Brian Tee is an American actor known for playing Dr. Ethan in NBC’s medical drama series ‘Chicago Med’ and its spin-offs. He has also given unforgettable performances in several blockbuster films, including ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘Jurassic World’. Born Jaebeom Takata in Okinawa to a Japanese American father and a Korean mother, Tee relocated to Hacienda Heights, California, at the age of two. He completed his high school education from Wilson High School. Following his graduation from University of California, he adopted his stage name and landed roles on television. Since 2002, Tee has been actively performing on television as well as the big screen. Owing to his multi-cultural upbringing, the actor is well-versed in quite a few languages.
Brian Tee made his acting debut in 2000 when he appeared in an episode of ‘The Pretender’. Various guest roles followed after that, including a role of an intern in an episode of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and a host in the episode "The Game" in ‘18 Wheels of Justice’. In 2002, he made his film debut in 'We Were Soldiers' as Pfc. Jimmy Nakayama. That year, the actor also featured in the action spy flick ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’.
From 2005 to 2006, Tee appeared in three episodes of the American comedy drama ‘Zoey 101’. This period also saw him in a power-packed performance in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’. The third installment in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, the movie earned $158.5 million worldwide against its $85 million budget. Following appearances in the films 'Pandemic' and 'Finishing the Game', the actor joined the cast of ‘Crash’ as Eddie Choi. The television drama series ran from 2008 to 2009. This was followed by his guest appearances in some episodes of ‘Grimm’.
The year 2013 boosted Tee’s career when he appeared in the blockbuster ‘The Wolverine’. The sixth installment in the X-Men film series featured him in the role of Noburo Mori alongside actors Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Will Yun Lee. A year later, Tee starred in the South Korean action movie ‘No Tears for the Dead’.
The year 2015 was one of the best years of Brian Tee’s career. His fame rose to newer heights when he starred in the medical television drama ‘Chicago Med’ and the sci-fi adventure film ‘Jurassic World’ that also starred Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2015 and it earned a whopping $1.672 billion at the box office.
Since 2016, Tee has been reprising his role of Dr. Ethan Choi in ‘Chicago Med’ sequels. Also in 2016, he starred in the superhero film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’.
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Family & Personal Life
Brian Tee was born as Jaebeom Takata on March 15, 1977, in Okinawa, Japan. His mother is Korean while his father is Japanese American. The family moved to USA when Brian was a small child. He studied at Glen A. Wilson High School and then earned a degree in theater and performing arts from University of California, Berkeley.
Brian Tee is married to actress Mirelly Taylor. They have a daughter, Madelyn Skyler, who was born on August 10, 2015.
Besides English, Tee is also fluent in Korean and Japanese.