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Masi Oka

Masi Oka stars in NBC's new ensemble drama series Heroes as Hiro Nakamura, a Tokyo nonconformist computer/anime enthusiast who develops a way to pierce the space-time continuum and move back in time through sheer will power. Heroes follows the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

No stranger to television, Oka has had recurring roles on NBC's Scrubs as Franklyn and Luis as Deng Wu. He also guest-starred on Without a Trace, Joey, Reba, The Loop, All of Us, Still Standing, Will & Grace, Yes, Dear and Gilmore Girls.

His feature-film credits include memorable roles in Along Came Polly, Austin Powers in Goldmember and House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim.

With a background in improvisation, Oka has performed on the stages of Second City, ImprovOlympics, The Groundlings, and TheatreSports. His improvisational expertise has been showcased with guest appearances as various characters on Punk'd, Reno 911 and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

After graduating from Brown University with degrees in mathematics and computer science and a theatre arts minor, Oka pursued an acting career while taking his first job at George Lucas' Oscar-winning special effects house Industrial Light & Magic. Today, despite his successful career as an actor, he continues to provide ILM with technology for groundbreaking effects for more than 30 films.

Oka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Los Angeles at age six, where he currently resides. He is fluent in Japanese and proficient in Spanish. His hobbies include Kendo (Japanese sword fighting), playing video games, watching and writing romantic comedies, playing the piano, and singing. His birthday is December 27.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Masi Oka Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayDecember 27, 1974 (42)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

Selected Filmography

Not available.