Brian Tee

Born in 1977, Brian Tee relocated from Okinawa, Japan to Hacienda Heights, California when he was 2 years old. While in high school, Tee worked at Blackjack Pizza, where fellow celeb Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1977 in Okinawa, JP

Filmography

Actor (46)

Chicago Med 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Fire 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago PD 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 (Movie)

Shredder (Actor)

Baby Daddy 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jurassic World 2015 (Movie)

Hamada (Actor)

One Christmas Eve 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoo 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deadland 2014 (Movie)

Jax (Actor)

Legends 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Tears for the Dead 2014 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Roswell FM 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gabby Douglas Story 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lottery 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beauty and the Beast 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wolverine 2013 (Movie)

Noburo (Actor)

Wedding Palace 2013 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Grimm 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shake It Up: Made in Japan 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crash 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jericho 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finishing the Game 2007 (Movie)

Mac Chang (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

All In 2006 (Movie)

Rosenbloom Player 2 (Actor)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 (Movie)

DK (Actor)

The Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Sushi Chef (Actor)

Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zoey 101 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starship Troopers 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

Japanese Pedestrian (Actor)

The Chronicle 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Were Soldiers 2002 (Movie)

PFC Jimmy Nakayama (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Justice (Tv Show)

Actor

Pandemic (TV Show)

Actor

Tiger Cruise (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Wedding Palace 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Born in 1977, Brian Tee relocated from Okinawa, Japan to Hacienda Heights, California when he was 2 years old. While in high school, Tee worked at Blackjack Pizza, where fellow celeb Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was often a customer. Tee attended University of California at Berkeley and began pursuing his television career. His first appearance on the small screen came in 2000 when he had a small role on the television series "The Pretender" (NBC, 1996-2000). The early 2000s were a busy time for Tee, who booked small roles on series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB, 1997-2001), UPN, 2001-2003), "Family Law", (CBS, 1999-2002), "JAG" (CBS, 1997-2005), and "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2007). In 2006 Tee was cast as D.K. a.k.a. The Drift King, in the blockbuster action movie "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". The franchise was extremely popular, and helped to boost Tee's visibility. Following his appearance in Tokyo Drift, Tee appeared in a number of other feature films including "Chain Letter" (2009), "The Wolverine" (2013}, and indie effort "Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee" (2014). Tee also appeared in "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005-), and had a recurring role on "Zoey 101" (Nickelodeon, 2005-08). In 2015 Tee joined the cast of hospital drama "Chicago Med" (NBC, 2015-) as Dr. Ethan Choi.

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley

Milestones

2016

Played Shredder in the second installment of the franchise reboot, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

2015

Joined cast of "Chicago Med"

2011

Starred in a production of "Snow Falling on Cedars" at The Hartford Stage.

2009

Produced his first film, "Deadland."

2006

Was cast in the breakout role of D.K. in the movie "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

Bonus Trivia

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Is of Japanese and Korean heritage, and was raised in the United States from the age of two.

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Focused on playing on his school's football team while in high school, and only developed an interest in acting later in college.

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Learned how to drift through training at the Irwindale Speedway for his role in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

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"From the beginning when I started to even today I’ve felt that the opportunities for Asian-American actors, especially males, are so few and far between. And, the opportunities that do arise are usually the stereotypical ones: techie-geek, kung-fu kid or Asian gangster. These are not characters, but are caricatures of what the industry and mainstream generally view us and I think it is up to us and that talent to break that mold in becoming who we truly are which is an aspect and part of America as a whole." - from halfkorean.com, Sept. 29, 2009

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