Kenneth "Ken" Leung (born January 21, 1970) is an American actor best known for his role as Miles Straume in the ABC television series Lost and roles in such films as Shanghai Kiss, Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Saw.
Ken Leung was born in New York City and initially raised in the Two Bridges section of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His family moved to Midwood, Brooklyn where he grew up before finishing high school in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Leung later attended New York University (NYU) as a University Scholar and discovered acting in his junior year, when he studied acting with Catherine Russell and Nan Smithner, and then briefly with Anne Jackson at HB Studio. During this time he acted mostly in downtown spaces and black box theaters, working with groups such as the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New Perspectives, and STAR, a traveling group of actors-educators based in Mount Sinai Hospital.
In 1997, Leung made his debut in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour. Ratner stated, "[Ken]'s a great actor. In my opinion, he's equivalent to Philip Seymour Hoffman as far as talent is concerned." Edward Norton cast him in his directorial debut Keeping the Faith in 2000. Since then Leung has appeared in several independent and television films, as well as features, including four films with Brett Ratner and two with Spike Lee. In 1998, he played James the Less and God in Terrence McNally's passion play, Corpus Christi, and in 2002 made his Broadway debut in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (and appears on the cast recording).
In 2007, he starred in the independent film Shanghai Kiss with Hayden Panettiere, and earned a Special Mention at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival for his breakthrough performance. That same year he guest-starred in the final season of the HBO drama series The Sopranos. This memorable guest role inspired the producers of the ABC drama Lost to cast him in a regular role as Miles Straume in the series' fourth season. He remained on the show for the rest of its run.
|1995||Pictures of Baby Jane Doe||Shopkeeper|
|Welcome to the Dollhouse||Barry|
|1999||Man of the Century||Mike Ramsey|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Don|
|The Family Man||Sam Wong the Deli Clerk|
|2001||Artificial Intelligence: A.I.||Syatyoo-Sama|
|Home Sweet Hoboken|
|Vanilla Sky||Art Editor|
|Red Dragon||Lloyd Bowman|
|2004||Saw||Detective Steven Sing|
|Strip Search||Liu Tsung-Yuan||TV Movie|
|Sucker Free City||Lincoln Ma||TV Movie|
|The Squid and the Whale||School Therapist|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Kid Omega|
|2007||Year of the Fish||Johnny|
|Shanghai Kiss||Liam Liu||Received a Special Mention at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival for his breakthrough performance.|
|Falling for Grace||Ming|
|2009||Saw V||Detective Steven Sing||Cameo|
|2009||Works of Art||John Kim|
|Law & Order||Chung; Tommy Wong; Stephen Wong|
|1997||New York Undercover||David Kwan||Episode: Vendetta|
|2000||Wonderland||Episode: Spell Check|
|2001||Oz||Bian Yixue||Episode: Conversions|
|2004||The Jury||Ken Arata||Episode: Memories|
|Whoopi||Terrence||Episode: Identity Crisis|
|2007||The Sopranos||Carter Chong||Episode: Remember When|
|2008–2010||Lost||Miles Straume||Series Regular; 45 episodes|