Young was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father is Chinese, his mother is Japanese. He has guest starred in many TV shows, and is a semi-regular on the HBO series Deadwood as Mr. Wu. He made some guest appearances on such shows as Diff'rent Strokes, The Golden Girls, Mad About You, Family Matters, The Simpsons, Alias, JAG, Murphy Brown, The Steve Harvey Show, The Young and the Restless, and Generations, just to name a few.
Young gives voice to Grandpa in American Dragon: Jake Long and Kaz in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. He has also voiced Mr. Sanban in Codename: Kids Next Door and the firebending master "Jeong Jeong, The Deserter" in an episode of the Asian-influenced Avatar the Last Airbender and Storm Shadow in the Sunbow G.I. Joe animated series, as well as many video games. He is also voice to a Mr. Wu in Nickelodeon's show The Mighty B!.
He played Buck Bokai, a famous baseball player by the 24th century, in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "If Wishes Were Horses". He also played Hoshi Sato's father in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Vanishing Point". In Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo he voices the villain Commander Uehara Daizo, Saico-Tek, and other voices. He also did the voice of Jidan from the anime, Mirmo!. In Movies, He played as Ellison Onizuka in 1990 TV movie, Challenger and Gerald Chong in 1993 TV movie, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland. He has starred in many Disney channel Original Films. He starred in Rip Girls, The Even Stevens Movie, and Return to Halloweentown.
Young also did the voice of Marshall Kai Ti Chang in Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. In theatre, Young has had a long history with the Asian American theatre company, East West Players, in Los Angeles, where he not only performed but often served as producer.
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