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Lauren Tom early life, relationships, career, and more

Who is Lauren Tom?

Lauren Tom is an American actress and voice actress. She was born on August 4, 1961. Lauren has been a part of many TV shows and movies. She has appeared in The Joy Luck Club, Friends, Grace Under Fire, and Andi Mack. Likewise, Lauren Tom has lent her voice in Futurama, Batman Beyond, King of the Hill, and Codename: Kids Next Door. 

Lauren Tom

Quick facts

Full nameLauren Tom
BirthdayAugust 4, 1961
Age59 years old
Sun signLeo
Place of birthHighland Park, Illinois, U.S.

Early life and upbringing

Lauren Tom was born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. Her mother’s name is Nancy Dare and her father’s name is Chan Tom, Jr. Both Nancy and Chan Tom were involved in the frozen food business. Lauren’s family is originally from Kaiping, Guangdong, China. Likewise, she also has a brother named Chip Tom. Lauren was raised in a Catholic household despite living in a mainly Jewish neighborhood. 

Lauren Tom career

Lauren started off her acting career at the age of 17  when she landed a spot with the touring company of A Chorus Line. She was later cast in the show’s Broadway production. In addition, Lauren won an Obie Award for her portrayal of Connie for her off-Broadway acting. She also starred in the Goodman Theater’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. 

After this, Lauren appeared in many movies such as Nothing Lasts Forever, Wall Street, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Blue Steel. When Lauren was cast as a waitress in the film Cadillac Man starring Robin Williams and Tim Robbins, she appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Lauren Tom on Friends
Lauren Tom on Friends

Lauren Tom was cast in The Facts of Life as Miko Wakamatsu. This started her TV career and following this, Lauren appeared on many TV shows such as The Equalizer, Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, thirtysomething, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, Grace Under Fire, Friends, The Nanny, The Middle, DAG, The Division, Monk, My Wife and Kids, Barbershop: The Series, Grey’s Anatomy, The Closer and Men in Trees. 

Apart from this, Lauren Tom is also a renowned voice actress. She started her vocal work with the animated series Superman: The Animated Series where she played the role of Angela Chen. After this, Lauren voiced Dana Tan on Batman Beyond, Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone on King of the Hill,  Amy and Inez Wong on Futurama,  Gizmo and Jinx on Teen Titans, Counselor Chang on American Dragon: Jake Long, Joo Dee on Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Bai Li and Ming on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. 

Lauren Tom relationships and dating history

Lauren Tom is a married woman. She is married to actor Curt Kaplan with whom she shares two children. They got married in October 1999. Before her marriage to Kaplan, Lauren was married to Glenn Lau-Kee. They got married on October 23, 1982, and divorced in 1992.  

Lauren Tom with her sons

Lauren Tom social media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenTom9000

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurentom9000/

Films:

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Nothing Lasts ForeverEloy
1987Magic SticksRedhead
1987Wall StreetLady Broker
1989RooftopsAudry
1989See No Evil, Hear No EvilMitzie
1989Blue SteelMarjolene Ping the Female Reporter
1990Cadillac ManHelen
1992Man TroubleAdele Bliss
1993The Joy Luck ClubLena St. Clair
1993Mr. JonesAmanda Chang
1994When a Man Loves a WomanAmy
1994NorthMrs. Ho
1998With Friends Like These…Yolanda Chin
1998Susan’s PlanCarol
1998SubZeroMariko (voice)Video
1999Catfish in Black Bean SauceMai
2001Jack the DogAngel
2002The Wild Thornberrys MovieAdditional VoicesUncredited
2003ManhoodBambi
2003Bad SantaLois
2004Teacher’s PetYounghee (voice)
2004In Good CompanyObstetrician
2005Mulan IISu (voice)Video
2006God’s Waiting ListSylvia
2007Futurama: Bender’s Big ScoreAmy
Various (voice)
Video
2008Futurama: The Beast with a Billion BacksAmy Wong
Inez Wong (voice)
Video
2008Futurama: Bender’s GameAmy
Various (voice)
Video
2009Futurama: Into the Wild Green YonderAmy Wong
Inez Wong
Trixie (voice)
Video
2010Scooby-Doo! Camp ScareJessica (voice)Video
2011Kung Fu Panda 2Market Sheep (voice)
2015Chasing Eagle RockRoxannePost-production
2015Justice League: Gods and MonstersLara (voice)Video
2017Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s ShowdownSharon (voice)Video

