Steven Yeun may be best known for the Walking Dead, but how much do you know about the Oscar-nominated actor?
Steven Yeun is a talented Korean American actor best known for his role as Glenn Rhee in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Though Yeun left the show in 2016 after his character’s shocking death, since the announcement of an anthology-style spin-off, some fans have hope that they may one day see Glenn once again.
Outside of his amazing work in the dystopian drama, Yeun has garnered considerable attention for his prominence in voice acting, and his work in the Academy Award nominated film, Minari. Rising further in fame daily, there is still so much more to Yeun’s life than simply his work in film and television.
10 He Is 37 Years Old
Steven Yeun (pronounced “yun”) was born on December 21st, 1983 as Yeun Sang-Yeop. Though his family moved from South Korea to the United States when he was young, Yeun has humorously commented that his parents did not begin to call him “Steven” until they met a doctor by that name.
Proceeding their move from South Korea, his family settled in Troy, Michigan, and Yeun continued to live there until he graduated high school in 2001.
9 He Is 5’9
Steven Yeun stands at 5 feet and 9 inches tall. He shares his height with quite a few other fellow cast members on The Walking Dead, including Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Avi Nash, and Michael Rooker. The tallest recurring actors on the series include Cooper Andrews at 6’2, and Ryan Hurst who is 6’4 ½.
8 He Is A Sagittarius
Known for being loyal, funny, and spontaneous, Sagittarians are amazing conversationalists and have no problem making friends with strangers around them.
More than simply a Sagittarius, those born between December 18th and December 24th like Yeun are considered to be on the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp. Believers in astrology find that being on a cusp may balance out the intensity of certain traits, or allow for a combination of the two to be shared.
7 He Is Married
Steven Yeun tied the knot with then-girlfriend, a photographer named Joana Pak, in 2016. The following year, the adorable Jude Malcolm Yeun was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Two years later in 2019, the happy couple welcomed their second child into the world.
Like many celebrity couples, Pak and Yeun made the decision not to reveal her name or birthdate to the press or on social media when she was born.
6 He Is A Devoted Detroit Sports Fan
Growing up in Michigan in a suburb of Detroit, the busy city has a special place in Steven Yeun’s heart – especially when it comes to sports. He is a fan of both basketball and hockey, and he is a passionate supporter of the Detroit Pistons, as well as the Detroit Red Wings.
5 He Is A Talented Voice Actor
Yeun has not only made a name for himself as a talented film and television actor in live-action works, but he is also a prominent voice actor. Popular animated series that he has been involved in include Dreamwork’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, The Legend Of Korra, and Voltron: Legendary Defender.
Most recently, he has taken on the heroic mantle of a half-human, half-Viltromite named Mark Grayson on Amazon Prime’s epic animated series Invincible.
4 He Has A Bachelor’s Degree In Psychology
Yeun first developed a genuine interest in acting while attending his first year of college at Kalamazoo College. He joined the university’s improv group, Monkapult, in his Sophomore year, and his interest in turning the hobby into a career option quickly grew.
He graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in neuroscience, but decided that he wanted to move to Chicago to pursue acting instead of going to medical school.
3 Norman Reedus Got Him Into Riding Motorcycles
During his time on The Walking Dead, Yeun made lifelong friends with some of the cast, but he also discovered a new hobby. Norman Reedus introduced him to his love of riding motorcycles, and it appears that the actor hasn’t looked back.
He even appeared on Ride With Norman Reedus as a special guest. Making their way through Northern California, Yeun and Reedus catch up on lost time as they meet up with musicians, visit museums, and even ride with a legendary Oakland motorcycle club.
2 His Father Once Thought He Had An Entirely Different Career
Steven Yeun is a well-known and respected actor in both television and film, but there was a time when his father suspected that he might have a different career in movies altogether – specifically, in adult film.
Admitting that his parents are not exactly technologically savvy with computers and the Internet, Yeun remembers a time when his father googled his name and found some questionable photoshopped images of him. Yeun tells the hilarious story on an episode of Conan on TBS.
1 He Is The First Asian American To Be Nominated For Best Actor
Yeun made Academy Award history when he became the first Asian American man to be nominated for an Oscar in the category of “Best Actor In A Leading Role” for his incredible work in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari.
The award-winning drama explores the topic of searching for the American Dream through the lens of a Korean American family that move to a farm in Arkansas, and the importance and strength in family found along the way.
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