Steven Yeun - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 17, 2022

Steven Yeun
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: The Walking Dead (TV series), Minari (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $5 million

Personal Details

Born on : December 21, 1983 (age 39)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Sang-Yeop Yeun
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Father's Name: Je Yeun
Mother's Name: June Yeun
Siblings: 1

Brian Yeun (younger brother)

High School: Troy High School
University: Kalamazoo College
Ethnicity: South-Korean
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: December 3, 2016
Wife's Name: Joana Pak
Children: 2

Jude Malcolm Yeun (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.75 meter (5 feet 9 inch)
Weight: 75 kg (165.35 lb)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Steven Yeun?

Steven Yeun is a famous actor known for starring in the TV series The Walking Dead as Glenn Rhee,  Invincible, Final Space, Tuca & Bertie, and films Minari, Burning, etc.

Steven Yeun – Age, Parents, Siblings

Steven Yeun’s birth took place on December 21, 1983, in Seoul, South Korea. His mother June Yeun and father Je Yeun named him Sang-Yeop Yeun at birth. His father, who worked as an architect in South Korea, moved the family to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. They later moved to Taylor, Michigan before settling in Troy, Michigan. In Detroit, his parents owned beauty supply stores.

He has a sibling, a younger brother named Brian Yeun. Brian is now a co-owner of a Korean-Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Koreatown, Los Angeles called The Bun Shop.

young Steven Yeun (Image: Twitter)

Education, Ethnicity

Yeun was educated at Ruth M. Buck Elementary School. He joined Troy High School, graduating in 2001. He went on to attend Kalamazoo College, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.

His ethnicity is South Korean.

Steven Yeun – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Steven Yeun married his photographer girlfriend Joana Pak on 3 December 2016 after years of dating. With his wife, he has two children- a son named Jude Malcolm Yeun (born March 17, 2017), and a daughter who was born on April 30th, 2019. The couple seems to be happy together without any rumors of divorce.

Steven Yeun, Joana Pak (Image: People)

Steven Yeun – Career

Early Days

Steven Yeun developed an interest in acting and improv during in freshman year at Kalamazoo College. Although rejected a first, he eventually joined the college's improv group Monkapult during his sophomore year. He gradually told his parents that he planned to pursue a career as an actor instead of joining law school or medical school. His parents, who were unhappy with his decision gave him two years to pursue acting.

So soon after graduating in 2005, Yeun moved to Chicago where he lived with his brother. His early roles were in the film My Name Is Jerry (2009) and in a 2010 episode of The Big Bang Theory. His breakthrough came swiftly- as Glenn Rhee in the horror drama series The Walking Dead. He portrayed the character for a total of 66 episodes, until 2016.

Steven Yeun,  Lauren Cohan in The Walking Dead (Image: Variety)

Films, Series

Since his breakthrough, he has portrayed characters in TV series Law & Order: LA (2011), and Drunk History (2014), and lent his voice to Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016-2018), Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2016-2018), Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017-2018), Final Space (2018-present), 3Below: Tales of Arcadia (2018), Tuca & Bertie (2019-present), Invincible (2021-present), among others.

Steven Yeun has found success in the film industry as well. He has starred in the films I Origins (2014), Okja (2017), Mayhem (2017), The Star (2017), Burning (2018), Minari (2020), Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), The Humans (2021), Nope (2022), Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021), etc.


On the set of The Walking Dead, Steven Yeun has worked with Ross Marquand, Cooper Andrews, Nadia Hilker, Cailey Fleming, and Cassady McClincy.

Steven Yeun – Awards, Nominations

Yeun has earned over 50 award nominations including three Saturn Awards, two Satellite Awards, BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award, Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, etc.

Among the nominations, he has won Saturn Awards (2012), Satellite Awards (2012), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (2017), Florida Film Critics Circle (2018), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (2018), Toronto Film Critics Association (2018), and Chunsa Film Art Awards (2019), among others.

Steven Yeun in Minari (Image: The New York Times)

Steven Yeun – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Steven Yeun is estimated to be around $5 million while the figure on his annual salary/income is not known.

Steven Yeun – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Yeun is followed by millions of followers. However, he rarely posts on them.

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