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.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- 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.