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Randall Duk Kim Biography


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Birth Name: Randall Duk Kim


for the span of 19 years, Randall Duk Kim chose to work exclusively on the stage, specializing in Shakespeare and other classical works. In 1994 he began accepting movie and television offers and co-starred with John Hurt in the BBC Special "Prisoners in Time". Subsequently, he has played Alan Chan in "The Replacement Killers" and General Alak in "Anna and the King" (both in 1998). In addition, Kim had a key role in the sequel "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003). He played Shu in the two-part movie The Lost Empire for NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame and was featured in an episode of 100 Centre Street. In 1996, after a twenty year absence from New York, Mr. Kim returned to play The Kralahome in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The King and I. Following that, he starred as Eng Tieng-Bin in David Henry Hwang's Golden Child on Broadway, Balarius in Cymbeline at the NY Shakespeare Festival, Marc in Yasminia Reza's ART at the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Koichi Asano in Leonard Spigelgass's A Majority of One, co-starring with Phyllis Newman, at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in NYC and on tour. At the New York Shakespeare Festival, his credits include Shlink in Brecht's In the Jungle of Cities, Trinculo in The Tempest (Lincoln Center) and Pericles in Pericles. At the American Place Theatre, his credits include Rochelle Owens' The Karl Marx Play, Steven Tesich's Nourish the Beast and Frank Chin's The Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon. At Circle Rep, Mr. Kim was Walt Whitman in Richard Howard's Wildflowers. Born and raised in Hawaii, Mr. Kim made his stage debut at the age of eighteen playing Malcolm in Macbeth. His love of classics, especially Shakespeare, led him to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis where he played Hamlet in Hamlet, Bishop Nicolas in Ibsen's The Pretenders and Zhevakin in Gogol's The Marriage. At the ACT in San Francisco, he played Richard III in Richard III and performed in The Taming of the Shrew, Three Penny Opera, O'Neill's Marco Millions and J. B. Priestley's When We Are Married. Mr. Kim has also performed with Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Indiana Repertory, Baltimore Centre Stage, Yale Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and toured in one-man shows of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and a potpourri of classics, What Should Such Fellows as I Do? He co-founded American Players Theater in Wisconsin with Anne Occhiogrosso and Charles Bright, serving as Artistic Director and playing the title roles in Hamlet, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, King John, Marlowe's Tamberlaine the Great, Hamlet, Chekhov's Ivanov and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex as well as Shylock, Prospero, Puck, Petruchio, Romeo, Friar Laurence, Brutus, Malvolio, Falstaff, Chubukov and Svetlovidov in Chekhov's The Proposal and Swan Song, Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and Orgon in Moliere's Tartuffe and many more. Mr. Kim received an Obie Award for "Sustained Excellence of Performance" in the legitimate theatre.