Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1971
FactHis Priceline commercial, in which he impersonates William Shatner, aired twice during the 2009 Super Bowl.


Who is Kenneth Choi?

Kenneth Choi was born on 20 October 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is an actor, known for his work in a variety of popular films and television programs. He appeared in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, and “Captain America: The First Avenger”. He was also a prominent character in the series “Sons of Anarchy”, in which he played Henry Lin.

The Wealth of Kenneth Choi

As of early-2020, Kenneth Choi’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s been working as an actor since 1998, and has also done voice acting, including on a few video game projects. He’s also appeared in a music video.

Early Life and Education

Kenneth’s parents were Korean immigrants who moved to Chicago in search of better opportunities. His father was a businessman, and also taught engineering classes in university. His mother worked as a nurse, but after their children were born, she opted to stay at home, raising the kids. He grew up as the middle child of three – he attended Brookwood School District 167.

Afterwards he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he showed skill at various athletic activities. He was a part of the school’s gymnastics team, even setting a record for the pommel horse, and also participated in cross-country events.

At this time, he discovered and developed an interest in acting which his father did not approve of, because he didn’t feel that it was a career that could be sustainable in the long run. He preferred Kenneth to pursue something like accounting, and he did so, enrolling at Purdue University to study the degree. However, he felt dissatisfied and dropped out of school to pursue his dream.

Acting Beginnings

By choosing his acting path he had to cut all ties with his family, and so left his hometown, moving to Portland, Oregon. Having no experience, he worked at a local video store while taking up lessons with local acting teachers.

Kenneth Choi

Eventually, he landed his first role in the Disney Channel movie “Halloweentown” which saw him work alongside Debbie Reynolds. Now confident in his abilities, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1999, to find more opportunities.

Eventually, more film work started coming his way as he appeared in “Deep Core”, “Time Cop 2: the Berlin Decision”, and “Harsh Times”. He also gained consistent work on television, mainly guest roles as seen in “Roswell”, “The King of Queens”, “Crossing Jordan”, and “House”. In 2008, his popularity started to increase as he was cast as one of the regulars in the television series “Sons of Anarchy”, which follows the lives of an outlaw motorcycle club who live in a fictional town in California.

The show explored themes such as racism, vigilantism, and corruption, and received good reviews throughout its run.

Acting Success

While working on “Sons of Anarchy”, Kenneth gained enough fame, leading him to get a supporting role in the film “Captain America: The First Avenger” in which he portrayed Jim Morita. The film served as an origin story to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) rendition of Captain America. It starred Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, and Tommy Lee Jones, set during World War II as the US fights against Nazi Germany, and one of their leaders Red Skull. The film received a lot of praise and was commercially successful.

Afterward, he gained a role in the television show “Ironside”, which aired on NBC for a season, but was canceled due to poor ratings and reviews. This didn’t stop his momentum, however, as he gained another notable role, in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, and is based on the memoir written by Jordan Belfort, a highly successful stockbroker who was later convicted of fraud and market manipulation. The film was another success, being nominated numerous times at the Academy Awards, and is director Martin Scorsese’s highest-grossing film. In 2015, he was then cast in the show “Allegiance” which is based on the Israeli series “The Gordin Cell”.

Recent Projects

In 2016, Choi became a part of the “Suicide Squad”, a superhero film based on the DC team of the same name, about a group of villains who are forced to work together as a part of a secretive program of the government. The show had an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and was highly successful at the box office despite negative reviews. After that project, he returned to Marvel, working on the film “Spider-Man: Homecoming” starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Michael Keaton, and intended as a reboot of the character Spider-Man to be integrated in the MCU.

During the same year, he was cast in the television series “9-1-1” a police procedural show that focused on the lives of first responders living within Los Angeles. The show featured Angela Bassett, Oliver Stark, and Peter Krause, and Choi who has been working on the show for three seasons. He also appeared in the film “Hotel Artemis” which starred Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown, and tells the story of a woman who runs a secret hospital in a future Los Angeles, where he caters mostly to criminals.

Personal Life

Kenneth Choi is single and there have been no reports of any romantic endeavors or possible romantic connections.

He doesn’t talk about that aspect of his life often and due to the lack of information, rumors are going around that he is gay, but it has never been confirmed.

A lot of people are concerned about his character in “9-1-1” who always seems to run into trouble and even experiences near-death situations. This led to many believing that he is exiting the show, but he’s affirmed that he will still be a part of it for the foreseeable future. He is a big fan of comic book characters from Marvel and DC, which is why he agreed to take up roles in various superhero films.

