Parry Shen

Parry Shen (born June 26, 1973) is an American actor. Shen's first major acting role was in Better Luck Tomorrow as Ben Manibag, the film's leading character. He also starred in another Asian American film, Surrogate Valentine. He has since starred in the horror film Hatchet and its sequels Hatchet II, Hatchet III, and Victor Crowley. He had a recurring role as Tyler Li in the television series Tru Calling. Since 2013, he has portrayed the role of Brad Cooper on General Hospital.

Parry Shen
Born (1973-06-26) June 26, 1973 (age 46)
Other namesParry Allen
EducationArchbishop Molloy High School
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
Years active1997–present
Kim Shen (m. 2002)

He is also known for his voice acting in the video games Sleeping Dogs and Mortal Kombat X.

Early lifeEdit

Shen was born June 26, 1973, in New York City, in the borough of Queens. He went to Archbishop Molloy High School, then an all-boys (but now co-educational) Roman Catholic school in Briarwood, in Queens, New York, and at the University at Buffalo.[1] His mother is from Hong Kong. His father is from Shanghai.[2] When he moved to California, he worked as a dorm parent at Villanova Preparatory School, a private college preparatory school in Ojai.[3] Shen is of Chinese descent and can speak Cantonese.[1]



Shen is best known as the lead character, Ben Manibag, in Justin Lin's seminal Asian American film, Better Luck Tomorrow (2002). Shen was also a main part of the cast of Hatchet, in which he also returned for Adam Green's Hatchet II and Hatchet III.[4] Shen has appeared in Ed Decter's The New Guy (2002) opposite DJ Qualls and Zooey Deschanel (as Glen). Shen also appears as the lead husband character, Luke, in Richard Wong's Yes We're Open opposite Lynn Chen and in Dave Boyle's Surrogate Valentine (2011) as Bradley, Pearry Reginald Teo's The Gene Generation (as Jackie, the brother of Bai Ling's character), and Eric Shapiro's Rule of 3 (2008) (as David).

Shen has appeared on the TV shows NCIS: Los Angeles (as Ty), MADTv (as Chin-Hwa Dak), Criminal Minds (as Bobby Kim), Brothers & Sisters (as Dan Silk), Veronica Mars (as Hsiang 'Charleston' Chu), Thief (as Billy 'Shrimp Boy' Kwan), Without a Trace (as Steven Park), Tru Calling (as Tyler Li), Holliston (as Trent), NCIS (TV series) (as Ben Richmond), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Seth), Party of Five (as Kyle), Cousin Skeeter (as Billy Blowfield), Chicago Hope (as Harry Lensky), The King of Queens (as stockboy), Malibu, CA (as Kip), Beverly Hills 90210 (as Staffer), Suddenly Susan (as Robert), Caroline in the City (as Tim), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as student). Shen also played various characters on the TV series Asia Street Comedy (2004).

Shen also voices the character Takeda Takahashi in "Mortal Kombat X" (2015), Winston Chu in Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs (2012), Mogu Zai in Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012), and Tang/Privateer/Thug in Far Cry 3 (2012).

On May 6, 2013, Shen debuted in the recurring role of Brad Cooper on General Hospital.[5] He will be in the upcoming feature film Automation.[6]


Shen is Managing Editor of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, published by The New Press in April 2009.[7] Its sequel, Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, was published in November 2012.[8][9][1]

Screenwriting and producingEdit

Shen has written and produced the feature film entitled Unidentified (2013), directed by Jason Richard Miller.[1]

Speaking engagementsEdit

Shen speaks at numerous universities about the entertainment industry and shares his experiences as an Asian American in the media.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Shen has been married to his wife, Kim, since August 2, 2002, and they have two daughters.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Starship Troopers Student
Shrieker David
2000 Game Day Ali Comedy film directed and written by Marshall V. Davidson
2002 Better Luck Tomorrow Ben Manibag Crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin
The New Guy Glen Comedy film directed by Ed Decter
2004 Dead Scared Tim
  • Comedy-horror film directed and written by Rolfe Kanefsky
  • Originally known as The Hazing in Spain
The Perfect Party Peter Horror film directed and written by James Huang
The Deviants Jerry Comedy-romantic film directed by Reid Waterer
First Daughter Rally Leader Comedy-romantic film directed by Forest Whitaker
2005 Passages Frank Short film directed by Ted Chung
2006 Hatchet Shawn Slasher film directed by Adam Green
2007 Finishing the Game Robert Chang
The Gene Generation Jackie Biopunk science fiction film directed by Pearry Reginald Teo
2008 Rule of 3 David Thriller film directed by Eric Shapiro
Fairy Tale Police Officer Pappas Short film directed and written by Adam Green
2009 The TiVo James Short-fantasy film directed and written by Adam Green
2010 Hatchet II Justin Slasher film directed and written by Adam Green
2011 Surrogate Valentine Bradley Comedy film directed by Dave Boyle and co-written by Boyle, Joel Clark, & Goh Nakamura
2012 Yes, We're Open Luke Romantic film directed by Richard Wong
2013 Starting from Scratch Parry Romantic film directed and written by James Huang
#1 Serial Killer Murder Victim Horror film directed by Stanley Yung
Hatchet III Andrew Slasher film directed by BJ McDonnell
Snowpiercer Voice Actor (voice) Action-drama film directed by Joon-ho Bong and co-written by Bong & Kelly Masterson
Unidentified Jeremy Science fiction film directed by Jason Richard Miller and co-written by Miller, Eddie Mui, & Shen
2017 Swing State Ryan Pollard Romantic-musical film directed and written by Jonathan Sheldon
Victor Crowley Andrew Yong Horror film directed and written by Adam Green
Upcoming Automation Alan


