Who is Steven Yeun?
Born Yeun Sang-yeop, on the 21st of December, 1983, Steven Yeun is a Korean-American actor who became famous for his role as Glenn Rhee in the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” He is also a known voice actor, and has worked in several animated shows as well as video games. “Steven” isn’t actually Yeun’s stage name, but one he adopted when he was young, after meeting a doctor of the same name.
Steven Yeun’s Early Life
Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea to Je and Jun Yeun. Although Yeun’s father was trained as an architect in South Korea, both his parents later on become owners of beauty-supply stores when they moved to the United States. Before settling in Detroit, the Yeun family lived in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada, as well as Michigan in the US. Yeun was raised in a Christian household. Yeun attended Kalamazoo College, from where he graduated with a degree in psychology, with a specific major in neuroscience.
Steven Yeun’s CareerDespite his subject of study, Yeun’s acting career started when he was still in college. During his freshman year in Kalamazoo, he came across the improvisation group Monkapult, and became a fan of the group, auditioning for it but not make it until his sophomore year. Upon falling in love with performing, he told his parents that he wanted to pursue a career in acting and imrpov, instead of studying law or going to medical school. Despite their misgivings, Yeun’s parents eventually decided to support his dreams.
After college, Yeun moved to Chicago with his brother and joined a comedy sketch group, Stir Friday Night. The Asian-American comedy group became his training ground while in Chicago, as well as the comedy group The Second City. In 2009 Yeun moved to Los Angeles, and began acting in front of the camera. He debuted in the short film “The Kari Files”, and then in the feature film “My Name is Jerry.” The following year, he also debuted on the small screen, when he appeared in an episode of highly popular series “The Big Bang Theory.” His early years as an actor certainly helped establish his career as well as his wealth.
Steven Yeun in The Walking DeadIn 2010, Yeun achieved his huge career break when he became part of the series “The Walking Dead;” he is one of the original members of the series, playing the role of Glenn Rhee, who is among the survivors after the world is taken over by zombies that they call the walkers. “The Walking Dead” became one of the highest rated series in cable television history, and Yeun’s role also became one of the most popular characters on the show. After being a regular for six years and much to his and the fans disappointment, Yeun left the show in 2016 after his character was killed in the seventh season’s premiere. The popularity of the series helped catapult his career to new heights, and also increased his net worth tremendously, not least reflected in the ensemble winning Saturn and Satellite Awards in 2012. Yeun continued acting, and has appeared in several movies and series, In 2017, he joined the cast of the films “Okja” and “Mayhem.” He also made an appearance in an episode of the series “Bajilion Dollar Propertie$” in 2017.
Yeun has also worked as a voice actor, lending his talent to various shows including “Voldron: Legendary Defender” – more than 50 episodes from 2016 – and concurrently in over 20 episodes of “Trollhunters”, both of which are still running. In 2017 he became involved in “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” which is also still running, with all of these projects steadily increasing his wealth. Continuing his career, Yeun will also appear in the South Korean film “Burning” based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. The film is directed by Lee Chang-dong, whom Yeun calls one of his heroes, and will compete in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is also in the cast of “Chew”, scheduled for release in 2019.
— steven yeun (@steveyeun) September 7, 2018
Steven Yeun’s Body Measurements
In terms of his body measurement, Yeun is 5ft 9ins (1.75 m.) tall and weighs around 150lbs. (68 kg.) He has black hair and blue eyes, and has a shoe size of 9 US.
Steven Yeun’s Net Worth
As of late 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Yeun’s net worth is reported to be $4 million, acquired from his years working in the entertainment industry over the last decade.
Steven Yeun’s Personal Life
In terms of his personal life, Yeun has been married to photographer Joana Pak since the two tied the knot on 3 December 2016, and they have a son named Jude Malcolm Yeun. Steven continues to support Detroit sports teams, attending a variety of games whenever possible.