Top 40 Asian Actors Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywood

by AsianTalentHollywood | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

October 2020 Update

1. Henry Golding

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Malaysian television host, actor and model Henry Ewan Golding was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to Margaret Likan and Clive Golding. His father is English and his mother is Malaysian. His mother is from the Iban people, an Indigenous group in Sarawak, and Henry completed the bejalai, an Iban ...

Crazy Rich Asian, The Gentlemen

2. Ryan Potter

Actor | Big Hero 6

Ryan Potter is an actor, director, martial artist, and photographer. Ryan, though born in the United States, was raised in Tokyo until the age of seven.

Ryan got his start as the lead, "Mike Fukanaga" in Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas," (2011-2013) working with the legendary, George Takei, who played ...

Titans, Big Hero 6, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

3. Alex Landi

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

Alex Landi is a half-Korean, half-Italian actor born in New York City. He is a main cast member on ABC's long-time hit show Grey's Anatomy playing the role of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nico Kim. He likewise appears as Dr. Kim on crossover episodes with Grey's sister show Station 19. Notably, Landi is ...

Grey's Anatomy, Insatiable

4. Justin H. Min

Actor | After Yang

Justin H. Min is an actor, known for After Yang (2021), The Umbrella Academy (2019) and New Amsterdam (2018).

Umbrella Academy

5. Simu Liu

Actor | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actor, writer and producer, known for his role as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience (2016).

Immigrating from China at the age of 5, Simu was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business and working at a...

Shang-Chi

6. Mackenyu

Actor | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Mackenyu was born in Los Angeles and began acting in his teens. His career took off in Japan in 2015 when he starred in the two part feature film Chihayafuru Part I & II for which he won the Best New Talent Award at Japan Academy Prize and was also nominated for both the 41st Hochi Film Award and ...

Pacific Rim: Uprising; Tokyo Ghoul: 'S'; JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

7. Charles Melton

Actor | Riverdale

Charles Melton was born on January 4, 1991 in Juneau, Alaska, USA. He is an actor, known for Riverdale (2017), The Sun Is also a Star (2019) and Bad Boys for Life (2020).

Riverdale

8. Jay Hayden

Actor | Station 19

Jay Hayden was born as Jonathan Hayden. Hayden was born in Northfield, Vermont and is of mixed Korean and Irish ancestry. His first major role was in the 2011 horror film State of Emergency, playing the lead. In 2012, he went to star on the Hulu mockumentary comedy-drama series, Battleground.

Hayden...

Station 19

9. Lance Lim

Actor | Independence Day: Resurgence

Lance Lim is an actor, known for Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Innocent Blood (2013) and Hubie Halloween (2020).

School of Rock, The Edge of Seventeen

10. Ian Alexander

Actor | The Last of Us: Part II

Ian Alexander is an actor and writer, known for The Last of Us: Part II (2020), The OA (2016) and Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

Star Trek, The OA

11. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

12. Steven Yeun

Actor | Minari

Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to June and Je Yeun. His family first immigrated to Canada and stayed there for one year, and then moved to the U.S. He has a brother named Brian. He began acting while at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, where he studied Psychology as a major (BS in ...

The Walking Dead

13. John Harlan Kim

Actor | The Little Things

John Kim was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His early years in grade school were spent focusing on extra-curricular athletics including basketball, tennis and Australian rules football. It was not until High School that John became interested in the arts.

At age 15, he attended a...

The Librarians

14. Ronny Chieng

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Ronny Chieng is a Chinese comedian and actor born in Malaysia and raised in New Hampshire and Singapore. He started performing stand-up in 2009 after graduating with a dual degree in Law and Commerce from The University of Melbourne, Australia. His act caught the attention of the esteemed Montreal ...

15. Ludi Lin

Actor | Power Rangers

Ludi Lin is a unique actor striding Hollywood and China and one of the most outspoken voices in Asian Representation in Hollywood. Being born in China, he received his education and enculturation in many different countries around the world. Rather than deciding to be an actor, he feels he simply ...

16. Harry Shum Jr.

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Harry Shum Jr. was born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. He is known for his work on Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Shadowhunters (2016) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015. They have one child.

17. Brandon Soo Hoo

Actor | Tropic Thunder

Brandon Soo Hoo was born on November 2, 1995 in Pasadena, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Tropic Thunder (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Ender's Game (2013).

18. Chella Man

Producer | Trans in Trumpland

Chella Man is an actor and producer, known for Trans in Trumpland (2021), Titans (2018) and Tamron Hall (2019).

19. Booboo Stewart

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Booboo Stewart was thrust into the spotlight with his winning the coveted role of Seth Clearwater in the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and reprising the role in both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). At age 10 Booboo began his...

20. Manny Jacinto

Actor | The Good Place

Manny Jacinto was born on August 19, 1987 in Manila, Philippines. He is an actor, known for The Good Place (2016), Top Gun: Maverick (2021) and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018).

