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Top 10 Asian American Actors

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This is a list of the top 10 Asian American actors/actresses of the last few decades in the United States according to the gross earnings of the movies the actors/actresses have been in

This is a list of the top 10 Asian American actors/actresses of the last few decades in the United States according to the gross earnings of the movies the actors/actresses have been in


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  • 1. TOP 10 ASIAN AMERICAN ACTORS/ACTRESSES
    By Mitch Maiers
    AMCULT 214.002
  • 2. Introduction
    This is the a list of the top 10 Asian American actors/actresses in the United States
    Even though there are not many Asian American actors/actresses in American movies, there are still a few that have been very successful
    This presentation will highlight those Asian Americans who have shined in Hollywood
  • 3. Methods
    The list was compiled by researching over 200 Asian American actors/actresses listed on Wikipedia
    Each actor was researched to find out which movies they had been in
    Then each movie was found to see the total gross sales of the movie
    Finally each actor received a total sum of gross sales by adding up the total gross sales for each movie they acted in and the top ten were ranked
    If an actor or actress never played a major role in any of their movies they were not counted on the list
    Actors, such as Bruce Lee were not included because there is not data on the sales of their movies since their movies were made before movies reported their sales
  • 4. 10. Pat Morita
    Total Grosses in US: $521,908,937
    Played Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II and III
    Was born in Iselton, California to Japanese immigrants
    Was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Karate Kid
  • 5. 9. Jet Li
    Total Grosses in US: $594,176,709
    Played Emperor Han in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Han Sing in Romeo Must Die
    Was born in Beijing, China and is a martial artist
    Li is an international film star
  • 6. 8. George Takei
    Total Grosses in US: $726,104,347
    Played Commander Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek I –VI
    Takei is a Japenese American actor born in Los Angeles, California
    Speaks fluent English, Japanese and Spanish
  • 7. 7. Mako
    Total Grosses in US: $766,153,647
    Played Admiral Yamamoto in Pearl Harbor
    Born in Kobe, Japan
    His first movie was The Sand Pebbles in 1966 and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie
  • 8. 6. Ken Leung
    Total Grosses in US: $1,006,587,104
    Played Kid Omega in X-Men: The Last Stand and Sang in Rush Hour
    Was born in New York City
  • 9. 5. Lucy Liu
    Total Grosses in US: $1,128,456,083
    Played Alex in Charlie’s Angels and O-RenIshi (aka cottonmouth) in Kill Bill Volume I and II
    Born in Queens, New York by Taiwanese immigrant parents
    Went to the University of Michigan
  • 10. 4. James Hong
    Total Grosses in US: $1,179,495,058
    Has played numerous roles, but most recently as Mr. Wu in The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota because his dad immigrated from Hong Kong
    Former President of the Association of Asian/Pacific Islander Artists (AAPAA)
  • 11. 3. John Cho
    Total Grosses in US: $1,193,553,000
    Played Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Sulu in Star Trek
    Was born in South Korea
    He popularized the slang term “MILF” in his small role in American Pie
  • 12. 2. Keanu Reeves
    Total Grosses in US: $1,797,495,058
    Played Neo in The Matrix and Jack Traven in Speed
    Was born in Lebanon and His father is an American of Hawaiian and Chinese descent
    Has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
  • 13. 1. Jackie Chan
    Total Grosses in US: $1,203,452,000
    Played Detective Inspector Lee in Rush Hour, and Rush Hour II and III
    Was born in Hong Kong
    Has 10 Best Actor Nominations and 6 Best Action Choreography Nominations
  • 14. For More Information…
    All of the gross sales information for all of the actors and exactly what the gross of each movie was can be found at http://www.the-numbers.com/people/
    The information on the actors biographies can be found by typing in the actor’s name in Wikipedia. We found where each actor was born on Wikipedia.
  • 15. Conclusion
    There are hundreds of Asian American actors and actresses, this study analyzed over 200 of them
    The ten people listed above are just a short list and are definitely not the only successful Asian American actors and actresses
    It was hard to make the top ten, I challenge you to research other successful Asian American actors and actresses

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