Born: August 22, 1971
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Rick Yune (born August 22, 1971 as Richard Yun) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, martial artist and former model. His most notable roles have been in the movies Snow Falling on Cedars, the first Fast and Furious film The Fast and the Furious, and in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. He was part of the main cast of the Netflix original series Marco Polo until the series was cancelled on December 12, 2016.
Yune was born in Washington D.C. to father Wonhui Park and mother Taeho Yune, who were both Koreans. He is of Korean descent. His younger brother is actor Karl Yune.
Yune was educated at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland) and St. John's College High School. In 1994, he received his degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Yune was one of the original hedge fund traders for SAC Capital but left to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.
Yune practices many forms of martial arts. He changed the spelling of his last name from "Yun" to "Yune" for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) purposes.
While studying at Wharton, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during the mid-1992. During that time, he was "discovered" by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren's Polo.
Yune made his film debut in 1999, playing Kazuo Miyamoto, a Japanese-American war hero accused of killing a respected fisherman (played by Daniel von Bargen) in the close-knit community, in director Scott Hicks' film adaptation of David Guterson's post-World War II novel, Snow Falling on Cedars.
Yune co-starred as Johnny Tran, the ruthless leader of a Vietnamese gang and the rival of Vin Diesel's character, in the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious.
Yune appeared in the 2004 video "Call U Sexy" by the band VS, as well as in Someone (1997) by SWV, featuring Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Yune appeared in two 2005 episodes of ABC's spy series Alias, playing a modern-day samurai Kazu Tamazaki who is hunted down by Jennifer Garner in Sydney. He also appeared as a guest in an episode of ABC's legal dramedy series Boston Legal and the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2006 he provided his voice for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours which was based the 1983 motion picture Scarface.
Yune starred with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in the 2012 martial arts film, The Man with the Iron Fists.
In 2013 Yune played villain Kang Yeonsak, in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, opposite Gerard Butler.
In 2014, Yune took on the role of Kaidu, a Mongol Khan, in the historical drama series Marco Polo. Yune reprised his role in the second season, which was released in 2016.
Yune is a Board member of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation and an Ambassador for the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco.
|1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Kazuo Miyamoto|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Johnny Tran|
|The Fence||Lucky Chang|
|2002||Die Another Day||Zao|
|2008||The Fifth Commandment||Chance Templeton|
|Alone in the Dark II||Edward Carnby|
|2009||Beyond Remedy||Dr. Lee|
|2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Zen Yi|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Kang Yeonsak|
|2000||Any Day Now|
|2001||The Division||1 episode|
|2005||Alias||Kazu Tamazaki||2 episodes|
|Boston Legal||Troi Ran||1 episode|
|2006||CSI||Hong Hsing||1 episode|
|2014||Marco Polo||Kaidu||Recurring role|
|2017||Prison Break||Ja||Recurring role|