Masi Oka

Actor, Visual effects artist, Digital artist/programmer
Japanese-American actor Masi Oka achieved international fame as the noble Hiro on the hit show "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010), years after enjoying industry success behind the scenes as a digital effects artist. Armed with ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1974 in Tokyo, , JP

Filmography

Actor (28)

Dharma & Greg 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control 2014 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Searching for Sonny 2014 (Movie)

Sonny Bosco (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

jOBS 2013 (Movie)

Ken Tanaka (Actor)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

Darin Arturo Morena (Actor)

Heroes 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired Up! 2009 (Movie)

Eagle (Actor)

Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Promotion 2008 (Movie)

Realtor (Actor)

Balls of Fury 2007 (Movie)

Jeff – Bathroom Attendant (Actor)

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Wonsuk (Actor)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

Japanese Pedestrian (Actor)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Show)

Actor

The Proud Family Movie (TV Show)

Voice
Visual Effects & Animation (8)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 (Movie)

Digital Artist(Industrial Light & Magic) (Digital Effects Artist)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

(Industrial Light & Magic) (Digital Effects Artist)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

TD(Industrial Light & Magic) (Animation Director)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Industrial Light & Magic) (CGI Artist)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

(Industrial Light & Magic) (CGI Artist)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

(ILM) (Digital Effects Artist)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

visual effects production & technical support(ILM) (Special Effects)

Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)

computer graphics technical support(ILM) (Graphics)
Production Management (1)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(ILM) (Technical Director)

Biography

Japanese-American actor Masi Oka achieved international fame as the noble Hiro on the hit show "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010), years after enjoying industry success behind the scenes as a digital effects artist. Armed with an impressively high IQ and a degree in computer science from Brown University, Oka began working at the citadel of cinema special effects, director George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, in 1997. Early work with ILM included effects work on Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and director Wolfgang Peterson's "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Having long harbored a desire to perform as well as to program, Oka moved to Los Angeles where he began to pursue an acting career with appearances on such series as "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-08/ABC, 2009-2010). Everything changed, however, when Oka became the breakout star of 2006's most talked-about new show, "Heroes," in which he portrayed a mild-mannered office worker in Tokyo who suddenly discovers his ability to manipulate time and space. Suddenly, Oka was TV's latest "It" boy, featured on magazine covers and stopped by adoring fans everywhere he went. Roles in feature films and on television followed, even well after "Heroes" had left the airwaves. Simultaneously maintaining dual lives as a special effects artist and a successful actor, Oka was truly living the dream of pop-culture geeks across the world.

Relationships

Setsuko Oka

Mother
Raised Masi as a single parent

EDUCATION

Harvard-Westlake

North Hollywood , California 1992
A private preparatory school

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1997
Majored in mathematics and computer science, and also minored in theatre.

Milestones

2010

Had a recurring role as the American-born coroner Max Bergman in CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" reboot; made a series regular for the second season

2009

Appeared in the teen comedy "Fired Up!"

2008

Appeared in the film adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's hit 1960s spy parody show, "Get Smart"

2008

Played a Loan Officerin Steve Conrad's "The Promotion"

2006

Cast in the breakout role of Hiro Nakamura in NBC's ensemble drama series "Heroes"; received Golden Globe (2007) and Emmy (2007) nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2002

Featured in a North American commercial for Sega's 2002 PlayStation 2 video game, "Shinobi"

2002

Landed a recurring role on "Scrubs" (NBC) as Franklyn

2002

Made feature debut in "Austin Powers in Goldmember"

2001

Made professional acting debut on an episode of "Dharma & Greg" (ABC)

2000

Worked extensively as a digital artist/programmer on Wolfgang Petersen’s shipwreck thriller "The Perfect Storm"

1987

Appeared on the cover of Time magazine (August) for a feature entitled "Those Asian-American Whiz Kids"

Began professional career working at George Lucas’ visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

Worked on films such as "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and the live-action/animated comedy "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" (2000)

Moved to Los Angeles at the age of six

Bonus Trivia

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As of November 2006, Masi Oka was still working one or two days a week as a CGI artist for George Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light & Magic.

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Named the "Coolest Geek" at the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards on June 13, 2007.

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