Ken Jeong is an American physician, but it is highly likely that most people do not know this about him as it is not the reason he is famous. He is, instead, widely known as an actor and comedian. He made his grand entry into Hollywood when he won the NBC reality show, Big Easy Laff Off in 1985. Ken has refused to take things easy since then as he has been heading all the way up.
The Detroit native rose to prominence in 2009 following his role on the American comedy TV series, Community. He has since starred in other high profile TV shows and movies. Of the lot, Jeong is highly revered for his role as Leslie Chow in The Hangover series. If you are one of many people interested in knowing more about the actor, keep scrolling down.
Ken Jeong Biography
Kendrick Kang Kah Jeong was born on July 13, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan. He had his high school education at Walter Hines Page Senior High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. During his time in high school, he was known to be a straight A’s student and also, a member of the school Quiz Bowl team. His good academic records made it possible for him to be elected into the student council. Outside of excelling academically, it is said that he was very good at football. He even led the school into winning the state 4a championship while he was in the 12th Grade.
Upon completion of his high school education in 1985, he attended Duke University and graduated in 1990 before proceeding to the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine where he obtained His M.D in 1995. While studying at UNC, he often performed at several comedy clubs and Open Mic events. Following the successful completion of his residency, he contested in the 1995 Big Easy Laff Off and was crowned winner at the end of the show.
In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles and found a job as a physician at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills. While he did work as a physician for several years, he also did stand up on the side for several comedy clubs in Los Angeles. His talent was eventually noticed in 2007, leading to him making his acting debut in the comedy film Knocked Up in which he played the character of Dr. Juno. As a result of the success recorded by that role, he decided to quit his job as a physician and focus wholly on acting. Ever since making his acting debut he has starred in several other movies and TV shows such as Role Models, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Zookeeper, Community and The Hangover series in which he played the character of Mr. Chow.
From time immemorial, an emphasis has been placed on the net worth of popular celebrities and Ken Jeong isn’t an exception. The physician, comedian, and actor has been able to amass an estimated net worth of $12 million, the bulk of which he earned through his multi-year career as a comedian and actor.
With the prospect of new projects on the horizon, it’s only normal to expect a major surge in his net worth in the coming years.
His Wife – Tran and Family of the Celeb Doctor
Very little is known about the family of Ken Jeong except for the fact that his parents were immigrants from South Korea. His father, D.K Jeong, was a professor in South Korea while his mother has been identified as Young Jeong. Besides that, nothing is known about the woman who birthed the comedian.
Nevertheless, it is not a secret that Ken is no longer single. He is currently married to Tran Ho, who was born on the 24th of February, 1972. Tran is a citizen of the United States of America and of East Asian heritage. Unlike her husband, Ken Jeong, she is a practicing physician who finds joy in her profession. The couple first crossed part in California in 2002; they noticed that they had a lot in common and shortly after that, they began dating officially. Things got serious for them and they tied the knot in 2004. Tran and Ken have been together since then. In 2007, their union was blessed with kids as they became parents to twin girls, Zooey and Alexa.