C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee


12/30/1971, Chonju, South Korea

Birth Name

Charlie Lee



Also Known As

Charlie Lee
  • Season Two
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Charlie Lee, or C.S. Lee as he is known in the acting community, was born in South Korea in 1971 but was raised in Vancouver, Washington. He attended Hudson's Bay High School where he played football as a running back and a quarterback. After his college and masteral…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Random Hearts (1999) as Luncheonette Counterman
      Sophie (2002) as Father Kim
      Every Dog's Day (2005) as Mr. Kim
      David & Layla (2005) as Immigration Officer Yun
      Beyond (2006) as Dr. Hyung Lee
      Tenderness (2006) as Asian Cop

    • Lee played the guy holding the boombox in the "Dance Party" commercial of Nextel.

    • Along with four other Asian American actors and writers, Lee is a founding member of the Mellow Yellow Theatre Company.

    • His skills include fencing, tumbling, photography, low flying trapeze, and playing the violin.

    • C.S. Lee appeared in the National Asian American Theatre production of Michael Golamco's Cowboy v. Samurai.

    • Lee is listed among Zap2It's Most Underrated TV Actors/Actresses of 2007.

    • C.S. Lee got his first car, a 1982 silver Honda Accord, when he was 16. In 2007, he bought a Mercedes-Benz C350.

    • C.S. Lee's first acting role was playing a Ku Klux Klans member in the stage production of The Foreigner.

    • C.S. Lee did voice acting for the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

    • His first attempt at film directing with Crumple earned Best Film at the 1st Annual 64 Hour Film Shoot out in New York City.

    • Lee's favorite sport is golf.

    • In 1998, C. S. Lee received the Carole Dye Acting Award from the Yale School of Drama.

    • C. S. Lee received his Master of Fine Arts graduate degree from the Yale School of Drama. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Cornish College of the Arts.

  • Quotes

    • C.S. Lee: (on the 60th Annual Emmy Awards) This might be my only chance to go to an Emmy show so I'll go and have a good time, hang out with the cast and meet fellow actors that I know in the industry. I got my Hugo Boss tailored suit with a skinny black tie yesterday - I was trying to keep it edgy - so I'm all set. I'm hoping I'll get to keep it!

    • C.S. Lee: (about his role on "Dexter") Hollywood sometimes needs to be told what needs to be portrayed. I think its great that we are able to see an Asian American man who is horny for women and hot headed. Most important is that "Vince" is not just a cardboard cut out or just above the stereotype. There's more to it. It reflects good writing. Network TV should do it more with all ethnicities.

    • C.S. Lee: (advice to other aspiring Asian American actors) Learn the craft. Its not magic or pulled from your ass. Its a learned skill. Don't be selfish. Acting is not just you. Acting is acting with your partners. That's what makes it fun. Its a lifetime of learning. Be respectful of everyone you work with.

    • C.S. Lee: Generalizations are reserved for people who cannot think for themselves and are too lazy to use their imaginations or simply because they are ignorant or fearful.

    • C.S. Lee: (on whether his pickup lines on "Dexter" would work in real life) Might get a slap in the face," Lee, who is single, says. "Or, they may just laugh and then go home with me.

    • C.S. Lee: I think with Asian Americans on television and film, besides the ones that do Kung Fu, just the straight Asian American characters, we haven't seen a whole lot of just straight regular dudes that are into women.

    • C.S. Lee: I got the acting bug in high school. Originally I wanted to become a film director. I still do. I was accepted to NYU film school but opted to take a full ride scholarship to Cornish College of the Arts for acting. My parents always supported me in every way. My parents are so chill!!!

    • C.S. Lee: Dream car would be a car that has a ton of power but gets great gas mileage and is good to the earth. That doesn't exist yet. But if it did I think I would have Shakespeare riding shotgun. Then I could pick his brains about his plays.

  • Well it's about time there's an asian brotha.

    It's nice to see some asian male actors appearing on a major network. We are hard to come by these days. But the problem is we always get type casted. I mean don't get me wrong or anything it's nice to see an asian male on tv for once but we still play the same old character. The untuff, nerdy, a no ladies man type of guys. Unless we know martial arts (jet lees and jackie chan's). We can't just be the regular asian guy or how about a tuff asian dude but doesn't necessarily need to know martial arts but they can handle them selves. Take the mentalist, at first I didn't care for it but hey there's the token asian dude. And he plays a cop but he's not the lady's man and his character is has no personality, stiff and what not. It's a pretty good show but you get my point. Take C.S lee character the nerdy guy and get a women for nothing. He's funny but again you don't see with a women that he date regularly. Oh well what can you do. If you guys ever noticed an Asian man is hardly EVER put up with a white girl on T.V. I find that very odd. But this show overall is great i have to say. Hopefully his character will get more parts and maybe more.moreless
  • CS Lee is the most awesomest actor of our generation. He delivers his lines with accuracy and clarity.

    The way he enters a room makes you feel warm all over. His character is very very very real and believable. He has the most perfectest skin and hair. I bet he smells like success. His wardrobe makes him look regal and attentive, without going overboard. I bet he can really really drive a ball hard, he plays in tournaments. Someday he will be a regular at Hef's mansion. Rumor has it that he was Class President and Quarterback. That explains his agility and perfect body. Ah, to look into those eyes everyday would be close to heaven. I would love to have him over for supper... And Eat Pie.moreless