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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 (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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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin, Elementary
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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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Lost, Spider-Man 2, Crash
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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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 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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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 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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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
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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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And 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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Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Pearl Harbor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Conan the Barbarian
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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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 (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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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 (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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Victor Wong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Tremors, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Emperor
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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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 (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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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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. (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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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 (born March 22, 1971) is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for his roles as Danny Woo in the supernatural drama Witchblade and Jae Kim in the sci-fi series ...more
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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Nikita, Live Free or Die Hard, Divergent
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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Ali Wong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
blurrybaby21 added Savages, Super Sleuths, Hey Girl
Ali Wong is an actor.
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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
Louis Diamond Phillips (né Upchurch; 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 ...more
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James Hong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Blade Runner, Airplane!, Mulan
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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BD Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood
Jurassic Park, Mulan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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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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 (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 ...more
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Daniel Wu is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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
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Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 25 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 comedian, actress and writer. From 2005 to 2012, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The ...more