Daniel Dae Kim

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Daniel Dae Kim
Kim signs autographs at HIFF, 2007
Born(1968-08-04) August 4, 1968 (age 46)
Busan, South Korea
ResidenceHonolulu, Hawaii, US
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Dae-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Taehyŏn
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Daniel Dae Kim
Kim signs autographs at HIFF, 2007
Born(1968-08-04) August 4, 1968 (age 46)
Busan, South Korea
ResidenceHonolulu, Hawaii, US
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Dae-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Taehyŏn

Daniel Dae Kim (born August 4, 1968) is an American actor. Kim is best known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of video games. He also played a recurring role on Angel.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States with his family when he was two years old.[1] He is now a naturalized citizen of the United States. He grew up in Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Freedom High School and Haverford College. His theater major was completed at Bryn Mawr College. He graduated from NYU's Graduate Acting Program in 1996.


On the cover of KoreAm, April 2010

After graduation, Kim made a name for himself playing numerous roles in a wide variety of television programs. He appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a treasury agent as well as episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, The Shield, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue and ER. He landed recurring roles on Angel, 24 and the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade. He also portrayed Dr. Tsi Chou in a 2008 miniseries based on the acclaimed Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain.

His film credits include a small part in Spider-Man 2 as a scientist working in Doctor Octavius' laboratory, and Crash, the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award winner. He also had minor roles in films such as The Jackal, For Love of the Game, Hulk and The Cave.

From 2004 to 2010, Kim served as a regular cast member on the massively successful ABC series Lost in which he played Jin-Soo Kwon, a lowly Korean fisherman-turned-hitman who crashes onto a mysterious island with his wife, Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim). Since the role required him to speak exclusively in Korean, Kim said he was forced to quickly relearn the language, which he had not spoken with any great frequency since high school.[2] He would go on to play the character up until the 2010 series finale. Throughout the show’s run, Kim, along with his fellow cast members, received numerous accolades, including a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. Kim was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor.[3] Kim was also named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2005.

In February 2010, shortly after Lost's conclusion, it was announced that Kim would join the CBS reboot Hawaii Five-0 playing Chin Ho Kelly, the role originally made famous by actor Kam Fong.[4] Kim was the first actor to be officially cast on the show.[5] That series premiered on September 20, 2010 to strong ratings and solid critical acclaim.[6] On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season.[7]

On June 5, 2014, it was announced that Kim will be joining the cast of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to 2014's Divergent.[8] He will be playing Jack Kang, the leader of the Candor faction.[9]

Other Projects[edit]

Kim is the voice of the character Johnny Gat for THQ's Saints Row video game series. He also contributed his vocal likeness for 24: The Game in which he played his character from the show, Tom Baker. He provided the voice for Metron in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

In a return to his theater roots, Kim played the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I from June 12–28, 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.[10]

In January 2014, Kim signed with South Korean talent agency SidusHQ.[11] He is currently repped in America by Agency for the Performing Arts and Anonymous Content[12]


Recently, Kim has expanded his career to include producing. In January 2014, he signed a first look development deal with CBS Television Studios, the first of its kind with an Asian American actor.[13][14] With his new production company, 3AD, he and his team are currently creating original content for both television and film.

Personal life[edit]

Though Kim continues to split his time between Los Angeles and New York, he spends the majority of his year in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he lives with his wife and children. After first moving to Hawaii during the later seasons of Lost, Kim continued his residency after being cast in Hawaii Five-0. On May 17, 2014, he served as a speaker at the 2014 University of Hawaii commencement ceremony.[15]

Besides acting, Kim has devoted much of his time to various charities. More recently, he served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea.[16]


