Park in New York City in 2015
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles (BA, MA)|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Randall Park (born March 23, 1974) is an American actor, comedian and writer best known for portraying Kim Jong-un in the 2014 film The Interview and Eddie Huang's father, American restaurateur Louis Huang, in Fresh Off the Boat, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016. In 2012, he gained popularity playing Steve, a prank replacement of Jim Halpert in an episode of The Office. He also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp and upcoming television series WandaVision as FBI agent Jimmy Woo, as well as in the DC Extended Universe film Aquaman as Dr. Stephen Shin.
Park was born to Korean immigrants in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Castle Heights, Los Angeles. His mother was an accountant at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his father owned a one-hour photo store. Park graduated from Hamilton High School's humanities magnet program.
Park began attending UCLA in winter quarter of 1993. As a student, he co-founded "Lapu, the Coyote that Cares," the largest and longest-running on-campus Asian American theater company, now known as the LCC Theatre Company, in 1995. He credits his experiences with LCC for sparking his desire to pursue acting professionally and would go on to collaborate with many of its alumni. Their first performance was of Treehouse Bachelor Society, a full length play Park had written, and it was performed at the Northwest Auditorium. Park was also a student volunteer for UCLA's official charity, UCLA UniCamp, and went by the camp name "CareMoose."
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and minor in Asian American studies from UCLA in 1997. He remained at UCLA, partly to continue acting with LCC, and later completed his master's degree in Asian American studies in 1999. After graduation, Park worked at the weekly newspaper New Times LA as a graphic/print designer for a few years. When he left the job, he considered pursuing architecture school but failed the pre-requisite courses and realized he did not want to attend any more schooling.
Park has made guest appearances on television shows including Community, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, The Office, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Four Kings, Las Vegas, House, iCarly, Cold Case, The Mindy Project, and Reno 911!.
2001–2006: Early years
He co-founded the Propergander theater group with a few LCC alumni. Their first production was of The Achievers by LCC co-founder Michael Golamco in 2001. Around this time, Park began doing stand-up comedy recreationally in his backyard during Propergander shows. He cited Mike Birbiglia and Mitch Hedberg as early influences and would later perform alongside comedian Ali Wong. Other notable alumni include Vivian Bang, Tim Chiou, Samantha Quan, and Eddie Shin. Park, Shin, and LCC co-founder Naoya Imanishi were also a part of the short lived improv group, "The Legendary Stage Ninjaz," along with comedian Ali Wong.
Park co-wrote and starred in the feature film American Fusion, directed by UCLA alumnus Frank Lin, which won the Audience Award at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. It was actor Pat Morita's last role before his death in November of that year. The script was a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
Early in his career, when Park did not have a talent agent, he would book roles through diversity showcases at different television networks. In 2006, he was featured in the CBS Diversity Showcase. At 32, while a cast member on MTV's Wild 'n Out, he worked at Starbucks to supplement his income.
In 2007, he regularly appeared as an actor in the filmmaking reality show On the Lot.
2007–2013: Online work
Park found work to be scarce in 2009 due to the Great Recession in the United States in 2008 and a potential SAG-AFTRA strike at the beginning of 2009, so he began to focus on his own projects during this period. He wrote the short film Blueberry, which won an award for Best Actor at the NBC Shortcuts Film Festival For Short Films in 2010.
Park had a recurring role as Martin Fukanaga on Supah Ninjas.
Park has collaborated on several projects with Wong Fu Productions. Previously, he has appeared as Brandon in the comedy skit Too Fast (2010) and the stepfather in the web series Home Is Where the Hans Are (2012). More recently, Park played a D.E.I. agent in the feature film Everything Before Us (2015) and its accompanying short film, Asian Santa in the comedy skit Why is Santa Asian?, and a brief cameo as himself in Asian Bachelorette 2.
