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Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
1969, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
5' 5 1/2"
Ken Jeong has been blending comedy & medicine all of his life. After graduating from Duke University & attaining his MD at the University of North Carolina, Ken completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans while developing a cult comedy following. While in New Orleans, Ken won the "Big Easy Laff-off". Late NBC president 'Brandon Tartikoff' (qv) and "Improv" founder 'Budd Friedman' (qv) judged the competition and advised Ken to move to Los Angeles. Once residing in LA, Ken began performing regularly at the Improv & Laugh Factory. Soon after he appeared on ABC's _"The View" (1997)_ (qv) and was named "The Funniest Doctor in America". Subsequent appearances on Comedy Central & BET cemented his reputation as a comic who appeals to a wide variety of audiences. Ken's background in theater & improv has led to several television appearances including NBC's _"The Office" (2005)_ (qv), HBO's _"Entourage" (2004)_ (qv) and _"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000)_ (qv), CBS' _"Two and a Half Men" (2003)_ (qv) and _"Worst Week" (2008)_ (qv), ABC's _"Boston Legal" (2004)_ (qv), FX's _"The Shield" (2002)_ (qv) and FOX's _"'Til Death" (2006)_ (qv) and _"American Dad!" (2005)_ (qv) and Starz' _"Party Down" (2009)_ (qv). Ken made his feature film debut in 'Judd Apatow' (qv)'s _Knocked Up (2007)_ (qv). Subsequently, he has appeared in _Pineapple Express (2008)_ (qv), _Role Models (2008)_ (qv), _Step Brothers (2008)_ (qv), _All About Steve (2009)_ (qv), _The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)_ (qv), _Couples Retreat (2009)_ (qv) and _The Hangover (2009)_ (qv). He recently completed filming Furry Vengeance and The Zookeeper. He is a series regular on NBC's Community.
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-   'Tran' (? - present); 2 children


-   Has twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey.

-   Wife Tran is also a doctor.

-   Grew up in Greensboro, NC and graduated from Walter Hines Page High School in 1986.

-   As of June 2010, the Medical Board of California lists his medical license (#65869) as "Renewed & Current" (meaning he meets requirements for the practice of medicine in California) until July 31, 2012. He is licensed to practice medicine under his birth name, Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong.


-   (2012) TV commercial for Coca Cola

-   (2011) Music video for Enrique Iglesias: "I Like How It Feels"


-   (2011, on landing his role in Transformers 3) Transformers 3 was really a recommendation from Todd Phillips, actually, to Michael Bay. Michael Bay had a role for me in mind and I met with him last spring. I play a co-worker of Shia LaBeouf and it was one of the greatest moments of my career because I saw how the big boys do it. This is sci-fi, this is action, this is fantasy, this is Steven Spielberg producing, and all my scenes were with Shia. And to work with CGI is the hardest form of acting ever, for me personally...I have to create that energy myself and then react off that energy. It's so much harder to do, so much harder mentally. That's why I have the highest respect for Shia, because he does that all the time. Three movies. Michael is a genius at finessing those reactions out and finessing that vision.

-   (2011) I remember I heard an interview on NPR where Terry Gross had asked Denzel Washington, "Do you look for roles that are role models for the community?" And he said, and this is Denzel Washington talking, the icon, "No! If I'm following what other people want me to do, I wouldn't be doing my job as an artist, as an actor. That would be so boring." I'm very inspired by that. I think about that a lot.

-   (2011, On the Hangover cast) I've known Zach (Galifianakis) for a decade, from doing stand-up. And I did a movie with Bradley (Cooper) prior to the first Hangover and a movie with Ed (Helms) prior to the first Hangover. So we're friends and we know each other, and on the second movie we got to be even better friends. Me and Ed went to Cambodia with his friends to go on a bicycle tour of Angkor Wat and the Buddhist temples there. I think people are always surprised to hear how mellow and close-knit we are. It's not like we're in character setting garbage fires in Bangkok in our off time! We're not crazy.

