06-16 Happy birthday to John Cho, Born: June 16, 1972.
John Cho plays Sulu in the reboot Star Trek films. Cho is best known for his roles as John in the American Pie films (where he popularized the term “MILF”) and as Harold in the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. He reprised the latter role in two sequels: Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay in 2008 and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2011.
John Cho’s stunt double in Star Trek was Lin Oeding. Even with the stunt double, however, Cho managed to sustain an arm injury during his final week of shooting in March 2008. In 2009, Cho was part of the Star Trek ensemble which received a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award nomination in the category Best Ensemble and won a Boston Society of Film Critics Award in the category Best Ensemble Cast. He shared these awards with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Eric Bana, Clifton Collins, Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Morrison, Chris Hemsworth, Winona Ryder, Faran Tahir, and Tyler Perry. In 2010, Cho was part of the ensemble which received a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination in the category Best Acting Ensemble for Star Trek.
In addition to his work on Star Trek reboot movies, Cho reprised his role and lent his voice to the video game Star Trek in 2013. Also in 2013, Cho and Joseph Gatt appeared as Hikaru Sulu and 0718 as part of the company General Electric’s series of “Brilliant Machines” commercials, reprising their roles from Star Trek Into Darkness. Cho is pictured on cards #58 “Combat Specialist H. Sulu” and #96 “Lieutenant H. Sulu” of the virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals.
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