Who is Rick Yune?
Rick was actually born Richard Yun on 22 August 1971 under the zodiac sign of Leo, in Washington DC, USA. He is a 50-year-old actor, producer, and screenwriter, probably best recognized for landing the role of Johnny Tran in the action film “The Fast And The Furious” (2001), playing Kaidu in the Netflix historical drama series “Marco Polo” (2014-2016), and featuring as Ja in the Fox serial drama series “Prison Break” (2017).
How rich is he, as of now? Rick Yune Net Worth
As of early 2022, Rick Yune’s net worth is estimated at over $3 million; earned through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry. He’s worked on 25 television and film titles since he launched his career back in the late 1990s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Rick Yune spent his early years in his hometown of Washington DC, where he was raised by his father, Yun Taeho, and his mother, Park Wonhui; however, their professions are unknown. He has a younger brother, named Karl Yune, who is also an actor known for his work on “Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid” (2004), and “Arrow” (2014-2015).Rick holds American nationality, and belongs to an Asian ethnic group being of Korean descent.
Regarding his education, Rick attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and St. John’s College High School in his hometown. Besides that, he trained in Tae Kwon Do and even qualified for the Olympic Trials at the age of 19.
He then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, from which he obtained his degree in finance in 1994. He then went to work for SAC Capital, as one of the original hedge fund traders, but left that job to pursue an acting career.
Rick Yune’s professional career started after being spotted by a modeling agent during his college years, when he worked as an intern on Wall Street, trading stocks. Shortly afterwards, he became the first Asian-American to be featured in advertisements for Ralph Lauren and Versace. He made his debut feature film appearance in 1999, as Kazuo Miyamoto, in the Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of David Guterson’s novel “Snow Falling On Cedars”, next to Ethan Hawke and James Cromwell, and directed by Scott Hicks.
His debut TV appearance came the following year, when he had the minor part of Tuan in an episode of the Lifetime drama series “Any Day Now”.
Rise to Prominence
Rick Yune gained wider recognition in 2001, when he l,anded the role of Johnny Tran in the action film “The Fast And The Furious”, which is the first installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. It was directed by Rob Cohen, stars such actors as Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez, and became a huge commercial success, grossing over $207 million on a $38 million budget. Later that year, he played Lucky Chang in the drama film “The Fence”.
His next major role came the following year, when he featured as Tang Ling Zao, a North Korean terrorist, in the James Bond film “Die Another Die”, in which he shared the screen with Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry.
It was also a box office hit, with almost $432 million grossed worldwide. He then took the supporting role of Kazu Tamazaki in two episodes of the ABC spy series “Alias”, opposite Jennifer Garner, and guest-starred as Troi Ran in an episode of the ABC legal comedy-drama series “Boston Legal”, both in 2005.
After having a support role in an episode of the CBS procedural forensics crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, Rick Yune did a voice-over for the video game “Scarface: The World Is Yours”, both in 2006.
Two years later, he made his debut as a screenwriter and producer with Jesse V. Johnson’s action-comedy crime film “The Fifth Commandment”, in which he landed the lead role of Bangkok assassin Chance Templeton, co-starring Keith David and Bokeem Woodbine. Also in 2008, he played Edward Carnby in the German-American horror film “Alone In The Dark II”, which is a sequel to the 2005 film “Alone In The Dark” but features a completely different cast. It was followed by his portrayals of Doctor Lee in the horror film “Beyond Remedy”, and Takeshi in the neo-noir martial arts film “Ninja Assassin”, both released in 2009.
He then made an appearance in the short musical film “China-Town” (2011), and had the part of Zen Yi, The X-Blade in Rza’s martial arts film “The Man With The Iron Fists” (2012), along with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.
In 2013, Rick Yune starred in the roles of Kang in the commercially successful action thriller film “Olympus Has Fallen”, along with Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler, and later that year guest-starred as Han-Ji Woon in an episode of the CBS action police procedural series “Hawaii Five-0”. He booked his first significant TV role in the Netflix historical drama series “Marco Polo”, featuring as Kaidu, a Mongol Khan, from 2014 until it was canceled after two seasons in 2016.
Afterwards, he starred in the recurring role of Ja in the highly popular Fox serial drama series “Prison Break” in 2017, and two years later portrayed Master Clive Lee in the cyberpunk action film “Alita: Battle Angel”, which is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga of the same title.
Most recently, Rick was cast as Captain Sand in the 2020 sci-fi martial arts film “Jiu Jitsu”, next to Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, and Nicolas Cage. It’s announced that he’ll play Danny Pak in the upcoming romantic comedy-drama film “Somebody’s Girl”, currently under pre-production.
Apart from being a successful actor, Rick Yune is recognized for serving on the board of the Center for Global Dialogue and Co-operation, an Austrian non-governmental organization. He also serves as an Ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Rick Yune has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft (1.83m), while his weight is around 180lbs (82kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size and shoe size isn’t available.
From 2001 to 2005, Rick Yune was romantically involved with Lisa Ling, a famous American journalist and TV personality. He was then in a relationship with Dominican actress Dania Ramirez from 2009 to 2010, then following their split, he went on to date German actress Nastassja Kinski from 2011 to 2012. Since then, he hasn’t been spotted publicly with any woman. His current relationship status isn’t revealed, but it’s believed that he’s single, and focused on his professional career.