Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s comedic stars. In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy “The Hangover,” also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide. Jeong reprised his role of “Mr. Chow” in the summer blockbuster, “The Hangover 2.” Following up on the success of “The Hangover,” the much anticipated sequel surpassed expectations in every way, already grossing almost $600 million dollars and beating “The Hangover,” while setting box office records for R-rated films. He was then seen in the 3rd installment of “The Hangover 3,” which showcased his meatiest performance to date. The film went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide.
Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in “Knocked Up” in 2007, Jeong has gone on to a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. Directed, written and produced by Judd Apatow, Jeong’s first film grossed $219 million at the worldwide box office. The year 2008 saw Jeong with his first major role as the villain in “Role Models.” Taking on the role of “King Argotron,” Jeong acted opposite Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film went on to gross over $90 million worldwide. The same year saw Jeong with parts in two other major comedies, “Pineapple Express” and “Step Brothers.”
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to earn his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans, all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the “Big Easy Laff Off.” The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Once in Los Angeles, Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including “The Office,” “Entourage,” and “MADtv.” It wasn’t until his pivotal role as “Dr. Kuni” in “Knocked Up” that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film actor. In 2006, Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O’Connell also left a mark on YouTube, as “Million Dollar Strong,” a spoof rap duo. Since the video’s posting in 2006, the video has garnered over 1 million views.
Things have only picked up for Jeong. He’s starring in Universal’s “Ride Along 2” and starring in his own ABC television series – “Dr. Ken.” Other credits for Jeong include “The Duff,” “Transformers 3,” “Pain and Gain,” “Despicable Me 2,” and he has recently directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Student Athlete.” He spends a lot of his off time volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer. Jeong was also a regular on the critically acclaimed television show “Community.”
Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.