skip navigation
Masi Oka

Masi Oka

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Get Smart's Bruce And Lloyd Out Of... MORE > $14.98 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Masayori Oka Died:
Born: December 27, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tokyo, , JP Profession: actor, digital artist/programmer, visual effects artist

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Japanese-American actor Masi Oka achieved international fame as the noble Hiro on the hit show "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010), years after enjoying industry success behind the scenes as a digital effects artist. Armed with an impressively high IQ and a degree in computer science from Brown University, Oka began working at the citadel of cinema special effects, director George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, in 1997. Early work with ILM included effects work on Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and director Wolfgang Peterson's "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Having long harbored a desire to perform as well as to program, Oka moved to Los Angeles where he began to pursue an acting career with appearances on such series as "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-08/ABC, 2009-2010). Everything changed, however, when Oka became the breakout star of 2006's most talked-about new show, "Heroes," in which he portrayed a mild-mannered office worker in Tokyo who suddenly discovers his ability to manipulate time and space. Suddenly, Oka was TV's latest "It" boy, featured on magazine covers and stopped by adoring fans everywhere he went. Roles in feature films and on television followed, even well after "Heroes" had...

Japanese-American actor Masi Oka achieved international fame as the noble Hiro on the hit show "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010), years after enjoying industry success behind the scenes as a digital effects artist. Armed with an impressively high IQ and a degree in computer science from Brown University, Oka began working at the citadel of cinema special effects, director George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, in 1997. Early work with ILM included effects work on Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and director Wolfgang Peterson's "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Having long harbored a desire to perform as well as to program, Oka moved to Los Angeles where he began to pursue an acting career with appearances on such series as "Scrubs" (NBC, 2001-08/ABC, 2009-2010). Everything changed, however, when Oka became the breakout star of 2006's most talked-about new show, "Heroes," in which he portrayed a mild-mannered office worker in Tokyo who suddenly discovers his ability to manipulate time and space. Suddenly, Oka was TV's latest "It" boy, featured on magazine covers and stopped by adoring fans everywhere he went. Roles in feature films and on television followed, even well after "Heroes" had left the airwaves. Simultaneously maintaining dual lives as a special effects artist and a successful actor, Oka was truly living the dream of pop-culture geeks across the world.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Fired Up! (2009)
3.
 Promotion, The (2008)
5.
 Get Smart (2008)
6.
 Balls of Fury (2007)
7.
 Along Came Polly (2004) Wonsuk
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Moved to Los Angeles at the age of six
1987:
Appeared on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine (August) for a feature entitled "Those Asian-American Whiz Kids"
:
Began professional career working at George Lucas┬┐ visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
:
Worked on films such as "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and the live-action/animated comedy "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" (2000)
2000:
Worked extensively as a digital artist/programmer on Wolfgang Petersen┬┐s shipwreck thriller "The Perfect Storm"
2001:
Made professional acting debut on an episode of "Dharma & Greg" (ABC)
2002:
Made feature debut in "Austin Powers in Goldmember"
2002:
Featured in a North American commercial for Sega's 2002 PlayStation 2 video game, "Shinobi"
2002:
Landed a recurring role on "Scrubs" (NBC) as Franklyn
2006:
Cast in the breakout role of Hiro Nakamura in NBC's ensemble drama series "Heroes"; received Golden Globe (2007) and Emmy (2007) nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2008:
Appeared in the film adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's hit 1960s spy parody show, "Get Smart"
2008:
Played a Loan Officerin Steve Conrad's "The Promotion"
2009:
Appeared in the teen comedy "Fired Up!"
2010:
Had a recurring role as the American-born coroner Max Bergman in CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" reboot; made a series regular for the second season
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1997
Harvard-Westlake: North Hollywood , California - 1992

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute