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The Best Asian American Actors And 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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Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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. He has also starred in the critically ...more
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Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Randall Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra, I Origins
Steven Yeun (born December 21, 1983) is a Korean-American actor and voice actor. He is known for his role as Glenn Rhee on AMC's horror drama television series The Walking Dead. Yeun has also ...more
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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Sung Kang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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James Hong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Will Yun Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Victor Wong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Lou Diamond Phillips is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Office, Inside Out, Wreck-It Ralph
Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. From 2005 to 2013, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC ...more
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Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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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Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
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