Television:

YearTitleRole
1982The Facts of LifeMiko
1984ABC Afterschool SpecialSarah
1985CBS Schoolbreak SpecialKim
1985The EqualizerMrs. Tom
1985Spenser: For Hire
1985The Cosby ShowMrs. Gwynne
1990Angel of DeathJulie
1990thirtysomethingGail
1991LennyNurse
1991Quantum LeapSophie
1991Palace Guard
1991Anything but Love
1994704 HauserMargaret
1994Homicide: Life on the StreetEmma Zoole
1994Chicago HopeNurse Julia
1995The Puzzle PlaceJulie’s Mom
1995Kidnapped: In the Line of DutyLily Yee
1995Escape to Witch MountainClaudia Ford
1995The NannyKim
1995If Not for YouClaire
1995–1996FriendsJulie
1996Superman: The Last Son of KryptonAngela Chen (voice)
1996–1999SupermanAngela Chen (voice)
1997The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s FinestAngela Chen (voice)
1997The Blues Brothers Animated SeriesSoon-He / Mrs. Fun (voice)
1997Tell Me No SecretsConnie Ching
1997Murder Live!Marge Fong
1997Tracey Takes On…Weng
1997Pinky and the BrainShopper
1997The New Batman AdventuresIce Maiden #3 (voice)
1997Extreme Ghostbusters
1997–1998Grace Under FireDot
1997–2010King of the HillConnie
Minh
Various (voice)
1998Adventures from the Book of VirtuesMother (voice)
1998Dexter’s LaboratoryTeacher (voice)
1998Vengeance UnlimitedSamantha
1999Batman Beyond: The MovieDana Tan (voice)
1999Early EditionAmy Hunter
1999Rocket PowerTrish and Sherry (voice)
1999Y2KAnn Lee
1999–2001The Kids from Room 402Jordan (voice)
1999–2001Batman BeyondDana Tan
Various (voice)
1999–2013FuturamaAmy Wong
Inez Wong
Various (voice)
2000City of Angels
2000Teacher’s PetYounghee
Additional voices
2000The WeekendersCandace (voice)
2000Pepper AnnAlice Kane
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerDana Tan (voice)
2000–2001DAGGinger Chin
2000–2001Clerks(voice)
2001Max SteelLaura Chen (voice)
2001Johnny BravoTing (voice)
2001No P in the O.O.L.Numbuh 3 (voice)
2001–2002The Zeta ProjectAgent Lee (voice)
2002The Chang Family Saves the World
2002ChalkZoneFlunke/Robin (voice)
2002The DivisionNora Chen
2002What’s New, Scooby-Doo?Various (voice)
2002My Wife and KidsHostess
2002–2005Kim PossibleYoshiko (voice)
2002–2003Totally Spies!Lady Dragon
Keiko
Sunny (voice)
2002–2004Fillmore!Karen Tehama/Various (voice)
2002–2008Codename: Kids Next DoorKuki ‘Numbuh 3’ Sanban (voice)
Genki Sanban
Additional voices
2003All Grown Up!Bean (voice)
2003MonkMrs. Ling
2003Duck DodgersDr. Yoshimi (voice)
2003Samurai JackSamurai Jack’s mother
Additional characters (voice)
2003Line of FireKorean Jury Member
2004–2006Justice League UnlimitedChung
Kid
Dana Tan
Dr. Light (voice)
2003–2005Teen TitansGizmo
Jinx (voice)
2004The Infinite DarcyDarcy Chang (voice)
200430 Days Until I’m FamousCarla
2004My Wife and KidsAnnie Hoo
2004–2006W.I.T.C.H.Yan Lin
Various (voice)
2005Kim Possible: So the DramaYoshiko (voice)
2005Danger RangersVarious (voice)
2005BarbershopDana
2005ThresholdJanet Tam
2005Clifford’s Puppy DaysShun (voice)
2005–2006Avatar: The Last AirbenderJoo Dee
Additional Voices (voice)
2005–2007American Dragon: Jake LongSusan Long
Counselor Chang (voice)
2006Courting AlexJan
2006Let GoBeverly
2006Grey’s AnatomyAudrey
2006In from the NightDr. Myra Chen
2006Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: Z.E.R.O.Kuki ‘Numbuh 3’ Sanban (voice)
2006The CloserDr. Tann
2006Me, Eloise(voice)
2006–2008Men in TreesMai Washington
2006–2009The ReplacementsTasumi (voice)
2007Billy & Mandy’s Big Boogey AdventureNumbuh Three (voice)
2007The Grim Adventures of the KNDNumbuh 3 (voice)
2007–2008Legion of Super HeroesZyx (voice)
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBae Chin
2009Without a TraceKim Tan
2009HawthorneMrs. Tanaka
2010–2011The Penguins of MadagascarBonnie Chang (voice)
2010Phineas and FerbAdditional Voices
2010Fish HooksBarb (voice)
2010–2013Pound PuppiesVarious (voice)
2011Curious GeorgeMei (voice)
2011Kung Fu Panda: Legends of AwesomenessSong/Ming/Bai Li
2012Napoleon DynamiteTokiko (voice)
2012–2014SupernaturalMrs. Linda Tran
2013–presentTeen Titans Go!Gizmo
Jinx (voice)
2014–2016Turbo FASTHayaku
Translator (voice)
2014The SimpsonsAmy Wong (voice)
2015Penn Zero: Part-Time HeroSashi’s Mom (voice)
2015Pretty Little LiarsRebecca
2016–2018Trollhunters: Tales of ArcadiaMary Wang (voice)
2017–2019Andi MackCelia Mack
2018Mighty MagiswordsToni Sento (voice)
2018Big City GreensVarious (voice)
2018DisenchantmentStacy LeBlatt (voice)
2018–2019The Loud HouseCici
Ms. Pham
Burping Burger Mom (voice)
2018–20193Below: Tales of ArcadiaMary Wang (voice)
2018–2019GoliathApplebees
2019Pinky MalinkyBus Driver
Tina (voice)
2019Young Justice: OutsidersTraci Thirteen (voice), additional voices
2019The RookieMrs. Chen
2020Last Man StandingFiona
2021Rick and MortyVarious (voice)

