Garrett Wang

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Garrett Wang

Born

12/15/1968, Riverside, California, USA

Birth Name

Garrett Richard Wang

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Garrett Richard Wang
8.4
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44 votes

Biography

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Born in Riverside, California to Chinese immigrant parents, Wang spent his formative years on the move. He lived in Indiana, Bermuda and Tennessee. He moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA where he majored in Asian Studies and dabbled in theater. He credits UCLA theater professor Jenny Roudtree…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • You can contact him by mail to this address:
      Garrett Wang
      c/o Star Trek: Voyager
      Paramount Television
      5555 Melrose Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
      USA

    • He is an energetic speaker, surprising fans with his dead-on impersonations of George Takei (the other Asian from Star Trek), William Shatner, and Voyager co-stars Kate Mulgrew and Robert Picardo.

    • In 2002, he did the Voice-over of his Star Trek voyager character Ensign Harry Kim on the video game "Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force"

    • His last name is pronounced "wong".

    • Being of Chinese descent, his Chinese name is Wang Yi Chung, translating to "One who is admired by many".

    • In 2005, Wang appeared in the epic television western mini-series Into the West, playing the role of Chow-Ping Yen. Fellow Star Trek performers Keith Carradine and Clayton Rohner were also a part of the series' cast.

    • He appeared along with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star (and "Caretaker" co-star) Armin Shimerman and Star Trek: Enterprise star Dominic Keating in the 1999 comedy The Auteur Theory.

    • He began performing in a number of productions while he was at UCLA, and continued to do so after graduating.

    • He made his TV debut in 1994 as a guest star on the pilot episode of comedy "All American Girl".

    • He performed on stage production such as

    • "Model Minority"
    • "Woman Warrior"
    • "A Language Of Our Own"
  • His first acting performance outside College was the portrayal of John Lee in the lead role of Chay Yew's "Porcelain" at the burbage theater.

  • He and his sister Laura spent their childhood on the move.

  • He lived in Indiana, then moved to Bermuda and finally to Tennessee.

  • He was encouraged by a professor to study theatre.

  • He has stated that his three favorite episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager " (1995) are "Caretaker", "Timeless" and "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy"

  • He was chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World

  • He attended at UCLA to study Asian culture.

  • His sister name his Laura

  • In 2001, he has been selected as one of the "20 Coolest Bachelors" in the country by E! Entertainment Television

  • He graduated high school from Harding Academy in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

  • He moved to US when he was 9.

  • He is 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • (about is his character on "Star Trek: Voyager" will ever have a promotion)
      Garrett Wang: God only knows! This is something that Garret Wang, as an actor, has always been asking? everybody in the office, the producers. I remember one day, it was very funny, I even went up to Kate Mulgrew and asked her the question, "When am I going to get promoted?" As if Kate really has anything to do with that.

      That's how desperate it has become. Kim has remained an ensign for so long I think that he is going to be an ensign forever. I used to joke at some of the conventions I've gone to and somebody asks me this question, that they shoot an episode where Kim actually wakes up, he's sleepwalking, he's so distraught about not being promoted that in this time of sleepwalking, he sneaks into everybody's quarters and he steals their rank pips from the uniforms and he comes into the bridge the next morning completely delirious, he's wearing his Starfleet uniform with 150 other pips, placed all over his uniform. He comes in a uniform made of pips and that is his message to crew that he needs to be promoted.

      But on a serious note, I don't know, it would be nice to have a promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade at some time before the end of the show and if not, then maybe in the season finale, and if not, then maybe in the feature (film), if we ever do one. But right now, I think I'm going to be in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest ensign in the galaxy.

    • (about being on a new Star Trek series)
      Garrett Wang: Well, if the next Star Trek series or the following one asked me to cross over, I probably would say no. I would definitely consider doing a guest-starring role, and maybe even a recurring role, as an alien or as Kim, but I would probably prefer doing it as a completely different character.

