Will Yun Lee

Will Yun Lee Biography

Will Yun Lee as Colonel Tan-Sun Moon

William Yun Lee, commonly known as Will Yun Lee, is a talented American actor and martial artist. Born on March 22, 1971, in Arlington, Virginia to Korean parents, his mother Jung Ja Lee and father Soo Woong Lee, who was a Taekwondo grandmaster.

Will Yun Lee started his martial arts training at a very young age of three years old. He spent a significant portion of his youth teaching at his family’s business, Lee’s Tae Kwon Do training facility in Napa, California.

Lee moved across the United States during his youth and after finishing high school, he attended UC Berkeley with a full athletic scholarship and studied political science and ethnic studies.


He has appeared in various high-profile films such as Bond villain Colonel Moon in Die Another Day, Torque, The King of Fighters, Elektra, and James Mangold’s The Wolverine (2013), in which he played the role of Kenuichio Harada.

Will Yun Lee also starred in FX Network’s mini-series Thief and ABC Family’s TV movie mini-series Fallen. In addition to this, he guest-starred in Hawaii Five-0 as the recurring character “Sang Min” and in True Blood as “Mr. Gus”.

Lee’s voice is featured as the protagonist in Square Enix’s Hong Kong open-world crime game Sleeping Dogs as undercover cop Wei Shen. He is also among the actors, producers, and directors who were interviewed in the 2006 documentary The Slanted Screen, directed by Jeff Adachi, which focuses on the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood.

Will Yun Lee also starred in the music video of Mariah Carey’s Boy (I Need You) and Ice Cube’s Roll Call.

In 2002, People magazine named Will Yun Lee as one of their ’50 Most Beautiful People’, which led to him getting high-profile roles. He was recognized once again by People in November 2007, as one of the members of their list of the ’15 Sexiest Men Alive’.

In October 2010, Lee married actress Jennifer Birmingham. The couple has a son named Cash, who was born in June 2013.