Tony Chung (actor)

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Born (1983-12-01) December 1, 1983 (age 39)
Lewisville, Texas, USA
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Actor
  • Model
  • Musician
Years active2006–present
Known forSub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)

Tony Chung (born December 1, 1983) is an American actor, model, and musician. He is best known as the face model for Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)[1] in NetherRealm Studio's Mortal Kombat 11 video game. Chung has modeled for global brands including H&M, Uniqlo, Remy Martin, and RayBan and was cast in 2020 as a series regular in The CW's upcoming TV series, Kung Fu (2021 TV series).[2][3][4]


Although often referred to as the familiar Asian face in fashion campaigns,[5] Chung began his career in entertainment as a musician and songwriter. Inspired by nineties alternative rock bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Silverchair, Chung picked up the guitar at age 12 and performed in a string of bands throughout high school. It was during these years that Chung learned to write and record his music using a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder and sold his self-recorded CDs during concert performances at school.

Upon graduating high school, Chung enrolled in several singer-songwriter competitions and eventually won a record contract to release his own album in Asia. He would go on to pursue the music industry in Asia as a songwriter/performer, releasing a self-written solo album[6] as well as an album with his band, Cool Silly[7] Chung has toured and performed throughout Asia.


During a vacation to New York City in the Summer of 2011, Chung was approached by a modeling scout at a boba shop in the East Village. The scout snapped a few polaroids and less than a week later, Chung booked his first gig as a male model: a Vogue Italia cover shoot featuring Brazilian supermodel Raquel Zimmermann and legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel. Chung would go on to sign with his mother agency, Ford Models[8] in New York, as well as reputable modeling agencies in London, Paris, Milan, Hamburg, and Los Angeles. Throughout Chung's career as a male model, his image has been featured in myriad campaigns for global brands including H&M, Uniqlo, Remy Martin, and RayBan. During his modeling career, Chung reignited his interest in acting and trained in various on-camera acting courses as well as practiced improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. Chung's notable works include being the face model for Sub-Zero in NetherRealm's Mortal Kombat 11 video game and as the founder of a tech startup in the global Remy Martin TVCM "Team Up For Excellence"[9]

In 2020, Chung landed his first series regular role in The CW's Kung Fu (2021 TV series) reboot.

Personal life

Chung is fluent in English and Mandarin and has resided in New York City since 2011.


  1. "Mortal Kombat 11 Face Models Confirmed So Far". Game Rant. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  2. Petski, Denise (October 6, 2020). "'Kung Fu': Tony Chung Joins the CW Reboot Series". Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  3. Drum, Nicole (October 6, 2020). "Tony Chung Cast in Kung Fu Reboot". Pop Culture Media. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  4. "Tony Chung". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  5. Cheney-Rice, Zak (November 17, 2014). "16 Stunning Photos That Shatter Society's Stereotypes About Asian Men". Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  6. "My 6:57am by TONE". Spotify. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  7. "The Prelude by Cool Silly". Spotify. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  8. "Tony Chung". Ford Models. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  9. "Remy Martin - Team Up For Excellence". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-10-27.

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