Ken Leung

 

Date Of Birth

January 21, 1970
 

Biography

Ken Leung was born on January 21, 1970 in New York City. He attended New York University on a scholarship and subsequently became interested in acting, later training with the likes of Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner. He also performed in street plays and small performance spaces. He made his film debut in 1995, in a minor role in the romantic independent film Pictures of Baby Jane Doe. He also made guest appearances in television shows such as New York Undercover and Law & Order before being cast in his first major role, in the 1998 action comedy film Rush Hour, where he plays the antagonist Thomas Griffin’s (Tom Wilkinson) right hand man Sang.

After appearing in other films such as Maze, The Family Man and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Keeping the Faith, he made a guest appearance in the HBO prison drama Oz. He also had minor roles in films such as A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Spy Game and Vanilla Sky. In 2004, he was cast as Detective Steven Sing in the horror film Saw, but his character was killed off in the first movie. He then appeared in television shows like Whoopi and The Jury.

In 2006, Leung was cast in the film X-Men: The Last Stand, playing a character credited as Kid Omega, although he resembles the character Quill. He then made a guest appearance on The Sopranos, playing the intelligent Chinese-American patient Carter Chong, who suffers from a mental disorder and looks up to Junior Soprano (Dominic Chianese). He soon joined the cast of the ABC hit series Lost, as the hotheaded, sarcastic and hostile medium Miles Straume, who is part of the passengers of the freighter Kahana and kept prisoner in the island. The show’s producers cast him after his stint on The Sopranos, and wrote the character especially for him. In 2007, Leung got a role in the animated fantasy Year of the Fish, written and directed by David Kaplan. He was also seen on the romantic comedy Shanghai Kiss, enabling him to work with Hayden Panettiere and Kelly Hu.

Some of Leung's most recent roles include Donald Cheng on Deception, Leon Tao on Person of Interest, and Father Reggie on Zero Hour. At present, he is part of the NBC series The Night Shift.
 

Place of Birth

New York City
 

Birth Name

Ken Leung
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

-Ken is a smoker and on the Lost set, and smokes with co-star Naveen Andrews.

-Ken endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 US Presidential election.

-Edward Norton has said that Ken has unlimited potential as an actor.

-According to Carlton Cuse, they wrote Ken's character specifically for him after he impressed the producers of Lost.
 

Awards

2007 Special Mention Award for Breakout Performance for Shanghai Kiss
 

Filmography

2014 The Night Shift (TV Series)
2013 Zero Hour (TV Series)
2012-2013 Person of Interest (TV Series)
2013 Deception (TV Series)
2012 Susan 313 (TV Movie)
2011 Big Mike (TV Movie)
2011 The Good Wife (TV Series)
2008-2010 Lost (TV Series)
2010 Works of Art (Short)
2007 Year of the Fish
2007 The Sopranos (TV Series)
2007 Shanghai Kiss
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2006 Falling for Grace
2006 Inside Man
2005 Hate (TV Movie)
2005 The Squid and the Whale
2004 Sucker Free City (TV Movie)
2004 The Jury (TV Series)
2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
2004 Saw
1995-2002 Law & Order (TV Series)
2002 Red Dragon
2002 Face
2001 Vanilla Sky
2001 Spy Game
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2001 Oz (TV Series)
2000 The Family Man
2000 Maze
2000 Deadline (TV Series)
2000 Wonderland (TV Series)
2000 Keeping the Faith
1999 Man of the Century
1998 Fly (Short)
1998 Rush Hour
1997 Kundun (voice)
1997 Red Corner
1997 New York Undercover (TV Series)
1995 Welcome to the Dollhouse
1995 Pictures of Baby Jane Doe
 

Height

5' 7" (1.70 m)

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