Born in Busan, South Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, began his career on stage, then enrolled at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program to earn his Master’s Degree.
Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series “Lost,” for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award, and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. In 2009, he was recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment. As Chin Ho Kelly on HAWAII FIVE-0, Kim continues his string of multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles.
He has lent his voice talents for a variety of roles in film, television, and video games. He has guest starred in television shows such as “CSI,” “ER” and “24.” In 2008, he starred in the Emmy Award-nominated miniseries “The Andromeda Strain.” He received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony award-winning production of “The King and I” as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater.
Kim spearheads his production company 3AD, established in 2014. With a first-look development deal at CBS Television Studios, 3AD has developed original content, IPs and global formats. The company is committed to storytelling that integrates characters and cultures underrepresented in today’s media landscapes. Over the course of three development seasons, 3AD has successfully sold seven properties to top buyers, including CBS, CW, ABC and TV Land. Currently, the company is developing a medical procedural with HOUSE showrunner David Shore; a legal drama with CASTLE co-showrunner Alexi Hawley; and a cable dramedy based on RE JANE, for which Kim will serve as executive producer.
Kim served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea. He spends time in Los Angeles and New York, but spends most of the year in Honolulu, Hawaii where he devotes his free time to family and various charities.