Ken Jeong, known as the scene stealer, is quickly establishing himself as the go-to character actor for today's hit comedies. In the summer of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy The Hangover, also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The film stayed at the top of the box office two weekends in a row, and to date has grossed $205 million at the domestic box office.
Since his feature-film debut as the doctor in Knocked Up in 2007, Jeong has gone on to a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. Directed, written and produced by Judd Apatow, Jeong's first film grossed $219 million at the worldwide box office. In 2008 Jeong starred in his first major role as the villain, King Argotron, in Role Models, opposite Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film grossed over $90 million worldwide. The same year, Jeong had supporting roles in two other major comedies, Pineapple Express and Step Brothers.
Jeong originally started on a different career path. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to attain his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residence in New Orleans, all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Once in Los Angeles, Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including The Office, Entourage, and MADtv. It wasn't until his pivotal role as Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up, though, that Jeong solidified himself as a feature-film comedian. In 2006 Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O'Connell also left a mark on YouTube as Million Dollar Strong, a spoof rap duo. Since its posting in 2006, the video has garnered over one million views and Jeong and O'Connell have been tapped by MTV Films to write and star in the film version.
Jeong will next be seen in the Will Ferrell-produced film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard opposite Jeremy Piven. He will also be reunited with Bradley Cooper in the film All About Steve, also starring Sandra Bullock. His additional upcoming films include the comedies Couples Retreat, Despicable Me, and The Zookeeper.
Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.
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