Rick Yune is a well-rounded entertainer who is most recognized for his stunning performances in the movie industry. Apart from portraying characters on the screen, he equally rakes in extra cash from film production and screenwriting. Way before he found his way to the filming arena, Yune did modeling jobs for mega-brands such as Ralph Lauren and Versace. Outside of the industry, the multi-hyphenate is a martial artist who practices many forms of the combat fighting style. His rise to prominence can be attributed to his business relations with best directors in the industry as well as tough roles in blockbusters such as Die Another Day (2002), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), and The Fast and the Furious (2001). Keep reading to know more about the multi-talented performer, his net worth, career timeline, and personal life below.
Rick Yune Biography
Rick Yune is the son of Korean parents – Taeho Yune (father) and Wonhui Park (mother). He was originally born Richard Yun in Washington D.C on August 21, 1971. However, the actor changed the spelling of his last name from “Yun” to “Yune” for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) purposes after launching his acting career. Rick has a younger brother called Karl Yune, who has been making films since 2004. Also born in Washington D.C, Karl became popular after starring in Memoirs of a Geisha, in the American superhero film Arrow and in the sci-fi film Real Steel.
The former model completed his basic education at St. John’s College High School, and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland). He also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, from where he obtained a degree in finance in 1994.
Although Rick Yune debuted as a model, he only found fame and became a household name after he switched his interest to acting. Before he got connected to the limelight, he worked on Wall Street trading stocks as an intern during the mid-1992. It was during the period of his internship that he was discovered by a modeling agent. Rick was later contracted to feature in a polo advertisement for Ralph Lauren and Versace; hence, becoming the first Asian-American to work with the high-profile fashion brands.
Movies and TV Shows
Despite working for top fashion companies, the actor couldn’t get close to mainstream success. However, things turned for good in the year 1999 when he was given a role in the film Snow Falling on Cedars. Directed by renowned Australian screenwriter and director, Scott Hicks, Rick played the role of a Japanese-American war hero called Kazuo Miyamoto, who accused of murdering a prominent fisherman in a close-knit community.
The Korean-American actor has also shared screen time with Hollywood’s A-list actor Vin Diesel in one of the highest grossing film franchises of all time – The Fast and Furious. He was featured as the character Johnny Tran, a ruthless member of an organized crime gang who was later shot dead by Brian O’Conner. Rick Yune went on to prove that he is not afraid to take on any role in the industry by playing James Bond villain named Zao in the James Bond movie, Die Another Day in 2002.
Since his breakout year, the multi-talented actor has had a progressive filmography. Being someone who improves in every project he takes part in, Yune still makes films in both leading and supporting roles. His resume boasts other professional credits such as Alias, Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Fifth Commandment, The Man with the Iron Fists (a martial art film that also featured actress Lucy Liu), Olympus Has Fallen, Marco Polo, and many others. Recently, he reprised his role as Ja in Prison Break and is already working on the 2019 American cyberpunk action film, Alita: Battle Angel, where he plays the fictional character, Master Clive Lee.
In addition to his acting stints, Rick Yune also played the role of a voice actor in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. He has appeared on music videos such as “Someone” by SWV and “Call U Sexy” by the music band VS, among others. For his gorgeous looks, he was named one of the ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ by People Magazine in 2002.
His Net Worth
From his diverse career which has been progressive and rewarding as well, Rick Yune has been able to garner millions of dollars for being prolific, talented, and creative in the entertainment industry. The American actor with Korean origin is currently worth $3 million.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
At the moment, there’s little or no information about Yune’s love life and what it actually looks like. Being a private individual, he has never commented about getting married to a woman or having a girlfriend. Although many of his fans believe he is married; nevertheless, he has decided to keep information regarding his wife and family away from the curious public and media. Apparently, Rick Yune has joined the number of Hollywood actors who enjoy striking a balance between their personal and professional life.