Rick Yune is a multifaceted entertainer best known for his stunning performances in the film industry. Besides portraying characters on screen, he also earns extra money for film production and screenwriting. Long before he found his way into the movie arena, Yune worked as a model for mega brands like Ralph Lauren and Versace. Outside of the industry, the multi-hyphen is a martial artist who practices many forms of fighting style. His rise to fame is due to his business relationships with the industry’s top directors, as well as his difficult roles in blockbusters such as Die Another Day (2002), Snow on Cedars (1999) and The Fast and the Furious(2001). Read on to find out more about the talented performer, his net worth, career and personal life.
Rick Yune Biography
Rick Yune is the son of Korean parents – TaehoYune (father) and Wonhui Park (mother). Born Richard Yun on August 21, 1971 in Washington DC. After beginning his acting career, the actor changed the spelling of his last name from “Yun” to “Yune” for Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Rick has a younger brother named Karl Yune who has been making films since 2004. Also born in Washington DC, Karl became popular after appearing in the lead role in Memories of a Geisha, in the American superhero film Arrow and in the sci-fi film True Steel.
The former model received his undergraduate education from St. Johns College High School and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland). He also attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received a degree in finance in 1994.
Although Rick Yune debuted as a model, he only found fame and became a household name after shifting his interest to acting. Before bursting into the limelight, he worked as a stock trading intern on Wall Street in mid-1992. During his internship he was discovered by a model agent. Rick was later hired to star in a polo commercial for Ralph Lauren and Versace. Therefore, he became the first Asian-American to collaborate with the well-known fashion brands.
Movies and TV Shows
Despite his work for top fashion companies, the actor couldn’t come close to mainstream success. However, things finally became final in 1999, when he landed a role in the film Snow Falls on Cedars. Directed by renowned Australian screenwriter and director Scott Hicks, Rick played the role of a Japanese-American war hero named Kazuo Miyamoto, who is accused of murdering a prominent fisherman in a close-knit community.
The Korean-American actor has also worked with Hollywood A-list actor Vin Diesel in one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time – The Fast and the Furious He was cast as the character Johnny Tran, a ruthless member of an organized crime gang who was later shot dead by Brian O’Conner. Rick Yune went on to prove he’s not afraid to take on a role in the industry by playing James Bond villain named Zao in the James Bond film. Die another day in 2002.
Since his breakout year, the multi-talented actor has had a progressive filmography. As someone who improves in every project he is involved in, Yune still makes films in both the lead and supporting roles. His resume features other professional credits such as Alias, Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Fifth Commandment, The Man With Iron Fists (a martial arts film that also starred actress Lucy Liu), O lympus Has Fallen, Marco Polo, and many other. He recently reprized his role as Yes in Prison Break and is already working on the 2019 American cyberpunk action film , Alita: Battle Angel, where he plays the fictional character, Master Clive Lee.
In addition to his acting role, Rick Yune also played the role of a voice actor in the video game Scar: The World is Yours He has appeared in music videos such as SWV’s “Someone” and the music band VS’s “Call U Sexy” among others. He was named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2002 for his beautiful looks.
His diverse career has made Rick Yune progressive and rewarding too. He has made millions of dollars for being productive, talented and creative in the entertainment industry. The American actor of Korean descent is currently worth $3 million.
Does he have a wife or girlfriend?
At the moment there is little or no information about Yune’s love life and what it actually looks like. As a private person, he has never discussed marrying a woman or having a girlfriend. Although many of his fans believe he is married; Despite this, he has decided to keep information about his wife and family away from the curious public and the media. Apparently, Rick Yune has joined the ranks of Hollywood actors who enjoy finding a balance between their personal and professional lives.