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Lee began training as a jazz singer, and eventually made the transition from music to acting.
James Kyson Lee stars in NBC's Emmy Award-nominated ensemble drama series "Heroes" as Ando Masahashi, a quiet Tokyo executive who embarks on wild adventures with his time-traveling friend Hiro Nakamura. "Heroes" follows the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.
At his first television audition, Lee landed a guest-starring role on "J.A.G." He has since appeared on NBC's "Las Vegas," "The West Wing" and "Heist," as well as "Threat Matrix" and "All About the Andersons."
Lee will star in four feature films in 2008, including the highly anticipated "Shutter," "Do Over" and "Sleeping Room Only," directed by David Boyle.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee moved with his family to New York City at the age of 10. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science and continued his education at Boston University and New England Institute of the Arts, where he studied communications. It was at New England where Lee enrolled in music, dance, and improvisation courses. Inspired by his newly discovered passion for performing, he sold his used car for $1,800 in the summer of 2001 and purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Lee began training as a jazz singer, and eventually made the transition from music to acting.
A student of improvisation & sketch comedy at I.O. West and the Upright Citizens Brigade, Lee also enjoys playing basketball and the piano, as well as reading and watching documentaries.
Lee currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is December 13.
When we first met Ando, he was living the monotonous life of a corporate cubicle drone in Tokyo, Japan, lusting after the boss' daughter Kimiko. The only thing making life bearable was his relationship with best friend and co-worker Hiro Nakamura. When Hiro's ability to bend space and time manifested, Ando remained at his side for the many adventures that were to come. But the life of a sidekick ain't easy, and demands great self-sacrifice, especially when operating under Hiro's frequently wacky heroic code. Ando even went so far as to inject himself with the formula to save Hiro, activating his own ability: to supercharge the abilities of others. After teaming up to take down Building 26, the dynamic duo have finally returned to Tokyo to open their Dial-A-Hero business, only to learn that Hiro is dying, and the use of his ability is speeding the process along. Rather than deal with his condition, Hiro decides to right his past wrongs, starting with Ando. Although Kimiko always hated Ando, Hiro's visit to the Carnival results in a whole new status quo: Ando and Hiro's sister Kimiko are getting married!
Read more about this character at Heroes Wiki.
James Kyson Lee