Randall Park: AAPI Heritage Month Actor Highlights

Ladies and gents, we recognize and we're grateful for the one and only comedian, actor, writer and AAPI activist Randall Park.

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

Randall Park AAPI Heritage Month

Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection

Whether it's movies, television, short films, or comedy, AAPI star Randall Park has a way of making his fans relate. Plus, he never takes himself too seriously. It's a trait we can all appreciate.

How You Know Him

He's the endlessly amusing Agent Jimmy Woo in the MCU's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and "WandaVision." He's also the utra smart Dr. Stephen Shin in the DCEU's "Aquaman." And he's the main guy vying for Ali Wong's affection in the hilarious "Always Be My Maybe." He's the "Maybe." It probably sucks that he must compete against Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim. But Park's up for the challenge.

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

For millions, he's most beloved as the patriarch of the Huang family in the groundbreaking sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat." The Fox tv show lasted for six seasons. It was the first American television program with an all Asian main cast that produced over 100 episodes.

His Life So Far

Randall Park was born to Korean immigrants in Los Angeles on March 23, 1974. His father owned a one-hour photo shop, and his mom was an accountant at UCLA. Park himself began attending the university in 1993. Subsequently, he established the longest-running-campus Asian theater company there, called "Lapu, the Coyote that Cares," or LCC.

Park went on to earn his bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in Asian American studies. He further completed his master's degree in Asian American studies at UCLA. While he was a student, Park continued to be highly active on the theater scene and went on to work with many of his fellow alumni from the company after his graduation.

Post-college, he also formed the Propergander theater, and began to perform stand-up comedy. Throughout the '00s and early '10s, Park also appeared in a lot of fun web skits, including a role as Asian Santa in the video "Why Is Santa Asian?"

By the mid-2010s, Park was cast in small roles in commercial comedies like "Neighbors," "Trainwreck" and "Office Christmas Party."

©Paramount Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

©Paramount Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

However, his big break came in 2015 when he landed the role of Louis Huang, the Taiwanese patriarch on "Fresh Off the Boat." The series was based on food impresario Eddie Huang's memoirs. Park and fellow AAPI superstar Constance Wu played the parents of Eddie and his siblings. For six seasons, the series captivated critics and audiences alike. The show ended on February 21, 2020.

The Movie to See

Throughout the years, Park has been closely tied to his friend and fellow entertainer Ali Wong. The duo partnered on the 2019 Netflix movie "Always Be My Maybe." They co-produced and co-wrote the project, while "Fresh Off the Boat" director Nahnatchka Khan helmed the romantic comedy.

 © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

The film follows two friends who may or may not take the leap into romance. It's painfully truthful, and always in the most hilarious way possible. You'll root for them to make it. You'll also get a mega kick at seeing Randall Park try to one-up romantic rivals Daniel Dae Kim as a cocky restaurateur, and Keanu Reeves as…himself.

What's Up Next

After awesome appearances this year in "WandaVision," and "Young Rock" (playing a future version of himself interviewing Presidential candidate Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), AAPI superstar Randall Park will continue to roll like a big dog. Look for him next as Butch in "PAW Patrol: The Movie," opening August 20, 2021.

Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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