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Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s comedic stars. In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy “The Hangover,” also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide. Jeong reprised his role of “Mr. Chow” in the summer blockbuster, “The Hangover 2.” Following up on the success of “The Hangover,” the much anticipated sequel surpassed expectations in every way, already grossing almost $600 million dollars and beating “The Hangover,” while setting box office records for R-rated films. He was then seen in the 3rd installment of “The Hangover 3,” which showcased his meatiest performance to date. The film went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide.
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to earn his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans, all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the “Big Easy Laff Off.” The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Things have only picked up for Jeong. He’s starring in Universal’s “Ride Along 2” and starring in his own ABC television series – “Dr. Ken.” Other credits for Jeong include “The Duff,” “Transformers 3,” “Pain and Gain,” “Despicable Me 2,” and he has recently directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Student Athlete.” He spends a lot of his off time volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer. Jeong was also a regular on the critically acclaimed television show “Community.”
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