Actresses The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood  

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While it has seen some controversy over the years, diversity in Hollywood has long been part of its rich history. And, while many other races have left their mark on the film industry, Asian-American actors have paved the way for many. Not only that, but they've contributed greatly to a long list of box-office hits

Of the top Asian actors in Hollywood, a few come to mind quite quickly: Lucy Liu, Lost star Daniel Dae Kim, The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun, etc. Of course, these household names are just a glimpse into the impact Asian-Americans have had on the film industry. Take the aforementioned Lucy Liu's performance in Kill Bill, for instance. The film simply wouldn't be the same without her role, and it has fully stood the test of time since its release. This is just the start of the list, too. 

From Korean-American actors to Chinese, lest you forget Japanese-American, Indian, and so on, there's no denying the incredible work of the actors to follow. Take a moment to check out the best Asian-American actors and let your opinion be heard on who should hold the top spots!

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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
John Cho American Beauty, Star Trek, American Pie John Yohan Cho is a South Korean born American actor and musician. He starred as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films and played the character John, MILF Guy No. 2 who popularized the term ...more

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Lucy Liu Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin, Elementary Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress, model, artist, and occasional producer and director. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television ...more

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Randall Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Randall Park Dinner for Schmucks, The Interview, Neighbors Randall Park is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. Park played Kim Jong-Un in the 2014 film The Interview, Minnesota governor Danny Chung in Veep, and is Eddie Huang's father, ...more

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Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Ki Hong Lee The Maze Runner, All in All 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.

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Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Pat Morita The Karate Kid, Mulan, The Karate Kid Noriyuki "Pat" Morita was an American film and television actor who was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Kesuke Miyagi in the ...more

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Constance Wu Fresh Off the Boat, Sound of My Voice, Stephanie Daley 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 ...more

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Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Ken Jeong The Hangover, Community, The Hangover Part II Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong, M.D. is an American actor, comedian and physician. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series Community ...more

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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Daniel Dae Kim Lost, Spider-Man 2, Crash Daniel Dae Kim is an American actor, producer, and director. Kim is best known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of ...more

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Daniel Wu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Daniel Wu Around the World in 80 Days, New Police Story, The Man with the Iron Fists Daniel Yin-Cho Wu is a Hong Kong American actor, director and producer. Since his film debut in 1998, he has been featured in over 60 films. Wu has been called "the young Andy Lau," ...more

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James Hong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
James Hong Blade Runner, Airplane!, Mulan James Hong is an American actor and director. A prolific acting veteran, Hong's career spans more than 61 years and includes more than 350 roles in film, television, and video games. He is a ...more

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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Maggie Q Nikita, Live Free or Die Hard, Divergent Margaret Denise Quigley, professionally known as Maggie Q, is an American actress and model. She achieved international fame starring as the title role on The CW's action-thriller series Nikita ...more

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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Awkwafina Nora Lum is an American rapper known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from the Forest Hills, Queens area located in New York City. She is self-noted for her extensive satire and ...more

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Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Harry Shum, Jr. Glee, Step Up 2: The Streets, Stomp the Yard Harry Shum, Jr. is an American dancer, actor, choreographer and singer. He is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox television show Glee. He has appeared in dance films such as Stomp ...more

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Jason Scott Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Jason Scott Lee Back to the Future Part II, Lilo & Stitch, The Jungle Book Jason Scott Lee is an American actor and martial artist. Lee is well known for portraying Bruce Lee in the 1993 martial arts film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and for portraying Mowgli in the ...more

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Leonardo Nam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Leonardo Nam The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, He's Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Leonardo Nam is an Argentine Australian actor of Korean descent.

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Aziz Ansari Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic Aziz Ishmael Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during ...more

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Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Arden Cho Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2 Arden Cho is a Korean American actress, singer and model, best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She starred in the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. As a model she worked ...more

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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Mindy Kaling The Office, Inside Out, Wreck-It Ralph Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan the Barbarian Mako Iwamatsu was a Japanese-born American actor and voice artist who has been nominated for numerous awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako where he omits his surname. He ...more

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Sung Kang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Sung Kang Pearl Harbor, Fast Five, Live Free or Die Hard Sung Kang is an American actor, best known for his role Han in the film Better Luck Tomorrow and Han Seoul-Oh in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

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Victor Wong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Victor Wong Tremors, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Emperor Victor Wong was a Chinese American character actor who appeared in supporting roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
BD Wong Jurassic Park, Mulan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bradley Darryl "B. D." Wong is an American actor. He won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He has also played Dr. George Huang on Law & Order: ...more

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Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Margaret Cho Drop Dead Diva, Face/Off, Notorious C.H.O. Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and ...more

