Yila Timothy Kang was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University. He also studied acting in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School. He got into acting at age 26.
Kang was a series regular on CBS's The Mentalist as Special Agent Kimball Cho. He appeared in Rambo (2008) and also on such TV shows as The Office, Chappelle's Show, and Monk.
In 2012, Kang launched a production company named One Shoot Films with its first film project focusing on child abduction and sexually abused children.
|2002||Two Weeks Notice||Paul the Attorney|
|2003||Robot Stories||Young John|
|2004||The Forgotten||Agent Alec Wong|
|2010||Mister Green||Mason Park|
|2002||The Sopranos||Dr. Harrison Wong||In episode "Whoever Did This"|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Murakami||In episode "Legion"|
|2004||Third Watch||Detective Kent Yoshihara||In 5 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial By Jury||Dr. Liam Kelly||In episode "Baby Boom"|
|2006||Chappelle's Show||Car Wash Manager/ Mummy's Probation Officer||In episode 3.1 & episode 3.3|
|Ghost Whisperer||Warren Chen (Burning Ghost)||In episode "The Night We Met"|
|2007||Monk||William Lee||In episode "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"|
|The Office||Koh||In episode "Local Ad"|
|The Unit||Chaplain Alan Lantz||In episodes "Gone Missing" and "Play 16"|
|2008–2015||The Mentalist||Agent Kimball Cho||151 episodes|
|2015||The Vampire Diaries||Oscar/Unknown Vampire Spirit||Recurring role|
- Kang is the eldest of three brothers.
- Kang has a black belt in Taekwondo.
- Kang is a national spokesman and active supporter for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.