Steven Yeun

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Steven Yeun
Steven Yeun by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Yeun at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornYeun Sang-yeop
(1983-12-21) December 21, 1983 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materKalamazoo College
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present
Korean name
Hangul연상엽
Revised RomanizationYeon Sang-yeop
McCune–ReischauerYǒn Sangyǒp
 
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Steven Yeun
Steven Yeun by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Yeun at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
BornYeun Sang-yeop
(1983-12-21) December 21, 1983 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materKalamazoo College
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present
Korean name
Hangul연상엽
Revised RomanizationYeon Sang-yeop
McCune–ReischauerYǒn Sangyǒp

Steven Yeun (Korean: 연상엽; born December 21, 1983) is a Korean American actor. He is best known for portraying Glenn Rhee in the AMC series The Walking Dead (2010–present). Prior to this, Yeun appeared in an independent film and a few short films. He has also provided voice work for the Crysis video game series, and played Wan in The Legend of Korra (2013).

Early life[edit]

Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea to first-generation South Korean parents Je and June Yeun. His parents own beauty-supply stores in the Detroit area.[1] He was raised in Troy, Michigan.[2][3] His parents owned two beauty supply stores in Detroit.[3] Yeun received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience[1] from Kalamazoo College in 2005.[3] At Kalamazoo, he met Jordan Klepper through Klepper's sister and later followed him to Chicago to join Second City.[1]

Career[edit]

Yeun's interest in acting and improv came during his freshman year at Kalamazoo, when he watched the college's improv group, Monkapult. He auditioned for Monkapult, but was initially rejected before successfully joining the group during his sophomore year.[3]

Yeun revealed to his parents that he planned to pursue an improv career in Chicago instead of enrolling in law school or medical school. His parents, while unhappy with the decision, were supportive, according to Yeun, and gave him two years to pursue acting.[3] He moved to Chicago in 2005, living in the city's Lincoln Square with his brother.[2] Shortly after graduation, he joined Stir Friday Night, a sketch comedy group composed of Asian-American members.[3]

Yeun joined The Second City in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in October 2009.[3] In 2010, he joined the cast of The Walking Dead as Glenn Rhee.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009The Kari FilesChipShort film
2009My Name Is JerryChaz
2010Carpe MillenniumKevinShort film
2010Blowout SaleCustomerShort film
2014I OriginsKenny

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Lemons the ShowAsian Guy2 episodes
2010The Big Bang TheorySebastianEpisode: "The Staircase Implementation"
2010–presentThe Walking DeadGlenn Rhee41 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2011)
2011Law & Order: LAKen HasuiEpisode: "Hayden Tract"
2011Warehouse 13Gibson RiceEpisode: "Don't Hate the Player"
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::Ricky MeekerEpisode: "16 Hop Street"
2012Harder Than it LooksStevenEpisode: "Lockdown"
2013The Legend of KorraAvatar Wan (voice)3 episodes
2013Filthy Sexy Teen$MartinPilot
2014Drunk HistoryDaniel InouyeEpisode: "Hawaii"

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2007CrysisKorean Soldier (voice)
2008Crysis WarheadKorean Soldier (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ON THE ROAD WITH STEVEN YEUN". Interview Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Arroyve, Luis (2010-11-21). "Steven Yeun makes jump from Second City to AMC's 'Walking Dead'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Liberty, John (2010-10-30). "College grad vs. zombies: Michigan native stars in new AMC series 'The Walking Dead'". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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