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Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Masi Oka burst onto the scene starring in the drama series “Heroes,” a role for which he received his nominations. His additional television credits include “Without a Trace,” “Yes, Dear” and “Still Standing,” on the Network, “Scrubs,” “Luis” “Joey,” “Reba,” “The Loop,” “All of Us,” “Will & Grace” and “The Gilmore Girls.”
Currently, Oka is appearing in “Friends with Benefits,” and is in production on his first behind-the-camera role on a feature film he conceptualized, “Defenders.” Oka starred in the feature film remake of a television classic “Get Smart” and its companion DVD release, “Get Smarter,” which were both released in 2008. His additional feature film credits include roles in “Along Came Polly” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
With a background in improvisation, Oka has appeared at The Groundlings, ImprovOlympics, Second City and TheatreSports. His improvisational expertise has been showcased with guest appearances as various characters on “Punk'd,” “Reno 911” and “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.”
After graduating Brown University with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and a minor in Theater Arts, Oka pursued an acting career while taking his first job at George Lucas’ Academy Award-winning special effects house, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Today, in addition to Oka’s successful career as an actor, he continues to provide ILM with technology for groundbreaking effects for more than 30 films.
Oka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Los Angeles at age 6, where he currently resides. He is fluent in Japanese and proficient in Spanish. His hobbies include Kendo/Japanese sword fighting, fencing, playing table tennis, watching romantic comedies, playing the piano and singing. He is also a National Master in the game of chess. Additionally, Oka sits on the Celebrity Cabinet of the American Red Cross. His birth date is Dec. 27.
Follow Masi on Twitter @masioka