Tee in April 2011
March 15, 1977
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
Jaebeom Takata (born March 15, 1977), known professionally as Brian Tee, is a Korean Japanese American actor best known for his role as Kazu in the Nickelodeon Show 'Zoey 101’ and as Dr. Ethan Choi in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med (2015–present).
Korean Americans are Americans of Korean heritage or descent, mostly from South Korea, and with a very small minority from North Korea, China, Japan, and the Post-Soviet states. The Korean American community comprises about 0.6% of the United States population, or about 1.8 million people, and is the fifth largest Asian American subgroup, after the Chinese American, Filipino American, Indian American, and Vietnamese American communities. The U.S. is home to the second largest Korean diaspora community in the world after the People's Republic of China.
Japanese Americans are Americans who are fully or partially of Japanese descent, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics. Japanese Americans were among the three largest Asian American ethnic communities during the 20th century; but, according to the 2000 census, they have declined in number to constitute the sixth largest Asian American group at around 1.4 million, including those of partial ancestry. According to the 2010 census, the largest Japanese American communities were found in California with 272,528, Hawaii with 185,502, New York with 37,780, Washington with 35,008, Illinois with 17,542, and Ohio with 16,995. Southern California has the largest Japanese American population in North America and the city of Torrance holds the densest Japanese American population in the 48 contiguous states.
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.
Tee was born Jaebeom Takata in Okinawa, to a Korean American (Zainichi Korean) mother and a Japanese American father.At the age of two, he moved to Hacienda Heights, California and was raised in Southern California. He attended Glen A. Wilson High School where he was Associated Student Body president and captain of the football team. While in high school, he worked at Blackjack Pizza.
Koreans in Japan comprise ethnic Koreans who have permanent residency status in Japan or who have become Japanese citizens and whose immigration to Japan originated before 1945 or who are descendents of those immigrants. They are a distinct group from South Korean nationals who have emigrated to Japan after the end of World War II and the division of Korea.
Hacienda Heights is an unincorporated suburban community and census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the community had a total population of 54,038, up from 53,122 at the 2000 census. Hacienda Heights is the second largest census designated place in Los Angeles County by area and the county's second largest CDP by population.
Southern California is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises California's southernmost counties, and is the second most populous urban agglomeration in the United States. The region is traditionally described as eight counties, based on demographics and economic ties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The more extensive 10-county definition, which includes Kern and San Luis Obispo counties, is also used and is based on historical political divisions.
Tee graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in theater and performing arts.Not long after graduating he adopted his "culturally ambiguous" stage name Brian Tee after being rejected by a Korean director at an audition for having a Japanese last name.
The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. It was founded in 1868 and serves as the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines.
Performing arts are a form of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience.
A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians, singers and musicians. Such titles are adopted for a wide variety of reasons and may be similar or nearly identical to an individual's birth name. In some situations, a performer will eventually adopt his or her title as a legal name, although this is often not the case. Personal names or nicknames that make up the professional name should not necessarily be considered as a "fake name" like Lady Gaga : for example: Miley Cyrus: born Destiny Hope Cyrus, uses her personal nickname "Miley" and her maiden name "Cyrus" as her professional name, in 2018 she legally changed to Miley Ray Hemsworth.
Tee played Kazu, the owner of Sushi Rox, on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 . He played Eddie Choi in Crash .He also starred as Akira Kimura on Grimm and Takeda on Burn Notice . He also appeared in the season 4 episode "The Girl in the Mask" as Ken Nakamura on the series Bones . He has also played Dwayne Archimedes in the indie Feature film Roswell FM. Tee has also appeared in an episode in the first season of the television series Dark Blue as a Korean criminal. He also had a short part in Austin Powers in Goldmember as a pedestrian ("Run! It's Goldzilla!"; "Still we should run like it is Godzilla!"). Brian can also be seen as a contestant on an episode of Hollywood Squares hosted by Tom Bergeron. He played in 1999 against a woman named Heidi.
Zoey 101 is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks, her brother Dustin, and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), a fictional boarding school in Southern California. It was initially filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, then at stages in Valencia, California beginning in season 3. It was nominated for an "Outstanding Children's Program" Emmy in 2005. Zoey 101 was the most expensive production ever for a Nickelodeon series, as it was shot completely on location in Malibu, California.
Crash is an American television drama series set in Los Angeles, California that starred Dennis Hopper and Eric Roberts. It is the first original series produced by the Starz network. The network ordered a 13 episode season which premiered on October 17, 2008. The series is based on the 2004 film of the same title. It was developed for television by Glen Mazzara. In Canada, Crash can be seen on Super Channel. Starz ordered a second season that premiered in September 2009 before concluding in December 2009.
Grimm is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter and Jim Kouf & David Greenwalt and produced by Universal Television for NBC. The series aired from October 28, 2011 to March 31, 2017, for 123 episodes, over six seasons. The series' narrative follows Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he is a Grimm, the latest in a line of guardians who are sworn to keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures, known as Wesen. The series features a supporting cast consisting of Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee.
