Ken Jeong is known as a Korean-American actor, comedian, and physician. He is most famous for his role as Leslie Chow in 'The Hangover' film franchise.
Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong was born on July 13, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. Jeong experienced childhood in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his father, D.K. Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Jeong later revealed to USA Today that he acquired his comical inclination from his father.
Jeong was engaged with the student chamber and played in the symphony at Walter Hines Page High School, moving on from the school at age 16. He grew up adoring comedy, particularly comedians Bill Cosby and Jim Carrey, however at his folks' asking, he pursued the steady career of medicine instead of comedy. He finished his pre-drug studies at Duke University in 1990 and acquired his degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
While preparing for his residency at Oshsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Jeong worked two jobs, seeking after his affection for theater and comedy. In New Orleans, he won the a comedy contest which led to NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv comedy club author Budd Friedman urging Jeong to move to Los Angeles to pursue his entertainment dreams.
In 2009, the actor-comedian was cast in his achievement role, as Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy film The Hangover, featuring Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The film wound up one of the highest-earning R-evaluated comedies ever and lifted the Chow character into the comic hall of fame. He returned for the sequels, The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013).
After The Hangover's release, Jeong turned into a normal cast member on the hit NBC show Community, which broadcast from 2009 to 2015. He at that point made, wrote and co-official produced the sitcom Dr. Ken, which kept running on ABC from 2015 to 2017. The show was based on Jeong's life as a doctor turning into an actor.
In September 2019, Alec Baldwin was honored in the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin. Ken Jeong was invited to be part of the panel that joked about Baldwin's career and personal life.
Jeong's Vietnamese-American spouse, Tran Ho, additionally a doctor, practices family medicine. The couple has twin little girls, Alexa and Zooey. Since Tran Ho was battling with an uncommon type of breast cancer growth when her significant other was offered his role in The Hangover, Jeong nearly turned down the part.
Last Modified: Feb 1, 2021