July 4, 2022

John Cho Bio, Age, Net Worth, Wife, Family, Career, Movies/TV Shows

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.

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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

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1997

Wag the Dog

Aide #3

Shopping for Fangs

Clarence

1998

Yellow

Joey

1999

American Beauty

Sale House Man #1

1999

Bowfinger

Nightclub Cleaner

1999

American Pie

MILF Guy #2

2000

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

Parking Valet

2001

Delivering Milo

Mr. Hugo

2001

American Pie 2

John (MILF Guy #2)

2001

Evolution

Student

2001

Down to Earth

Phil Quon

2001

Pavilion of Women

Fengmo Wu

2002

Better Luck Tomorrow

Steve Choe

2002

Solaris

DBA Emissary #1

2002

Big Fat Liar

Dustin Wong

2003

American Wedding

John

2004

In Good Company

Petey

2004

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold Lee

2004

See This Movie

Larry Finkelstein

2005

Bam Bam and Celeste

Stephan

2006

American Dreamz

Frank Ittles

2006

Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas

Tom

2007

West 32nd

John Kim

2008

Smiley Face

Mike

2008

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Hype Man

2008

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold Lee

2008

Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam

Short film

2009

Star Trek

Hikaru Sulu

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast

2009

Saint John of Las Vegas

Carnival Human Torch

2011

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Harold Lee

2012

American Reunion

John

2012

Total Recall

Bob McClane

2013

Identity Thief

Daniel Casey

2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Hikaru Sulu

2013

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Middle Counselor Isonokami (voice)

English dub

2015

Zipper

EJ

2015

Grandma

Chau

2016

Get a Job

Brian Bender

2016

Star Trek Beyond

Hikaru Sulu

2017

Columbus

Jin

2017

Gemini

Detective Edward Ahn

2017

Literally, Right Before Aaron

Mark

2017

A Happening of Monumental Proportions

Mr. Ramirez

2018

Searching

David Kim

2018

The Oath

Peter

2018

Mirai

Father (voice)

English dub

2019

Wish Dragon[32]

(voice)

In production

2019

Tigertail

Grover

Post-production

2020

Grudge

Post-production

John Cho TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1997

The Jeff Foxworthy Show

Pizza Delivery Man

Episode: “Twister of Fate”

1998

Felicity

Larry

Episode: “The Last Stand”

1998

Charmed

Mark Chao

Episode: “Dead Man Dating”

2001

Static Shock

Thomas Kim / Tantrum, Navigator (voices)

2 episodes

2001–02

Off Centre

Chau Presley

28 episodes

2002

The Jamie Kennedy Experiment

Himself

1 episode

2003

Kim Possible

Hirotaka (voice)

Episode: “Exchange”

2005

The Men’s Room

Bob

4 episodes

2005

House M.D.

Harvey Park

Episode: “Love Hurts”

2005–06

Kitchen Confidential

Teddy Wong

10 episodes

2006

Grey’s Anatomy

Marshall Stone

Episode: “Damage Case”

2006–13

American Dad!

Vince Chung (voice)

4 episodes

2007

How I Met Your Mother

Jefferson Coatsworth

Episode: “I’m Not That Guy”

2007

Ugly Betty

Kenny

3 episodes

2007

‘Til Death

Lucas Bender

Episode: “Come Out and Play”

2008

Hollywood Residential

Himself

Episode: “It Happens”

2009–10

FlashForward

Demetri Noh

22 episodes

2010

Childrens Hospital

Park

Episode: “Frankfurters. Allman Brothers. Death. Frankfurters”

2011

30 Rock

Lorne

Episode: “Double-Edged Sword”

2011

NTSF:SD:SUV::

Chip

Episode: “The Birthday Part That Was Neither”

2012–13

Go On

Steven

22 episodes

2013–14

Sleepy Hollow

Andy Brooks

7 episodes

2014

Selfie

Henry Higgs

Main cast; 13 episodes

2015

BoJack Horseman

Lead Improv-er (voice)

Episode: “Yes And”

2015

The Mindy Project

Big Murder

Episode: “Lahiri Family Values”

2016

New Girl

Daniel

Episode: “Jury Duty”

2016

House of Lies

Sean Chew

Episode: “Holacracy”

2016

Drunk History

William Shakespeare

Episode: “Landmarks”

2016

Lip Sync Battle

Himself

Episode: “Ben Kingsley vs. John Cho”

2016

The Hindenburg Explodes!

Reggie

Pilot

2017

Difficult People

Todd Ross

4 episodes

2017

The Exorcist

Andrew Kim

10 episodes

2017

Do You Want To See a Dead Body?

Himself

Episode: “A Body and Some Quicksand”

2019

The Twilight Zone

TBA

Episode: “The Wunderkind”[33]

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