10 Best Asian Male Actors
The best Asian male actors work in a variety of different genres, from action martial arts epics and crime movies to serialized television and comedy. These men have become crossover sensations, building a large fan base in American as well as Asia while delivering some of the best acting roles in cinema today.
Ken Leung – Ken Leung made his cinema debut in Brett Ratner’s “Rush Hour,” helping him immediatel break out as one of the best male Asian actors in Hollywood. He followed it up with a blockbuster role in the third “X-Men” movie and television roles on both “The Sopranos” and “Lost.”
Jackie Chan – Jackie Chan remains one of the most popular and famous Asian male actors working in cinema today. Chan is popular for doing many of his own stunts in movies such as “Drunken Master” and “Police Story.” He recently stretched his acting muscles with the remake of the ‘80s hit, “The Karate Kid.”
Jet Li – In 2010, Sylvester Stallone chose to include Jet Li in his homage to action flicks, “The Expendables.” That is a good choice since Jet Li remains one of today’s quality action heroes. He has starred in great action flicks over his career such as “Hero” and “Unleashed.”
Daniel Dae Kim – Daniel Dae Kim is better known for his television work. He reached mainstream popularity thanks to his role on the television series “Lost.” Other than that iconic role, he has also appeared in “CSI” and, more recently, starred in the CBS remake of “Hawaii Five-0.”
Kal Penn – Kal Penn is a comedy actor best known for his role in the stoner comedy “Harold and Kumar.” That is very interesting since a few years later, he accepted a role on President Obama’s staff as a member of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Penn starred on the TV series “House” prior to his assignment.
Chow Yun Fat – Chow Yun Fat garnered national critical acclaim for his work his Asian director John Woo in three of the director’s greatest films, “A Better Tomorrow,” “The Killer,” and “Hard Boiled.” He also starred in the Oscar nominated Ang Lee film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Ken Watanabe – Ken Watanabe earned an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Last Samurai.” More mainstream audiences recognize him for his roles in two Christopher Nolan films. He was Ra’s al Ghul’s stand-in in “Batman Begins” and also appeared as Saito in “Inception.”
Ken Jeong – Ken Jeong is an Asian male actor that people either love or hate. He is a former doctor who turned to entertainment. He became a standup comedian and then hit it big with his small role in “The Hangover.” He has since appeared in a number of movies including the upcoming “Hangover II.”
John Cho – John Cho became famous thanks to his appearance in the “American Pie” movies where he helped popularize the term “MILF.” He then teamed with fellow Asian male actor Kal Penn in the “Harold and Kumar” movie franchise.
Tony Jaa – Tony Jaa is an Asian male actor who has followed in the footsteps of Jackie Chan by performing most of his own stunts in his films. His most popular role has been in the “Ong-Bak” film franchise as well as the martial arts epic, “The Protector.”