General Info

Full NameKenneth Choi
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1971
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor
EducationPurdue University
NationalityAmerican

Accomplishments

MoviesSpider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Whole Truth, Red Dawn, The Terminal, Street Kings, Harsh Times, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Halloweentown, The Heart Specialist, Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision, Undoing, War, Bright, Baby, Stephanie, Ho...
TV ShowsIronside, Samurai Girl, American Crime Story

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Facts

#Fact
1He is of Korean descent.
2Dances in the new OneRepublic music video, "Wherever I Go".
3His Priceline commercial, in which he impersonates William Shatner, aired twice during the 2009 Super Bowl.
4Grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL.
5Attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
6Gained almost 25 pounds for his role in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
7Had no contact with his family for five years in order to pursue a career in acting.
8Born and raised in Chicago.
9Attended Purdue University as an accounting major and left to pursue an acting career.

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Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suicide Squad2016Yakuza Boss
American Crime Story2016TV SeriesJudge Lance Ito
Allegiance2015TV SeriesSam Luttrell
Sons of Anarchy2008-2014TV SeriesHenry Lin
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2014TV SeriesJim Morita
The Wolf of Wall Street2013Chester Ming
Five Thirteen2013C.I.A.
Longmire2013TV SeriesDr. Bloomfield
Ironside2013TV SeriesCaptain Ed Rollins
Hollywood & Hammer2012ShortBruce Lee
The Real St. Nick2012TV MovieJack (as R.P. McMurphy)
Red Dawn2012Smith
Dr0ne2012TV SeriesJay
The Newsroom2012TV SeriesDr. Lee
Last Man Standing2011TV SeriesDr. Wong
Captain America: Super Soldier2011Video GameJim Morita (voice)
Captain America: The First Avenger2011Jim Morita
Funny or Die Presents...2011TV SeriesSpaghetti (segment "United States Police Department")
Hawthorne2010TV SeriesPaul Hyun Dr. Paul Hyun
Glee2009TV SeriesDr. Wu
Burning Hollywood2009TV SeriesLouie
Heroes2009TV SeriesSam Douglas
Without a Trace2009TV SeriesAgent Philip Shen
Crash2008-2009TV SeriesMikey Han
Samurai Girl2008TV SeriesSato
Street Kings2008Boss Kim
Koreatown2007Sil the Well Dressed Drug Dealer
War2007Takada
Walk the Talk2007Dave
242007TV SeriesCheng's Operative
Lincoln Heights2007TV SeriesAnthony Moon
Shark2007TV SeriesKirk Bagley
Baby2007Mike
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2006TV SeriesJason Tua
The Heart Specialist2006Mitchell Kwan
Undoing2006Danny
Only the Brave2006Pvt. Dave 'Bullseye' Fukushima (as Ken Choi)
Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil2006VideoAmbassador Li Sung Park
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesDuncan Sabusawa
Harsh Times2005Fujimoto (as Kenny Choi)
House M.D.2004-2005TV SeriesDr. Lim
The Road to Canyon Lake2005Pong
Dragnet2003-2004TV SeriesC.I. Burrell
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video GameGangster (voice)
The Terminal2004CBP Officer
According to Jim2004TV SeriesLab Technician
Becker2003TV SeriesKim Nam Kyu
Timecop: The Berlin Decision2003VideoProfessor Josh Chan
Crossing Jordan2003TV SeriesGarma
Presidio Med2003TV SeriesDennis
The King of Queens2002TV SeriesTodd Ling
Woman on Fire2002Janitor
Reba2002TV SeriesOfficer Aoki
Beyond the Pale2001Douglas
Dead Last2001TV SeriesSyd the Junkie
The Brothers Garcia2001TV SeriesAlec Lind
The Division2001TV SeriesLouis Tang
Kristin2001TV SeriesSmoove
V.I.P.2000TV SeriesDesmond Kusari
Roswell2000TV SeriesKen
Arli$$2000TV SeriesTommy Takega
The Huntress2000TV SeriesDouglas Ho
Deep Core2000Wayne Lung (as Ken Choi)
The West Wing2000TV SeriesSecret Service Agent #1
Martial Law1999TV SeriesBiohazard Driver
Halloweentown1998TV MovieHip-Sales-Creature
Dimension 4042017TV Series pre-productionKojima
Spider-Man: Homecoming2017post-productionPrincipal Morita
Bright2017filmingActor
Stephanie2017post-production
Untitled Nash Edgerton Project2017post-production
The Last Man on Earth2016TV SeriesLewis

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story2016TV Mini-Series documentaryJudge Lance Ito
Captain America: The First Avenger - Howling Commandos2011Video shortHimself
Koreatown: Behind the Scenes2007Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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