Yila Timothy Kang
March 16, 1973
|Revised Romanization||Gang Il-a|
Yila Timothy Kang (born March 16, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Kimball Cho in the television series The Mentalist and Gordon Katsumoto in the CBS/NBC reboot series Magnum P.I.
Kang was born in San Francisco, California, and is the eldest of three brothers.He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts from Harvard's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater and the Moscow Art Theatre.
Kang began acting at age 26.He had been working in the finance industry at the Pacific Exchange when he passed by the American Conservatory Theater and signed up for night acting classes on a whim. In an interview with the Korea Society, he stated that he decided to switch to acting full-time when he realized that he could no longer concentrate on his day job at the exchange.
Kang was a series regular on CBS's The Mentalist as Special Agent Kimball Cho. He appeared in Rambo (2008) and on TV shows like The Office , Chappelle's Show , The Vampire Diaries, and Monk . He returned to his theater roots for Julia Cho's new play Aubergine, playing one of the lead characters, Ray. It premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in February 2016 before touring to various theatres.
In 2012, Kang launched a production company named One Shoot Films with its first film project focusing on child abduction and sexually abused children.Kang recurred as Ivan Hess on Marvel's Cloak & Dagger . He is a series regular as Detective Gordon Katsumoto in the 2018 reboot of Magnum P.I. . After four seasons led to cancellation on CBS, he continued in the role following the series's pickup by NBC.
Kang has a black belt in Taekwondo.
With wife actress Gina Marie May, Kang has a daughter, Bianca Jooyung Kang, born November 7, 2009.
Kang is a national spokesman and active supporter for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
|2002||Two Weeks Notice||Paul the attorney|
|2003||Robot Stories||Young John|
|2004||The Forgotten||Agent Alec Wong|
|2010||Mister Green||Mason Park|
|2018||A Wrinkle in Time||School superintendent|
|2002||The Sopranos||Dr. Harrison Wong||Episode: "Whoever Did This"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Murakami||Episode: "Legion"|
|2004||Third Watch||Detective Kent Yoshihara||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Dr. Liam Kelly||Episode: "Baby Boom"|
|2006||Chappelle's Show||Car wash manager / Mummy's probation officer||Episodes 3.1 & 3.3|
|Ghost Whisperer||Warren Chen (burning ghost)||Episode: "The Night We Met"|
|2007||Monk||William Lee||Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"|
|The Office||Koh||Episode: "Local Ad"|
|The Unit||Chaplain Alan Lantz||Episodes: "Gone Missing", "Play 16"|
|2008–15||The Mentalist||Agent Kimball Cho||Main role, 151 episodes|
|2015||The Vampire Diaries||Oscar||Episodes: 7.3, 7.4 and 7.5|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Charlie Senarak||Episode: "The Witness"|
|2017||Chicago Justice||Detective Steve Kim||Episode: "Fool Me Twice"|
|American Horror Story: Cult||Tom Chang||Episode: "Election Night"|
|2018||Lethal Weapon||Mike Serrano||Episode: "Diggin' Up Dirt"|
|2018||Madam Secretary||Neal Shin||Episode: "The Things We Get to Say"|
|2018||Cloak & Dagger||Ivan Hess||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2018–present||Magnum P.I.||Detective Gordon Katsumoto||Main role|
|2016||Mirror's Edge Catalyst||Dogen|
|2017||Prey||Morgan Yu / January (male)|
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