Character: Sgt. Wu
DOB: 1974 – Quezon City, Philippines
Reggie Valdez (known professionally as Reggie Lee) was born in Quezon City, Philippines. When he was five, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. As a student, he performed in shows at the Greenbrier Theatre (now the Cassidy Theatre) in Parma Heights and was an intern at the Cleveland Play House. Later he graduated from Padua Franciscan High School. He was accepted at Harvard, but decided to pursue an acting career so he moved to Los Angeles in 1992.
In 1992, when he was 18, he joined a national tour Miss Saigon. Then he worked as a dancer for music artist Prince on the MTV Video Music Awards. His experience in theatre includes touring nationally with the musical Heartstrings, being part of the original company of the 1994 Broadway revival of Carousel, being awarded a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in F.O.B. at East West Players, an Asian-American theatre organization in Los Angeles in 1997, and starring in the production of Carry the Tiger to the Mountain.
Lee has appeared in movies such as The Fast and The Furious (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), plus Crazy Stupid Love, Star Trek, among others. In television, he is known for playing the recurring role of Special Secret Service Agent Bill Kim in the FOX drama Prison Break, where his future Grimm co-star Silas Weir Mitchell also has a recurring role.
Although he originally auditioned for the character of Hank (the role that eventually Russell Hornsby landed), the producers like him so much that they created the role of Sergeant Wu specifically for him in 2011.
He changed his last name from Valdez to Lee, because they were calling him for Hispanic roles. The name Lee comes from his grandparents.
He speaks Tagalog.
On 2014, Reggie Lee was honored with a Visionary Award from the East West Players, one of the most prestigious Asian-American theatre organizations in America, for raising the visibility of Asian Pacific American community through his work on TV and film.