The 25 Best Asian-American Actors In Hollywood

  • Donnie Yen, who stars in the amazing “Ip Man” series of flims. (Photo: Flickr)

  • The legendary and inimitable Jackie Chan. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Shohreh Aghdashloo. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Ken Watanabe. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Ki Hong Lee. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Jet Li. (Photo: Twitter)

  • John Cho. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Freida Pinto. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Dev Patel. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Yun-Fat Chow. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Ming-Na Wen. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Tamlyn Tomita. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Tim Kang. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead.” (Photo: Wikimedia)

  • Ken Leung. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Michelle Yeoh. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Margaret Cho. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Lucy Liu. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Masi Oka. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Ziyi Zhang. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Archie Panjabi. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Sandra Oh. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Rinko Kikuchi. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Li Gong. (Photo: IMDB)

  • Paraminder Nagra. (Photo: IMDB)

Donnie Yen, who stars in the amazing “Ip Man” series of flims. (Photo: Flickr)

People often ask why there aren’t more Asian-Americans starring in Hollywood. But the more prudent question might be, why don’t Asian actors get more credit for shaping American cinema? Movie history is filled with show-stealing performances by Japanese, Chinese and Korean actors in Western films, from Pat “Mr. Migayi” Morita in The Karate Kid to Lucy Liu in Kill Bill.

Enjoy a gallery of 25 Asian-American actors receiving worldwide acclaim – and enjoying steady work in Tinseltown.

 


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