Through the diversity of his roles on stage and screen, Daniel Dae Kim continues to expand our perceptions of the Asian American man. In characters ranging from the King of Siam, a Shakespearean hero, a social worker for the Chicago needy, to a counter terrorist agent, his work has consistently proven to transcend the historical barriers of race and stereotype.
For his role on Lost, Daniel shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. The Korean American actor's universal appeal was also recognized by People magazine, which named him one of the Sexiest Men Alive in 2005, as well as TV Guide, which recognized him as one of TV's Sexiest Men in 2006. In that same year, he 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 his recognition continued with the prestigious KoreAm Journal Achievement Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment.
Born in Busan, South Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Daniel discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. Though briefly considering a career as an attorney, he decided to follow his true passion and moved to New York City, where he began his work on stage. There he performed in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Chekhov's Ivanov and Ibsen's A Doll's House, as well as working with an improv comedy troupe. Despite his early success, however, he decided to deepen his dedication to the craft by studying at the Graduate Acting program at New York University, where he earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts.
Upon graduation, Daniel's film career began in earnest with roles in The Jackal, For Love of the Game, The Hulk, Spider Man 2 and The Cave, as well as the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Crash. Most recently he completed production on The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and directed by George Nolfi.
On television, he's guest starred on numerous shows, including CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, ER and, for two seasons, 24, as CTU Agent Tom Baker. In 2008 he also starred in the Emmy nominated miniseries adaptation of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain. Kim has also complemented his television work by lending his voice talents to video games, creating characters in Saints Row1 and 2, Scarface: The World Is Yours, Tenchu and 24, as well as the animated TV series Justice League Unlimited and Avatar.
This past summer Daniel rekindled his love for the stage by performing the role of the King of Siam in the iconic production The King and I, directed by Jeremy Sams at London's world-renowned Royal Albert Hall.