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Matthew Yang King (born May 6, 1974) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He is most known for recurring roles on Riverdale, Powers, 24, Strong Medicine, and Numb3rs. He created the webseries World of Steam and has provided voiceover work for numerous television shows, video games, and commercials including Netflix's new Emmy award winning Love, Death, and Robots, Studio Ghibli's 25th Anniversary English edition of Only Yesterday with Daisy Ridley, the World of Warcraft franchise, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Fortnite, Supah Ninjas, and Marvel Heroes.

Matthew Yang King
Matthew Yang King

(1974-05-06) May 6, 1974 (age 45)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesMatt Yang King, Matt King, Matthew King
Alma materNew York University, Hall High School (Connecticut)
OccupationActor, voice actor, producer, director, writer
Years active1998–present

Early and personal lifeEdit

King was born in New York, New York. At age five he began to play the violin, a skill that would lead to later roles on both stage and screen. At the age of eight, he began studying Aikido, which fostered a lifelong love of martial arts. He moved to Stamford, Connecticut at age one and later moved to Hartford where he attended Hall High School, but returned to his home town of New York after graduating high school.

King studied Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and lived in New York until 1998, when he left to tour the United States with the musical Titanic, playing Quartermaster Robert Hichens and Bandsman Bricoux.[1] The tour began in Los Angeles,[2] where King moved after leaving the tour in 2000. He continues to live there with his wife and three children.


Voice actingEdit

King has provided numerous iconic voices for both television and film animation and video games, from the voice of the Host in the Emmy Award winning episodes 'The Witness' and Liang and Renshu in 'Good Hunting.' His work ranges from the Father and Kozou in Studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday to Illidan Stormrage in the World of Warcraft francise, from The Persuader in Bruce Timm's Justice League vs The Fatal Five to The Atom in Injustice 2, and from the voice of Eian in Batman Ninja to the voices of Splinter and Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). King is the voice of Apple in numerous television ads and also voiced Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat 11

Additionally, King was one of the creators and hosts of the long-running podcast, GeeksOn,[3] with Aaron Hendricks, Donald Marshall, and Peter Gamble Robinson.

Film and televisionEdit

King is most well known for his recurring roles on Riverdale, Numb3rs, 24, and Strong Medicine. His best-known film role is starring opposite Danny Huston in the Bernard Rose film, The Kreutzer Sonata, which also features King playing the violin.


King's stage credits include the first Broadway touring production of Titanic: The Musical,[2] East West Players' Yankee Dawg You Die[4] as Bradley with Sab Shimono and The Tempest[5] as Caliban[6] with fellow NYU Tisch alumnus Daniel Dae Kim, and an NAACP award-winning hip-hop version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona called 2G's at Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater[7]


Frustrated with playing sterotypically Asian roles in the early-mid 2000s, King began writing to create roles for minority actors "that people felt they could wrap their brains around that were about being ethnic...[and] racism."[8] The Harrowing, his script with Peter Gamble featuring an African-American man as the lead in a horror film, won numerous awards and is still in development.

Crowdfunding projectsEdit

In 2017, King collaborated with cartoonist Tarol Hunt and fellow producers Phil LaMarr and Danielle Stephens to bring Hunt's webcomic, Goblins, to life as an animated series. The Goblins Animated campaign on Indiegogo was to produce a five-minute long mega-trailer/pilot that could be used to garner more interest in the project.[9] King himself voices one of the characters, Fumbles. Notable voice actors make up the rest of the cast, including Phil LaMarr as Complains of Names, Billy West as Minmax, Maurice LaMarche as Forgath, Jim Cummings as Thaco, Tara Strong as Saves a Fox, Matthew Mercer as Big Ears, Jennifer Hale as Kin, and Steve Blum as Kore. The mega-trailer is currently under production.

In 2012, King created a Kickstarter project for his steampunk webseries called The World of Steam.[10] Written, directed, and produced by King, the show is set in a Twilight Zone-type steampunk universe and featured Scott Folsom, Gail Folsom, Gina Torres, Mido Hamada, Karl E. Landler, Julian Curtis, Robin Atkin Downes, and King himself as the host, Mr. Liang.[11] At the time, the series was the highest-grossing webseries ever on Kickstarter.[12] The first episode, The Clockwork Heart, was released as a webisode in 2013 and contains music by composer Bear McCreary. The remainder of the series is still in the works and is being developed for television.[8][13]

Steampunk workEdit

After the creation of the World of Steam webseries in 2012, King was seen as a leader in the Steampunk creative community.[14][15] As a result, he was invited to serve as one of the three judges on the first-ever network Steampunk-themed reality show, Game Show Network's Steampunk'd in 2015.[16][17] King cites his Steampunk influces as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, K.W. Jeter,[12] Robert Howard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and China Mieville,[18] among others. He collaborated with Scott and Gail Folsom from the League of STEAM on the pilot episode for the World of Steam, "The Clockwork Heart,"[10] and was cited in the 2016 book, Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures, edited by Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall.[19] His Love, Death and Robots episode, "Good Hunting," is Asian-inspired Steampunk.[20] King has appeared at various Steampunk conventions as a presenter and judge, and is currently collaborating with Cheyenne Wright of Girl Genius on a new Steampunk project called The Cabinet of Curiosities.