He created, directed, written, and starred in several short internet series for Channel 101, including Dr. Miracles, The Food, IKEA Heights, and Dumb Professor. In 2013 he wrote and starred in a series for Channel 101 featuring his baby daughter entitled Baby Mentalist. In Channel 101's bracket competition format for web-series, Baby Mentalist was voted number one the most times of any show at the time, ending with six episodes in 2013.
2014–present: Mainstream success
In 2014, Park played a company rep trying to recruit college students in Neighbors. He had previously worked with the director, Nicholas Stoller, on The Five-Year Engagement (2012). Stoller later recommended Park for the role of "a vague North Korean dictator," who later turned out to be North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in the controversial film, The Interview, directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Impressed by his audition, Goldberg and Rogen offered Park the role after one audition. Park gained over 20 pounds for the role. For reference material on the role, he used Forest Whitaker's performance in The Last King of Scotland and the Vice documentary on North Korea.
In 2015, he appeared as Jeff in the prequel 2015 series for Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He also appeared in Wong Fu Productions' first feature film, Everything Before Us. Park appeared with John Malkovich in the music video for Eminem's single "Phenomenal". He also appeared as a co-worker of Amy Schumer's character in Trainwreck. He also had roles in the films Southpaw (as Jed Wang) and The Night Before as Ethan's Boss.
Since February 2015, Park has starred as Louis Huang, patriarch of a Taiwanese American family, alongside Constance Wu, in ABC's television show Fresh Off The Boat (based on Eddie Huang's memoir, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir), written and produced by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan. He was the first actor cast on the show, with the producers having approached him before the pilot was ordered. Park initially felt uneasy about portraying a Taiwanese father as somebody of Korean heritage. However, Huang reassured Park that he was Huang's first choice to play his father. When they were staffing the writer's room, Park recommended Ali Wong for the position. The show ran for six seasons and was concluded on February 21, 2020.
In 2016, Park appeared in the film Office Christmas Party as Fred.
In 2018, Park had minor roles in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe (DCEU). He played FBI Agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and the Wasp. Park is set to return as Woo in the Disney+ series, WandaVision (2021). In the DCEU, he played Dr. Stephen Shin in the film Aquaman.
Park produced and starred in the Netflix original film Always Be My Maybe, directed by Fresh of the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan, with Ali Wong. The film was written by Park, Wong, and Michael Golamco. The in-film hip hop band, Hello Peril, is inspired by Park's 90s hip hop band, Ill Again. The film was released in select theaters on May 29, 2019, and digitally on May 31, 2019, on Netflix.
Park, Golamco, and Hieu Ho launched the Asian American focused production company, Imminent Collision, and signed a first look deal with 20th Century Fox Television in October 2019. The name is derived from a play they worked on while members of the LCC theater group at UCLA.
Park was a front man for the Bay Area hip-hop/jazz/rock fusion band, Ill Again. The band served as the inspiration for his character's band, Hello Peril, in the film Always Be My Maybe (2019). He later formed the rap group Novelists with former Ill Again emcee Andrew Johnson. In this group, Park went by the rap name, "Randruff." They released the album Bookends in 2008.
Park has been featured in ads for HBO Go, Ally Financial, and the 2011 Father's Day Verizon Droid commercial. He plays a "doggie daycare owner" in a print and online campaign for Chase Bank, which aired in early 2015.
Park was featured in UTC Business Ethics Course HUR750 "Respect in the Workplace".
