Justin Chon

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Justin Chon
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Chon in 2009.
BornJustin Jitae Chon[1]
(1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 32)
Garden Grove, Orange County, California[2]
Years active2005–present
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Justin Chon
Justin Chon.jpg
Chon in 2009.
BornJustin Jitae Chon[1]
(1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 32)
Garden Grove, Orange County, California[2]
Years active2005–present

Justin Jitae Chon (born May 29, 1981) is an American actor. He is known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012).

Early life[edit]

Chon was born in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, and was raised in Irvine, California.[3] He is of Korean descent. His father, Sang, who worked in show business, was a child actor in South Korea,[4] and was often in black and white films. Chon grew up watching his father's films, which eventually inspired him to pursue acting. His mother, Kyung, is a pianist and homemaker.[5][6]


Chon was educated at University High School in his home city of Irvine in California, where he played saxophone in the marching band, followed by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (also in California), where he majored in Business Administration.[7] As he was required to learn a language as a part of his course, he started learning Japanese, then switched to Korean (his parents' native tongue). In order to improve his ability in the language, he spent time in South Korea as part of a year abroad in his junior year. During the first semester, he lived in the dorms of Yonsei University, in the capital, Seoul.[7]

Life and career[edit]

Chon started acting in 2005 in shows such as Jack & Bobby and Taki & Luci. He came to fame in 2006 when he played Peter Wu in the Disney Channel film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.[1] He also played Tony Lee in the Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan.[1] In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.[8] Justin reprised his role as Eric Yorkie in Twilight's sequel, New Moon.[9]

Chon co-owns three stores located in California named the Attic.[citation needed]

Chon's hobbies are surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He learned to play the violin, and later on played guitar while growing up with his father. He is also an amateur dancer and creates comedic short videos on YouTube with his personal friends. He also appeared with Michelle Phan in a YouTube video called " Midnight Kiss " where he kissed Michelle Phan.


2006Puff, Puff, PassBobbi
2008TwilightEric YorkieSupporting role
2009Ashley MasonMorgan
Crossing OverYong Kim
TurboHugo Park
The Twilight Saga: New MoonEric YorkieSupporting role
2010The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2011From the RoughJi-Kyung
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Eric Yorkie
2012Detention of the DeadAsh
Rock JocksSeth
Hang LooseBJ
201321 & OverJeff Chang
Innocent BloodBrad Leepost-production
2014Revenge of the Green DragonsFilming
Television films
2006Wendy Wu: Homecoming WarriorPeter WuMain role
Straight-to-DVD films
2009Balls Out: Gary the Tennis CoachJoe Chang
2007–2008Just JordanTony LeeMain role, Nickelodeon
Television guest appearances
2005Jack & BobbyGreek ChorusEpisode: "Under the Influence"
Taki & LuciDrug Buyer
2006The O.C.Big KoreaEpisode: "The Party Favor"
2011HouseHarold LamEpisode: "The Dig"
2013New GirlBrianEpisode: "Menus"


  1. ^ a b c "Star Spotlight: Justin Chon". Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlueSKJunbo&feature=related
  4. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2009/08/05/interview-with-justin-chon/
  5. ^ http://jetsetextra.com/the-extra/jetsetting-with/jetsetting-with-up-and-coming-actor-justin-chon.html
  6. ^ http://audreymagazine.com/tag/justin-chon/
  7. ^ a b Justin Chon Publisher: www.TwilightLexicon.com Published: 27 July 2008. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-07). "'Twilight' Gives The Green Light To Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon For Book-Turned-Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  9. ^ "New Moon Actors arrived in Vancouver". ReelzChannel. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 

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