Jack Yang has devoted the last 8 years of his life to acting, modeling and film. This Canadian/American artist already established a career in modeling and commercial acting when his love for art lead him behind the camera to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for Film Directing and Photo. Further studies lead him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he found his true calling. Two years of intensive theatrical training only fueled his passion for knowledge. The day of his graduation from the Academy his professor granted him an instant scholarship to study down at the South Coast Repertory Theater professional conservatory where he honed his skills. He landed four national commercials, a Skechers worldwide print campaign, roles in three movies, one of which is The Seat Filler produced by Will Smith, and the soon to be notorious Playstation 2 game, “True Crime: Streets of L.A.”. Jack plays the lead character Nick Kang and gamers will be able to drive around in a GTA-style crime/drama centered in Los Angeles.
The last two years have been very good to Jack. Guest-star appearances in shows such as Law and Order: SVU, CSI Miami, Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy have prepared him for strong leading man roles.
2003 The Yellow Truth
2003 Shadow Chaser
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2004 Skin Trade
2004 The Seat Filler
2005 CSI: Miami
2005 All of Us
2005-2007 Grey’s Anatomy
2006 The Evidence
2008 Seven Pounds
2008 Need for Speed: Undercover
2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
2008 Samurai Girl
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
2008 Cashmere Mafia
2008 Knight Rider
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising
Jack Yang In Red Alert 3
Jack Yang In A Leading Man
After witnessing the repeated stereotypical and two-dimensional depictions of Asian Americans in film and television, Kung was inspired to write A Leading Man. He specified examples being media backlash against Jeremy Lin, the “appallingly offensive” stereotypes of Asians on the NBC television series Outsourced, and a SAG-AFTRA report which concluded Asian Americans are underserved within the entertainment industry, coupled with the fact that people were not aware of the issue.
He based Jack Yang’s character of GQ Chi on an Asian actor friend of his who had had extensive experience and training and who had landed a major role in Broadway theater, whose difficulty finding steady work despite his skills and accomplishments, was “emblematic of how Asian actors are treated in general.”
Filming took place during August 2012, with financing provided by Kung’s mother, who also held the role of GQ Qi’s mother