Matthew Yang King
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
May 6, 1974
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Matt Yang King, Matt King, Matthew King|
|Alma mater||New York University, Hall High School (Connecticut)|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, producer, director, writer|
- 1 Early and personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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. The tour began in Los Angeles, where King moved after leaving the tour in 2000. He continues to live there with his wife and three children.
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, 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, East West Players' Yankee Dawg You Die as Bradley with Sab Shimono and The Tempest as Caliban 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
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." 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.
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. 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. 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. At the time, the series was the highest-grossing webseries ever on Kickstarter. 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.
After the creation of the World of Steam webseries in 2012, King was seen as a leader in the Steampunk creative community. 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. King cites his Steampunk influces as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, K.W. Jeter, Robert Howard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and China Mieville, 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," and was cited in the 2016 book, Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures, edited by Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall. His Love, Death and Robots episode, "Good Hunting," is Asian-inspired Steampunk. 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.
|2018||Clockwork Alchemy||Burlingame, California||Speaker and presenter|
|2014||Midwest Media Expo (M2X)||Detroit, Michigan||Panel host/panelist: The World of Steam||Inaugural year for this convention|
|2009||VCON 34||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Guest of Honor: GeeksOn podcast|
|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||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|
|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
|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"|
|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"|
|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|
|2019||Justice League vs. the Fatal Five||The Persuader|
|2018||Batman Ninja||Eian||English version|
|2018||Sitting Duck||John||Short film|
|2016||Only Yesterday||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|
|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|
|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||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|
|2008||Valkyria Chronicles||Maximilian||English version|
|2008||Mercenaries 2: World in Flames||The Allies - China|
|2007||Uncharted: Drake's Fortune||Pirates #4|
|2003||Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne||Illidan Stormrage||Named the #1 most iconic character Blizzard ever created by Comic Book Resources in 2018|
|2002||Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos||Illidan Stormrage||Named the #1 most iconic character Blizzard ever created by Comic Book Resources in 2018|
|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|
|1999–2000||Titanic: A New Musical||Quartermaster Robert Hichens, Bandsman Bricoux, 3rd Class Passenger||Original Broadway National Tour|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||Words From Here Short Script Competition||1st Place||The Harrowing||Won||With Peter Gamble
Prize no longer awarded
|2010||Scriptapalooza International Screenply Competition||The Harrowing||Runner Up||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||CAPE New Writer's Award||The Harrowing||Won||With Peter Gamble|
|2011||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||BTVA Television Voice Acting Award
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series
|G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010)||Nominated|
|2014||Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards||Best Steampunk Script||The Duelist||Won|
|2016||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||BTVA Anime Dub Movie/Special Voice Acting Award
Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special
|2017||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting||DownTown||Semi-Finalist / Top 50|
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