|Born:||17 September 1971|
|Originally From:||San Diego, California|
|First appearance:||Honor Among Thieves|
Robert Lee Jr. (born 18 September 1971) is an American actor and comedian of Korean descent. He is best known for being a cast member on MADtv from 2001 to 2009 and for his roles in the films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Pineapple Express, and The Dictator.
He plays Jin Jeon in the 2018 series Magnum P.I.
In 1994 the coffee shop for which he was working closed. "I just went next door to get a job," he said, "which was The Comedy Store in San Diego" (also known as the La Jolla Comedy Store). After a few months of working odd jobs at the club he decided to try stand-up during one of their amateur nights. Within a year of doing regular comedy sets he got offers to open for both Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia. Lee also went on to work regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, a comedy club owned by Pauly Shore's mother Mitzi.
Lee has admitted in several interviews that his parents had hoped he would continue on with the family business and were less than supportive of his comedic pursuits at first. During a podcast interview conducted by fellow actor and comedian Joe Rogan on 1 February 2011, Lee stated that during the first few years he did stand-up his parents barely spoke to him, however after his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno his father called him and asked how much he had to pay to be on the show and then apologized for not supporting his comedy career after he found out that in fact The Tonight Show had asked him to appear. Lee has included his family in some of his work; his younger brother has appeared in several non-speaking roles on MADtv and his entire family has appeared in a sketch on the show. Lee also pitched a sitcom to Comedy Central in 2007 about a Korean family which was to star his very own family.
In 2001, Lee joined the cast of MADtv, making him the show's first and only Asian cast member. Lee remained with the cast until the series' cancellation in 2009 and returned briefly when MADtv was revived in 2016 on The CW.
|Magnum P.I. Cast|
|Current||Jay Hernandez • Perdita Weeks • Zachary Knighton • Stephen Hill • Tim Kang • Amy Hill|
|Other||Domenick Lombardozzi • Kimee Balmilero • Corbin Bernsen • Ken Jeong • Taylor Wily • Christopher Thornton • Bobby Lee • Lance Lim • Jay Ali|