Top 40 Asian Actors Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywoodby AsianTalentHollywood | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
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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
Actor | After Yang
5. Simu Liu
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...
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
Actor | 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.
9. Lance Lim
Actor | Independence Day: Resurgence
School of Rock, The Edge of Seventeen
10. Ian Alexander
Actor | The Last of Us: Part II
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...
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 ...
19. Booboo Stewart
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...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.