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The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood

Updated May 4, 2020 8.2k votes 1.1k voters 62.9k views60 items

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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    Lucy Liu

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin

    Age51

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

    Lucy Liu (born December 2, 1968) is an American actress, voice actress, director, and artist...  more

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    Pat Morita

    The Karate Kid, Mulan

    AgeDec. at 73 (1932-2005)

    BirthplaceIsleton, California, United States of America

    Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor and comedian...  more

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    #661 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#5 of 19 Famous People Of Japanese Descent

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    Daniel Dae Kim

    Lost, Spider-Man 2

    Age47

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    Daniel Dae Kim (Korean: 김대현; born Kim Dae-hyun on August 4, 1968) is a Korean-American actor,...  more

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    John Cho

    American Beauty, Star Trek

    Age43

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    John Cho (born Cho Yo Han; June 16, 1972) is a Korean American actor known for his roles as...  more

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    Randall Park

    Dinner for Schmucks, The Interview

    Age41

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Randall Park (born March 23, 1974) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is best known...  more

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    Ken Jeong

    The Hangover, Community

    Age51

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong, M.D. (born July 13, 1969) is an American comedian, actor and...  more

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    Steven Yeun

    The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra

    Age36

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Steven Yeun (born December 21, 1983) is a Korean-American actor and voice actor. He is known...  more

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    Constance Wu

    Fresh Off the Boat, Sound of My Voice

    Age27

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, USA

    Constance Tianming Wu (born March 22, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her...  more

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    Ki Hong Lee

    The Maze Runner, All in All

    Age29

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Ki Hong Lee is a Korean-American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Minho in The...  more
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    Mako Iwamatsu

    Pearl Harbor, Avatar: The Last Airbender

    AgeDec. at 73 (1933-2006)

    BirthplaceJapan, Kobe, Keihanshin

    Makoto Iwamatsu (岩松誠, Iwamatsu Makoto, December 10, 1933 – July 21, 2006) was a Japanese...  more
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    Kelly Hu

    X-Men 2, The Scorpion King

    Age52

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Kelly Ann Hu (born February 13, 1968 simplified Chinese: 胡凯丽; traditional Chinese: 胡凱麗;...  more

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    Jamie Chung

    Big Hero 6, Sucker Punch

    Age32

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    Jamie Jilynn Chung (born April 10, 1983) is an American actress, and former reality television...  more

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    Harry Shum Jr.

    Glee, Step Up 2: The Streets

    Age33

    BirthplacePuerto Limón, Costa Rica

    Harry Shum Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-American actor, singer, dancer, and...  more

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    Maggie Q

    Nikita, Live Free or Die Hard

    Age36

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Margaret Denise Quigley (born May 22, 1979), professionally known as Maggie Q, is an...  more

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    Will Yun Lee

    The Wolverine, Elektra

    Age49

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia

    Will Yun Lee (born March 22, 1971) is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known...  more
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    Mindy Kaling

    The Office, Inside Out

    Age36

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an...  more

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    Brenda Song

    The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck

    Age27

    BirthplaceCarmichael, California, United States of America

    Brenda Song (born March 27, 1988) is an American actress. Song started in show business as a...  more

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    BD Wong

    Jurassic Park, Mulan

    Age59

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. Wong won a Tony Award for...  more

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    Lou Diamond Phillips

    La Bamba, Courage Under Fire

    Age58

    BirthplaceU.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines

    Louis Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is an American actor and director. His...  more

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    Ali Wong

    Savages, Super Sleuths

    Age33

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    Alexandra Dawn "Ali" Wong (born April 19, 1982) is an American comedienne, actress and writer....  more

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    Sung Kang

    Pearl Harbor, Fast Five

    Age43

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Gainesville

    Sung Kang (Korean name: Kang Sung-Ho; 강성호; born April 8, 1972) is an American actor. He is...  more
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    James Hong

    Blade Runner, Airplane!

    Age86

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, USA, Minnesota

    James Hong (traditional Chinese: 吳漢章; simplified Chinese: 吴汉章; pinyin: Wú Hànzhāng; Jyutping:...  more
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    Victor Wong

    Tremors, Big Trouble in Little China

    AgeDec. at 74 (1927-2001)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Victor Wong may refer to: Victor Wong (actor born 1927) (1927–2001) Victor Wong (actor born...  more
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    Aziz Ansari

    Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift

    Age32

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA

    Aziz Ismail Ansari (born February 23, 1983) is an American actor, writer, producer, director,...  more

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