Korean-American actor Rex Lee is widely recognized while portraying Lloyd (2005-Present), Ari Gold's gay assistant on HBO's hit dramedy “Entourage.” Having been acting since 1994, Rex has appeared in such shows as "Dave's World," "Son of the Beach," "Twins" and "What About Brian." He will star in the upcoming film Shades of Ray, alongside "Less Than Perfect" star Zachary Levi and former NFL Cheerleader Sarah Shahi.
Similar to his on-screen character on “Entourage,” Rex is an openly gay. The 5' 7" tall actor reportedly has been involved with Kevin Altman.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Warren, Ohio on January 7, 1969 to Korean parents, a doctor father and a homemaker mother, Rex Lee had spent his childhood in Boston since age 9 and later moved to Los Angeles. Developing a strong aptitude in music, especially in the piano, Rex went to Oberlin College of Music in Oberlin, Ohio.
As an adolescent, Lee developed a strong aptitude in music and mathematics, nourishing in particular, a gift for the piano. His advanced musical skills led him back to Ohio and its heralded Oberlin College of Music, where, after an unsuccessful foray from music to dance, he became enchanted with acting. Lee then switched his major once again, deciding to pursue a career back in Los Angeles upon graduation, taking jobs in retail and working at a coffee shop along the way.
From Music to Acting
After an unsuccessful foray from music to dance at the Oberlin College of Music, Rex Lee became interested in acting and went to Los Angeles to start an acting career. He landed his first acting job as a guest in a September 1994 episode of CBS sitcom starring Harry Anderson, “Dave’s World.” Five years later, he landed his feature debut in Tom Lazarus' independent film, Word of Mouth (1999), and appeared in the short-lived series “Redemption High.” He followed it up with several guest spots on such shows as "The Huntress" and the FX shows "Son of the Beach" and "Lucky."
By this time, Rex also worked as an assistant for a casting director for such made-for-television movies as The Cure for a Diseased Life. He even still did the job during his early episode tapings for “Entourage,” which he joined in 2005. In the HBO's original dramedy series, he played the regular role of Lloyd, the gay assistant of super-agent Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). He began appearing on the show in its second season until its current fourth season (2007). His performance was awarded a nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2007.
During his “Entourage” stint, Rex appeared in the first season of the WB's sitcom “Twins” and ABC's dramatic series “What About Brian.” He also performed on several stage productions, notably the AIDS drama “Queen Of Angels,” as well as “Taming of the Shrew” and “Letters to a Student Revolutionary.”
On the big screen, Rex could be seen in Lynne Moses' 25-minute drama Mothers Be Good (2006) and Dominic Mah and Jennifer Phang's sci-fi movie Target Audience 9.1 (2007). He is currently on set and will soon complete his upcoming film with Zachary Levi and Sarah Shahi, Shades of Ray, a romantic drama comedy by writer-director Jaffar Mahmood.