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Will Yun Lee

One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, Will Yun Lee is an emerging talent on the big and small screens.  He is an actor with an unusual depth that sets him apart from other rising young Asian-American actors.

On the big screen, Lee starred opposite Jennifer Garner in the feature film Elektra. Lee also starred in the independent film Face, directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, that premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2002.  His other recent film credits include Warner Bros. Torque and MGM's 007 adventure Die Another Day.  

Born in Arlington, Virginia, to immigrant parents from Korea, Lee's character was nourished both by the traditional values of his family and the decidedly unspiritual socio-economic climate of the 1980s.  He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life ranging from the tough Bronx streets to the idyllic Hawaiian beaches.  By his teens he was living in the San Francisco area with his father, a Korean Tae Kwon Do grandmaster. Lee also became an accomplished martial artist, and won an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley.

While in school, Lee worked at East Bay Asian Youth Center, teaching high-risk teens from ghetto neighborhoods not unlike those he had known as a child in the Bronx. It was there that his ongoing commitment to young people began, a commitment that continues to play an important role in his life.

It was also at this time that Lee became seriously interested in acting. After landing a role in Nash Bridges he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.  Guest-star roles in television series such as Profiler and Brimstone led to a role in the television movie The Disciples and eventually in the critically acclaimed Sundance film opener What's Cooking -- and his best known role as Danny Woo on Witchblade.  He co-starred in the series opposite Yancy Butler for its two seasons. This summer, Lee can be seen as Mazarin in the television show Fallen, co-starring with Bryan Cranston and Paul Wesley.

At home in Los Angeles, Lee continues to teach martial arts and study acting, drawn to them both because neither can ever be completely mastered.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Will Yun Lee Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayMarch 22, 1975 (42)
SignAries
BirthplaceArlington, Virginia, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Will Yun Lee compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Wolverine Extended
The Wolverine
4 Assassins
Make Your Move
Die Another Day
Hawaii Five-0: Season 1
Torque
Face
Elektra
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