Ken Jeong began acting in 1997. He had several small parts in popular movies like Role Models and Knocked Up. The role of Mr. Chow in The Hangover however, is really what made audiences take notice of Ken Jeong which is a role he almost turned down.
According to the story on Korea Times, Ken’s wife is the one who encouraged him to take the role that made him famous. At the time Ken’s wife, Tran Ho, was struggling with breast cancer. Ken was her caretaker while she was fighting the cancer. Super Doctors had a report that he was also taking care of their one-year-old twins as well. He was ready to turn down the role of Mr. Chow so he could continue caring for his family. Instead, Tran encouraged him to take the role so he could take a break from care giving before he became burnt out.
Ken took the role and took his frustrations out on his wife’s cancer through Leslie Chow. Dr Jennifer Walden said he ended up winning an MTV Movie Award for his outlandish role in the film.
Tran is now cancer-free for the last six-years. Their story will be featured in a PBS documentary called Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The film will be shown in three parts on PBS on March 30, 31 and April 1.