James Chen Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Jun 04, 2022
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Let us learn all about James Chen, the renowned film and TV actor.
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About James Chen

James Chen is a well-known actor from the United States.

James is most recognized for playing Kal on 'The Walking Dead'. He also played the role of Samuel Chun' on the Netflix series 'Iron Fist.'

Chen was born in New York City in February 1976. James Chen has worked in television, foreign cinema, and on stage. He had his acting training at the famed Yale School of Drama. Chen was given the Dexter Wood Luke Memorial Award for leading the School of Acting in commencement ceremonies.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Chen started performing professionally in Philadelphia theater. After graduating from Yale, he returned to New York City and worked in Off-Broadway theater, television, cinema, advertising, and audiobooks.

He played CSU forensics Detective Adrian Sung for two seasons on 'Law & Order: Special Victims' Unit'. In the television series 'The FBIs', he plays the character of Liam. He also portrays Brian on the Starz program 'Run The World'.

The actor is also famous on various social media platforms. On Instagram, the actor has over 14,000 followers as of 2022. Let us learn all about James Chen, his net worth, income, family life, and career.

James Chen Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is James Chen’s net worth?

Chen has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He earns most of his net worth from his acting performances, brand endorsements, and sponsorships.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is James Chen?

James Chen is 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.

How old is James Chen?

As of 2022, James Chen is 46 years old. He was born on February 11, 1976.

Childhood And Education

James Chen is of Chinese origin and was born in New York. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Chen spent most of his early life in New York.

James Chen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Then he received his degree on Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama. For his efforts there, he received the Dexter Wood Luke Memorial Prize.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is James Chen's family?

James Chen was born in New York to his parents. Not much information is available about his family.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

James Chen started his acting career in 2004.

In 2011, he appeared in 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. He played the role of Adrian Sung, a recurrent character.

Chen has been a part of 'The Walking Dead' since its sixth season. In the television series, he plays the character Kal. The series is based on Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, and Charlie Adlard's comic book series.

It follows characters who are zombie apocalypse survivors. They struggle to stay alive while being attacked by zombies known as 'walkers.' Because of humanity's fall and human flaws, zombie survivors are shunned by other humans. They have created several tribes and villages with differing rules and traditions, causing conflict and hatred.

In 2004, he played the role of Roy in 'Boy Wonder' and Pete Richards in 'Murder Below The Line'.

In 2010, he played minor roles like a desk officer in 'Archaeology Of A Woman' and a police officer in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

In 2010 he played Nelson Chiu in 'Blue Bloods' and Agent Lee in 'Act Of Vengeance'.

In 2015, he played with Jake Choi in the LGBT drama 'Front Cover'.

The actor is pretty famous on social media. On his Instagram account, he has over 14,000 followers as of 2022.

In 2018, James played the role of Samuel Chun on the Netflix series 'Iron Fist.' The American television series is based on the Marvel Comics character 'Iron Fist'.

What awards has James Chen won?

The Last Chinese Chef, which he co-narrated, got an AudioFile Earphones Award for outstanding audio performance. Audible has more than a dozen of his previous books.

James Chen’s Hobbies And Interests

James Chen has classical piano training. He speaks Mandarin as well. Chen has practiced martial arts for numerous years.

Other Interesting James Chen Facts And Trivia

  • He has worked in international studio films with Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Tilda Swinton, and Denis Leary.
  • Chen has performed at the Chautauqua Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, and the Philadelphia Theater Company.
  • He has provided commentary for Street Fighter gaming competitions all over the world, including the CapCom Cup.
  • He frequently appears on UltraChen alongside his commentary partner David 'UltraDavid' Graham.
  • He is well-known in the fighting genre for his work as a gamer and a game commentator.
  • When Street Fighter II was released in 1987, he began playing it.
  • Chen is based in both New York and Los Angeles.
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Yale School of Drama

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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