Actor Brian Tee was born on March 15, 1977 in Okinawa, Japan. Half-Korean and half-Japanese, his family moved to Hacienda Heights, California since he was two years old, and was raised there ever since. A varsity football player in high school, he turned his attention to acting, and eventually made his debut in 2000, in an episode of the action series The Pretender. He has since appeared as a guest in other series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chronicle, Flipside, JAG, Monk, Without a Trace, Entourage and Zoey 101.
Tee has also appeared in several films. After playing small roles in We Were Soldiers (his debut), Austin Powers in Goldmember and Fun with Dick and Jane, he became known for his role in the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Audiences may recognize him as Takashi, known as DK (Drift King), the main antagonist figure for new resident Sean (Lucas Black). His first regular television role is in the ensemble drama Crash, an adaptation of the Oscar-winning film released in 2004. He plats Eddie Choi, a Korean immigrant who tried to fit in as a child but ended up joining a Korean gang; he is now torn between his past links and his current work as an EMT.