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Reggie Lee

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Date of Birth: 1974, Quezon City, Philippines

Height: 5′ 8½” (1.74 m)

Reggie Lee is a Filipino-American stage, film, and television actor. He played William Kim on the show Prison Break and also appeared as Tai Huang in Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Lance Nguyen in The Fast and the Furious. He is currently playing the role of Sergeant Wu in the NBC’s new TV show Grimm.

Reggie Valdez was born in Quezon City, Philippines, to Zenaida Telmo and Jesus Espiritu Valdez. Although fluent in English, he also speaks Tagalog. At the age of five, he moved with his family to the Cleveland, Ohio area, including Parma and Strongsville. While still a student, he performed in shows at the Greenbrier Theatre (now the Cassidy Theatre) in Parma Heights and was an intern at the Cleveland Play House. He graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma.

Although accepted to Harvard, he instead decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He later changed his last name from Valdez to Lee, stating in a 2001 interview that “they kept calling me in for Hispanic roles, and I’m a far cry from Hispanic”; he took the name Lee from his grandparents.