    • (about when he clicked with acting and how he convinced his parents about his career move)
      Garrett Wang: I think I clicked with acting in my second acting class in college. That's when I realized that this is truly what I want to do. I've always been a person that's entertained people, whether it be friends of my parents, they'd come over to our house, and I would do impersonations and accents and whatnot, just to make them laugh. I've often told people that I'd probably be happy being a lounge singer in Las Vegas, as long as I'm entertaining.

      And did I convince my parents about my career move? It took a while. It took about five years for them to finally give in to my wishes in terms of a career. They were not supportive of me for five years and finally they gave in, and they still were definitely not into it, they weren't happy about my choice to be an actor, but about a year and a half after they gave in, so to speak, or at least gave in a little bit, I got on Voyager, so at that point they became very happy. And I realized they were more concerned with my succeeding than anything else and acting being such a difficult career to be successful in, that was the reason they weren't into my being an actor. But now they're fine with it. So it's all good.

    • (about the role of Jenny Roudtree as a key influence in his development as an actor)
      Garrett Wang: Jenny was responsible for my first breakthrough, she inspired me to go beyond the status quo.

    • (about his role on "Star Trek: Voyager")
      Garrett Wang: My goal now is to do the best job possible playing Harry Kim and to begin repaying my parents for the unaccountable financial support they have given me throughout the years

    • Garrett Wang: I believe that I now have a huge responsibility in being one of a very small number of Asian Americans appearing on television regularly

    • (about "Star Trek: Voyager)
      Garrett Wang: I have a good relationship with the other actors here. It's truly like a family and ... there's always some sort of competition, but everybody loves each other.

    • Garrett Wang: Any time you go into something, you have expectations, Some are met and some are not met.

    • ( Speaking of his rank on Star Trek: Voyager )
      Garrett Wang: I asked somebody who was in the United States Navy. I said, "You know, if you're a Ensign, seven years later, what rank are you?" He said, "Well, almost a Lieutenant Commander", which is what Tuvok was at the end, so it is a little annoying that I didn't get

    • Garrett Wang: I could sit around on my butt and wait another fifteen years before somebody writes anything good, so why shouldn't I be the person to write that?

    • Reporter: I understand that you like electronic music. Who are some of your favorite electronic music artists or songs?
      Garrett: I like Moby, I like Basement Jaxx, Chicane, I also like DJ Taylor, I like a lot of the sounds that come out of Ibiza. But mostly Trance and Hardhouse

  • SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Sorry I disagree.

      8.0
      In a show it's the actor's job to portray the character he playing. It's the writer's job to improve and grow the character on the show as time goes on.



      In Voyager the Kim character suffered the same fate as Denise Crosby who played (Tasha Yar) the cast was so big her character surfed and was not improved like the others. Crosby offend had fights with the writers about how lame her character was. This is why she didn't renew her contract and left the show.



      In many of the episodes with Kim when they tried to grow his character. Like the episode when he fell in love with a alien women against Janeway's orders, but at the end of the episode it's like they hit the reset button and it never happen and Kim when back to be an upstanding officer.



      Garrett Wang character also suffered from politics of Hollywood. Jeri Ryan was also one of the Co-producers and creative consultants on the show did not make it easy for Garrett Wang.



      It's said that Jeri Ryan and Garrett Wang did not get along and the show.moreless
    • Only Famous for voyager?

      1.5
      Watching season 1 of voyager, you can see painfully how cringe worthy wang's efforts of acting really are, although to be fair most of the time he was rather wooden. Is that a bit harsh? I don't think so because if you take an objective view of his early work on voyager you know that is the truth. Later seasons of the show he managed to improve, but he was never spectacular, he never stood out like say Robert Picardo did. You could say it was not his fault, that it was because of how extremely boring the Harry Kim character actually was, but at the end of the day it is the actors job to bring the character to life, and in my view Wang simply failed to do that. Whenever i watched voyager and realised it was a Kim episode, it was a real turn off, and indeed if you look on this very site, most of the kim themed episodes have sub par review scores. So the character sucked, because of lousy writing but also because Wang failed to do more to try and make Kim a better character. Rick Berman the producer of voyager did not like Wang for apparently being late turning up for filming, That is not the way to deal with a professional problem.moreless