John Cho - Biography

Last Modified: Oct 4, 2022

John Cho
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Star Trek (film), Harold & Kumar (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $25 million

Personal Details

Born on : June 16, 1972 (age 51)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Cho Yo Han, John Yohan Cho
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Horoscope: Gemini
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: 1

younger brother

High School: Herbert Hoover High School
University: University of California
Ethnicity: Korean
Nationality: American, Korean


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Kerri Higuchi
Children: 2

Kage Cho (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.78 meter (5 feet 10 inch)
Weight: 78 kg (171.96 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: 15 inch
Chest Size: 44 inch
Waist Size: 35 inch

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Who is John Cho?

John Cho is an actor by profession, Korean and American by nationality. He is best known for his role in Harold & Kumar and Star Trek films.

John Cho – Age, Parents, Siblings

John Cho’s birth took place as Cho Yo Han in Seoul, South Korea. He was born on June 16, 1972, to Korean parents. His mother, a businesswoman, is of South Korean descent while his father, a Christian minister,  is originally from North Korea. He is not the only child of his parents and has a sibling, a brother.

In 1978, he moved with his family to the United States. The family moved to Houston, Seattle, Daly City, California, and Monterey Park, California before finally settling in Los Angeles, where he grew up.

Source: Instagram (John Cho with his sibling (top), with his mother (bottom left), with his father (bottom right)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended Herbert Hoover High School, graduating in 1990. He then enrolled at the University of California and graduated from the same in 1996 with a BA degree in English.

His ethnicity is Korean.

John Cho – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

John Cho is married to actress Kerri Higuchi. The couple had married in 2006. They welcomed their son Kage Cho in May 2008 while their daughter was born in February 2013.

As of 2019, the couple is happily married with no rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.

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Source: pinimg (John Cho, Kerri Higuchi)

John Cho – Career

Before fame

Soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, he moved to Los Angeles. John Cho taught English at Pacific Hills School while also working at the East-West Players' theater. There he appeared in The Taste of Kona Coffee in 1996 and My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk in 2000.

In 1999, John Cho landed a minor role in American Pie, in which he popularized the slang term MILF. He reprised his role in three sequels: American Pie 2, American Wedding, and American Reunion. 

Source: IndieWire (John Cho in Harold & Kumar)

Films, Series

Soon he starred in Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), Big Fat Liar (2002), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011), The Singles Table  (2006), Star Trek film series (2009, 2013, 2016), Grudge (2020), Tigertail (2019), to name a few.

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In TV series, he has appeared in Off Centre (2001-2002), Kitchen Confidential (2005-2006), Flash Forward (2009-2010), Go On (2012-2013), Sleepy Hollow (2013-2014), The Exorcist (2017), among many others.

He is also the lead singer of Viva La Union (formerly known as Left of Zed) and has released one self-titled album. In April 2019, it was announced that Cho has been cast in Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series.


John Cho has starred alongside Chris Rock, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Source: Vox (John Cho in Star Trek)

John Cho – Awards, Nominations

Cho was nominated for 2019’s Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead.

John Cho – Net worth, Salary

Cho’s net worth is estimated to be $25 Million while his salary is still under review. 

John Cho – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

As for social media, he has a large following on Twitter, and Instagram while he seems to be absent from the Facebook platform. He also has an official website -

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