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Daniel Dae Kim bio, career, relationships, and more

Who is Daniel Dae Kim?

Born on August 4, 1968, Daniel Dae Kim is an actor, voice actor, and producer. He is known for his appearance in Lost, Hawaii Five-0, and Angel. In addition, Kim runs his production company called 3AD. 3AD is currently producing the television show The Good Doctor. 

Daniel Dae Kim

Quick facts on Daniel Dae Kim

Birth nameKim Dae-Hyun
Known asDaniel Dae Kim
BirthdayAugust 4, 1968
Age52 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthBusan, South Korea
EducationHaverford College (BA)
New York University (MFA)

Early Life, upbringing, and education

Daniel Dae Kim was born in Busan, South Korea. His mother’s name is Jung Kim. His father’s name is Doo-tae Kim who works as a doctor. Daniel Dae’s family moved from South Korea to the USA in 1969. They relocated to New York where Daniel spent a large portion of his life. His family later moved to Easton, Bethlehem, and then finally to Pennsylvania. 

When it comes to high school, Kim studied at Freedom High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Haverford College from where he graduated with a double degree in theatre and political science in 1990. Later on, Kim joined NYU’s Graduate Acting Program to earn an MFA degree. 

Daniel Dae Kim career

After graduating from NYU, Daniel Dae Kim made his acting debut in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a treasury agent. He also starred in Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, The Shield, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, ER, Crusade, Angel, and 24. After this, Kim appeared in films like The Jackal, For Love of the Game, Hulk, and The Cave where he had minor roles. The actor portrayed the role of a Shaolin monk in American Shaolin and had the role of a scientist in Spider-Man 2. 

Daniel Dae Kim as 'Ben Daimio' in Hellboy.
Daniel Dae Kim as ‘Ben Daimio’ in Hellboy.

In 2004, Kim was cast in the ABC series Lost where he played the role of Jin-Soo Kwon. This was his rise to fame and the actor received several accolades for his portrayal of a Korean fisherman-turned-hitman. He starred in the show until Lost’s 2010 finale. The actor was honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award, and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition. Likewise, he was named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005. 

After Lost ended, Kim was cast in the  CBS reboot of Hawaii Five-0 as Chin Ho Kelly. He quit the show in 2017 due to salary disputes. Following this, Kim appeared in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He also started working as a voice actor. He lent his voice for Johnny Gat in THQ’s Saints Row video game series, the voice for Rikimaru in the game Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, and the voice for Metron in the final two episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

Kim also founded the production company named 3AD. 3AD is currently producing the television series The Good Doctor. Kim is not just the show’s executive producer but has also played the role of Dr. Jackson Han during its second season. 

Relationships and dating history

Daniel Dae Kim married Mia Kim on June 12, 1993. They welcomed their first child, Zander Kim in July 1996. He also has another son named Jackson Kim. 

Daniel Dae Kim with wife Mia Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim social media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DanielDaeKim/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/danieldaekim

Filmography:

Films:

YearTitleRole
1992American ShaolinGao Yun
1997Addicted to LoveUndergrad Assistant
1997The JackalAkashi
1997Space RetroTeddy
1999For Love of the GameE.R. Doctor
200115 MinutesRestaurant Extra
2001Looking for Bobby DTimmy
2001Nate The AnimalsKuong
2002Superman Must DieBradley
2003Cradle 2 the GraveVisiting Expert
2003Hulk Aide
2003Ride or Die Honda Civic Driver #3
2003Sin Lakorn
2004Spider-Man 2Raymond
2004 CrashPark
2005The CaveAlex Kim
2008The Onion MovieIvy Leaguer
2011ArenaTaiga Mori/White Samurai
2013LinsanityNarrator
2015Ktown CowboysDavid
2015The Divergent Series: InsurgentJack Kang
2016The Divergent Series: AllegiantJack Kang
2018MiraiThe young man (voice)
2019HellboyBen Daimio
2019Always Be My MaybeBrandon Choi
2020Blast BeatDr. Michael Onitsuka
2021Raya and the Last DragonBenja (voice)
2021 StowawayDavid Kim

Television:

YearTitleRole
1992–1993Unsolved MysteriesSu-Ya’s Brother-In-Law
1994Law & OrderHarry Watanabe
1994All-American GirlStan
1995All My ChildrenDr. Kim
1997Pacific PalisadesKate’s Attorney
1997Night ManRoland Yates
1997Beverly Hills, 90210Dr. Sturla
1997NYPD BlueSimon Lee
1998The PretenderLenny Duc
1998SeinfeldStudent No. 1
1998Brave New World Ingram
1998Ally McBeal Police Officer
1998The Practice Testifying Officer
1998Party of Five Ethan
1998Fantasy Island Chip Weston
1999CrusadeLt. John Matheson
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Kahn
2000Star Trek: VoyagerAstronaut – Gotana-Retz
2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Everett Jang
2001Once and AgainCo-Worker No. 3
2001 Charmed Yenlo
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Special Agent Beckman
2001–2003AngelGavin Park
2002Any Day NowMr. Chung
2003MomentumAgent Frears
2003Street TimeVo Nguyen
2003Miss MatchClifford Kim
2003–200424Tom Baker
2003–2004ERKen Sung
2003–2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Corporal Chang
2004Without a TraceMark Hiroshi
2004 The Shield Thomas Choi
2004–2010LostJin-Soo Kwon
2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderGeneral Fong (voice)
2006Justice League Unlimited Metron / Chinese Man(Qiaoen Qiongsi) (voices)
2007–2008Lost: Missing PiecesJin-Soo Kwon
2008The Andromeda StrainDr. Tsi Chou
2010–2017Hawaii Five-0Chin Ho Kelly
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesTeddy Lee (voice)
2012–2014The Legend of KorraHiroshi Sato (voice)
2012NCIS: Los AngelesChin Ho Kelly
2013Hollywood Game NightHimself
2015Once Upon a TimeDrive-Thru Employee (voice)
2017Big PacificNarrator
2017 MacGyver Chin Ho Kelly
2019The Good DoctorDr. Jackson Han
2019–2020She-Ra and the Princesses of PowerKing Micah (voice)
2020–presentNew AmsterdamDr. Cassian Shin
2020FlackGabriel Cole
2020The CasagrandesMr. Hong (voice)
2021The Hot Zone: AnthraxMatthew Ryker
TBDPantheonDavid (voice)

Video games:

YearTitleRole
200624: The GameAgent Tom Baker
2006Saints RowJohnny Gat
2006Scarface: The World Is YoursMacau Fast Food manager
2007Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning EarthGeneral Fong
2008Saints Row 2Johnny Gat
2010Apache Overdose Gangstar IIIMac Silver
2011Saints Row: The ThirdJohnny Gat
2013Saints Row IVJohnny Gat
2013Apache Overdose Gangstar IVMac Silver
2015Saints Row: Gat out of HellJohnny Gat
2017Agents of MayhemJohnny Gat

Awards and nominations:

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
200612th Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLostWon
2006Asian Excellence AwardsOutstanding Television Actor Lost Won
20112011 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor – ActionHawaii Five-0Nominated
20122012 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor – ActionHawaii Five-0Nominated
2017Asian Hall of FameNational recognition for Asian American contributions in various disciplinesWon
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