Martial Arts Pro Stars in Nat Geo's "The Long Road Home"

Martial Arts Pro Stars in Nat Geo's "The Long Road Home"

Dec 22, 2017, 12:53:52 AM Entertainment

Actor Kenny Leu stars as Sgt. Eddie Chen on the highly anticipated eight-hour event series "The Long Road Home" which airs Tuesday's at 9:00pm ET/PT on Nat Geo. The heart-wrenching story follows American forces occupying Iraq who are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood.
"The Long Road Home," based on ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz's best-selling book of the same name, the series re-examines a day during the Iraq War when the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, was ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad, on what would become known as "Black Sunday."  Leu appears opposite Michael Kelly ("House of Cards"), Jason Ritter, Jeremy Sisto and Noel Fisher.  

The Long Road Home Trailer
In addition to his gritty performance as Sgt. Chen, Leu just wrapped production starring opposite Ciara Renee ("Legends of Tomorrow") in an untitled New York-set police drama, directed by Aimee Long from her own script. Leu portrays a Chinese-American police officer who has accidentally killed a young African-American while in the line of duty. The very public impact and outcry over the death cannot be ignored or overcome, requiring him to confront his actions as he navigates between his loving but worried family, his fiancée (Renée), his concerned therapist (Kathryn Erbe), and the increasingly distant police forces.
 Leu has also appeared in major blockbuster films including INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE and appeared on TV shows including NCIS and NBC's The Player.

Born in Taiwan and raised in the Bay Area, Leu earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from UC Berkeley, before founding a Silicon Valley startup and working as a programmer for the early part of his 20s. Wanting to turn his focus toward creative pursuits and eager to work on projects that promote positive images of Asian Americans, Kenny decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting in 2014.

Outside of acting, he was a member of the United States Wushu team from 2010 - 2012 (Chinese martial arts, specializing in open hand, Chinese broadsword, and staff), winning medals all over the world. Having been born in Taiwan, he also speaks fluent Mandarin.

Published by Judith Davis

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