Keone Young

Keone Young (born September 6, 1947) is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as Dr. Michael Kwan in Kay O'Brien (1986), Mr. Wu in Deadwood (2004–2006) and as the dual roles of Judge Robert Chong and Mr. Wan in The Young and the Restless (2007–2010).

Keone Young
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Young at the 2019 GalaxyCon Raleigh
Born (1947-09-06) September 6, 1947 (age 73)
Years active1967–present

His voice roles include Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Katarou in Teen Titans, Dr. Ho in Batman Beyond, Kaz in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Luong Lao Shi in American Dragon: Jake Long, Mr. Wu in The Mighty B! and Wu-Chang in Sofia the First.

Early lifeEdit

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"
1970 The Bill Cosby Show Player #2 Episode: "This Mouth is Rated X"
1972 Search Nagada Episode: "Short Circuit"
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Willard Lu – Cobra Episode: "Trail of the Serpent"
1974 Jerry Morree Wu Television movie
1974 Kojak Oriental Episode: "A Souvenir from Atlantic City"
1976 Grady Delivery Man Episode: "The Weekend"
1977 Police Story Boy #1 Episode: "The Blue Fog"
1978 Husbands, Wives & Lovers Young Waiter Episode: "The Women Strike"
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Willie Wong Episode: "With Becky You Get Eggroll"
1982 Hart to Hart Kim Uncredited
Episode: "From the Depths of My Heart"
1982 Diff'rent Strokes David Cheung Episode: "Hello, Daddy"
1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive Nakamoto Associate Episode: "Seven Keys to Singapore"
1982 The Fall Guy Japanese Man Episode: "Bail and Bond"
1982 Taxi The Japanese Man Episode: "Alex Goes off the Wagon"[2]
1982 The Jeffersons Maitre D' Episode: "A Date with Danger"
1982 Cheers Tourist #1 Episode: "Coach Returns to Action"
1983 Matt Houston Spider Episode: "The Rock and the Hard Place"
1983 Hill Street Blues Storeowner Episode: "Here's Adventure, Here's Romance"
1983 Girls of the White Orchid Akira Television movie
Alternative title Death Ride to Osaka
1984 Buffalo Bill Jerry Lewis Impersonator Episode: "Jerry Lewis Week"
1984 The Fall Guy Mr. Soo Episode: "Always Say Always"
1984–1985 Challenge of the GoBots Additional Voices 65 episodes
1984–1986 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Storm Shadow (voice) 12 episodes
1984–1986 Webster Master Kuan / Giuseppe 3 episodes
1984 Remington Steele Winston Zakata / Mr. Moto Episode: "Elementary Steele"
1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Jay Nigeta Episode: "Remembrance of Things Past"
1984 The Duck Factory Episode: "The Duck Stops Here"
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Dr. Honowa Television movie
1985 St. Elsewhere Hong Episodes: "Bye, George" and "Murder, She Rote"
1985 Magnum, P.I. Mickey Episode: "Old Acquaintance"
1985 Lady Blue Trang Episode: "The Widow Maker"
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Stanley Chow Episode: "Welcome to America, Mr. Brand"
1985 Jem Additional Voices Episode: "Battle of the Bands"
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny Quest Additional Voices Unknown episodes
1986 The Centurions Additional Voices 64 episodes
1986 Kay O'Brien Dr. Michael Kwan Main cast
12 episodes
1986 Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos Super Ninja (voice) 5 episodes
1987 Head of the Class The Moderator Episode: "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!"
1987 The Oldest Rookie Bok Song Episode: "A Game Effort"
1987 21 Jump Street Mr. Tran Episode: "Christmas in Saigon"
1988 Tour of Duty Major Tung Episode: "Paradise Lost"
1988 Small Wonder Dr. Chang Episode: "The Rock Band"
1988 Adventures of the Gummi Bears Prince Yen-Moon (voice) Episode: "The Magnificent Seven Gummies"
1988 DuckTales Mung Ho (voice) Episode: "Time is Money: Part 2 - The Duck Who Would Be King"
1988 Nightingales Rick Television movie
1989 Dear John Mr. Yoshimura Episode: "Dream Babe"
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed Additional Voices 13 episodes
1989 The Karate Kid Additional Voices Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1989 MacGyver Zhao Episode: "Children of Light"
1989 The Golden Girls Dr. Chang Episode: "Sick and Tired: Part 2"
1989 Trenchcoat in Paradise Bob Kanuka Television movie
1990 Challenger Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka Television movie
1990 Paradise Mr. Lee Episode: "Dust on the Wind"
1990 Last Flight Out Tung Sanh Television movie
1990 Generations Mr. Chu 7 episodes
1990 Ann Jillian Episode: "A Housewarming"
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Mr. Woo 2 episodes
Television miniseries
1991 Family Matters Fred Yamano Episode: "A Pair of Ladies"
