Keone Young

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

Keone Young
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Young at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2019
Keone Joseph Young

(1947-09-06) September 6, 1947 (age 72)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1967–present

Life and careerEdit

Young was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Chinese father and Japanese mother, who both immigrated to Hawaii. His acting mentor was Mako.[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, and 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
1976 Baby Blue Marine Katsu
1980 Private Benjamin Kim Osaka
1981 Eyewitness Mr. Long's Son
1982 Frances Chinese Doctor
1984 The Wild Life Japanese Bowler
1988 Alien Nation Winter
1989 Lost Angels Atty. Victor Eng
Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers Don Ho
Black Rain Karaoke Singer
1990 Fear Detective William Wu
1991 Shanghai 1920 Ming
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Eddie Wong
1993 Surf Ninjas Baba Ram
1994 Golden Gate Benny Ying
My Girl 2 Daryl Tanaka
North Governor Ho
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Mr. Watanabe
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 Dude, Where's My Car? Mr. Lee the Chinese Tailor
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Bee (voice)
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Committee Clerk
2005 Mulan II Lord Qin/Chin (voice) Direct-to-video film
2006 Crank Don Kim
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Commander Uehara Daizo/Saico-Tek/Sushi Shop Owner (voice) Direct-to-video film
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Ming
Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword Matsuhiro (voice) Direct-to-video film
Crank: High Voltage Don Kim
2012 Men in Black 3 Mr. Wu
Stand Up Guys Song


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Room 222 Howie Wong Episode: "Naked Came We Into The World"
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Willard Lu – Cobra Episode: "Trail of the Serpent"
1974 Jerry Morree Wu TV movie
1980 Diff'rent Strokes David Cheung Episode: "Hello, Daddy"
1982 Taxi The Japanese Man Episode: "Alex Goes off the Wagon"[2]
1984 Girls of the White Orchid Akira TV movie
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Dr. Honowa TV movie
1988 Nightingales Rick TV movie
1989 Trenchcoat in Paradise Bob Kanuka TV movie
1990 Challenger Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka TV movie
1990 Last Flight Out Tung Sanh TV movie
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Buck Bokai Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"
1993 Dead Before Dawn James Young TV movie
1993 Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland Gerald Chong TV movie
1995 Here Come the Munsters Ralph the Limo Driver TV movie
2000 NYPD Blue Charlie Sung Episode: "Goodbye Charlie"
2000 Rip Girls Bo TV movie
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Acupuncturist Episode: "The Acupuncturist"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Hoshi's Father Episode: "Vanishing Point"
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Chief Tuka TV movie
2003–2017 Samurai Jack Various voices 4 episodes
2004–2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Kaz (voice) 39 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Mr. Wu 18 episodes
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lao Shi (credited as Jake's Grandpa) (voice) Episode: "Morpholomew"
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Jake's Grandfather, other voices 45 episodes
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Various voices 6 episodes
2006 NCIS Lee Song Episode: "Light Sleeper"
2006 Return to Halloweentown Silas Sinister TV movie
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mr. Ma TV movie
2013 Sons of Anarchy Bohai Lin 2 episodes
2015 The Man in the High Castle General Hata Episode: "Kindness"
2015–2017 Star Wars Rebels Commander Jun Sato (voice) 17 episodes
2017 Queen of the South Ki Moon Episode: "El Precio de la Fe"
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jei (voice) 3 episodes
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Mr. Vehara, Sumo (voice) Episode: "The Curse of Kaniaku"
2017 DuckTales Additional voices Episode: "Daytrip of Doom!"
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Mr. Wu TV movie

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money Paul Kim
2003 Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb Marshall Kai/Ch'in Shi-Huang-Ti
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
SWAT 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
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Chen Stormstout
2013 Dead Island: Riptide Marvin/Various characters
2015 Heroes of the Storm Chen Stormstout
2017 Batman: The Enemy Within Rumi Mori


  1. ^ "After a 50-year career, veteran actor Keone Young is an 'outsider on the inside'".
  2. ^ Noam Pitlik (Director) (2014). Taxi: Die Finale Season [The Final Season] (DVD) (in German and English). Germany: Paramount Home Media Distribution / Paramount Home Entertainment (Germany).

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