Will Yun Lee

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Will Yun Lee
Will Yun Lee 01 (9511927429).jpg
Lee in 2013
BornLee Sang-wook (이상욱)
(1971-03-22) March 22, 1971 (age 43)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Birmingham (2010–present)
 
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Will Yun Lee
Will Yun Lee 01 (9511927429).jpg
Lee in 2013
BornLee Sang-wook (이상욱)
(1971-03-22) March 22, 1971 (age 43)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Birmingham (2010–present)

Will Yun Lee (hangul: 이상욱; born March 22, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the TNT supernatural drama series Witchblade as Danny Woo and as Jae Kim on the NBC science fiction television drama Bionic Woman. He portrayed notable roles in the James Bond film Die Another Day, Elektra, and The Wolverine.

Early life[edit]

Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, and is of Korean descent. His parents are mother Jing Ja Lee and father Soo Wong Lee,[1] a Taekwondo grandmaster. He spent a portion of his youth teaching at Lee's Tae Kwon Do, his family's business in Napa, California. Lee attended UC Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for the Cal Taekwondo team.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He had supporting roles on high-profile films such as Die Another Day, Torque, The King of Fighters and Elektra. He has also acted on FX Network's mini-series Thief and ABC Family's TV movie Mini-series Fallen. He recently guest starred in Hawaii Five-0 as recurring character "Sang Min", and in True Blood as "Mr. Gus". He also played Kenuichio Harada in James Mangold's The Wolverine (2013).[2] He provides the voice of the protagonist in Square Enix's Hong Kong open-world crime game, Sleeping Dogs as undercover cop Wei Shen.

Lee on the cover of KoreAm in 2007

In 2002 he was named by People as one of their "50 Most Beautiful People", which quickly led to high-profile roles. In November 2007, he was again recognized by People, this time as one of the members of their list of the 15 "Sexiest Men Alive".[3]

Will Yun Lee is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the 2006 documentary The Slanted Screen, directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood. He was in the music video of Mariah Carey's "Boy (I Need You)" as well as Ice Cube's "Roll Call".

Personal life[edit]

In October 2010, Lee married actress Jennifer Birmingham in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their first child, a son, was born in June 2013.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Nash BridgesQuickEpisode: "Gun Play"
1998ProfilerAndrew YoungEpisode: "Ties That Bind"
1998BrimstoneRogerEpisode: "Poem"
1999V.I.P.Episode: "Mao Better Blues"
2000Gung Fu: The New DragonDanny
2000What's Cooking?Jimmy Nguyen
2000The DisciplesYoyo Lee
2000WitchbladeDanny Woo
2001The AgencySamEpisode: "The Year of Living Dangerously"
2001–2002WitchbladeDetective Danny Woo23 episodes
2002FaceDaniel
2002Four ReasonsBuddha
2002Die Another DayColonel Tan-Sun Moon
200310-8: Officers on DutyDetective Danny ChangEpisode: "Let It Bleed"
2004TorqueVal
2004Threat MatrixDanny RohEpisode: "PPX"
2004Law & OrderHiroji YoshidaEpisode: "Gaijin"
200410-8: Officers on DutyDetective Danny ChangEpisode: "Love Don't Love Nobody"
2005ElektraKirigi
2005The SeedKen Marcado
2006ThiefVincent Chan6 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDennis KimEpisode: "Time of Your Death"
2006Tsunami: The AftermathChai
2007HersLucas
2007HustleShiroEpisode: "Conning the Artists"
2007FallenMazarin4 episodes
2007Bionic WomanJae Kim7 episodes
20086th and Santa FeShort film
2008FinneganTaki
2010The King of FightersIori Yagami
2010Boston's FinestEddie Lao
2010Five Star DaySamuel Kim
2010–2013Hawaii Five-0Sang Min5 episodes
2011Four AssassinsMarcus
2011Where the Road Meets the SunTakashi
2011SetupJoey
2011Oka!Yi
2012Total RecallMarek
2012Red DawnCaptain Cho
2012Bangkok Love Story
2013Lost for WordsStanford
2013The WolverineKeniuchio Harada
2013Make Your Move 3DKaz
2014True BloodMr. Gus5 episodes
2015San AndreasFilming

Video Games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Saints Row: The ThirdVarious charactersVoice
2012Sleeping DogsWei ShenVoice
2015Sleeping Dogs: Triad WarsWei ShenVoice

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