Sung Kang

Active - 1999 - 2016  |   Born - Apr 8, 1972 in Gainesville, Georgia, United States  |   Genres - Action, Drama, Comedy, Thriller

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Actor and occasional producer Sung Kang launched his career in the early 2000s. Though he continually tackled bit parts or supporting roles that called for standard Asian types, such as guest spots on NYPD Blue and in features such as Antwone Fisher (2002) and Forbidden Warrior (2004), Kang made his most enduring mark by co-producing and starring in a series of critically praised independent films with predominantly Asian-American casts and crews. The first of these projects arose when Kang signed to associate produce and tackle a plum role as one of the leads in writer/director Justin Lin's drama Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), about a group of troubled Asian-American adolescents who drift ever so casually into low-level crime. He followed it up by producing and starring in a sophomore project, the action-infused crime saga Undoing (2006), as a somewhat naïve young man who embarks on a crusade of vengeance against the thugs who rubbed out his best friend. Additional supporting roles ensued, in features such as The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), and War (2007).

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  • Originally wanted to be a mime; enjoyed the emotions that mimes brought out in him and he wanted to do the same for others.
  • After moving to Los Angeles in the mid '90s, he began acting with the experimental theater group F.A.T.E. (Friends Artist Theater Ensemble).
  • Has appeared in the music video "Lie" for the Korean band g.o.d.
  • First major role was of Han Lue, a gang member, in the film Better Luck Tomorrow in 2002.
  • Owned an Asian fusion restaurant with his wife called Saketini in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.
  • Has played the same character, Han, in multiple movies directed by Justin Lin, such as: Better Luck Tomorrow and in the Fast and the Furious franchise.