Tee was also in the music video "Dance Like Michael Jackson" by Far East Movement.
Far East Movement is an American hip hop and electronic music group based in Los Angeles. The group formed in 2003 and as of August 2018 consists of Kev Nish, Prohgress and DJ Virman. Their single "Like a G6", featuring pop-rap duo The Cataracs and singer Dev hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on the iTunes chart in late October 2010, making them the first Asian-American group to earn a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Among their other chart toppers are: "Rocketeer" featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic, "Turn Up the Love", and their 2012 remix to the song "Get Up (Rattle)" by the Bingo Players, also hit number one on the UK charts.
In James Mangold's The Wolverine (2013), starring Hugh Jackman, Tee played Noburo Mori, a sadistic minister of justice arranged to marry the daughter of Yakuza Boss Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada).
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for directing the films Cop Land (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Kate & Leopold (2001), Walk the Line (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and Knight and Day (2010). Mangold also directed the superhero films based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, The Wolverine (2013) and Logan (2017), the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Wolverine is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and the second film of the Wolverine solo film series. Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Scott Frank and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. In the film, which follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Stripped of his healing factor, Wolverine must battle deadly samurai while struggling with guilt over Jean Grey's death.
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in a variety of film genres. He is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series which he holds the Guinness World Record of longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero for. He is also recognized for his lead roles in films such as the romantic-comedy fantasy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action-horror film Van Helsing (2004), the magic-themed drama The Prestige (2006), the epic fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the epic historical romantic drama Australia (2008), the film version of Les Misérables (2012), the thriller Prisoners (2013), and the musical The Greatest Showman (2017) which he received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013.
Tee took on the role of Liu Kang in the YouTube series Mortal Kombat Legacy .
Tee appeared in the made-for-television film The Gabby Douglas Story on October 18, 2013, where he played her coach Liang Chow, which aired in 2014 on Lifetime.
Tee co-starred in the 2015 film Jurassic World where he played Hamada, a high-ranking commander who works for the Asset Containment Unit (ACU).
Tee played Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows , the 2016 sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where the role was previously portrayed by Tohoru Masamune.
On July 20, 2015, Tee signed on to co-star in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med as Dr. Ethan Choi.He had previously appeared on its sister show Chicago P.D. as a Chinese gangster in season 2.
Besides English, Tee speaks fluent Japanese and Korean.He is married to actress Mirelly Taylor and has a daughter named Madelyn Skyler Tee, born in 2015.
|2002||We Were Soldiers||Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Japanese Pedestrian|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||Sushi Chef|
|2006||All In||Rosenbloom Player 2|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Takashi "D.K."|
|2007||Finishing the Game||Mac Chang|
|2008||The Trade||Mr. Cho|
|2009||Chain Letter||Brian Yee|
|2013||The Wolverine||Noburo Mori|
|2014||The Gabby Douglas Story||Liang Chow|
|2014||No Tears for the Dead||Chaoz|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Oroku Saki/The Shredder|
|2000||The Pretender||Male Agent||Episode: "The Agent of Year Zero"|
|2000||The Invisible Man||Mallon||Episode: "The Value of Secrets"|
|2000||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Intern||Episode: "Family"|
|2001||Family Law||DEA Agent||Episode: "Liar's Club: Part 1"|
|2001||18 Wheels of Justice||Host||Episode: "The Game"|
|2001||The Chronicle||Neo||Episode: "Here There Be Dragons"|
|2003||JAG||North Korean Soldier||Episode: "Close Quarters"|
|2004||Passions||Young Asian Man||1 episode|
|2004||Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation||Cpl. Thom Kobe||Television film|
|2004||Cracking Up||Frat Guy #1||Episode: "Daddy's Home"|
|2004||Monk||James Lu||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather"|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||MA2 Chan||Television film|
|2005–06||Zoey 101||Kazu||3 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Kirk||Episode: "Transitions"|
|2005||Wanted||Jin-Lee Park||Episode: "Rubbing One Out"|
|2006||The Unit||Rebel Leader||Episode: "200th Hour"|
|2006||Entourage||Fukijama's Bodyguard||Episode: "What About Bob?"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Andy Meltzer||2 episodes|
|2008||Jericho||Cheung||Episode: "Patriots and Tyrants"|
|2008–09||Crash||Eddie Choi||13 episodes|
|2009||Lie to Me||Han Yong-Dae||Episode: "Love Always"|
|2009||Bones||Ken Nakamura||Episode: "The Girl in the Mask"|
|2009||Dark Blue||Kang||Episode: "K-Town"|
|2010||Sym-Bionic Titan||Mike Chan (voice)||Episode: "Roar of the White Dragon"|
|2011||Burn Notice||Takeda||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|2012–13||Grimm||Akira Kimura||3 episodes|
|2012||Shake It Up||Concierge||"Made in Japan"|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Ryu Nabushi/Hideaki Kuroda||Episode: "Kupouli 'la"|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Toshiro Mori||Episode: "A Fractured House"|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Jesse Kong||Episode: "The Three Gs"|
|2015||Baby Daddy||Tommy Kwan||Episode: "It Takes a Village Idiot"|
|2015–present||Chicago Med||Dr. Ethan Choi||Series regular|
|2016–present||Chicago Fire||Dr. Ethan Choi||Recurring character|
|2016–present||Chicago P.D.||Dr. Ethan Choi||Recurring character|
|2018||Lucifer||Ben Rogers||Episode: "Once Upon a Time"|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Liu Kang||4 episodes|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Jyunichi (voice)|
|2008||"Dance Like Michael Jackson"||Far East Movement|
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four fictional teenaged anthropomorphic turtles named after Italian artists of the Renaissance. They were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society. They were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
