Kelly Hu

Actor
One of the most successful Asian-American actresses of all time, Kelly Hu found her greatest success in genre projects, mostly fantasy, action and horror. After becoming the first Asian-American Miss Teen USA in ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

Arrow 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Death Valley 2015 (Movie)

Greenstreet (Actor)

High School Possession 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Burke's Law 1992 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Malcolm and Eddie 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Martial Law 1998 - 2000, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Melrose Place 1992 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1992 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Nash Bridges 1997 - 2000, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Phineas and Ferb 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Raven 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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SGU: Stargate Universe 1997 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The 100 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Sentinel 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Warehouse 13 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Castle 2013 (Tv Show)

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White Frog 2013 (Movie)

May Chung (Actor)

Breakout Kings 2012 (Tv Show)

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They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Polly Bemis (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2011 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama! 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

What Women Want 2011 (Movie)

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Iron Chef America 2010 (Tv Show)

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Vampire Diaries 2010 (Tv Show)

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Dim Sum Funeral 2009 (Movie)

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Heroes Among Us: The 2009 Hero Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

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NCIS 2009 (Tv Show)

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NCIS: Los Angeles 2009 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Tournament 2009 (Movie)

Lai Lai (Actor)

Farmhouse 2008 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

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Stiletto 2008 (Movie)

Detective Hanover (Actor)

The Air I Breathe 2008 (Movie)

Jiyoung (Actor)

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Afro Samurai 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dead Space: Downfall 2007 (Movie)

Shen (Voice)

In Case of Emergency 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Robot Chicken 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Undoing 2007 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

CSI: New York 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Shanghai Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Micki Yang (Actor)

Americanese 2005 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

The Underclassman 2005 (Movie)

Lisa Brooks (Actor)

Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Confessions of an Action Star 2004 (Movie)

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Maxim Hot 100 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Boomtown 2003 (Tv Show)

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Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

Sona (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

Yuriko Oyama (Actor)

The Scorpion King 2002 (Movie)

Cassandra/The Sorceress (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Sunset Beach 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 49th Annual Miss USA Pageant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups IV 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Happy Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

Kwee-Me (Actor)

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Anchor Woman (Actor)

Surf Ninjas 1993 (Movie)

Ro-May (Actor)

The 1993 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

Suzie (Actor)

The 1991 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

American Eyes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1990 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan 1989 (Movie)

Eva Watanabe (Actor)

The 1986 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Mayday (TV Show)

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No Way Back (TV Show)

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Star Command (TV Show)

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Biography

One of the most successful Asian-American actresses of all time, Kelly Hu found her greatest success in genre projects, mostly fantasy, action and horror. After becoming the first Asian-American Miss Teen USA in history, Hu broke into Hollywood with a series of sitcom guest spots and her first film role, in "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989). Television allowed the athletic Hu to achieve prominence by playing martial arts expert policewomen on "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001) and "Martial Law" (CBS, 1998-2000), which led to further big screen successes as fantasy characters. These included a psychic queen in the sword-and-sandals epic "The Scorpion King" (2002) and, most famously, the steel-clawed assassin Lady Deathstrike in "X2: X-Men United" (2003). A string of voiceover work followed, as well as high-profile roles on a variety of TV dramas and procedurals, including "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ) and "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ). Although the lack of colorblind casting in Hollywood may have limited Hu's professional heights, the actress worked consistently, building a lengthy résumé that was impressive by any standards.

Relationships

Mitch Allan Actor

Companion
former SR-71 frontman

Gordon Gilbertson

Companion
Dated in 1999

Herbert Hu

Father
Born c. 1937 divorced from Hu's mother

Glenn Hu

Brother
Older

Juanita Hu-Takara

Mother
Born c. 1938 divorced from Hu's father remarried to Roy Takara

Roy Takara

Step-Father
Born c. 1940

EDUCATION

Kamehameha High School

Honolulu , Hawaii

Milestones

2007

Cast on the TV series "In Case of Emergency"

2005

Cast in "The Underclassman" with Nick Cannon

2004

Appeared in five episodes of "Threat Matrix," playing a headstrong former CIA agent who joins the team

2003

Starred as the villainess Sona in Joel Silver’s "Cradle 2 the Grave" opposite Jet Li

2003

Starred as Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike in Bryan Singer’s "X2"

2002

Cast alongside WWF superstar The Rock in "The Scorpion King," a spin-off of "The Mummy" series

1998

After earning a brown belt in karate, was offered the role of Det. Grace Chen, in the kung fu cop series, "Martial Law"

1997

Appeared regularly on the daytime soap "Sunset Beach" (NBC)

1997

1997 Cast in the recurring role of Michelle Chan on "Nash Bridges"

1997

Played featured role in "Fakin' Da Funk"

1995

Appeared in "Strange Days" as a TV newscaster

1993

Appeared alongside Leslie Nielsen in "Surf Ninjas"

1991

Played the wife of musician Ray Manzarek (Kyle MacLachlan) in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"

1989

First role in a feature playing one of Jason's victims in "Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan"

1987

Made acting debut as Melia, Kirk Cameron's love interest, on "Growing Pains" (ABC)

1985

Named Miss Teen USA, becoming the first Asian-American to be crowned

Made guest appearances on such shows as "Tour of Duty," (CBS) "Night Court," (NBC) and "21 Jump Street" (Fox)

Pursued a modeling career in Japan and Italy

Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii

Bonus Trivia

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Hu has a brown belt in karate.

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Of Cantonese/English/Hawaiian lineage

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