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Caroline in the City Tim Episode: "Caroline and the Cold Sesame Noodles"
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Student Episode: "Innocence"
Suddenly Susan Robert Episode: "Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Some of These Do It"
Beverly Hills, 90210 Staffer Episode: "Budget Cuts"
Malibu, CA Kip Episode: "Welcome to Malibu" (Pilot)
The King of Queens Stockboy Episode: "Supermarket Story"
1999 Chicago Hope Harry Lensky Episode: "Big Hand for the Little Lady"
Cousin Skeeter Billy Blowfeld Episode: "Sideshow Skeeter"
Party of Five Kyle Episode: "I'll Show You Mine"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Dog (voice) Episode: "Dragon Me Along"
The Privateers Parrot Made-for-TV-Movie directed by David E. Duncan
Damaged Goods Josh Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Jim Fall
2001 An American Town Sophomore Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Rob Schmidt
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Seth Episode: "Cloud Ten"
2004 NCIS Ben Richmond Episode: "Eye Spy"
Asia Street Comedy Various Characters Unknown episodes
2005 Tru Calling Tyler Li Recurring
Attack of the Sabretooth Robbie Made-for-TV-Movie directed by George Miller
The Poseidon Adventure Enlisted Man
Without a Trace Steven Park Episode: "Honor Bound"
2006 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well UFAP Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Armand Mastroianni
Thief Billy "Shrimp Boy" Kwan Recurring
Veronica Mars Hsiang "Charleston" Chu Episode: "Charlie Don't Surf"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Dan Silk Episodes:
Criminal Minds Bobby Kim Episode: "True Night"
2008 Mad TV Chin-Hwa Dak Episode: "Episode 13"
2010–2014 NCIS: Los Angeles Ty Recurring
2012 Holliston Trent Episode: "Camera Rental"
2013–present General Hospital Brad Cooper Recurring
2017 Dimension 404 Animator Episode: "Chronos"
Doc McStuffins Shinji Episode: "First Responders to the Rescue"

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Wet Zhi
2012 Sleeping Dogs Winston Chu [12][13]
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Zian of the Endless Shadow
2013 Far Cry 3 Additional Voices
2015 Mortal Kombat X Takeda Takahashi [14]
2016 Lego Marvel Avengers Iron Legion [13]
The Walking Dead: Michonne Zachary [13]



  1. ^ David DeCoteau credited as Victoria Sloan.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Parry Shen Biography". United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "What is your ethnicity?". Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "ParryShen's Xanga Site - Just another Xanga site".
  4. ^ "Spend Thanksgiving Weekend with Hitchcock - Dread Central".
  5. ^ "ParryShen's Xanga Site - Just another Xanga site".
  6. ^ Cushman, Dustin (June 18, 2019). "Parry Shen's Thriller 'Automation' Plays on Robots Becoming Dangerous". United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Yang, Jeff; Shen, Parry; Chow, Keith; Ma, Jerry (2009). Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology (1st ed.). New York City: The New Press. ISBN 978-1595583987.
  8. ^ Yang, Jeff; Shen, Parry; Chow, Keith; Ma, Jerry (2012). Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology. New York City: The New Press. ISBN 978-1595588241.
  9. ^ "Parry Shen".
  10. ^ Putch, John (1969). The Poseidon Adventure (1st ed.). New York City: Coward-McCann. ISBN 978-0698103030.
  11. ^ "Red Update Alert: Poseidon Goes Belly Up Again". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. November 18, 2005. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  12. ^ sleepingdogsgame (17 July 2012). "Behind the Scenes: Voice-Over Talent (UK)" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ a b c "Parry Shen | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 3, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
  14. ^ Brian Chard [@bcharred] (April 14, 2015). "Huge thanks to the stellar MKX voice actors: Troy @TroyBakerVA (Shinnok/EBlack/Fujin), Ronald M. Banks (Quan Chi); Ashly Burch (Cassie)..." (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Twitter.
    Brian Chard [@bcharred] (April 14, 2015). "Michal McConnohie (Kano); Jamieson Price (Anncr, Ermac); Karen Strassman (Mileena/Kitana); Tara Strong (Ferra/Li Mei); Parry Shen (Takeda)." (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2015 – via Twitter.

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