Video games:

YearTitleRole
2000King of the HillConnie Souphanousinphone
2002Superman: Shadow of ApokolipsAngela Chen / Mercy Graves
2003Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour
2004World of Warcraft
2005Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.Kuki Sanban (Numbuh 3)
2005Teen TitansJinx / Gizmo
2009FusionFallNumbuh 3
2012World of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaLi Li Stormstout
2015Heroes of the StormLi Li
2016World of Warcraft: LegionLi Li Stormstout
2017Futurama: Worlds of TomorrowAmy Wong / Inez Wong / Jrrr (uncredited)
2018Lego DC Super-VillainsGizmo / Jinx / Dr. Poison
2020Ghost of TsushimaLady Masako Adachi

Stage:

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975A ChorKus LineConnieTour; Shubert Theatre, Broadway
1983DoonesburyChing ‘Honey’ Huan
Dance captain
Original cast; Biltmore Theater, Broadway
1984HurlyburlyDonnaEthel Barrymore Theater, Broadway
1988American NotesPaulineThe Public Theater, Off-Broadway
Received an Obie Award
1990‘Tis Pity She’s a WhoreAnnabellaGoodman Theater, Chicago

Awards and nominations:

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

Title (year)CategoryNominated WorkStatus
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2018)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series
Samurai Jack (2001)
Winner
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2014)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical
Futurama (1999)
Winner
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2014)Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/MusicalFuturama (1999)
As the voice of “Amy Wong”.
Nominated
BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award (2013)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy/MusicalFuturama (1999)Winner
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2013)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy/MusicalFuturama (1999)Winner
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2013)Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Comedy/MusicalFuturama (1999)
As the voice of “Amy Wong”.
Nominated
BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award (2012)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series
Futurama (1999)
Winner
BTVA Television Voice Acting Award (2012)Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television SeriesFuturama (1999)Winner
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