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The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood 

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Updated May 4, 2020 6.3k votes 946 voters 55.2k views 60 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin, Elementary

Age: 47

Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York City, New York, USA

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 ...more

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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
American Beauty, Star Trek, American Pie

Age: 46

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

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 ...more

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The Best John Cho Movies #5 of 91 The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now #32 of 88 Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers

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Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Hangover, Community, The Hangover Part II

Age: 46

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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 ...more

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#95 of 238 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #87 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time #131 of 177 The Best Living American Actors

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Constance Wu Fresh Off the Boat, Sound of My Voice, Stephanie Daley

Age: 27

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

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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#7 of 91 The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now #230 of 282 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time #44 of 58 The Most Influential Actors Of 2019

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Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Karate Kid, Mulan, The Karate Kid

Age: Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)

Birthplace: Isleton, USA, California

Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor and comedian known for his roles as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days (1975–1983), Mr. ...more

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Randall Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Dinner for Schmucks, The Interview, Neighbors

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

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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#6 of 91 The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now #265 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time #9 of 23 The Funniest Asian Comedians of All Time

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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Lost, Spider-Man 2, Crash

Age: 47

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

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 ...more

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#73 of 88 The Best Korean Actors Of All Time #13 of 91 The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now #27 of 29 Who Should Be The Next Wolverine?

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Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Maze Runner, All in All

Age: 29

Birthplace: Seoul, 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.
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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra, I Origins

Age: 35

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

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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#69 of 88 The Best Korean Actors Of All Time #1,579 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #42 of 43 Who Should Replace Ben Affleck As Batman?

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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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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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

Age: 32

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Jamie Jilynn Chung (born April 10, 1983) 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 ...more

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Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Glee, Step Up 2: The Streets, Stomp the Yard

Age: 36

Birthplace: Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

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 ...more

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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Nikita, Live Free or Die Hard, Divergent

Age: 36

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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 ...more

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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
X-Men 2, The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave

Age: 47

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Kelly Ann Hu (born February 13, 1968 simplified Chinese: 胡凯丽; traditional Chinese: 胡凱麗; pinyin: Hú Kǎilì) is an American actress, voice artist, former fashion model and beauty ...more

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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Social Network

Age: 27

Birthplace: Carmichael, California, United States of America

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) ...more

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#19 of 91 The Biggest Asian Actors In Hollywood Right Now #68 of 131 The Hottest California Models of All Time #12 of 76 The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Pearl Harbor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan the Barbarian

Age: Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: Japan, Kobe, Keihanshin

Makoto Iwamatsu (岩松誠, Iwamatsu Makoto, December 10, 1933 – July 21, 2006) was a Japanese American actor, voice artist and singer best known for his roles as Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966) ...more
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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
The Office, Inside Out, Wreck-It Ralph

Age: 36

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American comedian, actress and writer. From 2005 to 2012, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The ...more

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Sung Kang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Pearl Harbor, Fast Five, Live Free or Die Hard

Age: 46

Birthplace: Gainesville, Georgia

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.
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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Jurassic Park, Mulan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Age: 55

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960) is an American actor. Wong won a Tony Award for his performance as Song Liling in M. Butterfly, becoming the only actor in Broadway history to receive ...more

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Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Arden Cho Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2

Age: 30

Arden Cho (born August 16, 1985) is an 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.
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Victor Wong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Tremors, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Emperor

Age: Dec. at 74 (1927-2001)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Victor Wong may refer to: Victor Wong (actor born 1927) (1927–2001) Victor Wong (actor born 1906) (1906–1972) Victor Wong (singer) (born 1972)
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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Parks and Recreation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic

Age: 32

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Aziz Ismail Ansari (born February 23, 1983) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and comedian. He is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC series Parks and Recreation ...more

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James Hong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Blade Runner, Airplane!, Mulan

Age: 86

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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, ...more
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Lou Diamond Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
La Bamba, Courage Under Fire, Young Guns

Age: 57

Birthplace: U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines

Louis Diamond Phillips (born February 17, 1962) is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). For the ...more

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Daniel Wu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Around the World in 80 Days, New Police Story, The Man with the Iron Fists

Age: 41

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA

Daniel Wu Yan-Zu (Chinese: 吳彥祖; pinyin: Wú Yànzǔ; born September 30, 1974) is an American-Hong Kong actor, director and producer who stars in the AMC martial arts drama series Into ...more