Mostly Credited As: James Kyson Lee
Birth Name: James Kyson Lee
Date Of Birth: December 13, 1975 (Age 39)
Country Of Birth: South Korea
Birth Place: Seoul
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
He played everybody’s favorite sidekick, best friend to Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) and a man who could amplify others abilities in “Heroes,” but James Kyson Lee didn’t get his start on the NBC hit. At the age of 10, Lee first moved to the U.S. with his parents. He grew up in New York. Fun fact: his middle name, Kyson, comes from the first letters of his parents’ names, “K” and “Y,” and the word “son.” Before diving into the acting community, he studied communications and broadcasting at Boston University, and also learned the craft of music, dance and improvisation at the New England Institute of the Arts. Reportedly, in 2001, he packed up his things, bought a one-way ticket to Hollywood and went to pursue his acting dream. Like most actors, he had to work his way to the top, and before hitting the small screen, Lee appeared in the West Coast production of “Hair,” among many others. He even showed off his singing and piano playing skills at local bars. Eventually, he was “discovered” and scored several commercial gigs for big companies including Red Robin, Hyundai and Butterfinger. In 2003, he finally landed his first TV role in the CBS hit “JAG,” where he played Lieutenant Park. The acting doors flew wide open, and he soon was starring on TV show after TV show like “The West Wing” and “Alias.” Then, in 2006, he made it big on “Heroes,” as Ando. Ever since then, he hasn’t gone unnoticed. After the cancellation of “Heroes,” Lee dabbled in several projects, but fans were most excited about his reunion with co-star Masi Oka in a 2011 episode of “Hawaii Five-0.” When he isn’t acting, James plays basketball for the Hollywood Knights, a charity celebrity team, which raises money for various charity organizations.