John Cho is a talented Korean-American actor and music artist. He began his acting career back in the 1990s with stage appearances as a member of an LA-based theater organization. His career now spans well over two decades with several notable acting roles that have honored him on both the big and small screen.
Cho achieved his breakthrough in 1999 with the box office hit American Pie, the first part of the American Pie film series. He is equally known for his role as Harold Lee in the comedy film series Harold & Kumar and for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the highly successful Star Trek film series. In fact, John Cho has defied all racial stereotypes and earned a place as a bonafide Hollywood A-lister.
John Cho Bio (Age)
John Yohan Cho was born on 16 June 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. His father, however, is originally from North Korea. At the age of 6, his family moved to the United States. His father was a Christian minister, so they lived in various cities such as Houston and Seattle before finally settling in Los Angeles, California.
John Cho received his high school education at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California, and graduated in 1990. He completed his college education at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1996. After graduation, he received a position as an English teacher at the Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California.
While working as a teacher, Cho also performed as an actor with the Asian-American theatre organization East West Players in Los Angeles. After appearing in a number of low-budget films, John Cho landed his groundbreaking role as one of the “MILF” guys in the 1999 teen comedy American Pie, which became a box office hit. Thanks to the success of the first film, American Pie became a 2 extra installment film series that followed in quick succession: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003), in which John Cho picked up his ‘MILF’ guy role again in both sequels.
In 2009 a 3rd sequel entitled American Reunion was added to the American Pie series. John Cho’s character was expanded in this 4th part and the character, previously known as ‘MILF type number 2’, was then named John after the actor himself.
John Cho took his first leading role in the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle in 2004, playing the role of Harold Lee, a Korean-American investment banker. The talented actor also repeated his role in the sequels to the movie Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011).
John Cho also starred opposite Seth Meyers in the comedy See This Movie (2004) and the 2007 film West 32nd, portrayed the character of Hikaru Sulu in the sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek (2009), and replayed his role in the film sequels Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). The talented actor also portrayed the main character David Kim in the thriller film Searching (2018), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018.
In addition to his remarkable film roles, John Cho has also achieved several acting successes on the small screen. In the early years of his career, he portrayed the main character, Chau Presley, in the sitcom Off Centre (2001-02). He played alongside Bradley Cooper in the short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential (2005-06). He also starred in the comedy series FlashForward (2009-10), Go On (2012-13), and Selfie (2014). He also played the main character Andrew Kim in the horror drama series The Exorcist (2017).
John Cho was featured in People Magazine’s list of the sexiest men alive in 2006 and again in 2009.
Wife And Daughter
John is married to the actress and director Kerri Higuchi. The couple met in the 90s when they were both students at the University of California. They eventually met again in Los Angeles while pursuing their acting careers. The couple married in 2006 and they have 2 children together. In May 2008 they welcomed their first child, a son named Kage Cho. In February 2013 the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter.
In 2009 John Cho and his wife Kerri Higuchi starred together in the short-lived television series FlashForward. Although both are active in show business, they have a notoriously private family life.
Is John Cho Gay?
If you look at the choice of his relationship partners, you can assume that Korean-American Hollywood star John Cho is not gay. During his long acting career, Cho was known for having a love affair with only one person, his wife Kerri Higuchi.
However, his Star Trek character Hikaru Sulu was revealed as gay in the third part of the film series Star Trek Beyond (2016). As a talented actor he is, Cho gave a brilliant performance of the character. According to him, he shared a kiss with his partner in one of the scenes of the movie. However, this scene was later removed from the final cut of the movie.
Jon Cho is also a strong supporter of the LGBT community, especially Asian gay couples. Apart from his acting role as a gay character, he is in fact heterosexual.
Height And Other Body Measurements
John Cho has a height of 5′ 10″ or 178 cm, where he weighs 74 kg or 164 lbs. His chest measurement is 44 inches and 112 cm, respectively, while his biceps and waist measurements are 15 inches and 38 cm, and 35 inches and 89 cm, respectively. The Korean-born actor has black hair and eye color.