Who is Joseph Lee? The Beef star’s Biography and Filmography

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Joseph Lee is a multi-talented Korean-American actor and fine-artist living in Los Angeles. He has made an impressive name for himself, especially with his lead role of George Nakai in the Netflix series Beef (2022).

Additionally, he had his debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 with the feature film Searching (film), originally titled Search, which won the Audience Award in the NEXT Category. Moreover, in the same year, Lee was also featured as a series regular on the KBS episodic The Miracle We Met, one of the highest rated television shows in South Korea during the spring of 2018.

Joseph Lee- Early Life

Lee’s parents emigrated from South Korea to Phoenix, Arizona, where Joe Yun Lee was born on December 29, 1987. Growing up in Indiana, Lee developed a passion for both acting and painting, appearing on stage while studying political science and history at Purdue University.

His talent as an artist has seen him commissioned to paint murals around the world, including Mirus Gallery in Denver and San Francisco, as well as SCOPE Basel Switzerland. Lee’s work has been exhibited at some of the most prominent galleries, further proving his skill as a painter.

TV shows & Movies

Lee moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and wasted no time getting started in the acting world. He made his feature film debut in 2011 in Nerve, written and directed by J.R. Sawyers, playing the role of Eric – Line Cutter. He went on to appear in a string of television roles, including parts in TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles and NCIS: Los Angeles.


On the stage, he received even more recognition, winning the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Male Golden Performer Award in 2014 for his performance in the play VENGEANCE CAN WAIT.

In 2018, he made an appearance in five episodes of Miracle That We Met as Geum Sung-moo. Fast forward to 2023, and Lee was cast as Lt. Mura in Amazon Prime’s Star Trek: Picard starring Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, and Evan Evagora.

His latest work is in Netflix’s Beef alongside Young Mazino, where Lee again excels in the role of George Nakai.


Joseph Lee got married on September 18, 2020. His wife’s name is Diana Ryu who is an entrepreneur. She is founder of Namu Home Goods. Diana also worked as an editor and writer for over a decade in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle.

Joseph Lee with wife Diana Ryu
Joseph Lee with wife Diana Ryu


What is the full name of Joseph Lee?

Joe Yun Lee

What is the age of Joseph Lee?

Lee was born on December 29, 1987. He is currently 36 years old.

Where is Joseph Lee from? Is she American?

Lee holds American nationality. His parents were emigrated from South Korea. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.

How tall is Joseph Lee?

He is 6′ 2″ in feet (& 1.88 in meters)

Is Joseph Lee married?

Yes, His wife’s name is Diana Ryu.

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