor who has appeared on film, television, and stage. Wong is known for portraying Kublai Khan in Netflix's Marco Polo (2014–2016) and Bruce Ng in The...  more

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  • 18

    Brenda Song

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Social Network

    Ageage 27

    BirthplaceCarmichael, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersSariffa Chung, Cheerleader Tracey, London Tipton, Tia, Jenny

    Brenda Song (born March 27, 1988) is an American actress. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Her early television work included roles in the television shows Fudge (1995) and...  more

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  • 19

    Ki Hong Lee

    Maze Runner series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea


    Ki Hong Lee is a Korean-American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Minho in The Maze Runner and Dong Nguyen in the Netflix's series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt....  more
  • 20

    Lana Condor

    Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse
    Lana Therese Condor (born May 11, 1997) is a Vietnamese-born American actress and dancer. She made her debut as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee in the 2016 superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Lana Condor...  more
  • 21

    James Hong

    Big Trouble In Little China, Kung Fu Panda Series


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersThe Hard Faced Man

    James Hong (traditional Chinese: 吳漢章; simplified Chinese: 吴汉章; pinyin: Wú Hànzhāng; Jyutping: Ng4 Hon3zoeng1; born February 22, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, and director of...  more
  • 22

    Sung Kang

    Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast and the Furious series


    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Gainesville

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersIan Chang, Han Soon, Jordan, First Disciple, Jang

    Sung Kang (Korean name: Kang Sung-Ho; 강성호; born April 8, 1972) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Han Lue in The Fast and the Furious film franchise....  more
  • 23

    Ali Wong

    Always Be My Maybe, American Housewife


    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America


    Alexandra Dawn "Ali" Wong (born April 19, 1982) is an American comedienne, actress and writer. She is noted for her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, both of which received...  more

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  • 24

    Maggie Q

    Divergent, Mission Impossible: III


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America


    Margaret Denise Quigley (born May 22, 1979), professionally known as Maggie Q, is an Hawaiian-American actress, model and animal rights activist. She is known for starring as the title role on The CW...  more

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  • 25

    Dev Patel

    Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


    BirthplaceHarrow, London, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    CharactersAnwar Kharral, Neelamani Sampat, Hotel Waiter

    Dev Patel (born April 23, 1990) is an English actor. Born and raised in London to Gujarati Indian Hindu parents, Patel made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two seasons of the British...  more

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