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Kelly Hu

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Date of Birth:13 February 1967
Birthplace:Honolulu, Hawaii
First Name:Kelly
Middle Name:Ann
Last Name:Hu
Height:5' 5" (165 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Aquarius
Claim to Fame:Cradle 2 the Grave, Marial Law
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Kelly Hu

Kelly Ann Hu (born Feb. 13, 1968 (53 years ago)) is an American actress and former fashion model who held the Miss Teen USA 1985 (36 years ago) and Miss Hawaii USA 1993 (28 years ago) titles. Of Asian, Hawaiian and English origins, she played a pioneering role in the representation of Asian Americans in the USA, and actively encourages Asian Americans to participate in the USA democratic process.

Early years

Hu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Juanita, an engineering drafter for Honolulu, and Herbert Hu, a salesman and exotic bird breeder; the two divorced during Hu's childhood. She is of Hawaiian, Chinese, and English descent. She attended Maʻemaʻe Elementary School and Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kelly Hu has held a lifelong interest in singing and dancing and has also been interested in martial arts since her early childhood, when her older brother would arrange for her to fight neighborhood boys. Hu's cousin was a very successful model in Japan and Hu decided to follow her example. To gain publicity, Kelly won the Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1985 (36 years ago) title and competed in the Miss Teen USA 1985 (36 years ago) pageant, becoming the third Miss Teen USA titleholder. Hu has mentioned in interviews that her mother had told her America was not ready for an Asian as such a prominent role model. However, Hu became the first Asian American to win the title. Ironically enough, she discovered after winning that she was prohibited from appearing in non-contest related activities for the year of her reign, this rule soon changed later on the coming years.


Hu worked in Japan and Italy, the latter in which she became well-known as the star of a series of ads for Philadelphia brand cream cheese, playing a young Japanese college student named Kaori. Hu moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career in 1987 (34 years ago) with a guest starring role as Mike Seaver's Hawaiian love interest on the sitcom Growing Pains. Hu followed this with appearances on TV series such as Night Court, Tour of Duty, 21 Jump Street, and Melrose Place and her first movie role in Friday The 13th (5 walls) Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan as one of Jason's victims. Hu also won the title of Miss Hawaii USA in 1993 (28 years ago), became the first former Miss Teen USA to win a Miss USA state title, and went on to compete in the 1993 (28 years ago) Miss USA pageant held in Wichita, Kansas. She entered the top 10 in second place, after winning the preliminary interview competition and placing second and third in swimsuit and evening gown. Then she made the top 6 ranked second, winning the top 10 evening gown competition and placing second in swimsuit. Kelly was eliminated in 4th place after the judges' questions, just two hundredths of a point from the Final 3.

In 1995 (26 years ago), Hu played an undercover police officer in the movie No Way Back. While the movie was not a major success, it opened a new career direction for Hu in action adventure roles. She was then cast as Dr. Rae Chang on Sunset Beach for six months in 1997 (24 years ago). Afterwards, Hu was cast as police officers Michelle Chan in the TV series Nash Bridges (1997 – 1998 (23 years ago)), as Pei Pei "Grace" Chen on Martial Law (1998 – 2000 (21 years ago)), and as Agent Mia Chen on the last three episodes of the TV series Threat Matrix (2004, 17 years ago). Her subsequent movie appearances include The Scorpion King (2002, 19 years ago), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003, 18 years ago) and X2 (2003, 18 years ago). She provided voice talents for the popular video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords as Visas Marr, the Sith woman who joins the Jedi Exile's party. Hu has been featured twice in Maxim magazine (55 walls) (May 2002 (19 years ago) and May 2005 (16 years ago)).

In Jan. 2007 (14 years ago), Hu began appearing in a full time role on the TV series In Case of Emergency. She plays Kelly Lee, a Korean American woman who accidentally reunites with her high school classmates, yet realizes none of them grew up according to their high school plans.

During the first quarter of 2007 (14 years ago), Kelly completed filming the movie Stilletto, and after that, Farmhouse.