Park has an older brother. In the beginning, Park's parents were not supportive of his acting ambitions. However, in hindsight, Park has acknowledged that they have supported him tacitly by continuing to house him throughout the years. When Park received the script for The Interview, his parents encouraged him to pursue the role.
|2009||The People I've Slept With||Nice but Boring Guy|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Henderson|
|The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It||Officer Yo Ass|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Trainee Wong|
|2012||The Five Year Engagement||Ming|
|They Came Together||Martinson|
|The Interview||Kim Jong-un|
|The Hollars||Dr. Fong|
|Everything Before Us||Randall|
|The Night Before||Ethan's Boss|
|Amigo Undead||Kevin Ostrowski|
|2016||The Meddler||Officer Lee|
|Office Christmas Party||Fred|
|2017||The Disaster Artist||Male Actor|
|The House||Wall Street Guy - Buckler|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Chen the Cheerleader (voice)|
|2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Jimmy Woo|
|Aquaman||Dr. Stephen Shin|
|Always Be My Maybe||Marcus Kim||Also writer|
|2020||Valley Girl||Principal Evans|
|2021||PAW Patrol: The Movie||TBA (voice)|
|2003||Fastlane||Octopus Man||Episode: "Strap On"|
|2003||Reno 911!||Mailman||Episode: "Dangle's Moving Day"|
|2003||Las Vegas||Jasper||Episode: "Jokers and Fools"|
|2004||Alias||Korean Soldier||Episode: "Crossings"|
|2004||ER||Yong-Jo Pak||Episode: "White Guy, Dark Hair"|
|2005–2007||Wild 'n Out||Himself / Various||16 episodes|
|2006||Four Kings||Server Pat||Episode: "Night of the Iguana"|
|2006–2007||The Bold and the Beautiful||E.R. Doctor||2 episodes|
|2006–2007||Mad TV||Various||3 episodes|
|2007||Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz||Various||3 episodes|
|2007||Cold Case||Manny Kim '07||Episode: "That Woman"|
|2008||iCarly||Mr. Palladino||Episode: "iGot Detention"|
|2008||The Sarah Silverman Program||Mongolian Aide||Episode: "The Mongolian Beef"|
|2008||Eli Stone||Chris Kim||Episode: "Unwritten"|
|2009||Gary Unmarried||Dr. Greenberg||Episode: "Gary Tries to Do It All"|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Doctor||Episode: "The Table Read"|
|2010–2015||Community||Crime Boss / Himself||2 episodes|
|2010–2011||Svetlana||Dr. Park||3 episodes|
|2011–2013||Supah Ninjas||Martin Fukanaga||27 episodes|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Scott Katsu||Episode: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"|
|2012||New Girl||Will||Episode: "Fancyman Part 1"|
|2012||The Office||Steve||Episode: "Andy's Ancestry"|
|2012–2017||Veep||Governor Danny Chung||13 episodes|
|2013||Mr. Box Office||Larry Kung||Episode: "Marcus Gets Kung Pow'd"|
|2013–2014||The Mindy Project||Dr. Colin Lee||3 episodes|
|2014||Newsreaders||Clavis Kim||3 episodes|
|2014, 2018||Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015–2020||Fresh Off the Boat||Louis Huang||Regular role|
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2016, 2017)
|2015||Repeat After Me||Himself||Episode #1.5|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Jeff||4 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Randall Park Wears Brown Dress Shoes With Blue Socks"|
|2016||Idiotsitter||Hank||Episode: "GED Prom"|
|2016||Childrens Hospital||Jamyang||Episode: "Show Me a Hero"|
|2016||Dr. Ken||Gary Chon||Episode: "Korean Men's Club"|
|2016||$100,000 Pyramid||Himself/Celebrity Guest||Episode: "Randall Park vs. Anna Camp"|
|2016||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Grieg||Episode: "Day of the Diamond Dealmakers"|
|2017||Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special||Blair||Variety special|
|2017||Angie Tribeca||Dr. Moreau||Episode: "Brockman Turner Overdrive"|
|2017||Drop the Mic||Himself||Episode: "James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park / Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski"|
|2017||Do You Want To See a Dead Body?||Himself||Episode: "A Body and a Crater"|
|2018||Hot Streets||Donovan Kim (voice)||Episode: "Got a Minute for Love?"|
|2018||Drunk History||Himself / Jamukha||2 episodes|
|2018||Art Prison||Himself||Adult Swim TV special|
