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John Cho

Actor Known for his Roles in "Searching," the "Harold & Kumar" Films, "American Pie" & the "Star Trek" Series

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 John Cho Biography

The son of a Christian minister, he was born Cho Yo Han in Seoul, South Korea on June 16, 1972. The family moved to the United States in 1978, and settled in Los Angeles, where Cho attended high school before enrolling at the University of California at Berkeley. Though he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, he developed a passion for acting after appearing in the play, "Warrior Woman." He was particularly inspired by the fact that many of his cast mates still displayed such dedication to their craft, despite being well into their fifth decades. After graduation, he returned to Los Angeles, where he worked as an English teacher at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood while making his first inroads towards a professional acting career. Appearances in print advertising led to bit parts in features like his screen debut, "Wag the Dog," and television series like "Felicity" and "Charmed." In the meantime, he began performing with the acclaimed Asian-American theater group, East West Players, in Los Angeles.

Cho's knack for dry comic delivery was soon tapped for more substantial supporting roles in features like "American Beauty" and the underrated "Bowfinger." His big-screen breakthrough, however, was as the manic high schooler John in "American Pie," whose hormonal response to Stifler's zaftig mom helped coin the catchphrase "MILF." His performance was well-received by the film's audience of teen males, and he reprised the role twice in the sequels, "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding." "Pie" creators Chris and Paul Weitz reunited Cho with his co-star Eddie Kaye Thomas for the short-lived sitcom "Off Centre," about four single men on the make in New York. Cho's performance as an accident-prone, socially unbridled Vietnamese restaurant owner was largely regarded as the show's sole saving grace. After the show's demise, he teamed once again with the Weitz brothers in "Down to Earth," a remake of "Heaven Can Wait" with Chris Rock. In 2002, Cho shifted gears to play a casually cruel young man who becomes involved with bored students on a crime spree in the dark comedy "Better Luck Tomorrow." The film, helmed by future "Fast and Furious" director Justin Lim, featured an all-Asian cast and received critical praise, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2004. But Cho soon returned to lighter material like "Big Fat Liar."

Cho's biggest film success after "American Pie" was "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." Cho shone as Harold Lee, an overworked Korean banker whose craving for the title restaurant -- spurred by a late night marijuana smoke-out with friend Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) -- leads to a string of surreal events that include rabid raccoons, berserk extreme sports fans, and a debauched Neil Patrick Harris, played to the hilt by the actor himself. The film was a mild box office success but proved exceptionally popular on DVD, which in turn inspired an even more popular -- and crass -- sequel, "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" in 2008. The exposure afforded by the "Harold and Kumar" films helped to make Cho a popular fixture in film and television comedies, with occasional forays into dramas. A brief stint on the sitcom "Kitchen Confidential," based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain, preceded guest shots on "Grey's Anatomy" and "How I Met Your Mother" opposite his "Harold and Kumar" co-star, Neil Patrick Harris. Cho also enjoyed a recurring role on "Ugly Betty" as the best friend of Christopher Gorham's nebbish accountant, Henry Grubstick.

Cho found himself at the center of considerable Internet and press buzz when he was cast as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek." Initially, Abrams was concerned about casting the Korean-born Cho in a role made iconic by Japanese actor George Takei, but the original Sulu appeased his concerns by stating that both he and "Star Trek" creator George Roddenberry envisioned Sulu as a symbol for all Asian people. In interviews, Cho cited how pleased he was to play a role that afforded an Asian actor the chance to play a sort of cowboy, and how much he enjoyed the physicality of the part, which required him to undergo weeks of fight training. The film showcased Cho in a new light, and led to his regular role on ABC's "FlashForward," a sci-fi drama series in which he played one of a team of FBI investigators studying a brief but international time travel incident.

After "FlashForward" ended, Cho once again reprised his role as Harold and starred in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas." In 2012, he was a series regular on the NBC sitcom "Go On," playing the best friend to Matthew Perry's character.

Cho again starred as Sulu in 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and in 2016 "Star Trek Beyond." He received acclaim for his role in the 2018 film "Searching". Cho is set to star in the 2019 films "Wish Gragon" and "Tigertail", and the 2020 film "Grudge."

