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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, 2007-13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009-17) 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, 2007-13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, 2009- ), "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009-17) 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.
 Death Valley (2015)
2.
 Age of Tomorrow (2014)
3.
 White Frog (2012)
4.
 What Women Want (2011)
5.
 Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) Ms. Li
6.
 Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (2009) Miss Mirimoto
7.
 Tournament, The (2009)
8.
 Stiletto (2009)
9.
10.
 Dim Sum Funeral (2008)
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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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