Daniel Dae Kim

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The Actor: Daniel Dae Kim - The Hatch

Born: August 4, 1968

Family Status: Married to Mia Kim; two sons: Jackson and Zander

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Born in Pusan, South Korea; raised in Easton, Pennsylvania

Background: Daniel Dae Kim grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he attended Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College/Bryn Mawr College in Theatre and Political Science, and later, an M.F.A from the Graduate Acting program at New York University, where he met his wife Mia. Their son was born in 1996.
Acting was initially a tough calling - while getting small parts in plays and writing and performing in an improv comedy group, he seriously considered a career in investment banking. Eventually, he worked his way up to recurring roles in anumber of TV shows, including Angel, 24, Crusade, and Star Trek:Enterprise. He also played Dr. Octavius's lab-assistant in SpiderMan 2 and was a regular on the short lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade.
Due to his americanized upbringing in the states 'DDK' actaully was not fluent in Korean when LOST started filming and co-start Yoon-Jin Kim helped coach him on improving his language and correcting his accent for the show. Today, he is an activist for Asian-American causes, due to experiences with racism he said he underwent while growing up and later within the acting industry.

  • He has said that playing Jin is a relief to him because he is finally playing someone of his own heritage (Korean) having been cast as characters of almost every other Asian heritage but his own
  • His acting heroes are Paul Scofield, Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, Sidney Poitier, Gene Kelly, Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and his favourite, Jonathan Pryce.
  • He was the only Asian man to be included on the People's Magazine list of the sexiest man alive in 2005. Matthew McConaughy topped the list.
  • He and Sam Anderson both played lawyers for the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart in the TV series Angel
  • In addition to the show, 24, he appeared on 24 The Game
  • He did a campaign ad message against former Senator George Allen, following racist comments he amde against an Asian-American
  • Voiced the character of Johnny Gats in the video game Saints Row
Pre-Lost signature role: Evil Wolfram & Hart lawyer Gavin on Angel.

Fun fact: Of their regular poker game, he says that he and Jorge are the “two most enthusiastic” players in the cast.

On making People’s Sexiest Man Alive list in 2005: "It's not ever something I saw as a career goal. It's very flattering. I'm hoping I'm the first in a long line of Asian men and women to be seen that way."

: MFA degree from the Graduate Acting program at New York University

  • (2005) Crash -- Park
  • (2005) The Cave -- Kim
  • (2004) Spiderman 2 -- Raymond
  • (2003) Cradle to the Grave -- Visiting Expert
  • (2003) The Hulk -- Aide
  • (1999) For Love of the Game -- ER Doctor
  • (1997) Addicted to Love -- Undergrad Assistant
  • (1997) Surprise! -- Alex
  • (1997) The Jackal -- Akashi
  • (1993) American Shaolin: King of the Kickboxers II

  • (2006) Winner -- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Lost (Screen Actors Guild, SAG Award)
  • (2006) Winner -- Outstanding Male TV Performance for Lost (Asian Excellence Award)
  • (2005) Nominee -- People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

  • jin.fated-circle.org/

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