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John Cho



It's not every day that an unknown actor lands a role that will allow him to deliver a line that enters into the public lexicon and still manages to avoid the "Where's the beef?" syndrome of being forever linked with the resulting catch phrase, but with his role as the "MILF" guy in the breakout comedy American Pie, actor John Cho somehow managed to do just that. With stage skills that aren't limited to Shakespeare (Cho spends his off-time touring with his band Left of Zed) and a killer sense of comic timing onscreen, the fresh-faced Korean actor has transcended his status as Asian-American "It" boy to become one of the most promising stars of his generation. A move from Korea to Los Angeles found young Cho's interest in acting piqued when he began studying English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and after taking to the boards in a Berkeley Repertory Theater production of The Woman Warrior (which would subsequently move to Boston's Huntington Theater and Los Angeles' James Doolittle Theater), the up-and-coming talent made his screen debut in director Justin Lin's decidedly bizarre 1997 feature Shopping for Fangs.



Subsequent years found Cho essaying supporting roles in such high-profile features as Wag the Dog and Bowfinger, with his breakout role in American Pie preceding roles in such widely seen films as Bowfinger, American Beauty, Evolution, and the Chris Rock comedy Down to Earth. Though the films may not have offered Cho the most memorable parts, they kept him familiar with audiences until he reprised his most famous role to date in the hit sequel American Pie 2. In 2002, Cho truly got to show his talent in director Lin's critically acclaimed indie effort Better Luck Tomorrow. Following a crew of high-school-aged Asian-Americans who use their reputations as studious bookworms to mask their criminal activities, the movie proved without a doubt that Cho had what it took to make it in film. More supporting roles in Big Fat Liar and Solaris were quick to follow, and after rounding out the "American" trilogy in American Wedding, it was burger time for Cho as he played one of the titular characters (opposite Van Wilder's Kal Penn) in the 2004 comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. The next year, Cho went on to essay a supporting role on the short-lived chef sitcom Kitchen Confidential before returning to feature films. Over the coming years, Cho would continue to reimain an active force on screen over the coming years, appearing on shows like FlashForward and as Sulu in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% Star Trek Beyond
  • Sulu
2016
5% Get a Job
  • Brian Bender
2016
17% Zipper
  • EJ
2015
92% Grandma
  • Chau
2015
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Middle Counselor Isonokami
2014
91% To Be Takei
  • Actor
2014
86% Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Sulu
2013
19% Identity Thief
  • Daniel Casey
2013
No Score Yet That Burning Feeling
  • Executive Producer
  • Roger Whitacre
2013
30% Total Recall
  • McClane
2012
43% American Reunion
  • MILF Guy #2
2012
68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • Harold
2011
24% Saint John of Las Vegas
  • Smitty
2010
95% Star Trek
  • Lt. Hikaru Sulu
2009
53% Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • Harold Lee
2008
12% The Air I Breathe
  • Banker No. 3
2008
65% Smiley Face
  • Mikey
2007
No Score Yet Bam Bam and Celeste
  • Stephan
2007
No Score Yet West 32nd
  • John Kim
2007
41% American Dreamz
  • Ittles
2006
No Score Yet See This Movie
  • Larry Finkelstein
2006
50% Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas
  • Bob
2006
83% In Good Company
  • Petey
2004
74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Harold
2004
54% American Wedding
  • John
2003
66% Solaris
  • Suited Professional No. 1
2002
81% Better Luck Tomorrow
  • Steve
2002
42% Big Fat Liar
  • Dustin Wong
2002
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider
  • Han
2002
52% American Pie 2
  • John
2001
42% Evolution
  • Student
2001
6% Pavilion of Women
  • Fengmo
2001
20% Down to Earth
  • Phil Quon
2001
No Score Yet Delivering Milo
  • Mr. Hugo
2001
56% Godzilla 2000
  • Actor
2000
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Parking Valet
2000
88% American Beauty
  • Sale House Man No. 1
1999
81% Bowfinger
  • Nightclub Cleaner
1999
60% American Pie
  • `MILF' Guy
1999
No Score Yet Yellow
  • Actor
1998
50% Shopping for Fangs
  • Clarence
1998
No Score Yet The Tiger Woods Story
  • Jerry Chang
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Aide No. 3
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Jeff Coatsworth
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Neil
No Score Yet Children's Hospital
2010
  • Park
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • Steven
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Special Agent Demetri Noh Demetri Noh
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
57% Selfie
2014
  • Henry Higenbottam
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
93% New Girl
2011
  • Daniel Grant
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Marshall
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Harvey Park
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Kenny
82% Sleepy Hollow
2013
  • Jenny Mills Andy Brooks
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Actor

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