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The Best Asian American Actors And Actresses In Hollywood

Updated May 4, 2020 8.2k votes 1.0k voters 60.1k 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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    Pat Morita
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    Pat Morita

    The Karate Kid, Mulan

    AgeDec. at 73 (1932-2005)

    BirthplaceIsleton, USA, California

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

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin

    Age47

    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, USA

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

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    Daniel Dae Kim
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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 on Wikipedia

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    John Cho
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ken Jeong
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Randall Park
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Steven Yeun
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Constance Wu
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ki Hong Lee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Harry Shum Jr.
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Mako Iwamatsu
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jamie Chung
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Kelly Hu
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Awkwafina
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    Nora Lum is an American rapper known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from the... more on Wikipedia

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    Maggie Q
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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 on Wikipedia
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    BD Wong
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    BD Wong

    Jurassic Park, Mulan

    Age59

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

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

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    Will Yun Lee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brenda Song
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #6 of 54 The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40#18 of 76 The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

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    Mindy Kaling
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Sung Kang
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    Sung Kang

    Pearl Harbor, Fast Five

    Age43

    BirthplaceGainesville, Georgia, USA

    Sung Kang (Korean name: Kang Sung-Ho; 강성호; born April 8, 1972) is an American actor. He is... more on Wikipedia
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    Ali Wong
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Victor Wong
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Lou Diamond Phillips
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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 on Wikipedia

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    James Hong
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    James Hong

    Blade Runner, Airplane!

    Age86

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    James Hong (traditional Chinese: 吳漢章; simplified Chinese: 吴汉章; pinyin: Wú Hànzhāng; Jyutping:... more on Wikipedia
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    Daniel Wu
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    Daniel Wu

    Around the World in 80 Days, New Police Story

    Age46

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, USA

    Daniel Wu Yan-Zu (Chinese: 吳彥祖; pinyin: Wú Yànzǔ; born September 30, 1974) is an American-Hong... more on Wikipedia