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James Kyson

James Kyson
Born (1975-12-13) December 13, 1975
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Korean name
Hangul 이재혁
Hanja 李諸赫
Revised Romanization I Jae-Hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chaehyŏk

James Kyson (born December 13, 1975) is a South Korean-born American actor best known for portraying the Japanese character Ando Masahashi on the NBC television series Heroes.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Other activities 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Kyson was born in Seoul[1] and moved with his family to New York City at the age of 10, where he later attended the Bronx High School of Science. He studied communications at Boston University and the New England Institute of Art.

After a stint in a hip-hop rap group in college, and trying out improv comedy, James moved to LA on a one-way ticket & a single suitcase, where he began his training in music, dance, and acting.

Acting career

Voted by TV Guide among “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest” in 2011, James appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, and completed a 4-year run on NBC's Heroes as Ando Masahashi.

He will next be appearing in the new series Daybreak, from the producers of 24 and Touch (FOX), as well as the feature films Plush, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the romantic comedy Don't Know Yet, the action thriller Criticized, and the race driving film Born to Race 2.

James currently recurs on the political series Chasing the Hill and will star in the new pilot Armed Response. He has also signed on to a digital series, Blade of Honor. [2]

His first ever Television audition landed him on CBS’s JAG. Other TV credits include CSI, NBC's Las Vegas, The West Wing, Heist, ABC's Threat Matrix, and FOX's All About the Andersons.

James has also starred in numerous feature films such as Star Runners, Shutter, How to Make Love to a Woman, White on Rice, and the Rich Mullins bio-pic Ragamuffin.

In 2010, James participated in Robbie Williams’ Soccer Aid for UNICEF, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford in England.

An avid outdoorsman, James enjoys scuba diving, USO. He is also an active member of the Global Green eco campaign and the Creative Coalition.


Other activities

Kyson dubbed his voice over the actor for Shang Tsung in the video game: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

Kyson represented the charity soccer match in aid of UNICEF. The Rest of the World team defeated their opponents England after a penalty shoot-out.


  1. ^ "James Kyson Lee Biography".  
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  3. ^ Soccer Aid - Rest of the World team ITV Entertainment

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