John Yohan Cho (born June 16, 1972) is a Korean American[1] actor and musician, best known for his roles in
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the American Pie films (1999–2003) and the Harold & Kumar films (2004–present). He also starred in the critically-recognized hit film Better Luck Tomorrow. More recently, Cho portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the 2009 film Star Trek and starred in the television drama FlashForward as FBI agent Demetri Noh.

It is also announced by that Cho will be playing Blue Galaxy Ranger Kai Chen in the upcoming, soon-to-be filmed Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy (film) reboot movie for 2013.


[hide]*1 Contents
  • 2 [edit]Personal life
  • 3 [edit]Career
  • 4 [edit]Musical career
  • 5 [edit]Filmography
  • 6 [edit]References
  • 7 [edit]External links


[hide]*1 Personal life

[edit]Personal lifeEditEdit

Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, California, United States, where his family settled in 1978. His father was a minister in the Church of Christ.[2] Cho graduated from Herbert Hoover High School inGlendale, California, in 1990. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1996 with a BAdegree in English, and taught English at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California.


Cho began his career as a print model for Korean magazines, such as appearing in an ad forEnterprise Rent-A-Car. After graduating from Berkeley, he moved to Los Angeles, and worked with the Asian American theatrecompany, East West Players, appearing in Edward Sakamoto'sThe Taste of Kona Coffee in 1996, and Euijoon Kim's My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk in 2000.[3] He gained attention with a small role in the 1999 comedy American Pie, in which he popularized the slang term "MILF". His most successful starring role to date has been as Harold Lee in 2004's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Cho was one of the stars of the short-lived situation comedy, Off Centre, and guest-starred on Charmed as a ghost. He was a co-star of the now-defunctFox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. Cho had supporting roles inAmerican Beauty, Evolution and Down to Earth, and a minor role in Bowfinger.

In 2002, Cho had a starring role in the ensemble cast of Better Luck Tomorrow, a drama focusing on the travails of a group of Asian Americans living in Southern California who are academically successful, but socially discontented, and as a result engage in wantonly violent, criminal behavior. He was cast in NBC's new comedyThe Singles Table in September 2006, but the series never aired due to changes in scheduling and production. In 2006 and 2009,[4] Cho was selected as one of the sexiest men alive in People Magazine.

Cho appeared on July 2004 issue of KoreAm Journal. In 2007, Cho was added to the cast of Ugly Betty as a recurring regular. Cho plays Kenny, a best friend of accountant Henry Grubstick (played by Christopher Gorham). Cho played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in J. J. Abrams's feature film Star Trek.[5][6]

Cho appeared in Nas' "Be a Nigger Too" music video along with various celebrities and had a guest appearance on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in the episode "I'm Not That Guy".

In 2009–2010, Cho starred in the TV series FlashForward as FBI Special Agent Demetri Noh.[7] His character was originally slated to be killed off during what turned out to be the show's only season, but after his turn as Sulu inStar Trek boosted his popularity, the producers revised the show's storyline so that he survived, in an attempt to boost declining ratings.[8]

[edit]Musical careerEditEdit

He is the lead singer for Viva La Union,[9] a Los Angeles band composed of former UCB and USC students. They have one album, self-titled, while their song "Chinese Baby" is featured on the Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay soundtrack.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Aide #3
Shopping for Fangs Clarence
1998 Charmed Mark Chao TV series
Yellow Joey Independent film
1999 American Beauty Sale House Man #1
Bowfinger Nightclub Cleaner
American Pie John
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Parking Valet
2001 American Pie 2 John
Evolution Student
Off Centre Chau Presley TV series
Down to Earth Phil Quon
Pavilion of Women Fengmo Wu
2002 Better Luck Tomorrow Steve Choe
Solaris DBA Emissary #1
Big Fat Liar Dustin Wong
2003 American Wedding John
Kim Possible Hirotaka
TV series
2004 In Good Company Petey
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Harold Lee
See This Movie Larry Finkelstein
2005 House, M.D. Harvey Park TV series
Kitchen Confidential Teddy Wong TV series
2006 American Dreamz Frank Ittles
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Tom
Grey's Anatomy Marshall Stone TV series
2007 West 32nd John Kim
Smiley Face Mikey
How I Met Your Mother Jeff Coatsworth TV series
Ugly Betty Kenny TV series
'Til Death Vice Principal TV series
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Hype Man
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Harold Lee
West 32nd John Kim
2009 Star Trek Hikaru Sulu
FlashForward Demetri Noh TV series
Saint John of Las Vegas Carnival Human Torch
2011 A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas Harold Lee
30 Rock Lorne TV series
2012 Untitled Star Trek Sequel Hikaru Sulu


  1. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2007-10-14). "John Cho Speaks About Being Asian in Hollywood". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2008-04-22 "Korean-American actor John Cho, 35, is becoming a household name in the United States..."
  2. ^ The Game-Changer: An Interview with John Cho
  3. ^ EWP 34th Season on East West Players site
  4. ^ People Magazine Sexiest Men Alive 2009
  5. ^ Borys Kit (2007-10-12). "Final frontier for Cho, Pegg". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Associated Press (2008-03-12). "John Cho: 'Trek' role is 'daunting'". CNN.
  7. ^ Joyce Eng (2009-05-19). "Fall TV: ABC's Official Schedule Revisits V, Moves Betty and Says Adieu to Who?". TV Guide.
  8. ^ Keck, William (June 18, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: Gabrielle Union FlashForwards to New Series". TV Guide. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ Jason Buchanan (2008-03-12). "John Cho". The New York Times.

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