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Rick Yune Biography

Actor, producer, model

Fast Facts

  • Growing up in the Washington, D
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  • 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