In my opinion, you don’t get to the top of the “superstar” list unless you are attractive. Honestly, think about it. Look at a picture of any actor at the start of their career, and then glance at a photo of today. It’s hard to believe that almost every actor/actress has the same “ugly duckling” story. You have to be beautiful to get the recognition you deserve. Which sucks for a lot of great actors out there. From my view, Ken Jeong is a very under-rated actor, that is slowly getting the recognition owed to him. He began his career in 1997, and is nearly just beginning to be noticed. With a track record that would prove to bring fame to almost anyone with appearances in films like Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Role Models, Knocked Up, and The Hangover. It’s hard to believe Ken, born Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong, is not getting the leading roles that Seth Rogan got, or the recognition given to Jonah Hill after only a couple films. Ken did get a role in the 2010 movie, Despicable Me, starring Will Ferrel, and Brad Pitt.
Jeong has made many television appearances, and is best known as Señor Ben Chang, on the hit NBC show, Community. I personally, love this show. There is a lot of popular references, and some of the references are acted out throughout the show. There is some really smart comedy tying this show together, but Ken Jeong and a few other characters give the show some loose strings. Señor Ben Chang was a Spanish teacher at Greendale Community College, where the show takes place. But at the end of the first season it is found out that, he is not actually a teacher, nor is he qualified to teach. Now as a student, he has anger-management issues, and a huge ego. Ken has also appeared in television shows such as The Office, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, American Dad!, Men of a Certain Age, Two and a Half Men, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
I think that, even though he is beginning to gain some fans, and recognition, Jeong is not the “superstar” he should be. A contract with Adidas, in 2010, is definitely a step in the right direction. Ken Jeong will be appearing in top name films in 2011 as well, including ZooKeeper, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as well as making a second appearance in The Hangover series, The Hangover Part II. According to IMDb.com.