21. Avan Jogia

Actor | Zombieland: Double Tap

Vancouver native, Avan Jogia landed his first acting role as Danny Araujo on the award-winning TV movie drama A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland. Jogia followed up with a recurring role on the SyFy Channel hit series Caprica (2009) as well as ...

22. Ross Butler

Actor | Shazam!

Ross Fleming Butler was born in Singapore, and was raised in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. He attended Ohio State University studying Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering, but decided to drop out after one year after discovering he had no passion or interest in that field of study. ...

23. Chris Pang

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Chris Pang is an actor and producer, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Palm Springs (2020) and Charlie's Angels (2019).

24. Lewis Tan

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Lewis Tan is a half Chinese half English, film, television and theatre actor. He played as the series regular Gaius Chau on season three of AMC's "Into The Badlands" ; Lu Xin Lee on Netflix's first Asian American original series "Wu Assassins" and many films including the record breaking Marvel ...

25. Ken Kirby

Actor | Good Trouble

Ken Kirby is an actor and producer, known for Good Trouble (2019), Dynasty (2017) and The Gifted (2017).

26. Osric Chau

Actor | 2012

Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer (2008) that was shot in Hengdian, ...

27. Ki Hong Lee

Actor | The Maze Runner

Ki Hong Lee was born on September 30, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and writer, known for The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). He has been married to Ha Young Choi since March 7, 2015.

28. Takayuki Suzuki

Actor | The Taping

Takayuki Suzuki was born on February 21, 1990 in Kyoto, Japan. He is an actor, known for The Taping (2019), The Outsider (2018) and Safeguard (2020).

29. Zhenwei Wang

Actor | The Karate Kid

Zhenwei Wang is a Chinese born movie actor, known for The Karate Kid (2010) and Movie Martial Arts vs. Reality (2012) and a black belt martial arts expert who made his film debut as Cheng in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid.

Born on October 20, 1995 in Handan, Hebei, China, an industrial city in ...

30. Karan Brar

Actor | Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Best known for his role as 'Ravi Ross' on Disney Channel's hit series "Jessie" and its spinoff, "Bunk'd," Karan Brar is taking Hollywood by storm and seeking to break cultural barriers in the entertainment industry. He stars in "Bunk'd" on Disney Channel and 2018 will be a major year for Karan as ...

31. Jimmy O. Yang

Actor | Patriots Day

Jimmy O. Yang is a stand-up comedian and actor. He stars as Jian-Yang on HBO's Silicon Valley (2014), Bernard Tai in the film Crazy Rich Asians and as real-life hero Dun Meng in the film Patriots Day (2016). As a stand-up, he performed on The Arsenio Hall Show and received a rare standing ovation. ...

32. Forrest Wheeler

Actor | Fresh Off the Boat

Forrest Wheeler knows that if you want to live the dream, it takes commitment and hard work. Forrest has always strived for excellence in his many ventures and activities: Acting, IMPROV, Xtreme Martial Arts, Action Stunts, Hip Hop and Tennis to name a few.

Forrest's first acting class was at the ...

33. Shannon Kook

Actor | The Conjuring

Born in Johannesburg as Shannon Kook-Chun to a father of Chinese descent and South African mother, Shannon moved to Canada at an early age and eventually adopted the stage name Shannon Kook.

After attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, where he graduated with the Edna Khubyar ...

34. Jake Choi

Actor | Single Parents

Jake Choi is an American actor born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.

Choi received his training at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. He also took classes at T. Schreiber Studio, and studied with Bob Krakower and Ted Sluberski.

He has performed throughout New York on stage, film, TV ...

35. Jordan Rodrigues

Actor | Lady Bird

Jordan Rodrigues was born on July 20, 1992 in Sydney, Australia. He is an actor, known for Lady Bird (2017), The Fosters (2013) and Dance Academy (2010).

36. Andrew Koji

Stunts | Furious 6

Born in 1987, Koji grew up in Epsom, Surrey. His father is Japanese and mother is English.

Studied film and theatre before travelling to Thailand and Japan, where he started work, taking on small acting jobs, working as a stunt man, editor and various odd jobs to pay the bills

Moved back to England ...

37. Hayden Szeto

Actor | The Edge of Seventeen

Hayden Szeto was born on September 11, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Hayden Chun Hay Szeto. He is known for his work on The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Truth or Dare (2018) and Lodge 49 (2018).

38. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

39. Vincent Rodriguez III

Actor | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Vincent Rodriguez III was born on August 10, 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Vincent Coquico Rodriguez. He is known for his work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) and Designated Survivor (2016). He has been married to Gregory Wright since August 2015.

40. Manish Dayal

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Manish Dayal was born on June 17, 1983 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA as Manish Sudhir Patel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), Viceroy's House (2017) and Halt and Catch Fire (2014).



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