The American film industry has opened up its doors to welcome talent from different regions in the world and this has created a melting pot of people with different ethnicities who portray characters that have personality traits that are peculiar to people from the same regions in the world they hail from. This multicultural face of Hollywood is a hub of racial and ethnic representation and one of the people representing the Asian continent in the American film industry is the actor, Ken Leung. To learn more about how this man has made a mark in the film industry, keep reading.
Ken Leung Bio
The actor Ken Leung was born in the city popularly known as The Big Apple in 1970 on the 21st of January. He is the first child of his parents and has a younger brother whose name is not known, his father Wang-Gang Leung operated his own business while the occupation of his mother, Kim-Chong Lui is not known. Part of Leung’s childhood was spent in Manhattan in the Two Bridges, area, his family eventually moved to another part of the state.
The move affected his education and he had to change the school he was attending and transferred to a boarding school, the final stop for his high school education was at Old Bridge High School. His enrollment at the school was facilitated by his family moving once more to Old Bridge in New Jersey. Leung earned his high school diploma from Old Bridge and then went ahead to the New York University, where he majored in Pre-physical Therapy.
It was during Ken Leung’s time at the university that his interest in acting was piqued; a friend had suggested he take a course in acting while he was in his junior year and thus began his journey in the world of acting. He was done with the university in 1995 and by that time, he had already trained with seasoned actresses who gave him pointers in acting.
His career as an actor started right after he left the university, but he only had small roles and he continued to take classes in acting to better hone his skills. Leung’s first major role was in the 1998 film Rush Hour. He played the role of Sang, who was the villain in the film. Leung was cast alongside Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. His performance in Rush Hour led people to believe he was a martial artist from Hong Kong, this rumor thrived as he was a relatively young actor who had not done any major work in film. This was not his only film with Brett Ratner the director of Rush Hour, the two collaborated on three other films as the director held Leung in high regard and compared him to the seasoned actor, Philip Seymour.
Ken Leung has had roles in other high profile movies and television shows such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost, Saw, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Sopranos, The Night Shift, Inhumans, among many others. His performance as Liam Liu in the 2007 film, Shanghai Kiss earned him recognition at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Ken has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, a career that began by taking an elective course completely different from the one he was majoring in, one year away from his graduation.
Ken Leung’s Wife and Family
Although Leung has had appearances in major films and has been popular since his acting career began in 1995, he has managed to keep certain aspects of his life under wraps. One of these aspects is his wife. The actor revealed in an interview that he was a married man but declined to reveal any more details regarding the identity of the woman. It is also not known if they have any kids together.
Height and Other Facts About The Actor
1. Ken Leung is of average height standing at 5 feet 7 inches.
2. While at the university, he was part of its scholar program; this speaks to the genius and intelligence he possesses.
3. This actor always had the inkling to perform even as a child when he would put on skits for his dad and grandmother alongside his brother.
4. Leung is a fan of comics and he has stated that the superhero fight he will love to see is one between the Human Torch and Aquaman.