1991 Mathnet MBARI Rep Episode: "Despair in Monterey Bay"
1992 The Golden Girls Mr. Tanaka Episode; "Rose: Portrait of a Woman"
1992 Civil Wars James Endo Episode: "Denise and De Nuptials"
1992 MacGyver Chung Episode: "The Stringer"
1993 The Untouchables Episode: "Chinatown"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Buck Bokai Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"
1993 Mad About You Al Episode: "A Pair of Hearts"
1993 Dead Before Dawn James Young Television movie
1993 Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland Gerald Chong Television movie
1994 The Byrds of Paradise Mr. Lee Episode: "Hair Today, Gone to Maui"
1994 Family Album Private Investigator 2 episodes
Television miniseries
1995 Get Smart Prime Minister of Vanapopo Episode: "Passenger 99"
1995 Marker Taki Machidomi 6 episodes
1995 Here Come the Munsters Ralph the Limo Driver Television movie
1996 Gargoyles Taro's Henchman #2 (voice) Episode: "Bushido"
1996 The Faculty Mr. Takehama Episode: "Carlos Garcia"
1997 Murphy Brown Master Hahn Episode: "Desperate Times"
1997 Caroline in the City Fong Episodes: "Caroline and the Blind Date" and "Caroline and the Sesame Noodles"
1998 Jenny M.C. Credited as Keoni Young
Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Make Room for Daddy: Part 1"
1998 Conrad Bloom Mr. Chang Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Boy Meets World Professor Episode: "Ain't College Great?"
1999 Smart Guy Ted Shaw Episode: "Cross Talk"
1999 The Simpsons Fish (voice) Episode: "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo"
1999–2002 Pokemon Camp Patrick Wu Main cast
78 episodes
1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Master P'tui Episode: "Honey, I'm Kung Fu Fighting"
1999 Nash Bridges Duke Episode: "Kill Switch"
2000 Baywatch Kumu Pono Episode: "Breath of Life"
2000 Arliss Episode: "Where There's a Will..."
2000 Static Shock Mr. Lee (voice) Episode: "Winds of Change"
2000 NYPD Blue Charlie Sung Episode: "Goodbye Charlie"
2000 Rip Girls Bo Television movie
2001 Batman Beyond Dr. Ho (voice) Episode: "Countdown"
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Acupuncturist Episode: "The Acupuncturist"
2001–2005 Alias Professor Choy 4 episodes
2001 The Steve Harvey Show Mr. Chin Episode: "Principal's Pet"
2002 The Invisible Man Loh Ming Episode: "The Invisible Woman"
2002 Justice League Professor Arthur Chin (voice) Episode: "The Brave and the Bold"
2002 King of the Hill Various Characters (voice) Episode: "Returning Japanese"
2002 Everwood Gino Episode: "The Great Doctor Brown"
2002 Judging Amy Judge Episode: "Boys to Men"
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Hoshi's Father Episode: "Vanishing Point"
2003 Jackie Chan Adventures Wing (voice) Episode: "A Night at the Opera"
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Chief Tuka TV movie
2003–2017 Samurai Jack Various voices 4 episodes
2003 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Quan Ti (voice) Episode: "Grim for a Day/ChickenBall Z/Max Courage!"
2003 JAG Police Officer Episode: "Secret Agent Man"
2004 Will & Grace Owner Episode: "A Gay/December Romance"
2004 The Powerpuff Girls Server / Monk (voice) Episode: "Makes Zen to Me/Say Uncle"
2004–2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Kaz (voice) 39 episodes
2004–2006 Codename: Kids Next Door Kani Sanban (voice) 3 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Mr. Wu 18 episodes[3]
2004 Strong Medicine Mr. Fong Episode: "Like Cures Like"
2004 The Batman Hideo Katsu (voice) Episode: "The Cat and the Bat"
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lao Shi (credited as Jake's Grandpa) (voice) Episode: "Morpholomew"
2005 Teen Titans Katarou / The Monkey (voices) Episode: "The Quest"
2005 House Clyde Park Episode: “Love Hurts”
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Luong Lao Shi (Jake's Grandfather), other voices 45 episodes
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Jeong Jeong / Captain Li / High Sage (voice) 6 episodes
2005 NYPD Blue Akira Nakada Episode: "Moving Day"
2006 NCIS Lee Song Episode: "Light Sleeper"
2006 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Commander Uehara Daizo / Saico-Tek / Sushi Shop Owner (voices) Television movie
2006 Return to Halloweentown Silas Sinister Television movie
2007 Ben 10 Ishyama (voice) Episode: "Game Over"
2007 In Case of Emergency Mr. Tuckman Episode: "Forbidden Love"
2007–2009 Phineas & Ferb Additional Voices (voice) 3 episodes
2007–2010 The Young and the Restless Judge Robert Chong / Mr. Wan 15 episodes
2007 John from Cincinnati The Chinaman Episode: "His Visit: Day Nine"
2007 Cold Case Shinji Nakamura - 2007 Episode: "Family 8108"
2007 Random! Cartoons Flashback Lance / Flashback Zoopie (voices) Episode: "Squirly Love"
