Steven Yeun

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Award-Winning Actor, Minari and The Walking Dead

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Steven Yeun: Biography at a Glance

  • Steven Yeun is the first Asian American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • He received critical acclaim for his performance in the award-winning film, Minari, which follows a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream.
  • He became widely known for his performance as “Glenn Rhee” on The Walking Dead, a role which he originated and developed into a pivotal character, becoming a favorite of both fans and critics alike for seven seasons.
  • Steven starred in Boots Riley’s debut, Sorry to Bother You. He has also appeared in Okja and Burning. For Burning, Steven won 17 critics’ awards for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Steven has lent his voice to a number of animated projects, including Sony’s The Star and Guillermo del Toro’s series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.



Steven Yeun is currently receiving the best reviews of his career for his role in Lee Chang-Dong’s film BURNING. To date, he has won 17 critics awards for ‘Best Supporting Actor,’ including the Los Angeles Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the National Society of Film Critics, and he was honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival with their Virtuoso Award. BURNING premiered in May at Cannes, and became the best reviewed film in the history of Screen International chart of top critics’ reviews.

Steven also stars in the hit feature from Boots Riley, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, which opened this summer; opposite Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano in OKJA, a film directed by the visionary Bong Joon Ho which premiered in competition at Cannes in 2017; he recorded the voice of ‘The Donkey’ in Sony’s animated Christmas movie THE STAR; and starred in Steven’s Mike Cahill’s independent Sci-Fi drama, I ORIGINS, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance film festival.

He is best known however for his starring role in the AMC smash hit The Walking Dead as ‘Glenn Rhee,’ a role which he originated and developed into a pivotal character, becoming a favorite of both fans and critics alike for seven seasons.

Additionally, he will appear in Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated remake of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and WEIRD CITY. Steven provides voices on a number of animated series including Guillermo del Toro’s 3 BELOW and TROLLHUNTERSVOLTRONSTRETCH ARMSTRONG, FINAL SPACE and the upcoming TUCCA AND BIRDIE opposite Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, and INVINCIBLE opposite Sandra Oh and J.K. Simmons. 

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