Will Yun Lee : Jae
Date Of Birth: March 22nd, 1975 Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
One of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Will Yun Lee is an emerging talent on the big and small screens. He is an actor with an unusual depth that sets him apart from other rising young Asian-American actors.
On the big screen, Lee starred opposite Jennifer Garner in the feature film “Elektra.” Lee also starred in the independent film “Face,” directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, that premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2002. His other recent film credits include Warner Bros. “Torque” and MGM’s 007 adventure “Die Another Day.”
Born in Arlington, Virginia, to immigrant parents from Korea, Lee’s character was nourished both by the traditional values of his family and the decidedly un-spiritual socio-economic climate of the 1980s. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life ranging from the tough Bronx streets to the idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San Francisco area with his father, a Korean tae kwan do grandmaster. Lee also became an accomplished martial artist, and won an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley.
While in school, Lee worked at East Bay Asian Youth Center, teaching high-risk teens from ghetto neighborhoods not unlike those he had known as a child in the Bronx. It was there that his ongoing commitment to young people began, a commitment that continues to play an important role in his life.
It was also at this time that Lee became seriously interested in acting. After landing a role in “Nash Bridges” he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Guest-star roles in television series such as “Profiler” and “Brimstone” led to roles in the television movie “The Disciples” and eventually in the critically acclaimed Sundance film opener “What’s Cooking” — and to his best known role as Danny Woo on “Witchblade.” He co-starred in the series opposite Yancy Butler for its two seasons. This summer, Lee can be seen as Mazarin in the television show “Fallen,” co-starring with Bryan Cranston and Paul Wesley.
At home in Los Angeles, Lee continues to teach martial arts and study acting, drawn to them both because “neither can ever be completely mastered.”