Masi Oka biography

Masi Oka

Date of Birth: December 27, 1974

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Masi Oka got his acting break with his role as Hiro Nakamura on the hit TV series Heroes.

Oka moved to Queens, New York when he was six, and at age 12, he was on the cover of Time magazine, titled "Those Asian-American Whiz Kids," for having an IQ of 180-plus. He led a relatively normal life, graduating from Brown University with a degree in mathematics and computer science and a minor in theater arts. After graduation, Oka landed his first job for one of Hollywood's biggest producers, George Lucas, working in visual effects. His first major project was co-developing a computer program to generate water effects, which was used in A Perfect Storm and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest .

Although acting wasn't something Oka considered a first priority, the bug definitely bit him. He received parts in TV and small films, which eventually led to several guest spots and a recurring role as Franklyn on the TV show Scrubs.

Working on Heroes not only has him playing a character who has the power to alter the space-time continuum and manipulate time, he also translates the show's scripts from English to Japanese. His portrayal has earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Never one to let his roots escape him, he continues to work as a research and development technical director while working on Heroes.

Masi Oka Filmography


  • Spies in Disguise (2019)
  • Get Smart (2008)
  • The Promotion (2008)
  • Balls of Fury (2007)
  • One Sung Hero (2006)
  • God Wears My Underwear (2005)
  • Along Came Polly (2004)
  • Chester's Big Night (2004)
  • Uh Oh! (2003)


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