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Russell Yuen

Toronto/Montreal-based Russell Yuen is one of Canada's busiest character actors. Like most actors Yuen spent his early career doing an assortment of jobs to make ends meet while he became established. Unlike most actors it wasn't waiting tables or serving drinks. A dedicated athlete, Yuen spent his time as a white water rescuer and rafting guide in Northern Quebec, ran a Nautilus facility and worked as a fitness trainer. Yuen is also an enthusiastic scuba diver, a mountain and ice-climber, an in-line skater, a mountain biker and a fencer. A former martial artist in Shaolin, Yuen used his stunt skills to move from bit parts, playing Asian gangsters and fighters, into meatier roles. His breakout opportunity came with The Red Violin and more feature film parts quickly followed for this versatile young actor whose skills range from action, to drama, to broad comedy. Other screen performances include Bulletproof Monk directed by John Woo, Owning Mahoney and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity. He has appeared in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, David Weaver's Indie feature Century Hotel; Between the Moon and Montevideo; Phillip Noyce's The Bone Collector, opposite Denzel Washington; David Mamet's The Heist; Ron Underwood's Pluto Nash, opposite Eddie Murphy, and Stephan Elliot's Eye Of The Beholder. Well known to Quebec audiences for his film work Yuen starred in the Quebec feature film Ballade des Dangereux, directed by Louis Saia. Yuen has an extensive list of television credits on both English and French projects and series. He was most recently featured on the popular French series Jack Carter, in the recurring role of impotent mobster "Wong Phat". He has a recurring role in Diva and other recent television credits include principal roles in: Relic Hunter; The Associates; A Touch of Hope; and The Adventures of Jules Verne. Television credits also include multiple appearances in Kung Fu:The Legend Continues, and roles in Urban Angel, Counterstrike, John Woo's Once A Thief, and PSI Factor. Fluently bilingual (French/English) Yuen maintains homes in both Toronto and Montreal. A fourth-generation Canadian, born and raised in the Montreal suburbs of St. Laurent and Pierrefond, with deep connections to Vancouver (all of his extended family live there still), Yuen was guided by his parents to become a doctor. However, his studies came to an abrupt halt when a chance Drama elective turned into a full-time pursuit. After studying Theatre at Concordia University, in the honors program, he quickly moved into film and television where he has found continuing success. IMDb Mini Biography

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Oct 30, 1965 In Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hawk's Vengeance 1996-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Arrival 2016-11-10
Known For
Poster of Happy Slapping
Poster of Lazyboy
Poster of Eye of the Beholder
Poster of The Red Violin

Arrival (2016)

Thriller Drama Science Fiction Mystery
as Chinese Scientist
7.1 5190 votes

Dark Matter (2015)

Science Fiction Drama Thriller
as Akita
6.2 278 votes

Midnight Sun (2014)

Family Adventure
as Asian Doctor
5.9 15 votes

Happy Slapping (2013)

as Tiki's Father

Nicky Deuce (2013)

Family Comedy
as Oscar the Undertaker
5.4 4 votes

Lazyboy (2012)

as Homme qui pleure

Look Again (2012)

Crime Mystery Thriller
as CSI Official
6.0 1 votes

The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice (2010)

Drama Romance
as Mr. Wan
5.5 22 votes

L'Appât (2010)

Comedy Action
as Chang
3.0 2 votes

War Games: The Dead Code (2008)

Science Fiction Drama Thriller
as David Chen
5.0 44 votes

Deception (2004)

Drama Mystery Romance TV Movie
as Director
5.5 1 votes

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Action Adventure Science Fiction Thriller
as Hideki, Japanese Astronaut
6.2 2174 votes

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Action Comedy Fantasy
as Brother Tenzin
5.1 252 votes

The Human Stain (2003)

Drama Thriller Romance
as Chinese Waiter
6.0 114 votes

Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002)

Comedy Romance
as Alvin Ng
6.3 4 votes

Les Dangereux (2002)

Comedy Crime
as Luck Foo
2.0 1 votes

Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 (2001)

Drama TV Movie
as Roger Lee
4.0 5 votes

Pressure Point (2001)

Thriller Action
as Sam Lee

The Hustle (2000)

as Gordon Chan
5.5 2 votes

Possible Worlds (2000)

Mystery Science Fiction Drama
as Police Officer
5.8 9 votes

Eye of the Beholder (1999)

Drama Mystery Thriller
as Federal Agent #1
5.3 39 votes

A Touch of Hope (1999)

as Jon Tan
5.0 1 votes

The Lost World (1998)

TV Movie Adventure Science Fiction
as Myar
2.8 4 votes

Airspeed (1998)

Adventure Action
as Mark
3.3 3 votes

The Red Violin (1998)

Drama Thriller Mystery Music Romance
as Older Ming (Montréal)
7.2 93 votes

Snowboard Academy (1997)

as Sonjai
3.7 3 votes

Hawk's Vengeance (1996)

as Yoon
5.5 2 votes

Conundrum (1996)

Drama Thriller Crime
as Dennis Kye
5.5 2 votes