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Also Known As: Kelly Ann Hu Died:
Born: February 13, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Profession: actor

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One of the most successful Asian-American actresses of all time, Kelly Hu found her greatest success in genre projects, mostly fantasy, action and horror. After becoming the first Asian-American Miss Teen USA in history, Hu broke into Hollywood with a series of sitcom guest spots and her first film role, in "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989). Television allowed the athletic Hu to achieve prominence by playing martial arts expert policewomen on "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001) and "Martial Law" (CBS, 1998-2000), which led to further big screen successes as fantasy characters. These included a psychic queen in the sword-and-sandals epic "The Scorpion King" (2002) and, most famously, the steel-clawed assassin Lady Deathstrike in "X2: X-Men United" (2003). A string of voiceover work followed, as well as high-profile roles on a variety of TV dramas and procedurals, including "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ) and "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ). Although the lack of colorblind casting in Hollywood may have limited Hu's professional heights, the actress worked consistently, building a lengthy résumé that was...

One of the most successful Asian-American actresses of all time, Kelly Hu found her greatest success in genre projects, mostly fantasy, action and horror. After becoming the first Asian-American Miss Teen USA in history, Hu broke into Hollywood with a series of sitcom guest spots and her first film role, in "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989). Television allowed the athletic Hu to achieve prominence by playing martial arts expert policewomen on "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001) and "Martial Law" (CBS, 1998-2000), which led to further big screen successes as fantasy characters. These included a psychic queen in the sword-and-sandals epic "The Scorpion King" (2002) and, most famously, the steel-clawed assassin Lady Deathstrike in "X2: X-Men United" (2003). A string of voiceover work followed, as well as high-profile roles on a variety of TV dramas and procedurals, including "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009- ) and "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ). Although the lack of colorblind casting in Hollywood may have limited Hu's professional heights, the actress worked consistently, building a lengthy résumé that was impressive by any standards.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 White Frog (2012)
2.
 What Women Want (2011)
3.
 Tournament, The (2009)
4.
 Stiletto (2009)
5.
6.
 Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
7.
 Shanghai Kiss (2007)
8.
9.
10.
 Undoing (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii
1985:
Named Miss Teen USA, becoming the first Asian-American to be crowned
1987:
Made acting debut as Melia, Kirk Cameron's love interest, on "Growing Pains" (ABC)
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Pursued a modeling career in Japan and Italy
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Made guest appearances on such shows as "Tour of Duty," (CBS) "Night Court," (NBC) and "21 Jump Street" (Fox)
1989:
First role in a feature playing one of Jason's victims in "Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan"
1991:
Played the wife of musician Ray Manzarek (Kyle MacLachlan) in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"
1993:
Appeared alongside Leslie Nielsen in "Surf Ninjas"
1995:
Appeared in "Strange Days" as a TV newscaster
1997:
1997 Cast in the recurring role of Michelle Chan on "Nash Bridges"
1997:
Played featured role in "Fakin' Da Funk"
1997:
Appeared regularly on the daytime soap "Sunset Beach" (NBC)
1998:
After earning a brown belt in karate, was offered the role of Det. Grace Chen, in the kung fu cop series, "Martial Law"
2002:
Cast alongside WWF superstar The Rock in "The Scorpion King," a spin-off of "The Mummy" series
2003:
Starred as the villainess Sona in Joel Silver¿s "Cradle 2 the Grave" opposite Jet Li
2003:
Starred as Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike in Bryan Singer¿s "X2"
2004:
Appeared in five episodes of "Threat Matrix," playing a headstrong former CIA agent who joins the team
2005:
Cast in "The Underclassman" with Nick Cannon
2007:
Cast on the TV series "In Case of Emergency"
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Education

Kamehameha High School: Honolulu , Hawaii -

Notes

Hu has a brown belt in karate.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Gordon Gilbertson. Agent. Dating as of 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Herbert Hu. Retired salesman. Born c. 1937; divorced from Hu's mother.
mother:
Juanita Hu-Takara. Retired draftswoman. Born c. 1938; divorced from Hu's father; remarried.
step-father:
Roy Takara. Engineer. Born c. 1940.
brother:
Glenn Hu. US Army captain. Older.
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