Convention AppearancesEdit

Date Convention Location Activity Notes
2018 Clockwork Alchemy[21] Burlingame, California[22] Speaker and presenter
2014 Midwest Media Expo (M2X)[23] Detroit, Michigan[24] Panel host/panelist: The World of Steam Inaugural year for this convention
2009 VCON 34[25] Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[26] Guest of Honor: GeeksOn podcast


Live actionEdit


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Cabinet of Curiosities (in production) Director, Writer Episode: "The Secret Language of Flowers"
2018–2019 Riverdale Marty Mantle 2 episodes
2018 Code Black Pilot Randy Woodman Episode: "Cabin Pressure"
2018 9-1-1 Actor Episode: "Next of Kin"
2018 The Lion Guard Actor Episode: "The Golden Zebra"
2017 Lucifer Adrian Yates Episode: "Welcome Back, Charlotte Richards"
2017 Training Day Agent Lawrence Park Episode: "Faultlines"
2017 Rosewood Jason Hiyashi Episode: "Radiation & Rough Landings"
2017 Hashtag Awareness: The Webseries Todd Episode: The One Where Tim is a Creeper"
2016 The Last Ship Zhou Episode: "Legacy"
2016 Powers THX 2 episodes
2016 Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production Male Executive Episode: "Bugs of Steel"
2016 Grimm Jin Akagi Episode: "Inugami"
2015 Steampunk'd Himself - Judge 8 episodes
2015 Revenge Agent Lin Episode: "Bait"
2013–2015 The World of Steam Mr. Liang, Producer, Writer, Director, Co-Director, Executive Producer Webseries creator; Funded through Kickstarter[10]
2013 Monday Mornings Tsung Mai Episode: "Communion"
2012 Criminal Minds Detective Harrison Chen Episode: "Magnificent Light"
2011 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Min Ho Kwon Episode: "A Man Walks Into a Bar..."
2010 Hub Exclusive: G.I. Joe Renegades & Transformers Prime Himself - Interviewee TV short
2010 24 Agent King 4 episodes
2005–2010 Numb3rs Matt Li / Technician / Crime Scene Tech /

Tech / FBI Tech Agent / FBI Computer Tech #1 /

FBI Tech Agent #2

14 episodes
2009 Washington Field SA Mark Chen TV Movie
2009 Bones Dr. Marcus Scheer Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2008 Eli Stone Tommy Woo 2 episodes
2007 CSI: NY Kim Wey Episodes: "Child's Play"
2006 Naruto Sumaru 6 episodes
2003–2006 Strong Medicine Dr. Matt Linn / First Year / First Year Medical Student 27 episodes
2005 The New Partridge Family Benjamin TV Movie
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Yak #2 Episode: "Snakes"
2004 It's All Relative Matthew Episode: "Our Sauce, It Is a Beauty"
2003 Threat Matrix Broker #2 Episode: "Pilot"
2003 The Even Stevens Movie Scott TV Movie
2003 Fraiser Thad Episode: "Daphne Does Dinner"
2002 MDs 2nd Year Student Episode: "Time of Death"
2002 The West Wing Staffer Episode: "Hartsfield's Landing"
2002 Friends The Student Episode: "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel"
2001 Crossing Jordan Dr. Yeung Episode: "Blue Christmas"
2001 ER Rick Episode: "Four Corners"


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Afterthoughts (in production) Detective Jay Vittidini Short film
2016 Loveology Rev. James Short film
2016 The Short Sale The Gun Short film
2016 Garbage Day Director, Executive Producer, Writer Short film
2013 Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Yang Yang
2012 Red Dawn North Korean Soldier
2011 How to Spot a Narcissist Narcissist Matt Short film
2010 Acts of Violence Bob
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporor Stunts (motion capture)
2008 The Kreutzer Sonata Aiden
2005 Call Center Sam Short film
2004 Species III Specialist Robert Kelley

Voice actingEdit


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five The Persuader
2018 Batman Ninja Eian English version
2018 Sitting Duck John Short film
2016 Only Yesterday[27] Father / Kazou 25th Anniversary English version
2016 TMNT: Don vs Raph Splinter / Shredder Short film
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Dr. Shin
2012 Hipster Holocaust Narrator Short film
2012 Back to the Sea Dabao
2009 Trail of the Panda Scientist (uncredited) English version
2008 Turok: Son of Stone Young Nashoba / Young Cliff Brave


Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Lion Guard Dughi / Old Civet 2 episodes
2019 Goblins Animated (in production) Fumbles, Producer Mega trailer
2019 Love, Death, and Robots Adult Liang / Renshu / Young Man / Host 2 episodes
2018 Baki the Grappler Tokugawa / Shibukawa 11 episodes
2016–2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Simacore / Computer voice 2 episodes
2014 Regular Show Surfer 2 / Merle / Yuji 2 episodes
2011–2013 Supah Ninjas Yamato 32 episodes
2010–2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Tunnel Rat / Nicky Lee / Cobra Guard / Operations Tech / Pilot / Cobra Guard #1 / Torch / County Clerk / Technician / Cobra Trooper #3 25 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Judgment Kazuya Ayabe English version
2019 Mortal Kombat 11 Liu Kang
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Actor
2017 Agents of Mayhem Agent Oni (Masamune Senichi)
2017 Fortnite Merry Munchkin Gingerbread Pet
2017 Injustice 2 The Atom / Ryan Choi
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Master Windstrong / Cato / Margrave Dhakar
2015 Fallout 4 Justin Ayo / Male Raiders
2015 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Pirates (archive sound) (archive footage)
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers Fright Rider
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Fright Rider / Molekin Miner Wispy / Kangarat 2
2014 BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Actor
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Additional Voices
2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Actor
2013 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices
2013 Skylanders: SWAP Force Fright Rider
2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows The Shredder
2013 Marvel Heroes Human Torch / Deadpool
2013 BioShock Infinite Additional Voices
2012 Skylanders: Giants Actor
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Soldier
2012 Resident Evil 6 Enemies
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Pandaren Male Player Character
2012 Diablo III Additional Voices
2011 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Additional Voices English version
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Actor
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Pirate (Multiplayer)
2011 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Tiger 1 English version
2011 Nicktoons MLB Perch Perkins
2011 Driver: San Francisco Additional Voices
2011 Might & Magic Heroes VI Changbo
2010 Valkyria Chronicles II Maximilian English version
2010 Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Actor
2010 Alpha Protocol Konstantin Brayko
2010 Dead to Rights: Retribution Tseng
2009 The Saboteur Kwong / Louis / Franz
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Master Tilver / Templar Bran / Aller Bemot / Mage Apprentice / Templar Spirit / Carta Thug Leader / Redcliffe Bodyguard / Deshyr / Weapon Merchant / Fade Warden / Redcliffe Knight / Redcliffe Guard / Fade Dwarf / Dwarven Soldier / Denerim Blood Mage / Circle Tower Enchanter / Abomination / Circle Tower Mage / Proving Spectator / Circle Tower Apprentice Mage
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Pirate
2009 Infamous Male Pedestrian
2008 Valkyria Chronicles Maximilian English version
2008 Mercenaries 2: World in Flames The Allies - China
2007 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Pirates #4
2004 Transformers Unicron
2003 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Illidan Stormrage Named the #1 most iconic character Blizzard ever created by Comic Book Resources in 2018[28]
2002 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Illidan Stormrage Named the #1 most iconic character Blizzard ever created by Comic Book Resources in 2018[28]


Year Title Role Company Notes
2005 Ten Thousand Years Yoshida El Portal Forum Theatre World premiere
2002 The Tempest Caliban East West Players
2001 Yankee Dawg You Die Bradley East West Players
2000 2G's (The Two Gentlemen of Verona) Company Sacred Fools Theater Company Winner of 2 NAACP awards, nominated for 7[7]
1999–2000 Titanic: A New Musical Quartermaster Robert Hichens, Bandsman Bricoux, 3rd Class Passenger Original Broadway National Tour

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award/Organization Award/Category Work Result Notes
2007 Words From Here Short Script Competition[29] 1st Place The Harrowing Won With Peter Gamble

Prize no longer awarded

2010 Scriptapalooza International Screenply Competition[30] The Harrowing Runner Up[31] With Peter Gamble
2011 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Young Screenwriter's Award The Harrowing Won With Peter Gamble
2011 CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Digital Marketing Initiative[32] CAPE New Writer's Award The Harrowing Won With Peter Gamble
2011 Behind the Voice Actors Awards[33] BTVA Television Voice Acting Award

Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series

G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010) Nominated
2014 Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards[34] Best Steampunk Script The Duelist Won
2016 Behind the Voice Actors Awards[35] BTVA Anime Dub Movie/Special Voice Acting Award

Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special

Only Yesterday

(Omohide poro poro)

2017 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting DownTown Semi-Finalist[36] / Top 50[37]


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