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Archie Kao

Archie Kao
File:Archie Kao HK Film Awards 2015.jpg
Kao in 2015
Born (1969-12-14) December 14, 1969 (age 46)
Washington D.C, U.S.
Spouse(s) Zhou Xun (m. 2014)
Archie Kao
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Archie David Kao (born December 14, 1969) is an American actor. He is best known to American audiences for series regulars roles on Chicago P.D., Power Rangers Lost Galaxy as well as long-running hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Television work

Kao is best known for his role as Archie Johnson in the hit television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as the role of Kai Chen, the Blue Ranger, in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He has also appeared on TV shows such as Desperate Housewives (as Steve), ER (as Yuri), NBC's Heroes, Century City, Huff (as Kane), Power Rangers Wild Force (as General Venjix), Once and Again (as Steven), L.A. Firefighters (as Peter), Maybe This Time (as Takeshi) and more.

In 2013, Kao joined the cast of the NBC TV series Chicago P.D. (a spin-off from Chicago Fire) as a series regular, a character named Detective Sheldon Jin who is in charge of surveillance at the Chicago Police Department Intelligence Unit.[1]

Film work

Kao appeared as Sebastian in Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and starred as the main romantic lead, Jefferson, in Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With.[2] Kao also played Edwin Luke, the brother of Keye Luke in Timothy Tau's short film bio-pic Keye Luke, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and which was Closing Night Film of the inaugural 2013 Seattle Asian American Film Festival.[3] Kao has recently signed on to a thriller film from China entitled "The Deathday Party" opposite Anita Yuen, which is also being shot in the ancient Chinese Alu Caves of Yunan.[4] Kao played Shum in Michael Mann's film Blackhat (2015). Kao has also had roles in films such as The Hills Have Eyes 2 (as Han), Nomad: The Warrior (as Shangrek), When In Rome (as Nobu), and Jet Li's The One (as Woo).

Kao provided the voice of Kenji in the videogame Need for Speed: Carbon as well as various voices in NARC.

Kao wrote, directed and produced a short film entitled Initiation (2011), which starred Ashley Bell and Kao's CSI co-star Marc Vann. The film is about an assassin trainee (Bell) who struggles with initiation day jitters under her mentor (Vann). Kao also produced and starred in a short film (as Jin) directed by Jerry Chan entitled Fast Money (2006).

Life and background

Kao was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kao attended George Mason University, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated with a degree in Speech Communication. While at GMU, Kao was elected student government president (as well as vice president the year prior) and elected homecoming king. He initially planned to attend law school and work in politics before becoming an actor.[5] Kao also speaks and understands Mandarin Chinese because he grew up in a bilingual household with two younger sisters. He also studied French for six years.[5]

Kao shares his birthday with fellow Power Rangers actress Thuy Trang (1973–2001), who played the original Yellow Ranger, Trini Kwan, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from 1993 to 1994.

He was named one of People's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2006. Kao currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Beijing.

In May 2014, Chinese actress Zhou Xun posted a picture of Archie and herself on her team's Weibo account, announcing that they were dating.[6]

On July 16, 2014, Kao and Zhou were officially married on stage after a charity event in Hangzhou, China.[7]


Year Title Role
2015 Blackhat Shum
2014 The Deathday Party Eric
2013 Love Speaks Shaodong
2012 Keye Luke Edwin Luke
2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Sebastian
2008 The People I've Slept With Jefferson
2007 The Hills Have Eyes 2 Han
2006 Nomad: The Warrior Shangrek
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon (VG) Kenji
2006 Fast Money Jin
2005 NARC (VG) Thug/Monk/Bum
2002 When In Rome (V) Nobu
2002 My Daughter's Tears Minh Van Canh
2002 Local Boys David Kamelamela
2002 Purpose Kiko
2001 The One Woo
2001 Thank Heaven Sam Lee
2000 Power Rangers in 3D: Triple Force (V) Kai Chen / Blue Galaxy Ranger
1999 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Return of the Magna Defender (V) Kai Chen / Blue Galaxy Ranger
1998 Milk and Honey Peter
1997 The Player Intern


Year Title Episode Role
2014 Chicago P.D. Main cast (Season 1) Detective Sheldon Jin
2008 Desperate Housewives "Hello, Little Girl" (2008) (Guest Appearance) Steve
2006 Heroes "Chapter Five 'Hiros'" (2006) (Guest Appearance) Doctor
2004 Century City "To Know Her" (2004) (Guest Appearance) Bartender
2004 ER "Abby Normal" (2004) and "Just a Touch" (2004) (Recurring Role) Yuri
2004 Huff "That Fucking Cabin" (2004) (Guest Appearance) Kane
2002 Power Rangers Wild Force "Forever Red" (2002) General Venjix (Voice)
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Various Episodes (2001–2012) (Also in 1 episode as M.Blaze) (Recurring Role) Archie Johnson
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Various Episodes (2000) Kai Chen, the Blue Galaxy Ranger and Liztwin (Voice)
1999 Once and Again "The Past is Prologue" (1999) and "A Dream Deferred" (2009) (Recurring Role) Steve/Steven
1999 Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy Various Episodes in 1999 (Series Regular) Kai Chen, the Blue Galaxy Ranger
1996 Maybe This Time "Break a Leg" (1996) (Guest Appearance) Takeshi
1996 L.A. Firefighters "Fuel and Spark" (1996) (Guest Appearance) Peter


  1. ^ NELLIE ANDREEVA, Archie Kao Joins ‘Chicago PD’ As Regular; Genevieve Angelson In ‘House Of Lies’, Deadline Hollywood,
  2. ^ Archie Kao's Official Website,
  3. ^ Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times, Seattle Asian American Film Gets Under Way,
  4. ^ James Marsh, Twitch, CSI's Archie Kao Joins THE DEATHDAY PARTY,
  5. ^ a b Archie Kao's Alive Not Dead,
  6. ^ 周迅凌晨公开与美国华裔演员恋情:请多关照
  7. ^ 周迅大婚:在今晚举行的ONE NIGHT公益晚会上,周迅 一袭婚纱压轴出场

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