Tim Chiou

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Tim Chiou
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Chiou at the premiere of Love Is All You Need? in 2016
Born (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 43)
Occupation(s)Actor, Model
Years active2005present
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

Tim Chiou (born November 23, 1979) is an American actor who has played a number of television and film roles. He most notably played the reoccurring role of the venture capitalist Ed Chen on Season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley .



Chiou attended UCLA where he was involved in the Asian American theatre company on campus, LCC, which had been co-founded by Randall Park just several years prior. He would later join Park to form the comedy troupe "The Propaganders". [1] [2] [3]


Chiou's most prominent role to date is as the venture capitalist Ed Chen on Season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley . The character, who works at the fictional Raviga Capital Management, [4] serves as a parody of Silicon Valley "bro" culture. [5]

On television, he also played A.J., the Gang leader on IZombie , [6] and on TV shows such as House M.D. , The Cape (as Kwan), Victorious , Parenthood (as Mike Garrison), CSI:NY , Grey's Anatomy , Southland , Dollhouse (as Travis Nikoden), NCIS (as Officer Kevin Lim), Hannah Montana , Chuck , Just Jordan , and 'Til Death . [7]

Chiou has starred in feature films such as multi-character film Crossing Over also starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Justin Chon, Leonardo Nam and more, Seventh Moon opposite Amy Smart as her love interest, Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With as Fred, the husband of Lynn Chen's character, Juliet, and as "The Wang" in Abraham Lim's The Achievers, written by Michael Golamco. He has also been in a number of independent short films such as James Huang's Represent and The Adventures of Johnny Karate and Golden Delicious, Viet Nguyen's Ninja Say What, and Nadine Truong's Initiation. [8]

Chiou has also appeared in the Colony Theater production of Michael Golamco's play, Year Zero as Han [9] [10] as well as the production of the play at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. [11] Chiou has also appeared in Snow Falling on Cedars at Theaterworks in Silicon Valley as Kabuo Miyamoto, [12] Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart at East West Players, [13] You Can't Take It with You at the Geffen Playhouse [14] as well as the Berkeley Repertory Theater production of Heidi Stillman's The North China Lover, a stage adaptation of Marguerite Duras's novel, The Lover . [15] He has also reprised his role as "The Lover" in Looking Glass Theater's 2013 Chicago production of Heidi Stillman's The North China Lover, the play getting rave reviews from The Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, and The Chicago Theater Beat. [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]

Chiou has also appeared in print modeling ads for companies such as GNC. [21]


Chiou won a "Best Actor" award at the 8th Annual NBC Short Cuts Film Festival in 2013 for his performance as "King" in Kevin Lau's short film, Made in Chinatown opposite Elaine Kao. [22] The awards ceremony was hosted by Craig Robinson, and the film Made in Chinatown also won awards for Best Short (presented by Marlon Wayans), and Best Writing. [23] For the 2013 NBC Short Cuts Film Festival, only eight films made the final cut of finalists considered for awards out of the 1400 total films submitted. [8]


2006The AchieversThe Wang
2007 The Wizard of Gore Chinese Mickey
2007L.A. ProperDaniel Yang
2008 Seventh Moon Yul
2009 Crossing Over Steve
2010A FoundlingJim Wales
2012 The People I've Slept With Fred
2014Tin ManTeddy MeadeTV movie
2015Crush the SkullRiley [24]
2015UnsingleMichaelTV movie
2016 Love Is All You Need? Brad Henderson
2019 Plus One Nate
2021 I Was a Simple Man Masao
2006 Standoff PaulEpisode: "Shanghai'd"
2006-2007 'Til Death Delivery man2 episodes
2007-2009 Grey's Anatomy Paramedic3 episodes
2007 October Road Young dudeEpisode: "Let's Get Owen"
2008 Just Jordan MonteEpisode: "Picture Me Rollin'"
2008 Chuck Mighty JockEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Break-Up"
2008 Hannah Montana Stage managerEpisode: "He Ain't a Hottie, He's My Brother"
2009 NCIS Petty Officer Kevin LimEpisode: "Broken Bird"
2009 Dollhouse Travis NikodenEpisode: "A Spy in the House of Love"
2009 Southland Responding officerEpisode: "See the Woman"
2010 CSI: NY VinceEpisode: "Unusual Suspects"
2011 Victorious Record producerEpisode: "The Diddly-Bops"
2011 The Cape KwanEpisode: "Scales"
2011 House Dad #1Episode: "Parents"
2012 2 Broke Girls EdwinEpisode: "And the One-Night Stands"
2013-2016Living with ModelsKimRecurring role, 22 episodes
2013 Baby Daddy Good SamaritanEpisode: "Surprise!"
2014Don't Talk in the KitchenKennyEpisode: "Single Ladies Life Alert"
2014 Chicago P.D. Rick FongEpisode: "Different Mistakes"
2015, 2017-19 iZombie AJEpisode: "Liv and Let Clive"; "Return of the Dead Guy"; "Yipee Ki Brain, Motherscratcher!"; "Insane in the Germ Brain; and "The Fresh Princess"
2015 Major Crimes Ken SongEpisode: "Blackout"
2016 Stitchers MorganEpisode: "Pretty Little Lawyers"
2016 Code Black Lt. Jeff ReeseEpisode: "Sleight of Hand"
2017 Silicon Valley Ed ChenMultiple episodes in Season 4
2020 SEAL Team Michael ‘Thirty Mike’ ChenSeason 3 and Season 4
2022 Space Force Dr. LimSeason 2
2023 The Company You Keep DavidMain role
Web series
2017John Hughes Ruined My LifeTim

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