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This article is about the actor who portrayed Glenn Rhee. You may be looking for the TV Series character, the season one Fear character, the season three Fear character, the actor who portrayed Simon, the other actor or the stuntman.

Yeun Sang-yapp (Korean: 연상엽), better known as Steven Yeun is a South Korean born American actor who portrayed Glenn Rhee in AMC's The Walking Dead.


Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to South Korean parents Je and Jun Yeun. His father was an architect in South Korea before moving his family to Regina, Saskatchewan, and later to Michigan when he was 5. His parents began calling him "Steven" after meeting a doctor by that name.

He became interested in acting and improv during his freshman year at Kalamazoo, when he watched the college's improv group, Monkapult. He auditioned for Monkapult, but was initially rejected before successfully joining the group during his sophomore year.

He revealed to his parents that he planned to pursue an improv career in Chicago instead of enrolling in law school or medical school. His parents, while unhappy with the decision, were supportive and gave him two years to pursue acting.

Involvment In The Walking Dead

He auditioned for an ABC Pilot a month and a half before he auditioned for The Walking Dead. That was his first audition for a pilot. He managed to get a quote, sign a contract, and meet with the execs, but he failed to get the role. 

Later, he auditioned for The Walking Dead, though it wasn't a "drawn-out" process. He went into seeing the casting director, Sharon Bialy, and Bialy liked him. Bialy called him back, and eventually they both worked together. He then met Frank Darabont in his office, and Darabont put him on tape with a camcorder. In front of nobody else- it was just Darabont, Denise Huth, and two casting directors, auditioning for the role of Glenn, which he gets.

Other Works

  • I Origins
  • Carpe Millennium
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia
  • Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
  • Okja
  • Jerry
  • Chew
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Filthy
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Invincible
  • Minari
  • Final Space
  • Tuca & Bertie
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy


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