Justin Lin at the premiere of Star Trek Beyond, in Tokyo, Japan, October 19, 2016. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson.
 
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Justin Lin with Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015
 
Born: October 11, 1971, in Taipei, Taiwan
Age at the time of the ceremony: 43
 
Justin Lin has replaced John Woo as Hollywood's favorite Asian director. A fanboy in the best sense of the word, Lin started sharing his unique visions with people right out of film school. Now, he is producing, writing and directing all sorts of stuff.

Lin was born in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, but he grew up in Cypress California, where he got into all the things young men go for: movies, cars, comic books and so on. After graduating from Crypress High School, he attended the University of California, San Diego, for two years, then transferred to UCLA, where he got his BA in Film and Television, and an MFA in directing and production.

At UCLA, Lin wrote and directed (with Quentin Lee) Shopping for Fangs (released in September 1997) with Radmar Agana Jao. He also put together a documentary short on the Japanese / American Basketball Leagues called Crossover (released in March 2000).

Lin co-produced, co-wrote and directed Better Luck Tomorrow (released in January 2002) with Parry Shen; it was shown to great effect at the Sundance Festival and was the first indie film bought up by MTV Films. Lin was a hot commodity.

For Touchstone, he directed Annapolis (released in January 2006) with James Franco, which flopped. Approached by Universal to direct The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (which played the Chinese in June 2006) with Lucas Black, Lin scored a major hit, becoming the franchise director for awhile.

Going low-budget, Lin co-produced and directed the mockumentary Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (released in January 2007) with Roger Fan, then directed Fast & Furious (which played the Chinese in April 2009) with Vin Diesel, and was co-executive producer and director for Fast Five (released in April 2011) also with Vin Diesel.

Lin's final Fast and Furious film saw him as co-executive producer and director of Fast & Furious 6 (released in May 2013) with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. Lin directed the pilot and was exec prod for 82 episodes of Scorpion with Elyes Gabel, aired over CBS from September 2014 to March 2018.

Lin directed two episodes of True Detective with Vince Vaughn, aired over HBO in June 2015, then, as producer of the Chinese film Hollywood Adventures (released in June 2015) with Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming, he oversaw both of his stars make their imprints in the Chinese Theatre Forecourt together with his own.

He co-produced and directed Star Trek Beyond (released in July 2016) with Chris Pine, then directed the pilot and was co-executive producer for 38 episodes of S.W.A.T. with Shemar Moore, aired over CBS from November 2017 to May 2019. He then directed an episode of Magnum P.I. with Jay Hernandez, aired over CBS in September 2018.
 
 
TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Justin Lin Forecourt block. Executed by unknown, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 30 x 20 inches.
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Justin Lin / Zhao Wei / Huang Xiaoming Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Justin Lin shows off his cementy hands.
 
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