John Yohan Cho also known as john chou (many people think they are different people but they are infact not) (born June 16, 1972) is a Korean American actor and musician, best known for his roles in the American Pie films (1999–2003) and the Harold & Kumar films (2004–present).
Cho began his career as a print model for Korean magazines, such as appearing in an ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. After graduating from Berkeley, he moved to Los Angeles, and worked with the Asian American theatre company, East West Players, appearing in Edward Sakamoto’s The Taste of Kona Coffee in 1996, and Euijoon Kim’s My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk in 2000. He gained attention with a small role in the 1999 comedy American Pie, in which he popularized the slang term “MILF”. His most successful starring role to date has been as Harold Lee in 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Cho was one of the stars of the short-lived situation comedy, Off Centre, and guest-starred on Charmed as a ghost. He was a co-star of the now-defunct Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. Cho had supporting roles in American Beauty, Evolution and Down to Earth, and a minor role in Bowfinger.
In 2002, Cho had a starring role in the ensemble cast of Better Luck Tomorrow, a drama focusing on the travails of a group of Asian Americans living in Southern California who are academically successful, but socially discontented, and as a result engage in wantonly violent, criminal behavior. He was cast in NBC’s new comedy The Singles Table in September 2006, but the series never aired due to changes in scheduling and production. In 2006 and 2009, Cho was selected as one of the sexiest men alive in People Magazine.
Cho appeared on July 2004 issue of KoreAm Journal. In 2007, Cho was added to the cast of Ugly Betty as a recurring regular. Cho plays Kenny, a best friend of accountant Henry Grubstick (played by Christopher Gorham). Cho played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in J. J. Abrams’s feature film Star Trek.
Cho appeared in Nas’ “Be a Nigger Too” music video along with various celebrities and had a guest appearance on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in the episode “I’m Not That Guy”.
In 2009–2010, Cho starred in the TV series FlashForward as FBI Special Agent Demetri Noh. His character was originally slated to be killed off during what turned out to be the show’s only season, but after his turn as Sulu in Star Trek boosted his popularity, the producers revised the show’s storyline so that he survived, in an attempt to boost declining ratings.edit article