Want to know Dr. Ken Jeong’s height? Are you wondering if Dr. Ken is a real doctor? What about his family life and net worth?
We’ve got all the facts you need to know about the Asian-American actor and comedian.
Who is Dr. Ken Jeong?
Also known as Dr. Ken or “that crazy guy from The Hangover,” Ken Jeong is an Asian-American actor and comedian. He’s best known for his roles as Spanish professor Ben Chang on the TV series Community (2009-2015) and drug lord Leslie Chow in The Hangover movies (2009-2013).
More recently, he played Wye Mun Go in the blockbuster movie Crazy Rich Asians (2018). He’s also a panelist and producer on the hit reality series, The Masked Singer (2019).
And, like many of the modest men actors we feature, Jeong has done a fair share of voice work as well. You might’ve heard his distinct voice on shows like Bob’s Burgers (2012-2018) and American Dad! (2009-2010).
Prior to his Hollywood career, Ken Jeong really was a practicing physician. He even wrote, produced and starred in the sitcom Dr. Ken (2015-2017), which was based on his own life.
In 1969, Jeong was born to immigrant parents from South Korea in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University in 1990. By 1995, he completed his medical degree at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.
Like many Hollywood hopefuls, Jeong left his hometown and pursued a career in Los Angeles. Only instead of waiting tables between jobs, he was treating patients.
How Tall is Ken Jeong?
At 5’4″, Jeong is five inches shorter than the average American male. The average height for men in the United States is 5’9″ or about 175cm.
Ken Jeong’s height in centimeters is just under 163cm. While his height might be below average, his success certainly isn’t.
What Nationality is Ken Jeong?
While Ken Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, his parents are immigrants from South Korea. Jeong is of Korean descent. While his ethnicity is Korean, his nationality is American.
Is Dr. Ken a real doctor?
Yes! He is a former physician. In fact, his wife, Tran Jeong, is also a doctor. They met working as family doctors in the same Kaiser Permanente office in the greater Los Angeles area.
Dr. Ken received his medical degree in 1995 from Chapel Hill, part of the University of North Carolina. He completed his undergrad at Duke University.
He leveraged his real-life medical experience in a memorable scene from 2007’s Knocked Up. His brief appearance as Dr. Kuni proved to be his breakout performance. Since appearing in the Judd Apatow production, he’s transitioned from doctor to full-time actor.
While he’s no longer practicing medicine, Dr. Ken Jeong is still a licensed physician in the state of California.
Does He Have a Wife and Kids?
Yes, Ken Jeong has a wife and two daughters. He met his wife, Dr. Tran Jeong, while working in the same medical practice. Yes, they’re both doctors.
Together they have two children, twin girls. The girls, Zooey and Alexa, were born in 2007.
What’s His Net Worth?
Ken Jeong has an estimated net worth of $14 million. He’s earned the bulk of his wealth performing as an actor and comedian. Of course, he probably wasn’t making minimum wage as a doctor. He’s probably always had a knack for making money.
What’s Ken Jeong Doing Now?
Dr. Ken is a panelist on the absurd singing competition show, The Masked Singer (2019). He’s actually a producer too. When Jeong’s mom became a superfan of the Korean version, Dr. Ken knew he had to find a way to bring the crazy spectacle to American audiences.
Jeong also released a stand-up comedy performance on Netflix. 2019’s You complete me, Ho is the comedian’s first Netflix special.
According to IMDB, Jeong also has several other TV and film projects in post-production. Expect to see a lot more of him in 2020.
In any case, Ken Jeong is a great example of someone who doesn’t fit the typical mold finding his own way and achieving success. He did it on his own terms too. Many people would’ve stuck with their medical careers because it’s the safe choice, but Dr. Ken took the road less traveled.
He credits his work ethic for his success in both fields.
There’s really no substitute for working hard. I think that’s my biggest talent. There are always people who are funnier and more talented than I am, but I don’t take anything for granted and I commit myself 100% to each of my roles.
He also didn’t give up on his dream of performing. Sometimes there were years between his roles. He was in his late 30s before his big break. Yet, he’s still been able to achieve his dream. We salute you, Dr. Ken!