Netflix 'Cowboy Bebop': 5 things you didn't know about John Cho

While John Cho gears up to portray everyone's favorite space cowboy, continue reading to know more about the 'Cowboy Bebop' cast

                            Netflix 'Cowboy Bebop': 5 things you didn't know about John Cho
John Cho as Spike Spiegel in 'Cowboy Bebop' (Kirsty Griffin/Netflix )

The Netflix live-action adaption of 'Cowboy Bebop' is finally here for all you anime fans waiting with bated breath. Based on the hit anime, the series follows a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, each with their dark past. This unlikely group scours the solar system hunting down dangerous criminals, all for the right price, of course. Curious to see who takes on these iconic roles? Continue reading to find out.

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John Cho

Taking on the role of the infamous space cowboy Spike Spiegel is actor John Cho. He was born Cho Yo-Han on June 16, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. His family later moved to the USA in 1978. He was raised in Los Angeles.

His father a minister in the Church of Christ and was originally from North Korea.

Cho attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a BA degree in English. He also taught English at Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California, while pursuing his acting career.

Cho made history when he was the first Asian-American actor cast as a romantic lead in the 2014 sitcom 'Selfie'. 

Some of his most notable roles have been Harold Lee in the 'Harold & Kumar' franchise, and Hikaru Sulu in the 'Star Trek' reboot films. His recent works include 'Over the Moon', 'Home Movie: The Princess Bride', 'The Grudge', 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Oath', 'Mirai', 'Searching' and 'The Exorcist'.


Mustafa Shakir 

Actor Mustafa Shakir plays former Inter-Solar System Police and investigator turned bounty hunter, Jet Black. Born on born August 21, 1976, Shakir grew up in Harlem and was a barber before pursuing an acting career. His works include 'Imitation', 'The Deuce', 'Jett', 'American Gods', 'The Pretenders' and 'Luke Cage'. 



Daniella Pineda 

Actress Daniella Pineda plays Faye Valentine, a woman with a bounty on her head who later joins the Bebop crew. Born February 20, 1987, in Oakland, California, she later attended graduated from Mills College with a sociology and radio journalism degree. Her works include 'Modern Persuasion', 'Dream Corp LLC', 'Before/During/After', 'Robot Chicken', 'The Detour', 'What/If', 'Mercy Black' and 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'. 



Alex Hassell

Alex Hassell plays Vicious, the antagonist of the series. An English actor, Hassell was born on 7 September 1980, in Southend. He studied at Moulsham High School, in Chelmsford, Essex and later trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His works include 'The Tragedy of Macbeth', 'The Red Sea Diving Resort', 'The Boys', 'Grantchester', 'National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running', 'The Albion Tales', 'The Bisexual', 'Genius', 'The Isle' and 'The Miniaturist'.



Elena Satine

Elena Satine plays Julia, Spike's former interest who also had a relationship with Vicious, the series' antagonist. Satine was born November 24, 1987, in Tbilisi, Georgia. She moved to New York and joined Professional Performing Arts School, and later studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Satine's works include 'Payback', 'Strange Angel', 'The Gifted', 'Twin Peaks', '24: Legacy', 'Picture Wheel', 'Timeless' and 'Outlaw'. 


'Cowboy Bebop' premieres on Netflix on November 19, 2021. 

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