Steven Yeun is an American actor and producer who was born in South Korea. “The Walking Dead” and “Minari” contributed to Steven Yeun's rise to popularity.
During his freshman year at Kalamazoo College, he developed a passion for theatre and improv. He then joined the improv club at his college, and after graduation, he convinced his parents to let him pursue a career in performance full-time.
He joined Second City Improv after moving to Chicago, Illinois, and eventually relocated to Los Angeles. After landing a guest-starring role on “The Big Bang Theory,” he landed the role that would put him on the map, Glenn on “The Walking Dead.”
Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea on December 21, 1983, to parents Je and Jun Yeun. He and his younger brother Brian were raised in a predominantly Korean-speaking Christian environment. The family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1988 before relocating to Michigan, United States. In South Korea, his father was an architect, but after moving to the United States, his family opened a beauty supply company in Detroit.
Yeun attended Ruth M. Buck Elementary and subsequently graduated from Troy High School in 2001. In 2005, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from Kalamazoo College, where he had previously enrolled. During his time at Kalamazoo, Yeun made acquainted with the sister of comic Jordan Klepper, who took him to see Klepper's improv performance. This event motivated Yeun to enrol in his first acting lesson. Eventually, he became friends with Klepper and followed him to Chicago to pursue comedy and acting careers. While his parents hoped that Yeun would eventually enrol in law or medical school, they permitted him two years to pursue a career in entertainment and provided him with financial support during this period.
Career and Achievements
In 2005, Steven Yeun relocated to Chicago and joined “Stir Friday Night!,” an Asian American sketch comedy group based in Chicago. He then joined one of the most popular sketch-comedy troupes in Chicago, The Second City. In October of 2009, he decided to relocate to Los Angeles to advance his acting career.
In 2010, Yeun scored his breakout role as Glenn Rhee in “The Walking Dead,” an AMC television horror drama series. The series was based on the same-named comic book series. It follows a group of characters as they struggle to survive a terrible zombie apocalypse.
The series achieved the best ratings in the history of cable television and was well welcomed by both viewers and reviewers. Yeun's acting was also lauded, especially in light of his character's evolution throughout the six seasons he lasted on the show. He opted to quit in 2016 following the launch of season seven.
In March of 2016, Yeun was cast in “Mayhem,” an action horror film directed by Joe Lynch. The movie debuted in November of 2017. He was also cast in “Okja,” a 2017 action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho that competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He gave the voice of Bo in “The Star” the same year.
In 2018, Yeun co-starred in the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Sorry to Bother You,” a dark comedy directed by Boots Riley. The film won the 2019 National Board of Review Top Ten Independent Films award as well as the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature.
You also acted in “Burning,” a mystery drama that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He won numerous prizes in the area of Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, and the National Society of Film Critics Awards.
Yeun appears in the 2021 psychological drama film “The Humans,” directed by Stephen Karam. The film is based on the same-titled, award-winning one-act play by Karam. It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021.
Yeun has also continued his employment in television shows and voice acting outside of the film industry. Among others, he has given voices for characters in the second season of “The Legend of Korra,” “Trollhunters,” “3Below,” “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” “Final Space,” “Tuca & Bertie,” and “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.” Additionally, he lends his voice to a superhero in the Amazon Prime animated series “Invincible,” which is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman.
Net Worth of Steven
It is estimated that Steven Yeun‘s net worth will reach $5 million by July 2022. His primary source of income is acting in films and television shows. Additionally, he derives a substantial fortune from his investments in eateries.
Yeun wed the photographer Joana Park in December of 2016. They have two children together and reside in Los Angeles together. In Koreatown, Los Angeles, he has invested in his younger brother's fusion Korean-Mediterranean restaurant called The Bun Shop.
Yeun is a supporter of the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings. Additionally, he has supported Andrew Yang in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
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