Will Yun Lee

Active - 2000 - Present  |   Born - Mar 22, 1971 in Arlington, Virginia, United States  |   Genres - Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Film, TV & Radio

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Korean-American actor Will Yun Lee began training for a career in action movies almost from birth. His father is a Taekwondo grandmaster, and Lee attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship for the school's Taekwondo team. He began his acting career with projects like the family comedy What's Cooking?, the Asian-American drama Face, and the TNT fantasy-action series Witchblade. Then in 2002, he was named as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, making him a more familiar face and landing him more high-profile jobs, like Die Another Day, Torque, and Elektra. In 2006, he appeared in the documentary The Slanted Screen, discussing the history of how Asians and Asian Americans have been portrayed in film. That same year, he signed on to the cast of the show Thief, followed by a remake of The Bionic Woman in 2007. Also that year, Lee was named by People as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive." In the years to come, Lee would appear in several films, like the Total Recall and Red Dawn remakes, as well as on the remake of Hawaii Five-0.

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  • Attended the University of California on an athletic scholarship from the school's Tae Kwon Do team; Lee's father is a Tae Kwon Do grand master.
  • First series-regular role came with the TNT action show Witchblade (2001-02), on which he portrayed Detective Danny Woo.
  • Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2002.
  • After making his big-screen debut in 2000 family drama What's Cooking?, appeared in mostly action-oriented features such as Die Another Day (2002) and Elektra (2005).
  • In 2007, joined the cast of NBC's dark Bionic Woman update as Jae Kim.