Get to Know the American Actor Who Was Born in South Korea
Not many people know about John Cho, who was born in South Korea, and started his acting career in America. His first film’s title is The Taste of Kona Coffee (1996). There are a lot of miss-understandings about him, someone said he is an actor in Korea, but born in America which is not true. Some people have been paying attention to him lately, after his role in Star Trek movie. Let’s dig up some info about John Cho history and Personal life!
John Cho’s Full Profile
Name : John Cho
Real Name : Cho Yo Han
Birth Place : Seoul, South Korea
Birth Date : June 16, 1972 (45th)
Height : 178 cm
Weight : 74 kg
Horoscope : Gemini
Nationality : American
Ethnicity : Korean
John Cho moved to America when he was 6 years old, he is the ideal type of Korean kid. In his young age, he got the highest score on his SAT’s. He also played soccer and violin, volunteered at the hospital, and was selected as a prom king.
John Cho graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1990. Then, he continued his studies at University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 1996 with BA degree in English literature.
Now, since he moved to US at a very young age, he spoke only basic Korean. The last time he visited Korea is when he was shooting for Star Trek, and it was only for 24 hours. There was a time when he had to go to lunch with his relatives in Korea and he needed a translator because he couldn’t speak Korean fluently enough.
John Cho as an Actor
After John Cho graduted from Brakeley and moved to Los Angeles, he worked with the Asian American Theatre company East West Players. He appeared in Edward Sakamoto’s The Taste of Kona Coffee in 1996, and in Eui-joon Kim’s movie My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk in 2000.
Back in 1999, he played a small roles as a MILF guy in American Pie. He reprised the role in three sequels: American Pie 2, American Wedding, and in the latest installment American Reunion in which he has a much larger role. He gained more attention after his little role in this movie, “My real break was American Pie. It really did flip the whole thing. “ John Cho stated.
After that, he performed in so many Hollywood movies with a big roles.
John Cho’s Filmography
John Cho played parts in so many American films before he got more famous with Star Trek. His breakout movie was Harold and Kumar, when he played Harold Lee. After that, he played in Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu. Well, we have given you list of the movies John Cho was in over the past few years!
- Search (2018) as David Kim
- Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) as Mark
- Gemini (2017) as Detective Edward Ahn
- Columbus (2017) as Jin
- Star Trek Beyond (2016) as Hikaru Sulu
- Zipper (2015) as EJ
- Indentity Thief (2013) as Daniel Casey
- American Reunion (2012) as John
- A very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) as Harold Lee
- Star Trek (2009) as Hikaru Sulu
- Harold and Kumar Go To Amsterdam (2008) as Harold Lee
Not only paying roles in movies, he also appears in a lot of American TV shows. Don’t worry, we also have a list of John Cho’s TV Shows from the past few years!
- Do You Want to See a Dead Body ? | Episode: “A Body and Some Quicksand” (2017) as Himself
- The Exorcist (2017) as Andrew Kim
- Difficult People (2017) as Todd Ross
- New Girl | Episode: “Jury Duty” (2016) as Daniel
- The Mindy Project | Episode: “Lahiri Family Values” (2015) as Big Murder
- Selfie (2014) as Henry Higgs
- Go On (2012-2013) as Steven
- 30 Rock | Episode: “Double-Edged Sword” (2011) as Lorne
- Childrens Hospital | Episode: “Frankfurters. Allman Brothers. Death. Frankfurters” (2010) as Park
- Hollywood Residential | Episode: “It Happens” (2008) as Himself
- Ugly Betty (2007) as Kenny
John Cho in the Movie Star Trek
In 2009, he joined the cast of the Star Trek movie as Hikaru Sulu. And after that movie ended, he was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast. In Star Trek Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, he continued to play the role of Hikaru Sulu. He began to receive more fans after he was in Star Trek.
John Cho in Columbus
In the movie Columbus John Cho played Jin, here’s the synopsis :
“While his father is in a coma, Jin finds himself stuck in an unusual Midwestern city renowned for its modernist buildings. Though not fond of architecture, Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a bright girl who works at the city library (avoiding college and her future), and she shows him the local marvels. With a curious intimacy reserved for strangers, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father and Casey’s reluctance to leave her mother, a recovering drug addict.”
John Cho said that he learned a lot about architecture from this movie. If you guys haven’t seen it yet, you have to! Watch the trailer first:
John Cho’s Personal Life: Wife and Kids
Jhon Cho married his girlfriend Kerri Higuchi in 2006, and he now has two children. Their first child, a boy, was born in 2008, and their second child, a daughter, was born in 2013. His son’s name is Kage Cho. Once, John Cho was visited by his son while he was shooting for the Star Trek film.
He really loves his wife, and said that his wife really inspires him. Cho gave a statement to Glamour, “My wife was confident in a way that I was very attracted to. She knows who she is. I knew nothing about that. I was so unsettled at that age, and so scatterbrained. It’s beautiful when you see a person who’s self-assured and knows who she is.”
Kerri Higuchi is an actress too, she has had bit parts on a variety of popular shows including ER, Grey’s Anatomy, FlashForward, Parks and Recreation and Scandal. She also joined her husband on his ABC show Selfie for one episode.