|2018–2020||BoJack Horseman||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2019||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Episode: "Devilish Desserts"|
|2019||What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: “Neighbor”|
|2020||Medical Police||Clavis Kim||4 episodes|
|2020||Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart||Eugene (voice)||Episode: "Adoradad"|
|2020||Adventure Time: Distant Lands||Hugo||Episode: "BMO"|
|2020||Where's Waldo?||Wizard Shadowbeard||Episode: "Shadow of Bali"|
|2006||Dr. Miracles||Dr. Miracles||Also writer/director|
|2009||Greendale Community College Webisodes||Brody Leitz||Promos for Community|
|2009||The Food||Wallace||Also writer|
|2009||IKEA Heights||James||YouTube Series only filmed in IKEA without staff noticing|
|2010||Too Fast||Brandon||Wong Fu Productions short|
|2010||Dumb Professor||Professor Raymond Nash||Also writer/director|
|2010||Weekend Forecast||Tokyo Mitsubishi||MagicHugs short|
|2010||Workout Tape||Ronny Nishimoto||MagicHugs short|
|2011||Siamese Dad||Russell||Also writer/director|
|2011||The Game Station - The Street Fighter||Kenneth|
|2012||The Game Station - The Return of King Hippo||Roommate|
|2012||Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling||Andy Ling||Starred opposite Elliott Gould|
|2012||Home Is Where The Hans Are||Andrew||Wong Fu Productions short|
|2013||Baby Mentalist||Detective Chung||Also writer|
|2014||CollegeHumor - If Google was a Guy (2)||Bing|
|2014||Adult Swim - The Broomshakalaka||Mark|
|2014||Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey||Himself||Guest with JaeLego|
|2018||Asian Bachelorette 2||Himself||Wong Fu Productions short|
|TBA||Blue Eye Samurai||Series regular|
Select awards and recognition
- (2010) – Best Actor Award at NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival.
- (2011) – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment New Writers Award for the pilot Erasists
- (2015) – Asian Pacific Alumni Alumnus of the Year Award
- (2015) – V3Con Visibility Award
- (2016) – Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year
- (2017) – Visionary Award by East West Players (EWP)
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- Jung, E. Alex (May 29, 2019). "Randall Park's Small-Town L.A. The star of Fresh Off the Boat has made Always Be My Maybe, a rom-com inspired by his own life". Vulture. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
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- Park, Randall (April 17, 2012). "April Issue: Randall Park Reflects on the Riots". Koream. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- Kondabolu, Ashok (July 26, 2013). "Ashok and Randall Park Celebrate Father's Day". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
- UCLA Alumni (May 12, 2016). UCLA Awards 2016: Randall Park, Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year.
- "About: History". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA.
- "Cast: Alumni and Inactive Cast". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA.
- "Meet Propergander (Part I)". UCLA International Institute. August 16, 2005. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020.
- Yu, Phil (June 3, 2019). "How Ali Wong And Randall Park's New Rom-Com 'Always Be My Maybe' Came To Be". Character Media. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- "Q&A: Randall Park reflects on how his time at UCLA shaped his career in acting, writing". dailybruin.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- FlorCruz, Michelle (May 2, 2016). "Interview: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Star Randall Park on Being an Asian-American in the Comedy World". Asia Society. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- "Our Past Meet Your Future" (PDF) (Press release). UCLA Office of Admission. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
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- J (August 15, 2009). "The Alpha Asian Interview with Randall Park" (Podcast). The Alpha Asian. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
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- "Propergander: All About Us". www.propergander.net. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- Lin, Lynda (June 2007). "Taking Comedy to the Very Edge" (PDF). Pacific Citizen.