1992American ShaolinGao
1997Addicted to LoveUndergrad Assistant
1997Jackal, TheThe JackalAkashi
1999For Love of the GameE.R. DoctorB5 Crusade
2001Looking for Bobby DTimmyShort film
2003Cradle 2 the GraveVisiting Expert
2003Ride or DieMiyakoVideo
2004Spider-Man 2Raymond
2005Cave, TheThe CaveAlex Kim
2008Onion Movie, TheThe Onion MovieIvy Leaguer
2015The Divergent Series: InsurgentJack KangPost-production
1994Law & OrderHarry WatanabeEpisode: "Golden Years"
1994All-American GirlStanEpisode: "Ratting on Ruthie"
1995All My ChildrenDr. KimTV series
1997Pacific PalisadesKate's AttorneyEpisode: "Sweet Revenge"
1997Night ManRoland YatesEpisode: "Pilot: Part 1"
1997Beverly Hills, 90210Dr. SturlaEpisode: "Forgive and Forget"
Episode: "The Way We Weren't"
1997NYPD BlueSimon LeeEpisode: "It Takes a Village"
1998Pretender, TheThe PretenderLenny DucEpisode: "Collateral Damage"
1998SeinfeldStudent #1Episode: "The Burning"
1998Brave New WorldIngramTV movie
1998Ally McBealPolice OfficerEpisode: "The Inmates"
1998Practice, TheThe PracticeTestifying OfficerEpisode: "Axe Murderer"
1998Party of FiveEthanEpisode: "Opposites Distract"
1998Fantasy IslandEpisode: "Dreams"
1999CrusadeLt. John Matheson13 episodes
1999Walker, Texas RangerKahnEpisode: "The Lynn Sisters"
2000Star Trek: VoyagerAstronaut - Gotana-RetzEpisode: "Blink of an Eye"
2000Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die ForEverett JangTV movie
2001Once and AgainCo-Worker #3Episode: "Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight"
2001CharmedYenloEpisode: "Enter the Demon"
2001CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSpecial Agent BeckmanEpisode: "Ellie"
2001–2003AngelGavin Park12 episodes
2002Any Day NowMr. ChungEpisode: "Call Him Macaroni"
2003MomentumAgent FrearsTV movie
2003Street TimeVo NguyenEpisode: "Born to Kill"
2003Miss MatchClifford Kim4 episodes
2003–200424Tom Baker11 episodes
2003ERKen Sung3 episodes
2003-2004Star Trek: EnterpriseCorporal ChangEpisode: "The Xindi"
Episode: "Extinction"
Episode: "Hatchery"
2004Without a TraceMark HiroshiEpisode: "Exposure"
2004ERKen SungEpisode: "Abby Normal"
2004Shield, TheThe ShieldThomas ChoiEpisode: "Riceburner"
2004–2010LostJin-Soo Kwon114 episodes
2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderGeneral Fong (voice)Episode: "The Avatar State"
2006Justice LeagueMetron / Chinese Man (voice)Episode: "Alive!"
Episode: "Destroyer"
2007–2008Lost: Missing PiecesJin-Soo KwonTV miniseries
2008Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda StrainDr. Tsi ChouTV miniseries
2010–presentHawaii Five-0Chin Ho KellyCharacter
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesTeddy Lee (voice)Episode: "The Anomaly"
2012–2014Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of KorraHiroshi Sato (voice)7 episodes
2012NCIS: Los AngelesChin Ho KellyEpisode: "Touch of Death"
2013Hollywood Game NightHimselfEpisode: "The One With the Friends"

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
2003Tenchu: Wrath of HeavenRikimaru
200624: The GameAgent Tom Baker
2006Saints RowJohnny Gat
2006Scarface: The World Is Yours
2007Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning EarthGeneral Fong
2008Saints Row 2Johnny Gat
2011Saints Row: The ThirdJohnny Gat
2013Saints Row IVJohnny Gat
2015Saints Row: Gat out of HellJohnny Gat[18]


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  2. ^ "Before They Were Lost". Lost: The Complete First Season, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. September 6, 2005. Featurette, disc 7.
  3. ^ "Hawaii Five-0 Cast: Daniel Dae Kim". CBS. CBS Interactive. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-02-07). "'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-02-07). "'Lost' actor joins 'Hawaii Five-O'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Hawaii Five-0". Metacritic. 
  7. ^ "CBS Renews 'The Good Wife', 'The Millers', 'Two And A Half Men', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Mom', 'Blue Bloods', 'Elementary,' And 11 More". TV by the Numbers. March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Daniel Dae Kim Joins Summit’s ‘Insurgent’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  9. ^ "'Insurgent': Daniel Dae Kim joins cast". EW.com. 
  10. ^ "Mini-View: Lost's Daniel Dae Kim". Fantasy Magazine. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  11. ^ "Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim signs with SidusHQ". Allkpop. January 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Daniel Dae Kim Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  13. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "‘Hawaii Five-O’ Co-Star Daniel Dae Kim Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios - Deadline". Deadline. 
  14. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Daniel Dae Kim Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ "Hawaii 5-0's Daniel Dae Kim Gives Commencement Address to UH Grads - RumorFix". RumorFix. 
  16. ^ "The Guild Agency". theguildagency.com. 
  17. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (March 25, 2013). "Freedom's Daniel Dae Kim narrates "Linsanity"". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ Juba, Joe (2014-12-11). "Get Candid With The Voice Actors Of Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell - Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell". Game Informer. 

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