- Growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, was a Golden Gloves boxer and studied martial arts as a youngster, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials in tae kwon do at 19.
- While doing an internship on Wall Street during his years at Penn, was discovered by a modeling agency, which led to appearing in advertisements for Versace and Ralph Lauren.
- Spent several years after college working as a hedge-fund trader but taking acting classes on the side, eventually landing a leading role in the film Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), an adaptation of David Guterson's 1994 post-World War II novel.
- In 2002, was named People magazine's Sexiest Villain for playing the diamond-faced Zao opposite Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in Die Another Day (2002).
- Is a member of the International Honorary Board of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation.
- Wonhui Park — Mother
- Lisa Ling — Ex-significant Other
- Karl Yune — Brother
- Tom Teaho Yune — Father
- University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1994)
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