Rick Yune

Actor, Model, Stock trader
With his chiseled physique and handsome features, Rick Yune seemed a natural for working in front of the camera, but his original intention was to pursue a career on Wall Street. Born in Korea and raised in the ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1971 in South Korea

Filmography

Actor (11)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Kang (Actor)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Zen Yi, The X-Blade (Actor)

Ninja Assassin 2009 (Movie)

Takeshi (Actor)

The Fifth Commandment 2008 (Movie)

Chance Templeton (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

Zao (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

Johnny Tran (Actor)

The Fast and the Furious Movie Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Kazuo Miyamoto (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Fifth Commandment 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

With his chiseled physique and handsome features, Rick Yune seemed a natural for working in front of the camera, but his original intention was to pursue a career on Wall Street. Born in Korea and raised in the Washington, DC, area, he was enrolled at Wharton when a modeling agent "discovered" him in the elevator of the financial firm at which he had a summer position. Impressed with Yune's charisma and natural good looks, the agent managed to land the novice model some impressive gigs. Yune became the first Asian-American to appear in campaigns for Versace and Ralph Lauren's Polo. One might have thought that acting would be the inevitable step, but instead the model accepted a position as a stock trader when he graduated in 1994.

Relationships

Lisa Ling Host

Companion
Began dating August 2000 Split 2004

Tom Yun

Father

Wonhui Yun

Mother

Christine Yun

Sister
older

Karl Yune Actor

Brother
Born April 16, 1975

EDUCATION

Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1994

Good Council Catholic High School

Silver Spring , Maryland

St John's Military School

Salina , Kansas

Milestones

2013

Played a North Korean terrorist in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2012

Cast opposite Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in martial arts film "The Man with the Iron Fists," directed by RZA

2009

Appeared in action-thriller "Ninja Assassin"

2005

Guest starred on ABC spy drama "Alias"

2002

Cast as villain Zao in "Die Another Day" opposite Pierce Brosnan's James Bond

2001

Co-starred as the leader of a Vietnamese gang in "The Fast and the Furious"

2000

Made guest appearance on Lifetime series "Any Day Now"

1999

Made feature film debut in "Snow Falling on Cedars" as a Japanese-American war hero accused of murder in post-WWII Pacific Northwest

1997

Appeared as a district attorney on "Another World" (NBC)

1994

Worked in Wall Street as stock trader; took acting classes in spare time

1992

Discovered by a modeling agent while interning at a Wall Street firm

1972

Family emigrated from Korea to Washington D.C.

Became first Asian-American featured in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren Polo

Bonus Trivia

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Yune held a black belt in Taekwondo and was a former Golden Gloves boxer.

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