Steven Yeun | Actor of the Year
Steven Yeun currently stars on the AMC smash hit The Walking Dead as Glenn Rhee, a role which he originated and developed into a pivotal character, becoming a favorite for both fans and critics alike. The Walking Dead is the top-rated scripted series on television, a first for a cable program and the top show across all of television in adults 18-49. The show is currently in production on Season 6 which aired on October 11, 2015.
On the big screen, Yeun recently starred opposite Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in Mike Cahill’s independent Sci-Fi Drama, I Origins, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film festival where it earned raves and was sold in one of the biggest deals at the festival.
It was also recently announced that Yeun will star in and executive produce The Aquariums of Pyongyang, the film adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s autobiography. Hwan was the first survivor of one of the brutal North Korean concentration camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.
On stage, Yeun has a number of theatre credits including the Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Kafka on the Shore, where he understudied the roles of Kafka and Crow. Yeun’s additional television credits include appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Warehouse 13 and NTSF:SD:SUV. He has also lent his vocal talents to the Nickelodeon animated series, The Legend of Korra.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the city of Troy, Michigan, Yeun began his foray into acting while studying psychology at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. After seeing a performance of the school’s improv group, he decided to switch his focus to acting. Following graduation, Yeun moved to Chicago, where he performed with the famed Second City Theatre comedy troupe in various shows with their Touring Company. He has been a part of several improvisational / sketch comedy groups including Stir Friday Night, Hands and Detective Detective.
Yeun currently resides in Los Angeles.