One of the most successful Asian American actors out there is also a doctor in real life. Ken Jeong is the son of Korean immigrants. His father, DK Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina for 35 years. He attended Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra and was elected to student council.
Ken graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then, he completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy. His big break came when he won the Big Easy Laff-Off, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges. They both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles, and he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs.
Ken’s background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC’s “The Office”, BET’s ComicView, HBO’s “Entourage” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. He made his feature film debut in “Knocked Up” in 2007, re-teamed with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen for “Pineapple Express”. He also appeared in “Role Models” starring Paul Rudd, “All About Steve” starring Sandra Bullock, “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” starring Jeremy Piven, and “The Hangover” directed by Todd Phillips.
Jeong appeared on the August 3, 2009 edition of “WWE Raw” with guest host, Jeremy Piven. The career of this talented comedian and actor is definitely on the rise. Don’t forget to check his profile out on IMDB.