-   (2011, on getting involved in The Hangover Part II) I got an e-mail from Todd saying, "We'll be requiring your services," and then he gave me the script and I was crying laughing. The script, actually, was better than the first one because in the first movie, the script had actually existed before all of us, including Todd, had been attached. So this is the first script that utilizes our voices uniquely. Basically, you're building on the characters the audience has loved and also the characters we kind of formed in the first movie, so it was actually creatively easier for me as an actor this time around. All the hard work had been done in establishing these characters.

-   (2011, on director Todd Phillips) Todd gave me a career, and he's my favorite guy. He's family to me. We're bonded by our love of comedy and mayhem...I just trust everything about Todd Phillips, because all of my fame and success have been due to the first Hangover.

-   [on working as an MD during the day and doing improv at night]: I was the funniest doctor in America who was an Asian, under five-foot-nine and living in Los Angeles.


-   "Parade" (USA), 29 May 2011, pg. 2, by: Walter Scott, "Walter Scott asks...Ken Jeong"


-   "The Boston Globe" (USA), 11 June 2009, by: Chris Lee, "He's a Big Hit in Small Parts"

-   "Variety" (USA), 17 September 2007, Vol. 296, Iss. 54, pg. 5, by: Tatiana Siegel, "MTV gets Strong vibe from vid"


-   "TV Guide" (USA), 5 December 2011

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Acting in movies by Jeong, Ke

