The Asian culture is one of the most vibrant and dynamic in the world. Asians have left their mark on the world in different spheres of culture, art, business, lifestyle etc. The Asians are being noticed in Hollywood and they have taken it by storm over the years. They have made significant contributions to the filmmaking business in Hollywood in different branches. The Asians have proved that they are multifaceted and have played diverse roles as lead cast and behind the camera as well. The article provides details of some of the most influential Asians in Hollywood who are as follows:
Bruce Lee was one of the most popular and early Asians in Hollywood. He was an expert in martial arts and paved the way for future Asians to work in Hollywood. Some of his movies like Fist of Fury (1972) Enter the Dragon (1973) etc. dramatically changed the martial arts and martial arts movies globally. He was hugely popular and was an icon in Hollywood and globally. His movies led to a surge in interest for the Chinese martial arts across the world. He was immensely popular among the Chinese due to his portrayal of Chinese nationalism in his movies. He also inspired many others to be like him.
Jackie Chan was the true successor to Bruce Lee and carried his legacy forward. Chan became the epitome of Asians in Hollywood. Jackie Chan was a stuntman turned actor. He is a highly versatile actor and has excelled not only in action and martial arts, but he has also earned critical acclaim in comedy. He is popular not only among the Asians but also in the west. He is also a trained vocalist and has released many albums and sung theme songs for the movies in which he has acted in. Chan is a globally renowned philanthropist and has been named as one of the top ten most charitable celebrities by the Forbes magazine.
Lucy Liu is one of the most well-known Asian actresses in Hollywood. She shot to prominence with her portrayal of ill-mannered Ling Woo in the popular television series Ally McBeal. She was nominated for Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award. She also earned popularity and acclaim for her character portrayals in the movies Charlies Angels (2000) and Kill Bill (2003). She appeared in the lead role in the television comedy series Cashmere Mafia as Mia Mason. Liu began her directorial debut in 2011 with the movie titled Meena. She has also directed 4 seasons of the TV series Elementary.
Michelle Yeoh is a popular Asian actress in Hollywood. She has starred in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for which she was nominated for BAFTA Awards in 2000. She was ranked as the greatest action actress of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. She has won many international awards and continues to represent the Asian community in Hollywood.
Maggie Q has won hearts in Hollywood and worldwide with her beauty and acting. She has starred in movies like Mission Impossible: III and Live Free or Die Hard. She has also acted in the film adaption of Divergent.