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Young at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Keone Joseph Young
September 6, 1947
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Keone Joseph Young (born September 6, 1947) is an American actor.
He was born in Honolulu to a Chinese father and Japanese mother, who both immigrated to Hawaii.
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. He also 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.
|1976||Baby Blue Marine||Katsu|
|1980||Private Benjamin||Kim Osaka|
|1981||Eyewitness||Mr. Long's Son|
|1984||The Wild Life||Japanese Bowler|
|1989||Lost Angels||Atty. Victor Eng|
|Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers||Don Ho|
|Black Rain||Karaoke Singer|
|1990||Fear||Detective William Wu|
|1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Eddie Wong|
|1993||Surf Ninjas||Baba Ram|
|1994||Golden Gate||Benny Ying|
|My Girl 2||Daryl Tanaka|
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Mr. Watanabe|
|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|
|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|
|1969||Room 222||Howie Wong||Episode: "Naked Came We Into The World"|
|1973||The Streets of San Francisco||Willard Lu – Cobra||Episode: "Trail of the Serpent"|
|1974||Jerry||Morree Wu||TV movie|
|1980||Diff'rent Strokes||David Cheung||Episode: "Hello, Daddy"|
|1982||Taxi||The Japanese Man||Episode: "Alex Goes off the Wagon"|
|1984||Girls of the White Orchid||Akira||TV movie|
|1985||Challenge of a Lifetime||Dr. Honowa||TV movie|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Bob Kanuka||TV movie|
|1990||Challenger||Lt. Colonel Ellison Onizuka||TV movie|
|1990||Last Flight Out||Tung Sanh||TV movie|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Buck Bokai||Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"|
|1993||Dead Before Dawn||James Young||TV movie|
|1993||Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland||Gerald Chong||TV movie|
|1995||Here Come the Munsters||Ralph the Limo Driver||TV movie|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Charlie Sung||Episode: "Goodbye Charlie"|
|2000||Rip Girls||Bo||TV movie|
|2001||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Acupuncturist||Episode: "The Acupuncturist"|
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Hoshi's Father||Episode: "Vanishing Point"|
|2003||The Even Stevens Movie||Chief Tuka||TV movie|
|2003–2017||Samurai Jack||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2004–2006||Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi||Kaz (voice)||39 episodes|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Mr. Wu||18 episodes|
|2005||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Lao Shi (voice)||Episode: "Morpholomew"|
|2005–2007||American Dragon: Jake Long||Jake's Grandfather, other voices||45 episodes|
|2005–2008||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Various voices||6 episodes|
|2006||NCIS||Lee Song||Episode: "Light Sleeper"|
|2006||Return to Halloweentown||Silas Sinister||TV movie|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Mr. Ma||TV movie|
|2013||Sons of Anarchy||Bohai Lin||2 episodes|
|2015||The Man in the High Castle||General Hata||Episode: "Kindness"|
|2015–2017||Star Wars Rebels||Commander Jun Sato (voice)||17 episodes|
|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!"|
|2019||Deadwood||Mr. Wu||TV movie|
- "After a 50-year career, veteran actor Keone Young is an 'outsider on the inside'".
- 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).
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