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Ken Jeong

Full / Real Name: Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
Born: 13 July 1969 (51 years old)
Gender: Male

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Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian and physician best known for his role as Señor Chang, a slightly unhinged Spanish professor, in the television sitcom Community.

In the summer 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.

Since his feature film debut as 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.

In 2008 Jeong starred in his first major role as the villain, King Argotron, in Role Models, opposite Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film grossed over $90 million worldwide.

The same year, Jeong had supporting roles in two other major comedies, Pineapple Express and Step Brothers.

Jeong originally started on a different career path. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to attain his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residence 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, though, that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film comedian.

In 2006 Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O'Connell also left a mark on YouTube as Million Dollar Strong, a spoof rap duo. Since its posting in 2006, the video has garnered over one million views and Jeong and O'Connell were tapped by MTV Films to write and star in the film version.

Jeong can also be seen in the Will Ferrell-produced film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard opposite Jeremy Piven. He was reunited with Bradley Cooper in the film All About Steve, also starring Sandra Bullock.

His additional films include the comedies Couples Retreat, Despicable Me and The Zookeeper.

Jeong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.


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