  1. Pain & Gain (2013)
  2. Rapturepalooza (2013)
  3. The Hangover Part III (2013)
  4. Turbo (2013)
  5. "Community" (2009) {Conventions of Space and Time (#4.3)}
  6. "Community" (2009) {History 101 (#4.1)}
  7. "Community" (2009) {Paranormal Parentage (#4.2)}
  8. "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" (2011) {Shifu's Back (#2.5)}
  9. "Maron" (2013) {The Sponsor (#1.2)}
  10. Ali 70 from Las Vegas (2012) (TV)
  11. "Bob's Burgers" (2011) {Dr. Yap (#2.6)}
  12. "Burning Love" (2012) {Meet Mark Orlando & the Ladies (#1.1)}
  13. "Community" (2009) {Basic Lupine Urology (#3.17)}
  14. "Community" (2009) {Contemporary Impressionists (#3.12)}
  15. "Community" (2009) {Course Listing Unavailable (#3.18)}
  16. "Community" (2009) {Curriculum Unavailable (#3.19)}
  17. "Community" (2009) {Digital Estate Planning (#3.20)}
  18. "Community" (2009) {Digital Exploration of Interior Design (#3.13)}
  19. "Community" (2009) {Introduction to Finality (#3.22)}
  20. "Community" (2009) {Origins of Vampire Mythology (#3.15)}
  21. "Community" (2009) {Pillows and Blankets (#3.14)}
  22. "Community" (2009) {The First Chang Dynasty (#3.21)}
  23. "Community" (2009) {Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts (#3.11)}
  24. "Community" (2009) {Virtual Systems Analysis (#3.16)}
  25. "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole" (2010) {Maly Sherrey's Hyralius! Mutant Monster!! (#2.9)}
  26. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
  27. I Like How It Feels (2011)
  28. The 2011 Billboard Music Awards (2011) (TV)
  29. The Hangover Part II (2011)
  30. The Muppets (2011)
  31. The Unauthorized Documentary, Hangover Part II (2011)
  32. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  33. Zookeeper (2011)
  34. "American Dad!" (2005) {Flirting with Disaster (#6.18)}
  35. "Attack of the Show!" (2005) {Danny Pudi/Allison Brie/Ken Jeong}
  36. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-05-26)}
  37. "Community" (2009) {A Fistful of Paintballs (#2.23)}
  38. "Community" (2009) {Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (#2.14)}
  39. "Community" (2009) {Advanced Gay (#3.6)}
  40. "Community" (2009) {Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts (#2.22)}
  41. "Community" (2009) {Asian Population Studies (#2.12)}
  42. "Community" (2009) {Biology 101 (#3.1)}
  43. "Community" (2009) {Celebrity Pharmacology 212 (#2.13)}
  44. "Community" (2009) {Competitive Ecology (#3.3)}
  45. "Community" (2009) {Competitive Wine Tasting (#2.20)}
  46. "Community" (2009) {Critical Film Studies (#2.19)}
  47. "Community" (2009) {Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy (#2.18)}
  48. "Community" (2009) {Documentary Filmmaking: Redux (#3.8)}
  49. "Community" (2009) {Early 21st Century Romanticism (#2.15)}
  50. "Community" (2009) {Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism (#3.9)}
  51. "Community" (2009) {For a Few Paintballs More (#2.24)}
  52. "Community" (2009) {Geography of Global Conflict (#3.2)}
  53. "Community" (2009) {Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps (#3.5)}
  54. "Community" (2009) {Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (#2.16)}
  55. "Community" (2009) {Intro to Political Science (#2.17)}
  56. "Community" (2009) {Paradigms of Human Memory (#2.21)}
  57. "Community" (2009) {Regional Holiday Music (#3.10)}
  58. "Community" (2009) {Remedial Chaos Theory (#3.4)}
  59. "Community" (2009) {Studies in Modern Movement (#3.7)}
  60. "Conan" (2010) {Murder at the Murder Trial (#1.95)}
  61. "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2011-05-20)}
  62. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(2011-06-29)}
  63. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(2011-08-24)}
  64. "Love Bites" (2011) {Sky High (#1.4)}
  65. "Sesame Street" (1969) {Falling Leaves (#42.21)}
  66. "The Soup" (2004) {(#8.35)}
  67. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#19.146)}
  68. "M.Y.R.K.L." (2010)
  69. 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2010) (TV)
  70. 2010 MTV Movie Awards (2010) (TV)
  71. Despicable Me (2010)
  72. Furry Vengeance (2010)
  73. How to Make Love to a Woman (2010)
  74. Stand Up to Cancer (2010) (TV)
  75. Teen Choice Awards 2010 (2010) (TV)
  76. Vampires Suck (2010)
  77. "Community" (2009) {Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (#2.11)}
  78. "Community" (2009) {Accounting for Lawyers (#2.2)}
  79. "Community" (2009) {Aerodynamics of Gender (#2.7)}
  80. "Community" (2009) {Anthropology 101 (#2.1)}
  81. "Community" (2009) {Basic Genealogy (#1.18)}
  82. "Community" (2009) {Basic Rocket Science (#2.4)}
  83. "Community" (2009) {Beginner Pottery (#1.19)}
  84. "Community" (2009) {Communication Studies (#1.16)}
  85. "Community" (2009) {Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design (#2.9)}
  86. "Community" (2009) {Contemporary American Poultry (#1.21)}
  87. "Community" (2009) {Cooperative Calligraphy (#2.8)}
  88. "Community" (2009) {English as a Second Language (#1.24)}
