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Rick Yune

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Martial Artist and Former Model

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Rick Yune Biography

Rick Yune was born in Washington D.C., the son of Wonhui Park and Tom Taeho Yune.

Yune was educated at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Silver Spring, Maryland, and St. John's Military School. In 1994, he received his MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. To raise cash for his studies, he tried several jobs, including as a hedge fund trader for SAC Capital and was persuaded to become a model in his spare time.

Yune practices many forms of martial arts, having reached Olympic standard in Taekwondo and being a serious contender for the US team when he was 19. He changed the spelling of his last name from "Yun" to "Yune" for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) purposes.

While studying at Wharton, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during the summer of 1992. During that time, he was "discovered" by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren's Polo.

Yune could also be seen in two 2005 episodes of ABC's spy-fi series "Alias," playing a modern-day samurai named Kazu Tamazaki who was hunted down by Jennifer Garner in Sydney. He also appeared as a guest in an episode of ABC's legal dramedy series "Boston Legal" and the popular, Emmy award-winning CBS crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

The newcomer made his film debut in 1999, playing Kazuo Miyamoto, a Japanese-American war hero accused of killing a respected fisherman (played by Daniel von Bargen) in the close-knit community, in director Scott Hicks' film adaptation of David Guterson's post-WWII novel, "Snow Falling on Cedars." The film that also starred Ethan Hawke received Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.

Yune co-starred as Johnny Tran, the ruthless leader of a Vietnamese gang and the rival of Vin Diesel's character, in the 2001 Rob Cohen-directed car-racing film "The Fast and the Furious," which also starred Paul Walker.

In the next year, Yune was launched to the spotlight after portraying James Bond villain Zao, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, in the 20th 007 feature "Die Another Day," directed by Lee Tamahori.

In 2008, Yune wrote, produced, and starred (as a Bangkok assassin) in the action/adventure movie The Fifth Commandment, directed by Jesse V. Johnson and also stars Keith David and Bokeem Woodbine.

Yune stars with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in the 2012 martial arts film, "The Man with the Iron Fists," directed by RZA and written by RZA and Eli Roth.

His most recent role is Kang Yeonsak, the main villain, in the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo.

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  • How do I book Rick Yune to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rick Yune for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rick Yune, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Rick Yune or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rick Yune

    Speaking fees for Rick Yune, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rick Yune are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rick Yune, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rick Yune speak about?

    Rick Yune is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Asian American Heritage, Diversity Speakers, Entertainers, Entertainment, Television Stars.
  • Where does Rick Yune travel from?

    Rick Yune generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rick Yune’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rick Yune for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Yune for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rick Yune or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Rick Yune Biography

Rick Yune was born in Washington D.C., the son of Wonhui Park and Tom Taeho Yune.

Yune was educated at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Silver Spring, Maryland, and St. John's Military School. In 1994, he received his MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. To raise cash for his studies, he tried several jobs, including as a hedge fund trader for SAC Capital and was persuaded to become a model in his spare time.

Yune practices many forms of martial arts, having reached Olympic standard in Taekwondo and being a serious contender for the US team when he was 19. He changed the spelling of his last name from "Yun" to "Yune" for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) purposes.

While studying at Wharton, Rick Yune worked as an intern on Wall Street trading stocks during the summer of 1992. During that time, he was "discovered" by a modeling agent and soon became the first Asian-American featured in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren's Polo.

Yune could also be seen in two 2005 episodes of ABC's spy-fi series "Alias," playing a modern-day samurai named Kazu Tamazaki who was hunted down by Jennifer Garner in Sydney. He also appeared as a guest in an episode of ABC's legal dramedy series "Boston Legal" and the popular, Emmy award-winning CBS crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

The newcomer made his film debut in 1999, playing Kazuo Miyamoto, a Japanese-American war hero accused of killing a respected fisherman (played by Daniel von Bargen) in the close-knit community, in director Scott Hicks' film adaptation of David Guterson's post-WWII novel, "Snow Falling on Cedars." The film that also starred Ethan Hawke received Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.

Yune co-starred as Johnny Tran, the ruthless leader of a Vietnamese gang and the rival of Vin Diesel's character, in the 2001 Rob Cohen-directed car-racing film "The Fast and the Furious," which also starred Paul Walker.

In the next year, Yune was launched to the spotlight after portraying James Bond villain Zao, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, in the 20th 007 feature "Die Another Day," directed by Lee Tamahori.

In 2008, Yune wrote, produced, and starred (as a Bangkok assassin) in the action/adventure movie The Fifth Commandment, directed by Jesse V. Johnson and also stars Keith David and Bokeem Woodbine.

Yune stars with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu in the 2012 martial arts film, "The Man with the Iron Fists," directed by RZA and written by RZA and Eli Roth.

His most recent role is Kang Yeonsak, the main villain, in the action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo.

Rick Yune Videos

  • PAUL WALKER INTERVIEW RICK YUNE - YouTube
  • Rick Yune - YouTube
  • Claudia Kim and Rick Yune Interview - Netflix's Marco Polo (HD) 2014

FAQs on booking Rick Yune

  • How do I book Rick Yune to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rick Yune for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rick Yune, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Rick Yune or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rick Yune

    Speaking fees for Rick Yune, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rick Yune are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rick Yune, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rick Yune speak about?

    Rick Yune is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Actors, Asian American Heritage, Diversity Speakers, Entertainers, Entertainment, Television Stars.
  • Where does Rick Yune travel from?

    Rick Yune generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rick Yune’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rick Yune for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Yune for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rick Yune or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Rick Yune is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Yune for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Rick Yune generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Taika Waititi, Phillipa Soo, Lana Condor, Anna Akana and Anupam Kher. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Yune for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Rick Yune Speaker Videos

  • PAUL WALKER INTERVIEW RICK YUNE - YouTube
    Rick Yune - YouTube
  • Claudia Kim and Rick Yune Interview - Netflix's Marco Polo (HD) 2014
    Rick Yune "The Man With The Iron Fists" / FOX'S STUDIO 11 9/18/12 ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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