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Wang in 2013 at FedCon in Germany
Garrett Richard Wang
December 15, 1968
Riverside, California, U.S.
|Other names||Wang Yi Jahn (王以瞻)|
Wang was born in Riverside, California to Taiwanese immigrant parents. He has one sister. Growing up, Wang moved often. He attended kindergarten in Indiana before moving to Bermuda, then Memphis, Tennessee, and then back to California.
In the summer of 1990, he attended a Taiwanese-state sponsored cultural exchange program, which was the first time in his life where he wasn't the only Asian around. He cites this as a reason why he went into acting; to provide a role model in entertainment for other Asian Americans in otherwise predominantly non-Asian environments in the United States. Wang graduated from Harding Academy High School in Memphis.
Wang's parents were not supportive of his acting ambitions. His father emigrated from Taiwan to attend graduate school in the States and did not view acting as a stable career choice. His mother had been accepted to Taiwan School of Drama in her youth but did not go due to her father's objections. When his parents met actress Bonnie Franklin at an airport in Hawaii, she told them that Wang would never make in the business. His mother eventually even suggested that he join the military to learn some discipline.
When Wang decided to become a full-time actor, he made a deal with his parents that he would quit after two years on the condition that they helped finance his expenses. After months of not landing anything, he managed to book a few roles in commercials. This subsequent exposure got him a guest star role in 1994 on the episode "Submission:Impossible" of Margaret Cho's All-American Girl as Raymond Han, who is, ironically enough, a financially stable bachelor who is also a doctor.
Wang starred in Eric Koyanagi's MFA thesis film at USC film school, Angry Cafe (1995). He subsequently came back to star in Koyanagi's feature directorial debut, hundred percent (1998), which also was Wang's feature debut. Both films were written, directed, and starred Asian Americans.
A year and a half after his wager with his parents, Wang landed his most recognizable role as series regular, Ensign Harry Kim, on Star Trek: Voyager, which ran from 1995 to 2001.
In 2005, Wang played the role of Chow Ping in the TV miniseries Into The West, which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
In 1993, Wang portrayed John Lee, a gay British Chinese teenager who kills his Irish lover, in Chay Yew's play, Porcelain, at the now defunct Burbage Theater in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, while still a student at UCLA.
He watched all the Star Trek films that came out in the theaters, but never really got into Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) prior to working on Voyager. The first season-one TNG episode he watched was "Code of Honor", which Garrett says is widely considered by all Trek writers to be the worst episode of Star Trek ever produced. On three occasions (in a span of a year and a half), he tried to watch TNG again, and it was always a repeat of "Code of Honor". Wang considers this a good thing, as he believes if he had been a huge fan of TNG, he might have been so nervous during his auditions for Voyager that he might have ended up losing the role altogether.
At Star Trek Las Vegas in 2014, Wang was announced to be reprising his role as Harry Kim in "Delta Rising", the second expansion of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Trek Online.
He has been a celebrity moderator interviewing other celebrities at various conventions around the world since 2008.
Wang has participated in the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, in 2012 interviewing Stan Lee and being present at a booth among other exhibitors, as well as being a surprise speaker at TNG Exposed.
|1995||Angry Cafe||No Name||Short film|
|1998||Hundred Percent||Troy Tashima|
|1999||The Auteur Theory||Mike Wong/God|
|2005||Deja Vu||Short video film|
|2009||Why Am I Doing This?||Vic Vu|
|2009||The Ride||Henry||Short film|
|2014||Alongside Night||Major Chin||Based on the book of the same name|
|2020||Unbelievable!!!!!||Dr. Charles Hunter|
|2020||Monster Force Zero|
|1994||All-American Girl||Raymond Han||Episode: "Submission Impossible"|
|1995–2001||Star Trek: Voyager||Harry Kim||TV series; main role|
|2002||Into the West||Chow-Ping Yen||TV miniseries|
Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
|2007||Star Trek: Of Gods and Men||Commander Garan||Miniseries|
|2015||American Dad!||Chinese Man||Episode: "American Fung"|
|2002||Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force||Ensign Harry Kim||Voice role|
|2014||Star Trek Online||Captain Harry Kim||Voice role|
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- "THEATER : New Home, New Spirit for Zeitgeist Theatre". Los Angeles Times. 1995-03-16. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
- Garrett Wang Reflects on Voyager Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine, trekweb.com, February 22, 2004.
- Trek Track on PBWorks
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- Garrett Wang on IMDb
- Interview about his career and views on Star Trek (GeeksOn): Interview proper starts at 27min50sec