Honorees

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Actor, Producer

Biography

Daniel Dae Kim has captivated global audiences with his transformative performances across film, television and theater. His body of work continues to evolve with powerful roles and compelling narratives as an actor, director and producer.

Up first, Kim will appear in an episode of BJ Novak’s The Premise. The show is a fearlessly  ambitious new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented  modern era. His episode, “Butt Plug”, tells the story of a once-poor child of immigrants, who  has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former  school bully: an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product.  Written by B.J. Novak and directed by Jake Schreier, Daniel’s episode premieres on FX on  October 7th

Following that, he will star in the second installment of Nat Geo’s scripted anthology series, The  Hot Zone: Anthrax. The gripping series marks Daniel’s first leading role in his career and is  based on the domestic terror attacks following 9/11. Kim stars as the federal agent on the case,  opposite Tony Goldwyn. The show premieres on Nat Geo this Thanksgiving.  

Next year, Kim can be seen in AMC’s Pantheon, the ambitious one-hour animated  drama, based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu about Uploaded Intelligence. AMC has  ordered two seasons of the timely drama, which also features the voices of Katie Chang,  Paul Dano, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Taylor Schilling and Ron Livingston. Pantheon will premiere in 2022. 

Daniel is currently in production of Apple TV+’s Roar. The anthology series, created by Liz  Flahive and Carly Mensch (GLOW) and executive produced by Nicole Kidman, is based on  Cecelia Ahern’s book of short stories. The series features eight, half-hour episodes, each told  from a female point of view. In Daniel’s episode, a best-selling author receives critical acclaim  for her book on being Black in America, she’s flown to Hollywood and as her work becomes  increasingly exploited for mass cultural consumption, she slowly starts to turn invisible. 

Kim recently starred in Joe Penna’s Stowaway, opposite Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick  and Shamier Anderson. After a stowaway is discovered on a mission to Mars, the crew is faced  with an existential decision that may jeopardize all their lives. An intensely personal human  drama, Netflix released the film worldwide on April 22. Kim also recently lent his vocal  talents to Disney +’s Raya and The Last Dragon, which also features the voices of Kelly Marie  Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong and Sandra Oh. 

Kim’s imperative work as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion for Asians throughout  the US, as well as in Hollywood, has been documented in the New York Times, Washington  Post, ABC News Nightline and a ground-breaking five-part PBS documentary. Kim has testified 

in front of Congress twice and was instrumental in the passing of the bill “Covid-19 Hate  Crimes Act” In addition to Kim’s public-facing activism work, he is also a founding board  member of the newly formed non-profit The Asian American Foundation, which aims to solve for  the longstanding underinvestment in AAPI advocacy and power-building infrastructures. Since  May, TAAF has already donated $125 million in support of AAPI causes and raised $1.1 billion  in its first month. 

Kim’s production company, 3AD, which specifically develops content featuring characters that  are traditionally underrepresented, in front of, and behind the camera, is extremely active with  several projects in development, through a first look deal with Amazon. For the past five years  

3AD has produced the hit ABC show, The Good Doctor, which is a one-hour drama featuring a  doctor with autism, which Kim adapted from a Korean format – he also serves as Executive  Producer. Additionally, a dramedy series entitled Shoot the Moon starring Ken Jeong was just  greenlit at Amazon. This is Always is set up at Amazon as well, with Mina Shum writing and  directing and Daniel in talks to star. 3AD has several more projects in development, including a  highly anticipated heist movie with Randall Park. 

Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on the juggernaut series Hawaii Five-0,  Kim was perhaps best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series Lost, for which  he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was individually honored  with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from  the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been  repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and  Entertainment. 

In 2016, Kim received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln  Center’s Tony Award-winning production of The King and I, as well as the Theater Legacy  Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater.  

Previous credits include the films: Hellboy, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Jackal, For The Love of  The Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, as well as the Academy Award® winning film  Crash. Previous television credits include: The Legend of Kora, Flack, New Amsterdam,  Crusade, and 24. 

Kim has also lent his voice talents to animated series and films, such as the award-winning  Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, as well as the PBS nature documentary  series, Big Pacific, and Asian Americans. Kim has also voiced characters for several video  games, most notably, Johnny Gat in the bestselling series, Saints Row

Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting  while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he  began his career on stage, performing in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A  Doll’s House. Despite early success, he chose to further his knowledge of the craft by enrolling  in New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master’s Degree. 

When not working, Kim and his family make their home in Hawaii.