Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Daniel Dae Hyun Kim (born August 4, 1968) is a Korean American actor, voice actor, producer and director. He is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, Gavin Park in Angel and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of video games. He also runs a production company called 3AD, which is currently producing the television series The Good Doctor.
Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, the son of mother Jung Kim and father Dr. Doo Tae Kim, and moved to the United States with his family when he was a year old. He grew up in New York City, Easton and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Kim was educated at Freedom High School, a public school in his home city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in 1990, and earned an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program in 1996.
After graduation, Kim made a name for himself playing numerous roles in a wide variety of television programs. He appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a treasury agent as well as episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, The Shield, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue and ER. He was a regular on the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade and had recurring roles on Angel and 24. He also portrayed Dr. Tsi Chou in a 2008 miniseries based on the acclaimed Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain.
Kim's film credits include a small part in Spider-Man 2 as a scientist working in Doctor Octavius' laboratory, and Crash, the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award winner. He also had minor roles in films such as The Jackal, For Love of the Game, Hulk and The Cave.
From 2004 to 2010, Kim served as a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost in which he played Jin-Soo Kwon, a lowly Korean fisherman-turned-hitman who crashes onto a mysterious island with his wife, Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim). Since the role required him to speak exclusively in Korean, he said he was forced to quickly relearn the language, which he had not spoken with any great frequency since high school. He would go on to play the character up until the 2010 series finale. Throughout the show's run, he, along with his fellow cast members, received numerous accolades, including a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. He was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. Kim was also named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2005.
In February 2010, shortly after Lost's conclusion, it was announced that Kim would join the CBS reboot Hawaii Five-0 playing Chin Ho Kelly, the role originally made famous by actor Kam Fong. He was the first actor to be officially cast on the show. That series premiered on September 20, 2010 to strong ratings and solid critical acclaim. He departed the show in late June 2017 prior to the eighth season due to a salary dispute with CBS. He had been seeking pay equality with co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but CBS would not agree to it.
Kim co-starred in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to 2014's Divergent, playing Jack Kang, the leader of the Candor faction.
In addition to acting, Kim made his directorial debut with the Hawaii Five-0 season five episode, "Kuka'awale."
Kim is the voice of the character Johnny Gat for THQ's Saints Row video game series. He also contributed his vocal likeness for 24: The Game in which he played his character from the show, Tom Baker. He also provides the voice for Rikimaru in the game Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven. He provided the voice for Metron in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited.
In a return to his theater roots, Kim played the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I from June 12-28, 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Kim is currently repped in America by United Talent Agency.
In January 2016, it was announced Kim would make his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I from May 3 - June 26, 2016, at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York.
As the founder of the film and television production company 3AD, Kim in January 2014 signed a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios, the first of its kind with an Asian-American actor. 3AD is currently producing the television series The Good Doctor, based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name.
Though Kim continues to split his time between Los Angeles and New York, he spends the majority of his year in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he lives with his wife and two children. After first moving to Hawaii during the later seasons of Lost, he continued his residency after being cast in Hawaii Five-0. On May 17, 2014, he served as a speaker at the 2014 University of Hawaii commencement ceremony.
Besides acting, Kim has devoted much of his time to various charities. More recently, he served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea.
