Keone Young

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Keone Young
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Young at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Keone Joseph Young
(1947-09-06) September 6, 1947 (age 70)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1967–present

Keone Joseph Young (born September 6, 1947) is an Asian-American actor.


His father is Chinese and his mother is Japanese.

His acting mentor was Mako Iwamatsu.[1]

He has been prolific in his character work and has made numerous guest appearances on such varied television series as Diff'rent Strokes, The Golden Girls, Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Family Matters, Futurama, The Simpsons, Alias, JAG, The Steve Harvey Show, Zeke and Luther, Shake It Up: Made In Japan and on the daytime soaps The Young and the Restless and Generations. He also portrayed the bodyguard of the Ancient One (Keye Luke) during the Asian Quarter storyline on General Hospital.

Young played Dr. Michael Kwan on the short-lived multi-ethnic medical drama Kay O'Brien, which aired in the fall of 1986 on CBS. Despite the fact that the network had high hopes for the series, just 9 of 13 episodes were aired. He was also a semi-regular on the HBO series Deadwood as Mr. Wu and played Henry Lin's Uncle on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He also played Mr. Wu, unrelated to the Deadwood character, in the movie Men in Black 3. He also played the role of Ellison Onizuka In the TV film Challenger.

Young has many voice-over credits as well: Grandpa in American Dragon: Jake Long, Kaz in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Mr. Sanban in Codename: Kids Next Door, the Firebending master Jeong Jeong in the Asian-influenced Avatar: The Last Airbender, Storm Shadow in the Sunbow G.I. Joe animated series, the Hard Master in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Mr. Wu on Nickelodeon's show The Mighty B!, Babaram on Surf Ninjas Marshall Kai Ti Chang in Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, Silver Samurai in X-Men: The Official Game and Wolverine and the X-Men, Sensei in Young Justice, Chen Stormstout in the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion and Heroes of the Storm by Blizzard Entertainment, and Commander Sato in Star Wars Rebels.

Young also has several Star Trek links: He played Buck Bokai, a famous baseball player in the 24th century in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "If Wishes Were Horses". He also played Hoshi Sato's father in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Vanishing Point". Young appeared as Governor Ho in the movie North starring Elijah Wood.

In theatre, Young has had a long history with the Asian American theatre company, East West Players, in Los Angeles, where he not only performed but often served as producer. He voiced Lord Qin in Mulan II.

In 2013, Young joined the cast of HBO's True Blood as Dr. Hido Takahashi, the man responsible for inventing the titular blood substitute.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Jerry Morree Wu TV movie
1976 Baby Blue Marine Katsu
1980 Private Benjamin Kim Osaka
1981 Eyewitness Mr. Long's Son
1982 Frances Chinese Doctor
1984 Girls of the White Orchid Akira TV movie
The Wild Life Japanese Bowler
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Dr. Honowa TV movie
1988 Nightingales Rick TV movie
Alien Nation Winter
1989 Lost Angels Atty. Victor Eng
Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers Don Ho
Black Rain Karaoke Singer
Trenchcoat in Paradise Bob Kanuka TV movie
1990 Challenger Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka TV movie
Last Flight Out Tung Sanh TV movie
Fear Detective William Wu
1991 Shanghai 1920 Ming
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Eddie Wong
1993 Dead Before Dawn James Young TV movie
Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland Gerald Chong TV movie
Surf Ninjas Baba Ram
1994 Golden Gate Benny Ying
My Girl 2 Daryl Tanaka
North Governor Ho
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Mr. Watanabe
Here Come the Munsters Ralph the Limo Driver TV movie
1996 Striptease Ling
Jack Dr. Lin
1997 Bad Day on the Block Ron the Repairman
Playing God Mr. Ksi
1998 At Sachem Farm Mr. Tang
2000 Rip Girls Bo TV movie
Dude, Where's My Car? Mr. Lee the Chinese Tailor
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Bee
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Chief Tuka TV movie
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Committee Clerk
2005 Mulan II Lord Qin/Chin Direct-to-video film
2006 Crank Don Kim
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Commander Uehara Daizo/Saico-Tek/Sushi Shop Owner Direct-to-video film
Return to Halloweentown Silas Sinister TV movie
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Ming
Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword Matsuhiro Direct-to-video film
Crank: High Voltage Don Kim
2012 Men in Black 3 Mr. Wu
Hemingway & Gellhorn Mr. Ma TV movie
Stand Up Guys Song

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money Paul Kim
2003 Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Marshall Kim/Ch'in Shi-Huang-Ti
Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
Gladius Additional voices
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing Paul Kim
True Crime: Streets of LA Big Chong/Jimmy Fu/Additional voices
2004 Doom 3 Additional voice
Men of Valor Captain Van Bao
2005 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Lao Tzu
Project Snowblind Sgt. Major Chung
Red Ninja: End of Honor
S.W.A.T. 4 Hyun Jun Park
Rise of the Kasai Kuzo
Rainbow Six: Lockdown
True Crime: New York City
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Silver Samurai
Red Steel
2007 Spider-Man 3 Mr. Chen
2008 Ninja Gaiden II Joe Hayabusa
2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Joe Hayabusa
2010 Alpha Protocol Ronald Sung/Chinese Secret Police
2011 Rage
2012 Ninja Gaiden 3 Joe Hayabusa
Lollipop Chainsaw Morikawa-sensei
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Chen Stormstout
2013 Dead Island: Riptide Marvin/Various characters
2015 Heroes of the Storm Chen
2017 Batman: The Enemy Within Rumi Mori


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Room 222 Howie Wong Season 1, Episode 2, "Naked Came We Into The World"
1984 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Storm Shadow
2000 NYPD Blue Charlie Sung Season 7, Episode 16, "Goodbye Charlie"
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Acupuncturist Season 2, Episode 6, "The Acupuncturist"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Hoshi's Father Season 2, Episode 10, "Vanishing Point"
2004–2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Kaz
2004–2006 Deadwood Wu 18 Episodes
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lao Shi Episode "Morpholomew: Experiment #316"
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Lao Shi
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Jeong Jeong Season 1, Season 3
2015 The Man in the High Castle General Hata Season 1, Episode 9
2015–2017 Star Wars Rebels Commander Jun Sato
2017 Samurai Jack Bandit, Monk
2017 Queen of the South Ki Moon Season 2, Episode 7, "El Precio de la Fe"
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jei 3 Episodes
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Mr. Vehara, Sumo "The Curse of Kaniaku"
2017 DuckTales Additional voices "Daytrip of Doom!"


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