• Steven Yeun is a Korean-American actor, voice actor, and former psychology major
• He rose to fame due to his role as Glenn Rhee on the hit television show The Walking Dead
• He has also worked on several animated shows, video games, and movies such as Okja and Mayhem
• His net worth is estimated to be $4 million as of 2018
• He is married to photographer Joana Pak and the couple have a son named Jude Malcolm Yeun

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Date Of BirthDecember 21, 1983
SpouseJoana Pak
FactHe received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College in 2005. His interest in acting and improv came during his freshman year at Kalamazoo, when he watched the college's improv group, Monkapult.

Who is Steven Yeun?

Born Yeun Sang-yeop, on the 21st of December, 1983, Steven Yeun is a Korean-American actor who became famous for his role as Glenn Rhee in the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” He is also a known voice actor, and has worked in several animated shows as well as video games. “Steven” isn’t actually Yeun’s stage name, but one he adopted when he was young, after meeting a doctor of the same name.


Steven Yeun’s Early Life

Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea to Je and Jun Yeun. Although Yeun’s father was trained as an architect in South Korea, both his parents later on become owners of beauty-supply stores when they moved to the United States. Before settling in Detroit, the Yeun family lived in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada, as well as Michigan in the US. Yeun was raised in a Christian household. Yeun attended Kalamazoo College, from where he graduated with a degree in psychology, with a specific major in neuroscience.

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Steven Yeun’s Career

Despite his subject of study, Yeun’s acting career started when he was still in college. During his freshman year in Kalamazoo, he came across the improvisation group Monkapult, and became a fan of the group, auditioning for it but not make it until his sophomore year. Upon falling in love with performing, he told his parents that he wanted to pursue a career in acting and imrpov, instead of studying law or going to medical school. Despite their misgivings, Yeun’s parents eventually decided to support his dreams.

After college, Yeun moved to Chicago with his brother and joined a comedy sketch group, Stir Friday Night. The Asian-American comedy group became his training ground while in Chicago, as well as the comedy group The Second City. In 2009 Yeun moved to Los Angeles, and began acting in front of the camera. He debuted in the short film “The Kari Files”, and then in the feature film “My Name is Jerry.” The following year, he also debuted on the small screen, when he appeared in an episode of highly popular series “The Big Bang Theory.” His early years as an actor certainly helped establish his career as well as his wealth.

Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead

In 2010, Yeun achieved his huge career break when he became part of the series “The Walking Dead;” he is one of the original members of the series, playing the role of Glenn Rhee, who is among the survivors after the world is taken over by zombies that they call the walkers. “The Walking Dead” became one of the highest rated series in cable television history, and Yeun’s role also became one of the most popular characters on the show. After being a regular for six years and much to his and the fans disappointment, Yeun left the show in 2016 after his character was killed in the seventh season’s premiere. The popularity of the series helped catapult his career to new heights, and also increased his net worth tremendously, not least reflected in the ensemble winning Saturn and Satellite Awards in 2012. Yeun continued acting, and has appeared in several movies and series, In 2017, he joined the cast of the films “Okja” and “Mayhem.” He also made an appearance in an episode of the series “Bajilion Dollar Propertie$” in 2017.

Yeun has also worked as a voice actor, lending his talent to various shows including “Voldron: Legendary Defender” – more than 50 episodes from 2016 – and concurrently in over 20 episodes of “Trollhunters”, both of which are still running. In 2017 he became involved in “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters” which is also still running, with all of these projects steadily increasing his wealth. Continuing his career, Yeun will also appear in the South Korean film “Burning” based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. The film is directed by Lee Chang-dong, whom Yeun calls one of his heroes, and will compete in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is also in the cast of “Chew”, scheduled for release in 2019.


Steven Yeun’s Body Measurements

In terms of his body measurement, Yeun is 5ft 9ins (1.75 m.) tall and weighs around 150lbs. (68 kg.) He has black hair and blue eyes, and has a shoe size of 9 US.

Steven Yeun’s Net Worth

As of late 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Yeun’s net worth is reported to be $4 million, acquired from his years working in the entertainment industry over the last decade.

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Steven Yeun’s Personal Life

In terms of his personal life, Yeun has been married to photographer Joana Pak since the two tied the knot on 3 December 2016, and they have a son named Jude Malcolm Yeun. Steven continues to support Detroit sports teams, attending a variety of games whenever possible.

General Info

Full NameSteven Yeun
Date Of BirthDecember 21, 1983
Height1.75 m
Weight150 pounds
EducationKalamazoo College


SpouseJoana Pak
ParentsJe Yeun, June Yeun
SiblingsBrian Yeun


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Television Ensemble
MoviesI Origins, Okja, My Name Is Jerry, Like a French Film, Chew, Blowout Sale, The Star
TV ShowsThe Legend of Korra, The Walking Dead, Trollhunters, Voltron: Legendary Defender