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Kal Penn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Kal Penn Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Epic Movie, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Kal Penn is an American actor, producer, and civil servant. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar ...more

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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Brenda Song The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Social Network Brenda Song is an American actress, singer, film producer, and model. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Her early television work included roles in the television shows ...more

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Kumail Nanjiani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Kumail Nanjiani Kumail Nanjiani (born February 21, 1978) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Nanjiani is best known for being a main cast member on HBO's Emmy ...more

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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Jamie Chung Big Hero 6, Sucker Punch, The Hangover Part II Jamie Jilynn Chung is an American actress and former reality television personality. She first gained fame in 2004 as a cast member on the MTV reality series, The Real World: San Diego and ...more

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Daniel Henney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Daniel Henney X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Big Hero 6, The Last Stand Daniel Phillip Henney is an American actor and model of Korean and Irish descent, known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect, My Father, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shanghai Calling, ...more

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Aaron Yoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Aaron Yoo A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Disturbia Aaron Yoo is an American actor. He's best known for starring in the movies Disturbia and 21, as well as playing Russell Kwon in the sci-fi show The Tomorrow People.

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Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Kelly Marie Tran Kelly Marie Tran (born January 17, 1989) is an American film actress. She has had a number of roles in short films and television episodes, and came to wider attention for her role as Rose Tico ...more

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Keiko Agena is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Keiko Agena Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Gilmore Girls, Hair Show Christine Keiko Agena is an American actress known professionally as Keiko Agena.

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Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Joan Chen The Last Emperor, Lust, Caution Joan Chen is a Chinese-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. She became famous in China for her performance in the 1979 film Little Flower and came to international ...more

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Brandon Soo Hoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Brandon Soo Hoo Tropic Thunder, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Ender's Game Brandon Soo Hoo is an American teen actor who had a role in the 2008 Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder and Incredible Crew created by Nick Cannon. Soo Hoo plays Scott in From Dusk Till Dawn: The ...more

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Justin Chon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Justin Chon Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse Justin Jitae Chon is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series.

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Russell Wong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Russell Wong New Jack City, The Joy Luck Club, Romeo Must Die Russell Girard Wong is an American actor as well as the brother of actor/model Michael Wong.

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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Kelly Hu X-Men 2, The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist and former fashion model. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera ...more

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Lou Diamond Phillips is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Lou Diamond Phillips La Bamba, Courage Under Fire, Young Guns Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting ...more

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Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Last Airbender Dev Patel is an English actor, best known for playing Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and a Screen Actors ...more

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Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Claudia Kim The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Fugitive: Plan B, Romance Town Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim, is a South Korean actress. She made her entertainment debut when she won a modeling contest in 2005, and went on to appear in supporting roles in medical ...more

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Will Yun Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Will Yun Lee The Wolverine, Elektra, Total Recall Will Yun Lee is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the TNT supernatural drama series Witchblade as Danny Woo and as Jae Kim on the NBC science fiction television drama Bionic ...more

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Lynn Chen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Lynn Chen Saving Face, The People I've Slept With, White on Rice Lynn Chen is an American actress. Lynn Chen is best known for playing "Vivian Shing" in Sony Pictures Classic's feature film Saving Face, a role for which she won the "Outstanding ...more

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Eddie Shin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Eddie Shin That '80s Show, Sucker Free City, The Guilt Trip Edward Andrew Yoon Beom "Eddie" Shin is an American actor.

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Ally Maki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Ally Maki Step Up 3D, Geography Club, Amelia's 25th Ally Maki is a Japanese-American actress.

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Angelababy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
tristiannnn added Angelababy The First Time, Tai Chi 0, Tai Chi Hero Angela Yeung, better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese model, actress, and singer, a quarter of German descent, based in Hong Kong. Her stage name came from the combination of her ...more

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Li Jun Li is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Li Jun Li Chinese Puzzle, The Humbling, Song One Li Jun Li is an actress.

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Kimiko Glenn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Kimiko Glenn Nous York, HairBrained, Construction Kimiko Glenn is an actress.

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Smith Cho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Smith Cho Bad Boys II, Norbit, Blades of Glory Smith Cho is an American actress of Korean descent. She has appeared in movies, on television and in commercials.

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Lewis Tan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Lewis Tan Kurbaan Lewis Tan is an actor and a stunt performer.

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Jessika Van is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Jessika Van To Live and Dine in L.A., Sake-Bomb Jessika Van is an Asian American actress, as well as singer-songwriter, pianist and dancer. Van is most known for playing "Becca," the ringleader of the Asians or the Asian mafia on ...more

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Anna May Wong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian-American Actors & Actresses In Hollywood
Anna May Wong The Thief of Bagdad, A Study in Scarlet, Impact Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, ...more