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Cho for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Cho for your next private or corporate function.
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John Cho

Actor Known for his Roles in "Searching," the "Harold & Kumar" Films, "American Pie" & the "Star Trek" Series

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John Cho Biography

The son of a Christian minister, he was born Cho Yo Han in Seoul, South Korea on June 16, 1972. The family moved to the United States in 1978, and settled in Los Angeles, where Cho attended high school before enrolling at the University of California at Berkeley. Though he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, he developed a passion for acting after appearing in the play, "Warrior Woman." He was particularly inspired by the fact that many of his cast mates still displayed such dedication to their craft, despite being well into their fifth decades. After graduation, he returned to Los Angeles, where he worked as an English teacher at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood while making his first inroads towards a professional acting career. Appearances in print advertising led to bit parts in features like his screen debut, "Wag the Dog," and television series like "Felicity" and "Charmed." In the meantime, he began performing with the acclaimed Asian-American theater group, East West Players, in Los Angeles.

Cho's knack for dry comic delivery was soon tapped for more substantial supporting roles in features like "American Beauty" and the underrated "Bowfinger." His big-screen breakthrough, however, was as the manic high schooler John in "American Pie," whose hormonal response to Stifler's zaftig mom helped coin the catchphrase "MILF." His performance was well-received by the film's audience of teen males, and he reprised the role twice in the sequels, "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding." "Pie" creators Chris and Paul Weitz reunited Cho with his co-star Eddie Kaye Thomas for the short-lived sitcom "Off Centre," about four single men on the make in New York. Cho's performance as an accident-prone, socially unbridled Vietnamese restaurant owner was largely regarded as the show's sole saving grace. After the show's demise, he teamed once again with the Weitz brothers in "Down to Earth," a remake of "Heaven Can Wait" with Chris Rock. In 2002, Cho shifted gears to play a casually cruel young man who becomes involved with bored students on a crime spree in the dark comedy "Better Luck Tomorrow." The film, helmed by future "Fast and Furious" director Justin Lim, featured an all-Asian cast and received critical praise, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2004. But Cho soon returned to lighter material like "Big Fat Liar."

Cho's biggest film success after "American Pie" was "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle." Cho shone as Harold Lee, an overworked Korean banker whose craving for the title restaurant -- spurred by a late night marijuana smoke-out with friend Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) -- leads to a string of surreal events that include rabid raccoons, berserk extreme sports fans, and a debauched Neil Patrick Harris, played to the hilt by the actor himself. The film was a mild box office success but proved exceptionally popular on DVD, which in turn inspired an even more popular -- and crass -- sequel, "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" in 2008. The exposure afforded by the "Harold and Kumar" films helped to make Cho a popular fixture in film and television comedies, with occasional forays into dramas. A brief stint on the sitcom "Kitchen Confidential," based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain, preceded guest shots on "Grey's Anatomy" and "How I Met Your Mother" opposite his "Harold and Kumar" co-star, Neil Patrick Harris. Cho also enjoyed a recurring role on "Ugly Betty" as the best friend of Christopher Gorham's nebbish accountant, Henry Grubstick.

Cho found himself at the center of considerable Internet and press buzz when he was cast as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek." Initially, Abrams was concerned about casting the Korean-born Cho in a role made iconic by Japanese actor George Takei, but the original Sulu appeased his concerns by stating that both he and "Star Trek" creator George Roddenberry envisioned Sulu as a symbol for all Asian people. In interviews, Cho cited how pleased he was to play a role that afforded an Asian actor the chance to play a sort of cowboy, and how much he enjoyed the physicality of the part, which required him to undergo weeks of fight training. The film showcased Cho in a new light, and led to his regular role on ABC's "FlashForward," a sci-fi drama series in which he played one of a team of FBI investigators studying a brief but international time travel incident.

After "FlashForward" ended, Cho once again reprised his role as Harold and starred in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas." In 2012, he was a series regular on the NBC sitcom "Go On," playing the best friend to Matthew Perry's character.

Cho again starred as Sulu in 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and in 2016 "Star Trek Beyond." He received acclaim for his role in the 2018 film "Searching". Cho is set to star in the 2019 films "Wish Gragon" and "Tigertail", and the 2020 film "Grudge."

John Cho Videos

  • Speaking frankly with John Cho - YouTube
  • Star Trek's John Cho Unboxes Sulu | Vanity Fair - YouTube
  • Star Trek Beyond Interview - John Cho (2016) - Action Movie ...

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  • How to book John Cho?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Cho for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Cho, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Cho or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Cho?

    Booking fees for John Cho, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Cho, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Cho?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Cho for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Cho for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Cho or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Cho or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Cho is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Cho for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. John Cho generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are George Takei, Constance Wu, Steven Yeun, Hasan Minhaj and Ki Hong Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Cho for an upcoming event.

John Cho Speaker Videos

  • Speaking frankly with John Cho - YouTube
    Star Trek's John Cho Unboxes Sulu | Vanity Fair - YouTube
  • Star Trek Beyond Interview - John Cho (2016) - Action Movie ...

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