More Will Yun Lee Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Die Another Day)Will Yun Lee is an emerging talent on both the big and small screens. He is an actor with an unusual depth that sets him apart from other rising young Asian actors. He will next be seen in the independent film Face directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, which premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2002. This was his second consecutive year appearing at Sundance, as he is well known for his role as Jimmy Nguyen in the critically acclaimed What's Cooking, which opened the festival in 2001.
Lee currently plays Danny Woo on TNT's Witchblade. Danny Woo is a hard-boiled detective who was brutally murdered at the start of the series and returns as a ghost to guide his partner (Yancy Butler). The series is now shooting its second season in Toronto.
Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to parents recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the tough Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San Francisco area with his father, a Korean Tae Kwan Do grand master. 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 the East Bay Asian Youth Centre teaching high-risk teens from ghetto neighbourhoods 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 he became seriously interested in acting, and after landing a role in Nash Bridges he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. Guest star roles in series such as Profiler and Brimstone led to a role in the TV movie The Disciples for UPN, and soon after to What's Cooking and Witchblade.
Bio courtesy Fox for "Die Another Day" (12-Nov-2002)