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.

Early life

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."[1] 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.[2] He remained on the show for the rest of its run.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Pictures of Baby Jane Doe Shopkeeper
Welcome to the Dollhouse Barry
1997 Red Corner Peng
Kundun (voice)
1998 Fly Jeremy Kim
Rush Hour Sang
1999 Man of the Century Mike Ramsey
2000 Keeping the Faith Don
Maze Dr. Mikao
The Family Man Sam Wong the Deli Clerk
2001 Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Syatyoo-Sama
Home Sweet Hoboken
Spy Game Li
Vanilla Sky Art Editor
2002 Face Willie
Red Dragon Lloyd Bowman
2004 Saw Detective Steven Sing
Strip Search Liu Tsung-Yuan TV Movie
Sucker Free City Lincoln Ma TV Movie
2005 Hate Mo TV Movie
The Squid and the Whale School Therapist
2006 Inside Man Wing
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


Year Title Role Notes

2000 2002

Law & Order Chung; Tommy Wong; Stephen Wong
1997 New York Undercover David Kwan Episode: Vendetta
2000 Wonderland Episode: Spell Check
Deadline Fung Episode: Pilot
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

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