Ken Jeong
Dr. Ken Jeong
Ken Jeong March 2015.jpg
Jeong at SXSW 2015
Born Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
(1969-07-13) July 13, 1969 (age 48)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma mater Duke University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupation Comedian, actor, physician
Years active 1997-present
Notable work Community
The Hangover Trilogy
Knocked Up
Role Models
Ride Along 2
Dr. Ken
Home town Greensboro, North Carolina
Tran Ho (m. 2004)
Children 2
Website kenjeong.com
Korean name
Hangul ???
Hanja ???
Revised Romanization Jeong Gangjo
McCune-Reischauer Ch?ng Kangcho

Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong, M.D. (born July 13, 1969) is an American comedian, actor and physician.[1][2][3] He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover Trilogy. He was the lead in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, in which he was also the creator, writer and executive producer.

Early life and education

Jeong was born in Detroit to South Korean immigrants.[4][5][6] Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended Walter Hines Page High School,[7] where he took part in the Quiz Bowl team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council.[] He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro's Youth of the Year award.[4] Jeong graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained his M.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1995.[3]

Career

Medicine

Jeong completed his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy.[8] Jeong is a licensed physician in California,[9] but is not currently practicing.

Acting

Jeong won the Big Easy Laff-Off in 1995, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges, and they both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles.[10] He began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. After moving to Los Angeles, he initially practiced medicine for several years as a physician at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills.[11]

Jeong's background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He made his film debut in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni, which proved to be his breakout performance. From that point forward he was able to transition from medicine into a full-time career in the entertainment industry. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron; All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.

Jeong played Señor Ben Chang on the NBC sitcom Community and was nominated for the show's "Male Breakout Star" at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He was nominated for two 2010 MTV Movie Awards, winning the award for Best WTF Moment and for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for The Hangover. In fall 2010, Adidas basketball began a wide-ranging marketing campaign in which he starred as "Slim Chin", alongside NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. On May 22, 2011, he hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on ABC[12] and was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign from the American Heart Association on June 15, 2011.[13]

Jeong won a Streamy Award for "Best Guest Appearance" for Burning Love.[14]

In 2013, he appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational speaker,[15] and returned, in a significantly expanded role, as Mr. Chow in The Hangover Part III.[16]

In an unusual, if informal, partnership, Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a lead role in a new movie Jeong will produce called After Prom. Jeong will star in All-Star Weekend, a comedy Foxx is developing at his production company about two friends who find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars.[17]

In 2015, Jeong stars, writes and executive produces the pilot of his new ABC medical comedy, Dr. Ken, as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them. On May 7, 2015, the series was ordered by ABC to debut in the '15-'16 TV season starring Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin.[18][19][20]

Personal life

Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, is Vietnamese American, a family physician and a breast cancer survivor.[21][22][23]

Jeong became engaged to Ho around 2003 or 2004.[24] They have twin daughters (born 2007).[25]

Jeong was encouraged by his wife to quit his job as a physician and pursue acting full-time; Jeong states that "I had just finished filming Knocked Up, and it was life-changing. But I didn't have the courage to go for it until she persuaded me. Medicine is a hard-won skill, and acting can be a fickle profession, so I tried to be realistic. Now, I'm a spoiled actor. I get weekends off and hiatus weeks -- time I never got as a doctor".[26]