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1Many people, not just Asians, are more concerned with hustling and getting to meetings with contacts to gain success.
2People think that Detroit is this barren wasteland. While there are parts that are not as nice as others, the misconception is not true. It is definitely not a thriving community in Detroit, but it is getting there. There is a lot of heart and love in this city.
3Whatever I lack in size and strength and speed, I kind of make up for in being grittier. When it comes to something like basketball I'm definitely not the best guy on the court, but I love elbowing and pushing people out or boxing them out.
4I believe that we are still hovering around the realm of Asians playing all types of Asians. I do not see that changing any time soon just because there is a limited pool of Asian actors.
5I felt like I've needed to ask my parents up until about four years ago about everything. They have helped me tremendously, I came out of college with no debt. Everything they made, they just poured into my education.
6I grew up in Michigan, so I played hockey, football and basketball. I played a little bit of lacrosse, too. My brother played more lacrosse and ran track.
7I was a psych major in college and I actually owned two white lab rats. I had to train them and I took them home so that's just kind of missing for me.
8Maybe it's a cultural thing, being Korean, but my first reflex has always been to exude humility - but it doesn't help you in acting. For acting, humility isn't the best thing. It'll weaken your work.
9Well, my parents originally wanted me to become a doctor - that's why I was in school; I was pre-med, and I graduated with a degree in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience. Really, the plan was for me to go to med school.
10What brought me to L.A. was work! I moved to Chicago after college - I went to Kalamazoo - did my nerd thing, graduated, and moved to Chicago to pursue improv.
11I like documentaries because there's nothing to nitpick or criticize about scenes if they aren't just right. It's about honesty and real-life circumstances coming out. Granted it can be swayed by how people tell that story, but overall, I like it because it is true.
12I'm Korean-American. Not Colombian. My parents are first-generation, and I'm like... in-between, because I moved over here when I was four or five.
13At the end of the day, if you can't say a line right, it does not matter who your contacts are.
14I am a huge Pistons fan. Those were some of my best times in college, watching the Detroit Pistons.
15I took up boxing to get in shape for filming because it's grueling - all the running, the heat, the yelling, the crying that we do.
16I was raised in a Christian household and heard a lot of praise music, so that's what helps me get to an emotional place.
17I'm good at keeping secrets, but if it's not something super serious I usually tell people not to tell me because I'll tell someone else.
18I'm not much of a horror fan. When it comes to ghost stuff and demon stuff, I can't watch that.
19I'm stupidly curious. I will go and touch anything until I find out that it's very harmful.
20If you work in Chicago in the improv scene, anyone is happy for you if you get a job.


1He was born in Korea; but grew up in Troy, Michigan. Troy is a suburb of Detroit.
2Steven was born in Korea. He and his family moved to the United States, to the state of Michigan - just like his character Glenn in the AMC hit TV series The Walking Dead.
3He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College in 2005. His interest in acting and improv came during his freshman year at Kalamazoo, when he watched the college's improv group, Monkapult.
4He speaks a good amount of Korean.




Chew2018post-productionTony Chu (voice)
Sorry to Bother You2018filming
The Star2017post-productionBo the Donkey (voice)
Final Space2017TV Series 2018
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$2017TV SeriesEric
Mayhem2017Derek Cho
Voltron2016-2017TV SeriesKeith
Trollhunters2016TV SeriesSteve Palchuk
The Walking Dead2010-2016TV SeriesGlenn Rhee
American Dad!2014TV SeriesCharles
Drunk History2014TV SeriesDaniel Inouye
The Soup2011-2014TV SeriesSteven Yeun / Glenn Rhee
I Origins2014Kenny
Crash Site2013/IShortMax
The Legend of Korra2013TV SeriesWan
Filthy2013TV MovieMartin
Harder Than It Looks2012TV SeriesSteven
NTSF:SD:SUV2012TV SeriesRicky Meeker
Warehouse 132011TV SeriesGibson Rice
A Moment of Youth2011segment "Carpe Millennium"
Law & Order: LA2011TV SeriesKen Hasui
Lemons the Show2010TV SeriesAsian Guy
The Big Bang Theory2010TV SeriesSebastian
Blowout Sale2010ShortCustomer
Carpe Millennium2010ShortKevin
The Kari Files2009ShortChip
Warhead2008Video GameKorean Soldier (voice)
Crysis2007Video GameKorean Soldier 2 (voice)


Conan2016TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentary special thanks


Ok! TV2017TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2014-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2017TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Conan2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Tour Guide / ...
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Talking Dead2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - 'Glenn' / Himself - Guest / Himself
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentaryHimself / Glenn Rhee
IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con2016TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
IHeartRadio Music Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Comedy Bang! Bang!2014TV SeriesHimself
The Ellen DeGeneres Show2014TV SeriesHimself - The Walking Dead
MTVu Fandom Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as Steven Yuen)
Inside the Walking Dead: Walker University2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Steven Yuen)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Walking Dead: Cast and Creators Live at Paleyfest2013TV SpecialHimself - Panelist
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins2013TV SeriesHimself
The Soup2012TV SeriesHimself
The Walking Dead: LA Audition2012TV SpecialJudge
Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling2012TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Actor, The Walking Dead
BPM: Beats Per Mnet2011TV SeriesHimself
The Making of The Walking Dead2010Documentary shortGlenn Rhee

Archive Footage

Conan2017TV SeriesHimself - Featuring
Live with Kelly and Ryan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest


Nominated Awards

2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionThe Walking Dead (2010)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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