Brian Tee is an actor in the American film industry whose profile has been steadily rising since he debuted in the industry in 2000. His most successful work to date is still owed to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drive (2006); a crime thriller and action movie in which he played the role of Takashi “DK” But apart from that there are a ton of other films and films he has featured specifically which you can learn more about here. Did you know that the name Brian Tee isn’t even his birth name?
Brian Tees Bio, Alter
He is a Korean-Japanese-American actor who was born to a Korean-American permanent resident of Japan mother and Japanese-American father. The names of his parents are not known at this time. He was born on March 15, 1977 in Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost prefecture of Japan and his name was Jaebeom Takata.
After his second birthday, Jaebeom’s family relocated to Hacienda Heights, California where he later grew up in Southern California. The aspiring actor attended Glen A. Wilson High School, where he played soccer, managed his school’s soccer team, and demonstrated leadership abilities as president of the Associated Student Body. At that time he was also working at Blackjack Pizza.
After graduating from high school, Takata enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley to attend college and went on to earn degrees in theater and performing arts. After graduating from college, Jaebeom, like all other actors and actresses, began to pursue his career seriously and began looking for roles in films. A Korean director once refused him an audition spot because of his Japanese last name – Takata. He then decided to adopt Brian Tee as his stage name, which is culturally opaque in every way.
Brian made his acting debut on The Pretender (2000) as a male agent in the episode “The Agent of Year Zero,” in which he also appeared in other television series as Cpl. Thom Kobe in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004), Nickelodeon Zoey 101 (2005-2008) as Sushi Rox, Eddie Choi in Crash, A 2008 Series and some other work early in his budding acting career.
In 2014 he appeared on Agents of SHIELD as Toshiro Mori in the episode: “A Fractured House”, Ben Rogers on Lucifer (2018) in the episode: “Once Upon a Time” and is currently on acting on Chicago Med (2015-present) as Dr. Ethan Choiju.
Films in which he has appeared include We Were Soldiers (2002) as Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama, The Wolverine (2013) as Noburo Mori, Jurassic World (2015) as Hamada and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) as Oroku Saki / The Shredder with more to come.
Wealth (income and earnings)
Brian Tee has certainly seen good times in his relatively young acting career. He’s still on the rise, and with some commercially successful work, the actor’s net worth of roughly $4 million is sure to increase proportionately, if not geometrically.
The Korean-Japanese-American actor from the movie Places spends quality time with his family. He is married to the beautiful Mirelly Taylor, a Mexican-American actress and mother of their daughter Madelyn Skyler (MadSky) Tee who was born on August 10, 2015. Brian described her daughter as an old soul who has taught himself and his wife how to be gentle, he opined that their child is patient, behaves maturely, has her own mind and doesn’t necessarily cry.
From what we know about Mirelly Taylor, she was born in Mexico to Mexican parents, moving to Texas at the age of 11. In Texas, she attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas and later Southern Methodist University. Mirelly made her professional acting debut in 2001 and has since made notable appearances in films and television series such as Serving Sara (2002) a romantic comedy film as Ruth Osuna, American drama series Numb3rs (2005), Lost (2014) as Isabella Alpert and Nestor Carbonell (dual role ) in their last row and many others.
- His parents met when his father was vacationing in Korea, where his mother was working at the time.
- In an interview he gave to HalfKorean.com, Brian Tee revealed that he has a brother who is 5 years his senior (born in 1972).
- For college, he first went to California State University Fullerton before moving to the University of California.
- In addition to speaking good English, Tee is also fluent in Japanese and Korean.
- The actor admits he’s never had any identity issues. He identifies as Japanese and also as Korean. He welcomes both and easily assumes one of the two.
- Brian voiced Jyunichi in the 2008 video game titled Sacred Row 2
- He was also introduced in the web series of Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2013) as Liu Kang in 4 episodes.