John Cho is a Korean American actor known for his roles as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films, John (MILF Guy No. 2), who popularized the term “MILF” in the American Pie films and Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek reboot film series. John also appeared in APIA Vote TV commercial with George Takei for the 2016 US Election. He is in a band called Viva La Union.

Birth Name

Cho Yo Han

Nickname

John Cho

Genre

Indie, Alternative, Rock

Instruments

Vocals, Guitar

Labels

Borrowed Records

Profession

Actor, Singer

Nationality

South Korean, American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

John Cho was born on June 16, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea.

Age

He is currently 46 years old.

Residence

Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign

Gemini

Ethnicity

Asian

He has Korean ancestry.

Religion

Christianity

Education

John Cho attended Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California and graduated in 1990. In 1996, he graduated with a BA degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Family Details

  • Father – He was a Minister in the Church of Christ.
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status

Married

Girlfriend / Spouse

John Cho has dated –

  • Billy Eichner – John was rumored to be dating actor and comedian Billy Eichner in the past.

  • Kerri Higuchi – In 2006, on New Year’s Eve, Cho married actress and director Kerri Higuchi in Northern California. John met Kerri while studying at UC Berkeley. However, they started dating much later after moving to Los Angeles. They are happily married and have 2 children – a son named Kage (b. 2008) and a daughter (b. 2013).

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
  • In centimeters – 178 cm
  • In meters -1.78 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 70 kg
  • In Pounds – 154 lbs

Body Build

Athletic

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

Unknown

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

John Cho started his acting career by appearing in small roles until he got his break with the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle in 2004. His first acting role was as Aide #3 in the 1997 black comedy film, Wag the Dog.

Television Debut

In 1997, Cho earned his first acting job in the TV series The Jeff Foxworthy Show, in which he played Pizza Delivery Man. That same year, he was cast as Larry in an episode of the drama series Boston Common.

Famous For

  • John Cho is immensely popular for popularizing the slang term “MILF” in the American Pie movie series.
  • He met with critical acclaim for his starring roles as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films series, Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek film series, Steve Choe in Better Luck Tomorrow, Joey in Yellow, Bob McClane in Total Recall, and Peter in The Oath.
  • His television acting credits include Off Centre (2001-02), House M.D. (2005), American Dad! (2006-13), FlashForward (2009-10), Go On (2012-13), Sleepy Hollow (2013-14), Selfie (2014), and The Exorcist (2017).

Manager

John Cho is managed by United Talent Agency, Talent Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States.

Distinctive Features

Hooded eyes

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wag the Dog Aide #3
Shopping for Fangs Clarence
1998 Yellow Joey
1999 American Beauty Sale House Man #1
Bowfinger Nightclub Cleaner
American Pie MILF Guy #2
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Parking Valet
2001 Delivering Milo Mr. Hugo
American Pie 2 John (MILF Guy #2)
Evolution Student
Down to Earth Phil Quon
Pavilion of Women Fengmo Wu
2002 Better Luck Tomorrow Steve Choe
Solaris DBA Emissary #1
Big Fat Liar Dustin Wong
2003 American Wedding John
2004 In Good Company Petey
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Harold Lee
See This Movie Larry Finkelstein
2006 American Dreamz Frank Ittles
Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas Tom
2007 West 32nd John Kim
Smiley Face Mike
2008 Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Hype Man
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Harold Lee
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
Saint John of Las Vegas Carnival Human Torch
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Harold Lee
2012 American Reunion John
Total Recall Bob McClane
2013 Identity Thief Daniel Casey
Star Trek Into Darkness Hikaru Sulu
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Middle Counselor Isonokami (voice) English dub
2015 Zipper EJ
Grandma Chau
2016 Get a Job Brian Bender
Star Trek Beyond Hikaru Sulu
2017 Columbus Jin
Gemini Detective Edward Ahn
Literally, Right Before Aaron Mark
A Happening of Monumental Proportions Mr. Ramirez
2018 Searching David Kim
The Oath Peter
Mirai Father (voice) English dub
2019 The Wish Dragon[32] (voice) In production
Grudge Post-production
Tigertail Grover Filming

Television

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 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”

John Cho Favorites

  • Favorite TV Show – Mad Men

John Cho Net Worth

John has accumulated a net worth of $23 million, according to the media. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About John Cho

  • His family moved to the United States when he was young and was raised in Los Angeles, California.
  • His father was a Christian Minister.
  • He is the lead singer of Viva La Union (formerly Left of Zed), a Los Angeles-based band.
  • After graduating from college, he briefly worked as an English teacher at the Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California.
  • He also worked with the Asian American theater company East West Players.
  • In 2005, he won a string of MTV Movie Awards for Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle like “Best On-Screen Team” and “Best Musical Performance”.
  • He was a 2013 member of the University of California, Berkeley Wall of Fame.
  • John Cho was named one of the sexiest men alive by People magazine in 2006 and again in 2009.
  • In 2018, Cho was cast as David Kim in the thriller film Searching, in which he played a man combing social media for clues to his daughter’s disappearance. He is the first Asian-American to play the lead character in a mainstream thriller in Hollywood.
  • He is a part of the 4-member band named Viva La Union which was previously called Left of Zed.
  • John has won numerous awards for Star Trek like the BSFC Award in 2009 as “Best Ensemble Cast” and the DFCS Award in 2010 as “Best Acting Ensemble”. He was also nominated for WAFCA Award as “Best Ensemble” for Star Trek in 2009.
  • In 2008, he was featured in Nas‘s music video called “Be a Nigger Too”.
  • He has also worked with Singapore Repertory TheatreEast West Players, and an Asian-American theater group in Los Angeles.
  • Visit his official website @ johncho.net.
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