Ken Jeong

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Ken Jeong

Jeong in March 2012.
BornKendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
(1969-07-13) July 13, 1969 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Alma materDuke University (undergraduate studies)
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
OccupationActor, comedian, physician
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Ken Jeong

Jeong in March 2012.
BornKendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
(1969-07-13) July 13, 1969 (age 43)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Alma materDuke University (undergraduate studies)
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
OccupationActor, comedian, physician

Kendrick Kang-Joh “Ken” Jeong (born July 13, 1969)[1] also known as Dr. Ken, is an American comedian, actor, and physician.[2] He is best known for his role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover & The Hangover Part II and as Señor Ben Chang on the NBC comedy series Community.


Early years

Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of South Korean immigrants Young and D.K. Jeong, who was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3][4] Jeong was raised in Greensboro and attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro's Youth of the Year award.[3]



He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University in 1990 and attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.[2] He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy.[5]

Show business

He won the Big Easy Laff-Off, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges. They both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles, and he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs.

Jeong's background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ken made his feature film debut as Dr. Kuni in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up which proved to be his breakout performance. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron; All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover and The Hangover Part II. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.

He attacked (kayfabe) pro wrestler John Cena with a cane on the August 3, 2009 episode of WWE Raw.

Jeong is a series regular as Señor Ben Chang on NBC's sitcom Community.

Jeong was nominated for two 2010 MTV Movie Awards, winning the award for Best WTF Moment as well as being nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for The Hangover.

Jeong was also nominated for "Male Breakout Star" for Community at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

In the fall of 2010, Adidas basketball began a wide-ranging marketing campaign in which Jeong stars as the character "Slim Chin" alongside NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose.

On May 22, 2011, Jeong hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on ABC.[6]

On June 15, 2011, Jeong was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign from the American Heart Association.[7]

Ken Jeong will star in and produce the film The Chung Factor, which was purchased by Lionsgate on October 25, 2011.[8]

Jeong received a Streamy Award nomination for "Best Guest Appearance" for "Burning Love." [9]

In the spring of 2012, Jeong joined the cast of Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" as a character named Johnny Wu. [10]

In the summer of 2012, Ken Jeong signed on to return in a significantly expanded role as Mr. Chow in "The Hangover Part III." [11]

In an unusual, if informal, partnership, Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a lead role in a new movie Jeong will produce called “After Prom.” Jeong will star in “All-Star Weekend,” a comedy Foxx is developing at his production comedy about two friends who find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars. [12]

Personal life

Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, a Vietnamese American, is also a doctor. Together, they have twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey, and live in Southern California.[13][14]


Jeong in 2010
YearFilmRoleOther notes
2007Knocked UpDr. Kuni
2008Step BrothersEmployment Agent
Pineapple ExpressKen
Role ModelsKing Argotron
2009The HangoverMr. ChowMTV Movie Awards Best WTF Moment
Nominated - MTV Movie Awards Best Villain
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardTeddy Dang
All About SteveAngus
Couples RetreatTherapist No.2
2010How to Make Love to a WomanCurtis Lee
Furry VengeanceNeal Lyman
Despicable MeTalk Show HostVoice role
Vampires SuckDaro
2011Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonMailmanCameo
The Hangover Part IIMr. ChowNominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer
Transformers: Dark of the MoonJerry Wang
Muppets, TheThe MuppetsPunch Teacher hostCameo
2013Pain & GainJohnny Wu
The Hangover Part IIIMr. Chow
Despicable Me 2Voice role
TurboVoice role
1997The Big EasyDr. TangEpisode: Night Music
1998Black JaqKurtTV-pilot
2001The Downer ChannelStore OwnerEpisode: 1.2
2002Girls Behaving BadlyVarious characters
2003Cedric the Entertainer PresentsAsian Thunder
2003–2005MADtvVarious characters4 episodes
2004Significant OthersGynecologist
Crossing JordanSteve ChoiEpisode: Slam Dunk
Grounded for LifeOwnerEpisode: I'm Looking Through You
2005Two and a Half MenMale NurseEpisode: Woo-Hoo, a Hernia-Exam!
Mind of MenciaKen
Jimmy Kimmel Live!AstronautEpisode: July 29, 2005
The OfficeBillEpisode: E-mail Surveillance
2006Three StrikesRoido's InterpreterTV-pilot
EntourageCoffee Shop ManagerEpisode: The Release
2007The ShieldSkip OsakaEpisode: Back to One
Curb Your EnthusiasmMan in Jersey No.1Episode: The Anonymous Donor
Boston LegalCoroner Myron OkuboEpisode: The Innocent Man
2008Held UpDoctorTV-pilot
'Til DeathDr. ParkEpisode: Snip/Duck
Episode: Circumdecision
Worst WeekPhilEpisode: The Bird
Episode: The Apartment
2009Off DutyJackie ChanTV-pilot
American Dad!Dr. PerlmutterEpisode: Family Affair
Episode: Every Which Way But Lose
Party DownAlan DukSin Say Shun Awards After Party
Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception
Men of a Certain AgeKuoEpisode: Pilot
2009–presentCommunitySeñor Ben ChangSeries Regular
TV Guide Award Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2010)
2012Mary Shelley's FrankenholeEverybodyEpisode: Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!
2012Bob's BurgersDr. YapDr. Yap
2013Kung Fu Panda: Legends of AwesomenessSuperintendent WooEpisode: Shifu's Back!
Web series
2012Burning LoveBallerinaSeason 1
Nominated - Streamy Award Best Guest Appearance (2012)


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Medical Board of California – Physician/Surgeon License".
  3. ^ a b Lopez, Robert (June 19, 2009). "Greensboro native finds funny bone in movie". News & Record. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  4. ^ Lee, Chris (June 10, 2009). "Doctor provides best medicine". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Dr. Ken Jeong". Retrieved June 3, 2007.
  6. ^ "Far*East Movement will perform at Ken Jeong-hosted Billboard Music Awards". Asia Pacific Arts. May 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ken Jeong AHA Hands-Only CPR video". June 15, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ken Jeong to star in and co-produce The Chung Factor". Asia Pacific Arts. 10/31/2011.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (5 April 2012). "'Community' Star Ken Jeong Joins Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana; Belloni, Matthew (July 12, 2012). "Ken Jeong Signs on for Expanded Role in 'Hangover: Part III' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  12. ^ "Jamie Foxx and Ken Jeong agree to trade movies". Los Angeles Times. 10/10/2012.
  13. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (September 3, 2009). "Ken Jeong transitions from doctor to in-demand jokester". USA Today.
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