  89. "Community" (2009) {Epidemiology (#2.6)}
  90. "Community" (2009) {Interpretive Dance (#1.14)}
  91. "Community" (2009) {Investigative Journalism (#1.13)}
  92. "Community" (2009) {Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples (#2.5)}
  93. "Community" (2009) {Mixology Certification (#2.10)}
  94. "Community" (2009) {Modern Warfare (#1.23)}
  95. "Community" (2009) {Pascal's Triangle Revisited (#1.25)}
  96. "Community" (2009) {Physical Education (#1.17)}
  97. "Community" (2009) {Romantic Expressionism (#1.15)}
  98. "Community" (2009) {The Art of Discourse (#1.22)}
  99. "Community" (2009) {The Psychology of Letting Go (#2.3)}
  100. "Community" (2009) {The Science of Illusion (#1.20)}
  101. "Fabrice Fabrice Interviews" (2007) {Fabrice Fabrice at the MTV Movie Awards (#2.1)}
  102. "Players" (2010) {Induction Day (#1.7)}
  103. "Rachael Ray" (2006) {Dr. Phil (#5.38)}
  104. "The Soup" (2004) {(2010-05-21)}
  105. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#18.114)}
  106. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#18.35)}
  107. All About 'All About Steve' (2009) (V)
  108. All About Steve (2009)
  109. Couples Retreat (2009)
  110. Hollywood Dish with Mena Micheletti (2009) (V)
  111. Off Duty (2009) (TV)
  112. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
  113. The Hangover (2009)
  114. Untitled Million Dollar Strong Project (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  115. "American Dad!" (2005) {Every Which Way But Lose (#4.17)}
  116. "American Dad!" (2005) {Family Affair (#4.10)}
  117. "Community" (2009) {Advanced Criminal Law (#1.5)}
  118. "Community" (2009) {Comparative Religion (#1.12)}
  119. "Community" (2009) {Debate 109 (#1.9)}
  120. "Community" (2009) {Environmental Science (#1.10)}
  121. "Community" (2009) {Football, Feminism and You (#1.6)}
  122. "Community" (2009) {Home Economics (#1.8)}
  123. "Community" (2009) {Introduction to Film (#1.3)}
  124. "Community" (2009) {Introduction to Statistics (#1.7)}
  125. "Community" (2009) {Politics of Human Sexuality (#1.11)}
  126. "Community" (2009) {Social Psychology (#1.4)}
  127. "Community" (2009) {Spanish 101 (#1.2)}
  128. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#7.87)}
  129. "Last Call with Carson Daly" (2002) {(2009-03-12)}
  130. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2009) {(#1.95)}
  131. "Men of a Certain Age" (2009) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  132. "Party Down" (2009) {Sin Say Shun Awards Afterparty (#1.5)}
  133. "Party Down" (2009) {Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception (#1.10)}
  134. "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (2008) {(2009-11-17)}
  135. "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (2009) {(#1.86)}
  136. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2009-03-09)}
  137. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2009-08-13)}
  138. "WWF Raw Is War" (1997) {(2009-08-03)}
  139. "WWF Raw Is War" (1997) {(2009-08-10)}
  140. Held Up (2008) (TV)
  141. Pineapple Express (2008)
  142. Role Models (2008)
  143. Step Brothers (2008)
  144. "'Til Death" (2006) {Circumdecision (#3.6)}
  145. "'Til Death" (2006) {Snip/Duck (#2.12)}
  146. "Worst Week" (2008) {The Apartment (#1.10)}
  147. "Worst Week" (2008) {The Bird (#1.2)}
  148. "Conrad Besselheimer: The Internet Life Coach" (2007)
  149. Knocked Up (2007)
  150. Uncle P (2007)
  151. "Boston Legal" (2004) {The Innocent Man (#4.2)}
  152. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000) {The Anonymous Donor (#6.2)}
  153. "The Shield" (2002) {Back to One (#6.3)}
  154. Three Strikes (2006) (TV)
  155. "Comedy Zen" (2006) {(#1.6)}
  156. "Entourage" (2004) {The Release (#3.8)}
  157. "Mind of Mencia" (2005)
  158. Kims of Comedy (2005) (TV)
  159. "1st Amendment Stand Up" (2005) {Doctor Ken/Sir Walt/Tyler Craig. (#1.6)}
  160. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#4.81)}
  161. "MADtv" (1995) {(#10.10)}
  162. "MADtv" (1995) {(#10.13)}
  163. "The Office" (2005) {E-Mail Surveillance (#2.9)}
  164. "Two and a Half Men" (2003) {Woo-Hoo, a Hernia-Exam! (#2.17)}
  165. "Latino Laugh Festival: The Show" (2004)
  166. "Asia Street Comedy" (2004) {10 (#1.10)}
  167. "Crossing Jordan" (2001) {Slam Dunk (#3.2)}
  168. "Grounded for Life" (2001) {I'm Looking Through You (#5.7)}
  169. "MADtv" (1995) {(#9.19)}
  170. "Significant Others" (2004) {An Ache, a Fake & Forgot to Brake (#2.4)}
  171. "Funny Money" (2003)
  172. "Comic Remix" (2002) {(#1.30)}
  173. "Live in Hollywood" (2003) {(#1.2)}
  174. "MADtv" (1995) {(#9.7)}
  175. "Girls Behaving Badly" (2002)
  176. "Cedric the Entertainer Presents" (2002)
  177. "Comic Groove" (2002) {(#1.1)}
  178. "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" (2001)
  179. "The Downer Channel" (2001) {(#1.2)}
  180. Black Jaq (1998) (TV)
  181. "The Big Easy" (1996) {Night Music (#2.6)}

Produced by Jeong, Ken

  1. Kims of Comedy (2005) (TV) (producer)