Russell Yuen

Biography

Date of Birth 30 October 1965, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Toronto/Montreal-based Russell Yuen is one of Canada's busiest character actors. Like most actors Yuen spent his early career doing an assortment of jobs to make ends meet while he became established. Unlike most actors it wasn't waiting tables or serving drinks. A dedicated athlete, Yuen spent his time as a white water rescuer and rafting guide in Northern Quebec, ran a Nautilus facility and worked as a fitness trainer. Yuen is also an enthusiastic scuba diver, a mountain and ice-climber, an in-line skater, a mountain biker and a fencer. A former martial artist in Shaolin, Yuen used his stunt skills to move from bit parts, playing Asian gangsters and fighters, into meatier roles. His breakout opportunity came with The Red Violin and more feature film parts quickly followed for this versatile young actor whose skills range from action, to drama, to broad comedy. Other screen performances include Bulletproof Monk directed by John Woo, Owning Mahoney and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity. He has appeared in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, David Weaver's Indie feature Century Hotel; Between the Moon and Montevideo; Phillip Noyce's The Bone Collector, opposite Denzel Washington; David Mamet's The Heist; Ron Underwood's Pluto Nash, opposite Eddie Murphy, and Stephan Elliot's Eye Of The Beholder. Well known to Quebec audiences for his film work Yuen starred in the Quebec feature film Ballade des Dangereux, directed by Louis Saia. Yuen has an extensive list of television credits on both English and French projects and series. He was most recently featured on the popular French series Jack Carter, in the recurring role of impotent mobster "Wong Phat". He has a recurring role in Diva and other recent television credits include principal roles in: Relic Hunter; The Associates; A Touch of Hope; and The Adventures of Jules Verne. Television credits also include multiple appearances in Kung Fu:The Legend Continues, and roles in Urban Angel, Counterstrike, John Woo's Once A Thief, and PSI Factor. Fluently bilingual (French/English) Yuen maintains homes in both Toronto and Montreal. A fourth-generation Canadian, born and raised in the Montreal suburbs of St. Laurent and Pierrefond, with deep connections to Vancouver (all of his extended family live there still), Yuen was guided by his parents to become a doctor. However, his studies came to an abrupt halt when a chance Drama elective turned into a full-time pursuit. After studying Theatre at Concordia University, in the honors program, he quickly moved into film and television where he has found continuing success.

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Dancing Through the Shadow

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Rough Air

Roger Lee

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Pretty Cheaters, Deadly Lies

Principal Crawford

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Fatal Affair

D.A. Jim Abrams

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Lies and Deception

Medical Examiner

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Look Again

CSI Official

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Final Destiny

Group Leader

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Resgate em Alto Risco

Luck Foo

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The Apprentice

Creditor #1

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Hustle

Gordon Chan

Starring In
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The Apprentice

Creditor #1

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Thanksgiving

Detective Peter Chu

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Zombies 3

Cheer Announcer #1

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Home Sweet Home Alone

Storm Watch Anchor

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Crisis

FDA Member

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Pretty Cheaters, Deadly Lies

Principal Crawford

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Dancing Through the Shadow

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S

Cheer Announcer #1

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The History of Love

Chinese Book Store owner

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A Family Man

Recruiter #1

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Arrival

Chinese Scientist

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Final Destiny

Group Leader

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Midnight Sun

Asian Doctor

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Corner Gas: The Movie

Won Hu

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A Very Merry Mix-Up

Dr. Stark

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Collaborator

David Piro (voice)

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Look Again

CSI Official

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The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice

Mr. Wan

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L'appât

Chang

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The Jensen Project

Mr. Cho

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The Last Templar

FBI Agent (2 episodes, 2009)

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The Incredible Hulk

FBI Agent (uncredited)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

CSI

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War Games: The Dead Code

David Chen

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Til Lies Do Us Part

Dr. Kim

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The Secret

ICU Doctor #2

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Last exit

Surgeon

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Left Behind: World at War

Chinese Officer

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Lies and Deception

Medical Examiner

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When Angels Come to Town

Town Resident #1 (as Russel Yuen)

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The Day After Tomorrow

Hideki, Japanese Astronaut

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Baby for Sale

Surveillance Officer #1

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Owning Mahowny

Auditor

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The Human Stain

Chinese Waiter

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The Elizabeth Smart Story

Technician

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Bulletproof Monk

Brother Tenzin

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Deception

Director

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Shattered Glass

Emmit Rich

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Adventures Of Pluto Nash, The

Oliver (as Russel Yuen)

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Hustle

Gordon Chan

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Guilty Hearts

Cliff

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Resgate em Alto Risco

Luck Foo

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Century Hotel

Xiang

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Pressure Point

Sam Lee (as Russel Yuen)

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Blind Terror

Security Guard

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Danger Beneath the Sea

Lt. Neil Ryan

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Rough Air

Roger Lee

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The Tracker

Bodyguard Yan

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Chasing Holden

Cop #1

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Possible Worlds

Police Officer

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Someone Is Watching

Officer Qwan

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Race Against Time

Runner

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The Bone Collector

Forensics Worker

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Home Team

Referee - Game #3

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Eye of the Beholder

Federal Agent #1

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Airspeed

Mark

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The Red Violin

Older Ming (Montréal)

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Fatal Affair

D.A. Jim Abrams

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Taken (Theatrical Film)

Photographer

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El Mundo Perdido

Azbek / Myar

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Psychopath

Dr. Yoshida

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La Vengeance Du Faucon

Yoon

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Strip Search

Chinese Gangster #1

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Provocateur

Bodyguard #1

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Hollow Point

Chinese Bodyguard

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Snowboard Academy

Sonjai

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Conundrum: Im Würgegriff der Yakuza

Dennis Kye

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Scanners II: The New Order

Convenience Store Thug

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Mindfield

Dr. Tom Luk

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