Ken Jeong is probably the most successful Korean-American actor that you really don’t know. In fact, he’s probably the most successful Korean-American actor the last couple of years when you really think about it. You’re probably thinking who? Ken who? He doesn’t have the chiseled look of Daniel Henney nor the long resume of John Cho, but what he does have is probably the most number of movie appearances the last couple of years because he’s a Judd Apatow favorite: Ken is cast in almost all his movies. Judd Apatow is the hottest comedy director in Hollywood who has brought 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and many other comedic films to the big screen. So let us refresh your memory of Ken Jeong – have you seen Knocked Up, Role Models, Pineapple Express or the Hangover? That’s just a few of the many movies Ken Jeong has been in. You may have seen him this past weekend in Funny People with Adam Sandler. And it doesn’t stop there for Ken because he’s on a roll with several movies lined up for the near future: The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard, All About Steve, How To Make Love To A Woman, Despicable Me (Animation), Off Duty, Couples Retreat, Furry Vengeance, and The Zookeeper.
If you saw Hangover this summer, you definitely saw all of Ken because he went full frontal in the movie. I wonder if he’s the first full frontal by an Asian guy in a Hollywood movie? Remember Ken as the cantankerous OB/GYN to Katheryn Heigl and Seth Rogan in Knocked Up?
What you may not know is that Ken is actually a trained physician. That’s right, he has a degree in medicine but gave it up to pursue his passion for comedy. While doing his residency down in New Orleans, he tried out stand-up comedy on the side. And during his comedy circuit stint down there, it was because of a single chance meeting with someone that persuaded him to go west to Hollywood. As they say, the rest is history! The good doctor is now in! Here are a few of our favorite clips of Ken Jeong. Enjoy!