Personal life

Hu, a member of CAUSE USA, an organization which encourages Asian Americans to participate in the democratic process, was instrumental in creating the innovative PSA The Least Likely. This clip purports to be a promo for a typical fantasy-adventure movie, only to reveal its message at the end. It aired on MTV and other networks with appeal to young people and Asian Americans.

Hu graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu. She resides in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She has never been married.

Her brother, Glenn, is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army.

She is an avid fan of poker, and has frequently taken part in World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour competitions (amongst others), most recently taking part in the WPT Celebrity Charity on Mar. 3, 2008 (13 years ago). She has taken part in's "Celebrity Poker Night" (May 30th, 2006 (15 years ago)), and in Jul. 2006 (15 years ago) she placed in the top 200 in the World Series of Poker Ladies Tournament, besting nearly a thousand other competitors. Her celebrity teammates included Mimi Rogers, Victoria Pratt, Anne Heche, Mena Suvari (8 walls), Jean Smart, and Ricki Lake.

In January, 2008 (13 years ago), she participated in a video for Barack Obama produced by called Yes We Can. She campaigned for Obama in their native Hawaii in the run-up to the Feb. 19th Democratic caucuses. In Feb. 2008 (13 years ago), Hu also appeared in another viral video in support of Obama, Sí Se Puede Cambiar, written and performed by Andrés Useche, directed by Eric Byler, from the group United For Obama.


  • Friday The 13th (5 walls) Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, 32 years ago) - Eva Watanabe
  • American Eyes (1990, 31 years ago) - Emily
  • The Doors (1991, 30 years ago) - Dorothy
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991, 30 years ago) - Suzie
  • Surf Ninjas (1993, 28 years ago) - Ro-May
  • No Way Back (1995, 26 years ago) - Seiko Kobayashi
  • Strange Days (1995, 26 years ago) - Anchor Woman
  • Star Command (1996, 25 years ago) - Ens. Yukiko Fujisaki
  • Fakin' da Funk (1997, 24 years ago) - Kwee-Me
  • The Scorpion King (2002, 19 years ago) - Cassandra
  • Cradle 2 the Grave (2003, 18 years ago) - Sona
  • X2 (2003, 18 years ago) - Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004, 17 years ago) - Lana
  • Underclassman (2005, 16 years ago) - Lisa Brooks
  • Americanese (2006, 15 years ago) - Brenda Nishitani
  • Undoing (2006, 15 years ago) - Vera
  • Devil's Den (2006, 15 years ago) - Caitlin
  • The Air I Breathe (4 walls) (2007, 14 years ago) - Jiyoung
  • Shanghai Kiss (2007, 14 years ago) - Micki Yang
  • Succubus: Hell Bent (2007, 14 years ago) - Detective Pei
  • Farmhouse (2008, 13 years ago) - Lilith
  • Stiletto (2008, 13 years ago) - Detective Hanover
  • Dead Space: Downfall (2008, 13 years ago) - Shen (voice)
  • Dim Sum Funeral (film) (2008, 13 years ago) - Cindy
  • The Tournament (2009, 12 years ago) - Lai Lai Zhen

TV-shows (series)

  • Growing Pains (1987-1988) - Melia
  • Sunset Beach (1997, 24 years ago) - Rae Chang
  • Nash Bridges (1997-1998) - Insp. Michelle Chan
  • Martial Law (1998-2000) - Chen Pei Pei (Grace Chen)
  • Threat Matrix (2004, 17 years ago) - Agent Mia Chen
  • Mayday (2005, 16 years ago) - Sharon Crandall
  • CSI: NY (2005-2006) - Detective Kaile Maka
  • In Case of Emergency (2007, 14 years ago) - Kelly Lee
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2008, 13 years ago) - Kelly Sun
  • Army Wives (2008-2009) - Major Davis
  • In Plain Sight (2009, 12 years ago) - Ahn Li

Video Games

  • Afro Samurai (2009, 12 years ago) - Okiku, Osachi
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising (2009, 12 years ago) - Suki Toyama AI
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008, 13 years ago) - Suki Toyama
  • Ninja Blade (2009, 12 years ago) - Ryoko Kurokawa
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords (2004, 17 years ago) - Visas Marr
  • Terminator Salvation (5 walls) (2 walls) (2009, 12 years ago) - Wells


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