March 16, 1973
San Francisco, California, United States
Tim Kang was an American actor who was best known for playing straitlaced special agent Kimball Cho on all seven seasons of procedural drama "The Mentalist" (CBS 2008-2015). Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Kang never intended on becoming an actor. In fact, after earning his degree in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley, Kang spent the early part of his 20s working in Finance as a day trader at San Francisco's Pacific Stock Exchange. Then one day, almost by chance, he happened to walk past San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and decided to change things up a bit by taking an acting class. Although he initially only planned on taking one class, Kang quickly found that he had an immediate connection with the craft, and soon signed up for a full slate of acting courses. After receiving his MFA from A.C.T., Kang embarked on Hollywood to put his training to good use. He started auditioning for both film and TV roles, and quickly landed guest spots on shows like "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011). He nabbed his first recurring role in 2004 as Detective Kent Yoshihara on the action series "Third Watch" (NBC 1999-2005). Kang continued landing minor film and TV roles over the next few years, until receiving his breakout role as Special Agent Kimball Cho on "The Mentalist" in 2008.