|Date of birth:||March 15, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Okinawa, Japan|
|Role:||Dr. Ethan Choi|
|Show(s):||Chicago Med (regular)|
Chicago Fire (recurring)
Chicago P.D. (recurring)
Jae-bum Takata (born March 15, 1977), known professionally as Brian Tee, is a Japanese-American actor who portrays Dr. Ethan Choi in Chicago Med. Before being cast as Dr. Choi, Tee also guest starred as a different character, Jesse Kong, in Chicago P.D..
Biography and career
Tee is best known around the world for his starring role as lead villain DK, the Drift King, in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," directed by Justin Lin. On the big screen, Tee was a lead in the summer hit "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold. He played Hamada, the head of park security, in the box office smash "Jurassic World" and starred in Michael Bay’s "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" as iconic villain Shredder.
As a character leading man, Tee romanced audiences opposite Anne Heche in the Hallmark movie "One Christmas Eve." He starred in the series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2," as Liu Kang. He was the lead in Lifetime’s "The Gabby Douglas Story," playing inspirational coach Liang Chow, and also gave a standout comedic performance in Justin Lin’s comedy "Finishing the Game" as Vietnam vet Mac Chang.
Tee gave a heart-wrenching performance as Jimmy Nakayama in the drama "We Were Soldiers," opposite Mel Gibson. On the comedy side, he was featured in "Austin Powers: Goldmember," alongside Mike Myers, and "Fun with Dick and Jane," with Jim Carrey.
On the small screen, Tee was a series regular in Starz’s "Crash" and recurred on the hit NBC series "Grimm," CBS’ "Hawaii 5-0" and ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy." Tee has guest-starred on many series, including "Lucifer," "Zoo," "Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." "The Lottery," "Legends," "Beauty and the Beast," "Burn Notice," "The Good Guys," "C.S.I.," "Dark Blue," "Bones," "Lie to Me," "Jericho," "Entourage," "The Unit," "Wanted," "Without a Trace," "JAG," "Family Law," "The Pretender" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Internationally, Tee starred in the Korean-American romantic indie feature "Wedding Palace," and was the lead villain in Korea’s highly anticipated action film "No Tears for the Dead."
On the theater side, Tee earned strong reviews for his lead performance in "Snow Falling on Cedars" at the prestigious Hartford Stage.
A Los Angeles native with a mixture of multiple Asian descents, Tee is proficient in both Japanese and Korean and holds a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from the University of California, Berkeley. His muse is his family, including his wife, Mirelly Taylor, and daughter, Madelyn Skyler, who are his life’s love and inspiration.