John Cho Biography
John Cho is an American actor known for his roles as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films; Jin in Kogonada’s feature directorial debut Columbus; Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek reboot film series. In his early career, Cho also starred in the Asian American centered films Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), Shopping for Fangs (1997) and Yellow (1998). He starred in the psychological thriller film Searching in 2018, making him the first Asian-American actor in history to headline a mainstream thriller film in Hollywood.
He was the first Asian American actor cast as a romantic lead when he starred as Henry Higgs in the 2014 sitcom Selfie making history in American television. Cho has had lead roles in series such as FlashForward and Off Centre in addition to his role in Selfie, along with recurring roles in Sleepy Hollow and Difficult People.
John Cho Age
John born on June 16, 1972 is 46 years as of 2018.
John Cho Net Worth
John Chu has a net worth of $20 million.
John Cho Wife/Children
In 2006, Cho married actress Kerri Higuchi and together they have a son, born in 2008 and a daughter, born in 2013.
John Cho Family/Education
Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea and in 1978 as a young boy moved to the United States. His family settled in Los Angeles where he was raised after living in Houston, Seattle, Daly City, California and Monterey Park, California. His father was a minister in the Church of Christ and was originally from North Korea. Cho graduated from Herbert Hoover High School, in Glendale, California, in 1990. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1996 with a BA degree in English and taught English at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California while working at East West Players’s theater in downtown Los Angeles.
John Cho Career
After graduating from Berkeley, Cho began his career when he moved to Los Angeles and worked with the Asian American theatre company East West Players. In 1996, he appeared in Edward Sakamoto’s The Taste of Kona Coffee and in Euijoon Kim’s movie My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk in 2000.
Cho gained attention with a small role as “MILF Guy #2” in the 1999 comedy American Pie, in which he popularized the slang term MILF. In American Pie 2, American Wedding and the latest installment American Reunion in which he has a much larger role Cho reprised his role in three sequels. His character initially had no name but he was given the name “John” in the third film, named after Cho himself.
Cho guest-starred on Charmed as a ghost in 1998 and was one of the stars of the short-lived situation comedy Off Centre in 2001–2002. He was a costar of the now-defunct Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential based on Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling book. He had supporting roles in the sci-fi comedy Evolution directed by Ivan Reitman, Down to Earth starring Chris Rock, and Bowfinger with Steve Martin.
In 2002, Cho had a starring role in the ensemble cast of Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow, a drama focusing on the travails of a group of Asian Americans living in Southern California who are socially discontented and academically successful and as a result engage in wantonly violent, criminal behavior. It was well received by critics, with Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times describing Cho’s character’s “lazy magnetism of which he is charmingly aware.” Later that year, the movie Big Fat Liar was released, in which Cho played a Hong Kong-based movie director. He refused to do the accent scripted for his character. The director worked with him to re-develop the role.
Cho had a successful starring role as Harold Lee in 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and reprised the role in 2008’s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay that raked in $38 million at the theaters and again in 2011’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas which made $35 million. Cho’s role in the popular franchise was written specifically for him by Hayden Schlossberg, and Cho has recounted that when Schlossberg first approached him with the role, he was initially suspicious.
Cho appeared on July 2004 issue of KoreAm Journal and in September 2006 was cast in NBC’s new comedy The Singles Table, but the series never aired due to changes in scheduling and production. In 2006 and again in 2009, Cho was selected as one of the sexiest men alive in People magazine.
Cho was added to the cast of Ugly Betty as a recurring character in 2007. He also plays Kenny, a best friend of accountant Henry Grubstick (played by Christopher Gorham). Cho played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in J. J. Abrams’s feature film Star Trek. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times praised him, along with Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, for making their roles “ultimately and rather wonderfully their own”.
Cho appeared in Nas’s “Be a Nigger Too” music video along with various celebrities, and had a guest appearance on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in the episode “I’m Not That Guy” where he played a partner in an evil law firm. Of the latter, Staci Krause of IGN, wrote that Cho was “the scene stealer in this episode” and that she would “definitely like to see more of him” in the series.
Cho starred in the television series FlashForward as FBI Special Agent Demetri Noh from 2009 to 2010. His character was originally slated to be killed off during what turned out to be the show’s only season, appearing as Sulu in Star Trek boosted his popularity, the producers revised the show’s storyline so that he survived, in an attempt to boost declining ratings.
Cho starred as Henry Higgs in the short-lived sitcom Selfie, a retooling of the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, becoming the first Asian American to play a romantic lead on a U.S. television series.Cho starred in the film Searching, playing a man combing social media for clues to his daughter’s disappearance in 2018. Cho became the first Asian-American actor to headline a mainstream thriller in Hollywood.
John Cho Movies
Wag the Dog
Shopping for Fangs
Sale House Man #1
MILF Guy #2
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
American Pie 2
John (MILF Guy #2)
Down to Earth
Pavilion of Women
Better Luck Tomorrow
DBA Emissary #1
Big Fat Liar
In Good Company
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
See This Movie
Bam Bam and Celeste
Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Saint John of Las Vegas
Carnival Human Torch
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Middle Counselor Isonokami (voice)
Get a Job
Star Trek Beyond
Detective Edward Ahn
Literally, Right Before Aaron
A Happening of Monumental Proportions
John Cho TV Shows
The Jeff Foxworthy Show
Pizza Delivery Man
Episode: “Twister of Fate”
Episode: “The Last Stand”
Episode: “Dead Man Dating”
Thomas Kim / Tantrum, Navigator (voices)
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
The Men’s Room
Episode: “Love Hurts”
Episode: “Damage Case”
Vince Chung (voice)
How I Met Your Mother
Episode: “I’m Not That Guy”
Episode: “Come Out and Play”
Episode: “It Happens”
Episode: “Frankfurters. Allman Brothers. Death. Frankfurters”
Episode: “Double-Edged Sword”
Episode: “The Birthday Part That Was Neither”
Main cast; 13 episodes
Lead Improv-er (voice)
Episode: “Yes And”
The Mindy Project
Episode: “Lahiri Family Values”
Episode: “Jury Duty”
House of Lies
Lip Sync Battle
Episode: “Ben Kingsley vs. John Cho”
The Hindenburg Explodes!
Do You Want To See a Dead Body?
Episode: “A Body and Some Quicksand”
The Twilight Zone
Episode: “The Wunderkind”