The Shredder is a fictional supervillain appearing in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all of its related media. In every incarnation of the TMNT stories, he has been the archenemy of the Turtles and Splinter, and usually serves as the main antagonist. He is the leader of the ninja and criminal organization known as the Foot Clan.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, released as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Turtles in Time in Europe, is an arcade video game produced by Konami. A sequel to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) arcade game, it is a scrolling beat 'em up type game based mainly on the 1987 TMNT animated series. Originally an arcade game, Turtles in Time was ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992 under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, continuing the numbering from the earlier Turtles games released on the original NES. That same year, a game that borrowed many elements, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, was released for the Mega Drive/Genesis.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, released in Europe as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist and in Japan as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return of the Shredder is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the comic book characters the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and was also the first TMNT game released for the Mega Drive/Genesis.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series produced by the studio Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 28, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and the show began its official run on October 1, 1988. Since then the show and franchise has become a worldwide phenomenon. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for children and the family.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up released by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan in 1991 and for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in 1992. It is the third video game iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. The game features play mechanics similar to the previous game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, but it is an original title for the NES without any preceding arcade version.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American martial arts superhero comedy film directed by Michael Pressman, based on the fictional superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is the sequel to the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Secret of the Ooze was followed by a third film in 1993, and an unrelated fourth (TMNT) in 2007. The film is distributed in the United States by New Line Cinema, and internationally distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American martial arts superhero comedy film directed by Steve Barron. Based on the fictional superhero team of the same name, the story follows Splinter and the turtles, their meeting April O'Neil and Casey Jones, and their confrontation with Shredder and his Foot Clan. It stars Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, and the voices of Brian Tochi, Robbie Rist, Corey Feldman, and Josh Pais.
Bebop and Rocksteady are two fictional characters in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated television series and the Archie TMNT Adventures comics as well as most of the classic TMNT video games. They follow the orders of series villain The Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. Their names are both derived from genres of music: bebop is a style of jazz; while rocksteady is a Jamaican music style, a precursor to reggae.
Daniel Pesina, is an American martial arts expert and a former freelance employee of Midway. He is the actor who played Johnny Cage and ninja characters Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot as well as help create the video games Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II. His younger brother Carlos, whom he worked with on the first two Mortal Kombat titles, remained with Midway until the company's closure.
Ho-Sung Pak is a Korean-American film actor, martial artist, action choreographer, writer, and producer.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a beat 'em up video game released in 2003 by Konami. The game is based on the 2003 TV series. The main gameplay loosely adapts the following season one episodes: Things Change, A Better Mouse Trap, Attack of the Mousers, Meet Casey Jones, Nano, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The Way of Invisibility, Notes From the Underground, and Return to New York, as well as a level that is not derived from the animated series at all. Some cutscene was used anime animation.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the licensed soundtrack to the 1990 New Line Cinema film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was released by SBK Records and Geffen Records on March 16, 1990. The collection is made up mostly of hip-hop and new jack swing styled tracks with several film score cues at the end.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a film series based on the comic book characters of the same name created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The first film in the series, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was released in 1990 at the height of the franchise's popularity and was a commercial success. The success of the film garnered two direct sequels, respectively released in 1991 and 1993, and a CGI animated film in 2007 billed as TMNT building on the success of the 2003–2010 TV series. The series was rebooted in a new film made by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, released on August 8, 2014. The sequel was released on June 3, 2016.
Turtles Forever is a 2009 American television film produced by 4Kids Entertainment. A crossover film featuring three different incarnations of the Turtles, it was produced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series based on the fictional superhero team. It aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017. It was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Composer Sebastian Evans II provided the show's score.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American superhero film based on the fictional superhero team of the same name. It is the fifth film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series and the first in the reboot series. It features the main characters portrayed by a new cast, and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek and Alan Ritchson, featuring the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub. The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman, written by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the characters to Nickelodeon in October 2009.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is an action hack and slash video game based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on May 24, 2016. Less than eight months after its release, the game was removed from sale from all digital storefronts on January 3, 2017. This is the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game and the last Nickelodeon game to be published by Activision.