Ken Leung

Active - 1996 - 2015  |   Born - Jan 21, 1970 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy Drama, Crime, Thriller, Romance

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Biography by Cammila Collar

New York native Ken Leung studied acting at NYU and at HB Studio before making his onscreen debut with a minor appearance in 1997's Rush Hour. He would continue to find consistent screen work with roles in movies like Red Dragon and Vanilla Sky, while simultaneously cultivating a theater career with roles in Broadway plays like the Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. Leung would later find a particularly memorable role in 2008, when he was cast as Miles Straume in the mysterious series Lost.

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  • Attended New York University as a University Scholar; became interested in acting during his junior year.
  • Acted in the theatre groups Ma-Yi and New Perspectives.
  • First big-screen role was in Todd Solondz's dark comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995).
  • Made his Broadway debut in 2002 as Ching Ho in the Tony Award-winning play Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  • Producer Damon Lindelof was so impressed by Leung's performance on an episode of The Sopranos that he created the role of Miles Straume on Lost specifically for him.