Rick Yune is a versatile entertainer who is best known for his breathtaking performances in the film industry. Apart from portraying characters on screen, he also earns extra money from film production and screenwriting. Long before he found his way into the film industry, Yune worked as a model for mega-brands like Ralph Lauren and Versace. Outside the industry, the multi-syllable style is a martial artist who practices many forms of the fighting style. His rise to prominence is due to his business relationships with the best directors in the industry and his tough roles in blockbusters such as Die Another Day (2002), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), and The Fast and the Furious (2001). Read on to learn more about the multi-talented actor, his fortune, career progression, and personal life.
Rick Yune Biography
Rick Yune is the son of Korean parents – Taeho Yune (father) and Wonhui Park (mother). He was originally born Richard Yun on August 21, 1971, in Washington D.C. However, the actor changed the spelling of his last name from “Yun” to “Yune” for the purposes of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) after he began his acting career. Rick has a younger brother named Karl Yune, who has been making movies since 2004. Also born in Washington D.C., Karl became popular after he appeared in the memoirs of a geisha, the American superhero movie Arrow, and the sci-fi movie Real Steel.
The former completed his basic education at St. John’s College High School and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland). He also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a degree in Finance in 1994.
Although Rick Yune made his debut as a model, he only became famous and well-known when he shifted his interest to acting. Before he came into contact with the limelight, he worked as a stock trading intern on Wall Street in mid-1992. During his internship, he was discovered by a model agent. Later, Rick was hired to appear in a polo commercial for Ralph Lauren and Versace, making him the first Asian and American to work with these high-profile fashion brands.
Movies and TV Shows
Although he worked for top fashion companies, the actor could not come close to mainstream success. However, things turned around in 1999 when he got a role in the movie Snow Falling on Cedars. Directed by renowned Australian screenwriter and director Scott Hicks, Rick played the role of a Japanese-American war hero named Kazuo Miyamoto, who was accused of murdering a prominent fisherman in a closely-knit community.
The Korean-American actor has also appeared on screen with Hollywood’s A-actor Vin Diesel in one of the highest-grossing films of all time – The Fast and Furious. He played the role of Johnny Tran, an unscrupulous member of an organized criminal gang, who was later shot by Brian O’Conner. Rick Yune proved that he is not afraid to take on a role in the industry by playing the James Bond villain named Zao in the James Bond movie “Die Another Day” in 2002.
Since his breakout year, the multi-talented actor has had a progressive filmography. As someone who improves in every project he participates in, Yune still makes films in both leading and supporting roles. His resume boasts other professional references including Alias, Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Fifth Commandment, The Man with the Iron Fists (a martial arts film starring actress Lucy Liu), Olympus Has Fallen, Marco Polo, and many others. He recently resumed his role as Yes in Prison Break and is already working on the American cyberpunk action movie Alita: Battle Angel (2019), in which he plays the fictional character, Master Clive Lee.
In addition to his acting activities, Rick Yune also played the role of a voice actor in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. He appeared in music videos such as “Someone” by SWV and “Call U Sexy” by the music band VS. For his gorgeous looks he was named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” by People Magazine in 2002.
His Net Worth
In his varied career, which has been as progressive as it has been rewarding, Rick Yune has earned millions of dollars for his productivity, talent, and creativity in the entertainment industry. The American actor of Korean origin is currently worth $3 million.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
At the moment there is little or no information about Yune’s love life and how it actually looks like. As a private person, he has never expressed a desire to marry a woman or have a girlfriend. Although many of his fans believe that he is married, he has decided to keep information about his wife and family away from the curious public and the media. Apparently, Rick Yune has joined a number of Hollywood actors who enjoy finding a balance between their personal and professional lives.