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Ken Jeong
Born Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong
c. July 13, 1969
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Other name(s) Dr. Ken
Occupation Actor, comedian, physician
Years active 1997–present

Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong, MD[1] (born c. 1969),[2] sometimes referred to as "Dr. Ken," is an American comedian, actor, and physician.


Early life and medical career

Jeong, a Korean American, was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3] His father, DK Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro for 35 years. Ken attended Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra and was elected to student council. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award.[4]

He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995[1]. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy.[5]

Career in show business

His big break came when he won the Big Easy Laff-Off, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges. They both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles, and he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs.

Jeong's background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, FOX's 'Til Death, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ken made his feature film debut as Dr. Kuni in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express, King Argotron in Role Models, All About Steve, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Couples Retreat and his breakout role as Mr. Chow in The Hangover. He completed filming Furry Vengeance and The Zookeeper, both to be released in 2010. He is a series regular as Señor Chang on NBC's sitcom Community.

Personal life

Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, is also a doctor. Together, they have twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey.[6]




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