American-Chinese actor Forrest Wheeler gained prominence among TV audiences for his work on the ABC hit sitcom Fresh Off the Boat where he plays the role of Emery Huang since the series debuted in 2015. In addition to this breakout role, Wheeler has also featured in several other TV shows, voice-overs as well as commercials and if these strides are anything to go by, this teen star is definitely poised for Hollywood stardom.
Forrest Wheeler’s Bio, Ethnicity, Age
Forrest Wheeler was born on March 21, 2004, in Santa Monica, California to a Caucasian-Asian mixed family. In addition to the English language, he speaks Cantonese and takes classes in Mandarin. He began his high school education at Campbell Hall School located in Studio City, Los Angeles.
Forrest Wheeler got enrolled for his first acting class as a shy and reticent 7-year old. However, being a natural talent, it took only a few classes to get him ready to face agents and auditions. He eventually got signed to Clear Talent Agency and afterward, he got featured in numerous commercials, live performances, talk shows, voice-overs, and TV shows.
Among Wheeler’s notable earlier jobs was a voice role on the longrunning kiddies TV show Sesame Street. At age 10, he eventually marked his big screen debut with a minor role in the comedy film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) starring opposite Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi. He equally featured in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy II (2013) followed by a role in the comedy feature film Such Good People (2014). The talented actor garnered further acting credits in 2014 when he guest-starred in hit television series such as Community, New Girl and Chasing Life.
In May 2014, 10-year old Forrest Wheeler landed a spot on the main cast of the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. The talented actor has portrayed the regular character, Emery Huang, since the series premiered in March 2015. Fresh Off the Boat is based on a bestselling memoir of the same name and it particularly stands out for being the first network television show in 2 decades to front an all-Asian principal cast. It has also made history as the longest-running Asian-American TV show in the history of US television and the show was renewed for its 5th season in May 2018.
In 2016, Forrest Wheeler collaborated with ISAtv on a web series tagged ‘The Forrest Wheeler Adventures’ which chronicled his quest to become a superhero. He equally made a guest appearance in the animated TV series Sofia the First (2017) and in 2018, he competed in the Nickelodeon reality game show Paradise Run.
Forrest Wheeler comes from a relatively small family as he is the only child of his parents. He is also known to have been born to a Chinese mother and a Caucasian father. His mother Alice Wheeler is originally from Hong Kong, China. Other than the aforementioned, there is no other information in the media regarding Wheeler’s family. One may presume that his parents do not want to share the spotlight with their boy wonder.
Height and Other Facts About Forrest Wheeler
Forrest Wheeler is 5 feet 8 inches (177 cm) tall and he sports a trim physique with a body weight of 60 kg (132 lbs). Being a teenager, his body measurements are expected to be on a constant rise. He is also ambidextrous and interestingly, he plays tennis with a two-handled racket.
Just like in acting, the talented youngster is also a pro in martial arts having enrolled for his first martial arts class at the tender age of 5. A testament to his prowess in the sport, the youngster competed in the 2014 U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championship where he clinched 7 first-place trophies and one second.
In 2015, Wheeler earned his first black belt in karate and the following year, he earned his second black belt in Extreme Martial Arts (XMA).
Thanks to his on-screen prowess, Forrest Wheeler was featured on the “12 Under 12: The Best Child Actors of 2015” list of Entertainment Weekly magazine. In August 2018, he was also featured on the “Hollywood’s Top 30 Stars Under Age 18” list by The Hollywood Reporter.
Wheeler’s character on Fresh Off the Boat was originally named ‘Freddy’ before it was changed to ‘Emery’.