Tee in April 2011
March 15, 1977
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
Jaebeom Takata (Japanese: 高田 ゼボム Takata Zebomu; born March 15, 1977), known professionally as Brian Tee, is an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Dr. Ethan Choi in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med and its spin-offs, and has appeared in numerous films and television series including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift , The Wolverine , Mortal Kombat: Legacy , Jurassic World , and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows .
Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.
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 (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 descendants 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 contains ten counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Kern counties.
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 campus of the ten campuses of the University of California. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines.
Performing arts refers to forms 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 their title as a legal name, although this is often not the case. Nicknames are sometimes used as part of a person's professional name.
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 Asian-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. Former member, J-Splif, left the group in November 2016 due to family reasons. 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 Logan, Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, and 3:10 to Yuma (2007).
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. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2017, a role for which he holds the Guinness World Record for "longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero". Jackman is also recognised for his lead roles in films such as the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action film Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the film version of Les Misérables (2012), the thriller Prisoners (2013), and the musical The Greatest Showman (2017), for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. For playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Tee took on the role of Liu Kang in the YouTube series Mortal Kombat Legacy .
Tee appeared in the 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 "Drift King|
|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 Renaissance artists. 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 franchise, he is depicted as the leader of the criminal organization known as the Foot Clan, and serves as the main antagonist and archenemy of the Turtles and Splinter.
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.
April O'Neil is a fictional character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. She is the very first human ally of the Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
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 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). The Secret of the Ooze's sequel is a third film which was released in 1993, and a fourth (TMNT) followed 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 The 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.
Ho-Sung Pak is a Korean-American film actor, martial artist, action choreographer, writer, and producer.
Brian Tochi or Brian Keith Tochi is an American actor and voice actor. During the late 1960s through much of the 1970s, he was one of the most widely seen East Asian child actors working in U.S. television, appearing in various TV series and nearly a hundred advertisements. He is best known for his characters Toshiro Takashi from the Revenge of the Nerds film franchise, Cadet Tomoko Nogata from the third and fourth films in the Police Academy film series, and as the voice of Leonardo in the first three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a beat 'em up video game developed and published in 2003 by Konami, based on the 2003 TV series.
Mighty Mutanimals are a fictional superhero team spin-off from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The team first appeared in the comic books series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, where they formed as a team of mutant animals who were allies of the TMNT. Additional versions of the team and concept have appeared in subsequent incarnations of the franchise.
The fictional comic book team known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have appeared in six feature-length films since their debut. The first film, 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, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in 1991 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993. A computer-generated imagery (CGI) film titled TMNT was released in 2007 and built on the success of the 2003–2009 TV series. A fifth film by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies was released on August 8, 2014, and served as a reboot to the original live-action films. A sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, was released on June 3, 2016. A seventh film, which is another reboot, is in development.
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, Alan Ritchson and Tohoru Masamune, as well as the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub. The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and 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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a 2016 American superhero film based on the fictional superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is the sixth film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the second and final film in the reboot series and a sequel to the 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film was directed by Dave Green, written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec and stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Brittany Ishibashi and Tyler Perry and featuring the voices of Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Tony Shalhoub, Gary Anthony Williams, Sheamus and Brad Garrett.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2019 animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment in association with Nickelodeon. It is based on the six-issue intercompany crossover comic book miniseries, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. This also makes it the first time Warner Bros. & Nickelodeon collaborated. It also marks the first time Warner Bros. released a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie since 2007's TMNT. It was released on Blu-ray and Digital HD on June 4, 2019. In the film, Batman, Robin and Batgirl team up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save Gotham City from the Shredder and Ra's al Ghul.