Kenneth "Ken" Leung (born January 21, 1970) is an American actor, best known for his role as Miles Straume in the ABC television series Lost and roles in such films as Shanghai Kiss, Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the Saw franchise.
Ken Leung was born in New York City and initially raised in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His family moved to Midwood, Brooklyn, where he grew up before finishing high school in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Leung later attended New York University as a University Scholar. He discovered acting in his junior year, when he studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, and then briefly with Anne Jackson at HB Studio. During this time, he acted mostly in downtown spaces and black box theaters, working with groups such as the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New Perspectives and STAR, a traveling group of actors-educators based at Mount Sinai Hospital.
In 1995, Leung made his debut in the drama Pictures of Baby Jane Doe. Later, in 1998, he appeared as the villainous henchman Sang in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour. Ratner stated, "[Leung]'s a great actor. In my opinion, he's equivalent to Philip Seymour Hoffman as far as talent is concerned." He would later work with Ratner in the films Red Dragon, The Family Man and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Edward Norton cast Leung in his directorial debut Keeping the Faith in 2000. According to The Washington Post, Norton said Leung's "showstopping performance...turned a throwaway scene into one of the film's best." Impressed with his acting skills, Norton said that Leung would be appropriate for a role in Hamlet or Osborne's Look Back in Anger: "You sense hidden levels within him and he conveys an intensity of mind. I don't think anybody's tapped his full range yet." Additionally, Leung has appeared in several independent and television films, as well as features, including four films with Brett Ratner and two with Spike Lee. In 1998, he played James the Less and God in Terrence McNally's passion play, Corpus Christi, and in 2002 made his Broadway debut in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In 2007, he starred in the independent film Shanghai Kiss with Hayden Panettiere and earned a Special Mention at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. That same year, he guest-starred in the final season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos. He followed this with the ABC drama Lost as Miles Straume from the series' fourth season through the rest of its run.
|1995||Pictures of Baby Jane Doe||Shopkeeper|
|Welcome to the Dollhouse||Barry|
|1999||Man of the Century||Mike Ramsey|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Don|
|The Family Man||Sam Wong|
|2001||Artificial Intelligence: AI||Syatyoo-Sama|
|Home Sweet Hoboken|
|Vanilla Sky||Art Editor|
|Red Dragon||Lloyd Bowman|
|2004||Saw||Detective Steven Sing|
|Strip Search||Liu Tsung-Yuan|
|Sucker Free City||Lincoln Ma|
|The Squid and the Whale||School Therapist|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Kid Omega|
|2007||Shanghai Kiss||Liam Liu|
|Year of the Fish||Johnny|
|2010||Works of Art||John Kim|
|2011||Big Mike||Bernie Li|
|2015||Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens||Admiral Statura|
|1995-2002||Law & Order||Tommy Wong / Stephen Wong / Forensic Technician Chung|
|1997||New York Undercover||David Kwan|
|The Jury||Ken Arata|
|2007||The Sopranos||Carter Chong|
|2011||The Good Wife||Shen Yuan|
|2012-2013||Person of Interest||Leon Tao|
|Zero Hour||Father Reggie|
|2014-2016||The Night Shift||Dr. Topher Zia|
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