|1997||Addicted to Love||Undergrad Assistant|
|1997||Jackal, TheThe Jackal||Akashi|
|1999||For Love of the Game||E.R. Doctor|
|2001||15 Minutes||Restaurant Extra|
|2001||Looking for Bobby D||Timmy||Short film|
|2001||Nate The Animals||Kuong|
|2002||Superman Must Die||Bradley|
|2003||Cradle 2 the Grave||Visiting Expert|
|2003||Ride or Die||Miyako||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Cave, TheThe Cave||Alex Kim|
|2008||Onion Movie, TheThe Onion Movie||Ivy Leaguer|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Jack Kang|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Jack Kang|
|1994||Law & Order||Harry Watanabe||Episode: "Golden Years"|
|1994||All-American Girl||Stan||Episode: "Ratting on Ruthie"|
|1995||All My Children||Dr. Kim|
|1997||Pacific Palisades||Kate's Attorney||Episode: "Sweet Revenge"|
|1997||Night Man||Roland Yates||Episode: "Pilot: Part 1"|
|1997||Beverly Hills, 90210||Dr. Sturla||Episodes: "Forgive and Forget" and "The Way We Weren't"|
|1997||NYPD Blue||Simon Lee||Episode: "It Takes a Village"|
|1998||Pretender, TheThe Pretender||Lenny Duc||Episode: "Collateral Damage"|
|1998||Seinfeld||Student No. 1||Episode: "The Burning"|
|1998||Brave New World||Ingram||Television film|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Police Officer||Episode: "The Inmates"|
|1998||Practice, TheThe Practice||Testifying Officer||Episode: "Axe Murderer"|
|1998||Party of Five||Ethan||Episode: "Opposites Distract"|
|1998||Fantasy Island||Episode: "Dreams"|
|1999||Crusade||Lt. John Matheson||13 episodes|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||Kahn||Episode: "The Lynn Sisters"|
|2000||Star Trek: Voyager||Astronaut - Gotana-Retz||Episode: "Blink of an Eye"|
|2000||Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For||Everett Jang||Television film|
|2001||Once and Again||Co-Worker No. 3||Episode: "Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight"|
|2001||Charmed||Yenlo||Episode: "Enter the Demon"|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Special Agent Beckman||Episode: "Ellie"|
|2001-2003||Angel||Gavin Park||12 episodes|
|2002||Any Day Now||Mr. Chung||Episode: "Call Him Macaroni"|
|2003||Momentum||Agent Frears||Television film|
|2003||Street Time||Vo Nguyen||Episode: "Born to Kill"|
|2003||Miss Match||Clifford Kim||4 episodes|
|2003-2004||24||Tom Baker||11 episodes|
|2003||ER||Ken Sung||3 episodes|
|2003-2004||Star Trek: Enterprise||Corporal Chang||Episodes: "The Xindi", "Extinction" and "Hatchery"|
|2004||Without a Trace||Mark Hiroshi||Episode: "Exposure"|
|2004||ER||Ken Sung||Episode: "Abby Normal"|
|2004||Shield, TheThe Shield||Thomas Choi||Episode: "Riceburner"|
|2004-2010||Lost||Jin-Soo Kwon||Main role (seasons 1-6)
|2006||Avatar: The Last Airbender||General Fong (voice)||Episode: "The Avatar State"|
|2006||Justice League||Metron / Chinese Man (voices)||Episodes: "Alive!" and "Destroyer"|
|2007-2008||Lost: Missing Pieces||Jin-Soo Kwon||Miniseries|
|2008||Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda Strain||Dr. Tsi Chou||Miniseries|
|2010-2017||Hawaii Five-0||Chin Ho Kelly||Main cast (seasons 1-7)
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Teddy Lee (voice)||Episode: "The Anomaly"|
|2012-2014||Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra||Hiroshi Sato (voice)||7 episodes|
|2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Chin Ho Kelly||Episode: "Touch of Death"|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "The One With the Friends"|
|2015||Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series)||N/A||Director; 1 episode.|
|2015||Once Upon a Time||Drive-Thru Employee (voice)||Episode: "Darkness on the Edge of Town"|
|2017||Big Pacific||Narrator||5 episodes|
|2017||MacGyver||Chin Ho Kelly||Episode: "Flashlight"|
|2017-present||The Good Doctor||N/A||Executive producer|
|2003||Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven||Rikimaru|
|2006||24: The Game||Agent Tom Baker|
|2006||Saints Row||Johnny Gat|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Macau Fast Food manager|
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth||General Fong|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Johnny Gat|
|2010||Apache Overdose Gangstar III||Mac Silver|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Johnny Gat|
|2013||Saints Row IV||Johnny Gat|
|2013||Apache Overdose Gangstar IV||Mac Silver|
|2015||Saints Row: Gat out of Hell||Johnny Gat|
|2017||Agents of Mayhem||Johnny Gat|
|2006||12th Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Lost||Won|
|2006||Asian Excellence Awards||Outstanding Television Actor||Won|
|2011||2011 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor - Action||Hawaii Five-0||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor - Action||Hawaii Five-0||Nominated|
Daniel Dae Kim supports the following charitable cause: Red Cross.