Brian Tee was born in Okinawa, Japan, to a Japanese father and a Korean mother. His family moved to Hacienda Heights, California, when he was two years old. Tee was a star football captain at his Glen A. High School. During high school, he worked at Blackjack Pizza, where fellow Hacienda resident Fergie frequently visited. After completing his training in Dramatic Arts at the University of California in Berkeley, he was ready to embark on his acting career. It began in 2000, mostly with work in television, on series such as The Pretender (1996), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Family Law (1999). Brian began his film work with a short called Remember Pearl Harbor (2002). Next he appeared in We Were Soldiers (2002), followed that same year with a more high profile movie, the comedic spy flick Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). He also appeared in a brief role as a radio corporal in the Sci-Fi video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004). Tee became known for his starring role as the lead villain DK, the Drift King, in Universal Pictures The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), directed by Justin Lin. Tee gave a comedic performance in Lins next film, Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007), as the Vietnam Vet Mac Chang.