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Kelly Hu

Highest Rated:   86% X2: X-Men United (2003)
Lowest Rated:   0% Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
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Birthplace:   Honolulu, Hawaii
Beautiful Hawaiian actress Kelly Hu parlayed early experience as a model and beauty pageant winner into a busy career as an actress in television and film. Kelly Hu was born in Honolulu, HI, on February 13, 1968. While a student at Kameameha High School, Hu began taking modeling jobs on the advice of her friends, which led to her spending four months in Japan working on various assignments. Hoping to advance her career, Hu entered a local beauty pageant, which led to her being named Miss Teen U.S.A. in 1985, making her the first Asian-American to hold the title. While winning the prize ironically put her modeling career on pause (pageant regulations prevent winners from taking modeling assignments), it did help her launch an acting career; after her reign, Hu moved to Los Angeles, and in 1987, after landing a number of television commercials, she scored her first high-profile acting job when she was cast as Melia, Kirk Cameron's love interest, on several episodes of the TV sitcom Growing Pains. Hu began receiving a steady stream of television work, making guest appearances on such shows as Tour of Duty, Night Court, and 21 Jump Street, before she earned her first film role, a small part in Friday the 13th: Part VIII -- Jason Takes Manhattan. Hu's next film assignment would be a bit more prestigious -- she played the wife of musician Ray Manzarek (played by Kyle MacLachlan) in Oliver Stone's The Doors. More film and television work followed, including a brief run in 1992 on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, before Hu took another stab at the pageant circuit, representing Hawaii in the 1993 Miss U.S.A. Pageant. Hu soon returned to acting, making memorable appearances on Melrose Place and Murder One, before she won the role of Michelle Chan on the action-drama series Nash Bridges. Hu lasted two years on the show; her next long-term TV role allowed her to make use of her martial arts skills (she holds a brown belt in karate) when she was cast opposite Sammo Hung on the action-comedy series Martial Law. Hu starred opposite Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock) in 2002's The Scorpion King, the prequel to the runaway hit The Mummy. In 2003 Hu played the villainess Lady Deathstrike in X-Men: Reunited, and joined the cast of CSI: NY in the reoccurring role of Detective Kaile Maka (2005-2006). She played one-time valedictorian Kelly Lee in ABC's sitcom in 2007, though the show would unfortunately be cancelled after its first season. Luckily, the actress found more success on the small screen in The CW's popular supernatural romance series The Vampire Diaries in the role of Pearl (2010-2011), and appeared briefly on numerous television shows including Hawaii Five-0, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and NCIS. Hu took a starring role in Almost Perfect (2011) to play Vanessa, a thirtysomething career woman whose sudden familial problems threaten her seemingly ideal new relationship.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Age of Tomorrow
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet High School Possession
  • Denise
2014
No Score Yet White Frog
  • May Chung
2013
No Score Yet Almost Perfect
  • Vanessa Lee
2012
No Score Yet Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • Laira
2011
No Score Yet The Tournament
  • Lai Lai Zhen
2009
No Score Yet Scooby Doo & the Samurai Sword
  • Actor
2009
0% Dim Sum Funeral
  • Cindy
2008
No Score Yet Dead Space: Downfall
  • Shen
2008
12% The Air I Breathe
  • Jiyoung
2008
No Score Yet Stiletto
  • Det. Hanover
2008
No Score Yet Farmhouse
  • Lilith
2008
67% Americanese
  • Brenda Nishitani
2007
No Score Yet Shanghai Kiss
  • Micky
2007
No Score Yet Devil's Den
  • Caitlin
2007
31% Undoing
  • Vera
2006
No Score Yet Succubus: Hell Bent
  • Detective Pei
2006
No Score Yet Mayday
  • Sharon Crandall
2005
6% Underclassman
  • Lisa Brooks
$5.6M 2005
No Score Yet Confessions of an Action Star
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
  • Lana
2004
86% X2: X-Men United
  • Yuriko Oyama
$214.9M 2003
26% Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Sona
$34.6M 2003
41% The Scorpion King
  • Cassandra
$90.4M 2002
No Score Yet Fakin' Da Funk
  • Actor
1997
63% Strange Days
  • Anchor Woman
1995
No Score Yet No Way Back
  • Seiko
1995
12% Surf Ninjas
  • Ro-May
1993
22% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
  • Suzie
1991
54% The Doors
  • Dorothy
1991
8% Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
  • Eva Watanabe
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
19% The Orville
2017
  • Admiral Ozawa
  • 2017
88% The 100
2014
  • Callie "Cece" Cartwig
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
93% Arrow
2012
  • China White
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
74% Castle
2009-2016
  • Scarlet Jones
  • 2013
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Abigail Cho
  • 2013
57% Fairly Legal
2011-2012
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI
2003-2012
  • Angie Salinger
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Angie Salinger
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Laura Hills
  • 2011
  • 2010
86% The Vampire Diaries
2009
  • Pearl
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Lee Wuan Kai
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Lee Wuan Kai
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Kelly Sun
  • 2008
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Kaile Maka Det. Kaile Maka
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Melia
  • 1988
  • 1987

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