2008 The Mighty B! Mr. Wu (voice) / Additional Voices 5 episodes
2008 American Dad! Chick Salesman (voice) Episode: "Pulling Double Booty"
2008 Crash Law Officer Paul Kim Episodes: "Pissing in the Sandbox" and "The Future Is Free"
2009 The Unit General Lao Episode: "Bad Beat"
2009 Numbers Walter Yoon Episode: "Trouble in Chinatown"
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Kenuichio Harada / Silver Samurai / Yakuza Ninja (voices) Episode: "Code of Conduct"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Operative (voice) Episode: "When OMAC Attacks!"
2010 Zeke & Luther Mr. Ng Episode: "Crouching Zeke, Dancing Luther"
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Master Linn (voice) Episode: "Tooth Fairy"
2010 G.I. Joe: Renegades Hard Master / Arata (voice) Episodes: "Return of the Arishikage: Parts 1 & 2"
2011 Mike & Molly Abe Episode: "Samuel Gets Fired"
2011–2013 Transformers: Prime Additional Voices 25 episodes
2011; 2019 Young Justice Sensei (voice) Episodes: "Infiltrator" and "Rescue Op"
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Julie's Dad / Repair Man / Cop (voices) Episode: "The Perfect Girlfriend"
2012 Tron: Uprising Additional Voices (voice) Episode: "Beck'e Beginning"
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Mr. Ma Television movie
2012–2013 Naruto Shippuden Disonasu (voice) 6 episodes
English version
2012 Shake It Up Mr. Watanabe Episode: "Made in Japan"
2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Wu Yong (voice) Episode: "Tigress Tale"
2013 Sons of Anarchy Bohai Lin 2 episodes
2013 Legend of Korra Additional Voices Episodes: "Civil Wars: Parts 1 & 2"
2013 True Blood Hido Takahashi 5 episodes
2013 Mad Yashida, Superhero Announcer, Candy Clerk (voice) Episode: "Dullverine / Under the Dumb"
2013 Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters Master Isao Okamoto (voice) 8 episodes
2014 NCIS: Los Angeles Mr. Kim Episode: "Fish Out of Water"
2014 Turbo Fast Maitre D' (voice) Episode: "Turbo Drift"
2014 Franklin & Bash Sato Episode: "Good Cop/Bad Cop"
2015 The Man in the High Castle General Hata Episode: "Kindness"
2015–2017 Star Wars Rebels Commander Jun Sato (voice) 17 episodes
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Elderly Japanese Driver (voice) Episode: "Diaz Family Vacation/Brittney's Party"
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Martin Li / Mr. Negative / Dragon Goon #2 (voices) Episode: "Return to the Spider-Verse: Part 3"
2016–2017 Sofia the First Wu-Chang (voice) Episodes: "The Bamboo Kite" and "Day of the Sorcerers"
2016 Kevin Can Wait Mr. Chu Episode: "The Fantastic Pho"
2017 Madam Secretary Minister Byambyn Sendoo Episode: "Gift Horse"
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!"
2018 Designated Survivor Ambassador Dewan Episode: "Bad Reception"
2018 Archer Additional Voices 3 episodes
2019 Teen Titans Go! Katarou (voice) Episode: "Them Soviet Boys"
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Mr. Wu Television movie[4]
2019 Mom George Episode: "Chicken Hands and Toxic Narcissism"
2020 Stumptown Dwaddle Chen Episode: "Reality Checks Don't Bounce"
2021 Big City Greens Mr. Sato (voice) Episode: "Rent Control"[5][6]
2021 Tom and Jerry Special Shorts Chef (voice) Episode: "On a Roll"
2021 Yasuke Wardock Chef (voice) Episode: "A Long Road"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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 [7]
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 [8]
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 Coffer/Norbu
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
2020 Ghost of Tsushima Various characters


  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).
  3. ^ Butler, Mary Anne (November 13, 2018). "'Deadwood': Dispatches From The Thoroughfare, Wu [Keone Young] Edition". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Burns, Sean (May 30, 2019). "13 Years After The Series Was Canceled, 'Deadwood: The Movie' Is Finally Here". WBUR. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (January 22, 2021). "Clip: Amy Hill & Keone Young Come to Town in 'Big City Greens'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved January 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Betti, Tony (January 27, 2021). "Big City Greens – "Rent Control" and "Pool's Gold" Recap". LaughingPlace. Retrieved January 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Keone Young (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 28 April 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  8. ^ Luxoflux. True Crime: New York City. Activision. Scene: Pause menu credits, 4:30:54 in, VOICE TALENT.

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