- Eisner, Ken (November 21, 2005). "American Fusion". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
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- "Academy Nicholl 2009 Ceremony | 2009". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- Metz, Nina. "My worst moment: 'Fresh Off the Boat' star Randall Park and the soggy audition". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- Fernandez, Maria Elena (November 10, 2017). "CBS Diversity Showcase Was a Racist, Homophobic Mess for Years, Participants Say". Vulture. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- Gorman, Steve; Tourtellotte, Bob (December 12, 2008). "Actors' strike threat casts shadow over Oscars". Reuters. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- "NBC Shortcuts". Guts.Glam.Grace. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- Wood, Ximón. "East West Players' 51st Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction Honors Randall Park and Ken Jeong on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Hilton Universal City". East West Players. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- Randall Park making you laugh for 6 minutes straight. Wong Fu Productions. June 20, 2019.
- Why is Santa Asian? ft. Randall Park. Wong Fu Productions. December 21, 2016.
- Angry Asian Man, Baby Mentalist, blog.angryasianman.com, April 2013.
- "Sound and Fury Podcast Episode 18: Randall Park". blog.angryasianman.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- "Channel 101 - Baby Mentalist". Channel 101. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2014). "Constance Wu, Randall Park Join 'Fresh Off The Boat'; Windell Middlebrooks In 'Mason Twins'". Deadline. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- Rottenberg, Josh (December 16, 2014). "'The Interview's' Kim Jong Un actor, Randall Park, knew it was 'insane'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- Steinberg, Don (February 4, 2015). "Randall Park on ABC's New 'Fresh Off the Boat': The first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years premieres". Wall Street Journal.
- Korean Dictator, All-American Dad: One Actor's 'Very Unique Year' (Radio). All Things Considered. NPR. February 8, 2015.
- Levy, Ariel (September 26, 2016). "Ali Wong's Radical Raunch". The New Yorker (OCTOBER 3, 2016 ISSUE). Retrieved February 16, 2020.
- Kit, Borys (March 23, 2018). "'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator Nahnatchka Khan to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Netflix Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
- Carlin, Channon (June 3, 2019). "How Randall Park's Rap Song About Punching Keanu Reeves Ended Up in Always Be My Maybe". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- Jackson, Angelique (May 25, 2019). "How Keanu Reeves Ended Up in Ali Wong, Randall Park's Romantic Comedy 'Always Be My Maybe'". Variety. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
- Low, Elaine (October 2, 2019). "Randall Park Forms Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With 20th". Variety. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- "Coachella Music Festival Meets Pepsi Smash at Dragon's Roar". www.international.ucla.edu. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- 16 Bars from Randall 'Randruff' Park. The Late Late Show with James Corden. February 2, 2016.
- Brown, Randall (December 26, 2014). "Randall Park – aka The Interview's Kim Jong-un – is also... a rapper?". Acclaim Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- Treats (Music Video). Novelists. October 12, 2010.
- Lee, Christina (March 6, 2015). "'Fresh Off the Boats Randall Park's 7 Best Hip-Hop Moments". Myspace. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- "Novelists - Bookends (Produced by Fatgums and Gammaray), by Various Artists". Various Artists. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- John (May 23, 2011). "Asian American Commercial Watch: Randall Park in HBO Go". 8Asians.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- "Too Fast". YouTube. December 10, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- Primack, Dan (January 7, 2015). "When 'Kim-Jong Un' did an ad for Chase Bank". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- Tseng, Ada (February 13, 2014). "Randall and Jae Suh Park: Baby Makes Three". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- "Cross Currents" (PDF). Cross Currents. Vol. 37. Fall 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- UCLA College (June 29, 2017). 2017 UCLA English Commencement.
- Wood, Ximón. "Support the Future of Our Stories". East West Players. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- Sowa, Alexander (June 26, 2020). "The Anti-Capitalist Message of Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO". CBR. Valent, Inc. Archived from the original on June 26, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
- "Weekend Forecast". Youtube.com. March 16, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- "Workout Tape". Youtube.com. December 3, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
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- Navarro, Cat (June 27, 2015). Randall Park - V3con 2015. Ideate TV.
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