Filmography

Jeong in 2010

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Knocked Up Dr. Kuni
2008 Step Brothers Employment Agent
2008 Pineapple Express Ken
2008 Role Models King Argotron
2009 The Hangover Leslie Chow MTV Movie Awards for Best WTF Moment
Nominated - MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Teddy Dang
2009 All About Steve Angus
2009 Couples Retreat Therapist No.2
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Curtis Lee
2010 Furry Vengeance Neal Lyman
2010 Despicable Me Talk Show Host (voice)
2010 Vampires Suck Daro
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Mailman Cameo
2011 Zookeeper Venom
2011 The Hangover Part II Leslie Chow Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Jerry Wang
2011 The Muppets Punch Teacher Host Cameo
2013 Pain & Gain Jonny Wu
2013 The Hangover Part III Leslie Chow
2013 Rapture-Palooza God
2013 Despicable Me 2 Floyd Eagle-san (voice)
2013 Turbo Kim-Ly (voice)
2014 Birds of Paradise Vinnie (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Penguins of Madagascar Short Fuse (voice)
2015 Advantageous Han Also producer
2015 The DUFF Mr. Arthur
2015 Ktown Cowboys Himself Cameo
2016 Norm of the North Mr. Greene (voice)
2016 Ride Along 2 A.J.
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Chris Kim
2018 Amusement Park (voice) Filming
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Post-production
2018 Departures Officer Al Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Big Easy Dr. Tang Episode: "Night Music"
2001 The Downer Channel Store Owner Episode: "1.2"
2002 Girls Behaving Badly Series regular
2003 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Asian Thunder 1 episode
2003-2005 MADtv Various characters 4 episodes
2004 Significant Others Gynecologist Episode: "An Ache, a Fake & Forgot to Brake"
2004 Crossing Jordan Steve Choi Episode: "Slam Dunk"
2004 Grounded for Life Owner Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"
2005 Two and a Half Men Male Nurse Episode: "Woo-Hoo, a Hernia-Exam!"
2005 The Office Bill Episode: "E-mail Surveillance"
2005 Mind of Mencia Ken 1 episode
2006 Three Strikes Roido's Interpreter Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Entourage Coffee Shop Manager Episode: "The Release"
2007 The Shield Skip Osaka Episode: "Back to One"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Man in Jersey #1 Episode: "The Anonymous Donor"
2007 Boston Legal Coroner Myron Okubo Episode: "The Innocent Man"
2008 'Til Death Dr. Park 2 episodes
2008 Worst Week Phil 2 episodes
2009 WWE Raw Host/Himself Episode: "3 August 2009"
2009-2011 American Dad! Dr. Perlmutter / Butch Johnson (voices) 3 episodes
2009 Party Down Alan Duk 2 episodes
2009 American Gladiator Chuck Norris 1 episode
2009 Men of a Certain Age Kuo Episode: "Pilot"
2009-2015 Community Ben Chang 92 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2010)[27]
2010 Players Rufus Ramsey Episode: "Induction Day"
2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Hyralius (voice) Episode: "Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!"
2012 Burning Love Ballerina 2 episodes
Streamy Award for Best Guest Appearance
2012-2016 Bob's Burgers Dr. Yap (voice) 4 episodes
2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Superintendent Woo (voice) 2 episodes
2013-2014 Sullivan & Son Jason 2 episodes
2013 Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale Kelly's Manager Television special
2013 Maron Himself Episode: "Sponsor"
2013-2014 Turbo FAST Kim-Ly (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Doctor Episode: "Stayin' Alive"
2014 BoJack Horseman Dr. Allen Hu (voice) Episode: "Downer Ending"
2015 Glee Pierce Pierce Episodes: "What the World Needs Now"
"A Wedding"
2015-2017 Dr. Ken Ken Park 44 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2015 Robot Chicken Richie Cunningham (voice) Episode: "Ants on a Hamburger"
2016 Wheel Of Fortune Dr. Ken Episode: "Fun and Fit 5"
2016 Fresh Off the Boat Gene 2 episodes
2016-2017 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself (celebrity guest) 2 episodes
2016 Justice League Action Toyman (voice) Episode: "Play Date"
2017 The Gong Show Judge/Himself

Music videos

Year Title Role
2011 I Like How It Feels Himself
2016 Boombox Laura Marano's Director
2016 La La (Visual) Himself

References

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, US: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. ^ Barshad, Amos (May 23, 2011). "The Surprisingly Earnest Ken Jeong on the Secret Messages of The Hangover". Vulture.com. Nymag. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Medical Board of California - Physician/Surgeon License". 
  4. ^ a b Lopez, Robert (June 19, 2009). "Greensboro native finds funny bone in movie". News & Record. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Lee, Chris (June 10, 2009). "Doctor provides best medicine". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ Ken Jeong (October 4, 2015). "Ken Jeong on Twitter: "@S0fak1ng83 born in Detroit, moved to NC when I was 4. My father got his PhD in Economics from Wayne State."". Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Lee, Luaine (1 October 2015). "Ken Jeong was a doctor, and now he plays one on TV". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Ken Jeong". Justforlaughs. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician License #65869 for Jeong, Kendrick Kang-Joh, Issued 07/01/1998, Expires 05/14/1995, DCA BreEZe License Verification
  10. ^ "'Hangover' actor saw his career start in New Orleans -- at Ochsner". NOLA.com. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Ken Jeong: How to Ditch Medicine for a Career in Comedy and Diagnose Castmates". August 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ "Far*East Movement will perform at Ken Jeong-hosted Billboard Music Awards". Asia Pacific Arts. May 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ken Jeong AHA Hands-Only CPR video". June 15, 2011. Retrieved 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nominations Are Announced For 3rd Annual Streamy Awards". The Streamy Awards. December 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (April 5, 2012). "'Community' Star Ken Jeong Joins Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013. 
  16. ^ Siegel, Tatiana; Belloni, Matthew (July 12, 2012). "Ken Jeong Signs on for Expanded Role in 'Hangover: Part III' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jamie Foxx and Ken Jeong agree to trade movies". Los Angeles Times. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ "ABC Orders Ken Jeong's Comedy 'Dr. Ken' to Series". May 8, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ "Medical Comedy Starring 'Community's' Ken Jeong Scores ABC Pilot Order". The Hollywood Reporter. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ "Dr. Ken Series Premiere Date Announced". ABC Go. 2015-06-10. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  21. ^ Jeong, Ken (May 7, 2011). "For My Wife, in Celebration of Mother's Day". Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (September 3, 2009). "Ken Jeong transitions from doctor to in-demand jokester". USA Today. Retrieved 2013. 
  23. ^ Margarita (June 7, 2010). "Dr. Ken Jeong Thanks Wife Dr. Tran Ho During MTV Movie Awards". Vitals. Retrieved 2013. 
  24. ^ Standup Dr. Ken Old BET Comic on YouTube
  25. ^ "For My Wife, in Celebration of Mother's Day". The Huffington Post. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ Yorio, Nicole. "A Side of Community's Ken Jeong You Haven't Seen". Redbook. 
  27. ^ "Teen Choice 2010 nominations". MTV. Retrieved 2016. 

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