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Biography

Daniel Dae Kim (as Chin Ho Kelly)

     
Daniel Dae Kim (as Chin Ho Kelly) on Hawaii Five-O

Through the diversity of his roles on stage and screen, Daniel Dae Kim continues to expand the perception of the Asian-American man. In characters ranging from the King of Siam, a Shakespearean hero, a social worker for the Chicago needy, to a counter-terrorist agent, his work has consistently transcended the historical barriers of race and stereotype.

Kim is best known to audiences for his portrayal of Jin on Lost. For his performance, he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Journal Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment.

Born in Busan, South Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After briefly considering a career as an attorney, he decided to follow his true passion and moved to New York City where he began his work on stage. There he performed in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A Doll's House, as well as working with an improv comedy troupe. Despite his early success, however, he decided to deepen his dedication to the craft by studying at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University, where he earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts.

Upon graduation, Kim's film career began in earnest, with roles in The Jackal, For Love of the Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2 and The Cave, as well as the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Most recently, he completed production on The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon. He is currently shooting Death Games, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

On television, Kim has guest starred on numerous shows, including CSI, on the Network, ER and, for two seasons on 24 as CTU Agent Tom Baker. In 2008, he also starred in the Emmy Award nominated miniseries The Andromeda Strain. Kim has also lent his voice talents to video games, creating characters in Saints Row 1 and 2, Scarface: The World Is Yours, Tenchu and 24, as well as the animated television series Justice League Unlimited and Avatar.

This past summer, Kim rekindled his love for the stage by performing the role of the King of Siam in the iconic production The King and I at London's world-renowned Royal Albert Hall.

Though he spends time in Los Angeles and New York, Kim spends most of the year in Honolulu, where he devotes his free time to a number of different charities, his restaurant and his family. His birth date is Aug. 4.

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