Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom on the Futurama voice cast panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born Lauren Chan
(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Curt Kaplan (1999–present)

Lauren Tom (born Lauren Chan on August 4, 1961)[1] is an American actress. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in The Joy Luck Club, Julie in the NBC sitcom Friends, Dot in the final season of Grace Under Fire, and the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voiced Amy Wong and her mother Inez, while on King of the Hill she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone. She also voiced Numbuh 3 in Codename Kids Next Door.

Early life

Lauren Tom was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Nancy (née Dare) and Tom Chan, Jr. who worked in the frozen food business. Her parents were born in Chicago, and her grandparents came from Guangdong province, China.[2] Her grandfather Tom Y. Chan was a businessman and a leading supporter of the Kuomintang in the United States, and helped raise money for both Sun Yat-sen and General Chiang Kai-shek. Her uncle, Ping Tom, was also a businessman and an influential civic leader in Chicago's Chinatown.[3] She was raised in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. In an article for Detour magazine Tom described how being teased as a child about her Chinese heritage made her introverted and is what originally inspired her to study dance.[4]


At the age of 17, Tom landed a spot with a touring company of A Chorus Line and was cast in the Broadway production of the show less than a year later in the role of Connie. [5] She won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway acting and was cast in the Broadway shows Hurlyburly and Doonesbury. In Chicago she starred in the Goodman Theater's production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.[6]


Tom had several small roles in movies including Nothing Lasts Forever, Wall Street, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Blue Steel. Her biggest role up until that point was as a waitress in the Robin Williams/Tim Robbins film Cadillac Man. This role led to being a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Tom landed a lead role in the film The Joy Luck Club in 1993, which led to roles in such other films such as When a Man Loves a Woman and North.

Since the mid-1990s, Tom has focused her work primarily in voiceover roles. She has appeared in a few live action films, including the 2003 comedy Bad Santa and the critically acclaimed 2004 film In Good Company.


Lauren Tom's first role in television was that of Miko Wakamatsu on The Facts of Life. She subsequently appeared on The Equalizer, Catfish With Black Bean Sauce, thirtysomething, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, 704 Hauser, Grace Under Fire, Friends, The Nanny, The Middle, DAG, The Division, Monk, My Wife and Kids, Barbershop: The Series, Grey's Anatomy, The Closer and Men in Trees. She had an acting role in a bonus feature on the Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder DVD. She also had a supporting role on the 8th and 9th season of the drama series Supernatural as prophet Kevin Tran's mother, Linda Tran.

Voice acting

Tom began vocal work in the animated series Superman: The Animated Series playing Angela Chen. From there on, she voiced Dana Tan in Batman Beyond and had minor roles on Pinky and the Brain, Extreme Ghostbusters, The Zeta Project before landing her regular roles on King of the Hill, where she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone and later Futurama, where she voices Amy and Inez Wong.

She has also lent her voice to All Grown Up!, Rocket Power, Max Steel, Handy Manny as Mrs. Lee and Nelson, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Justice League Unlimited, Kim Possible and Legion of Super Heroes.

From 2002 to 2008, Lauren Tom played Numbuh Three (Kuki Sanban) and Numbuh Three's mother Genki on Codename: Kids Next Door. She also voiced various recurring characters on the show, such as Numbuh 23 and Numbuhs 44 and 45.

She has also voiced the villains Gizmo and Jinx on Teen Titans, Yan Lin, Susan, Alchemy on W.I.T.C.H., Tasumi on The Replacements, Jake's mom, Counselor Chang on American Dragon: Jake Long, and as Joo Dee on Avatar the Last Airbender. She also guest-starred in The Penguins of Madagascar as Chuck Charles's co-anchor, Bonnie Chang, in "Gator Watch" and "All Tied Up With a Boa".

Recently in 2010, she did the voice of Bai Li and Ming on the animated series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and also played the role of Jessica in the animated film, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare.

Other animated movies Tom has voiced include Mulan II, Kim Possible: The Secret Files, Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and the four Futurama movies: Bender's Big Score, The Beast with a Billion Backs, Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder.

She voiced Li Li Stormstout in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria[7] and played Hayaku on an episode of Turbo FAST.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life Miko Episode: "The Americanization of Miko"
Episode: "Runaway"
1983 Doonesbury: A Broadway Musical Ching 'Honey' Huan
1984 Nothing Lasts Forever Eloy
ABC Afterschool Special Sarah Episode: "Mom's on Strike"
1985 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kim Episode: "The Exchange Student"
Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer Mrs. Tom Episode: "China Rain"
Spenser: For Hire Episode: "Children of a Tempest Storm"
Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Mrs. Gwynne Episode: "Denise's Friend"
1987 Magic Sticks Redhead
Wall Street Lady Broker
1989 Rooftops Audry
See No Evil, Hear No Evil Mitzie
Blue Steel Marjolene Ping the Female Reporter
1990 Cadillac Man Helen
Angel of Death Julie TV movie
thirtysomething Gail Episode: "The Distance"
1991 Lenny Nurse Episode: "G.I. Joe"
Quantum Leap Sophie Episode: "Southern Comforts"
Palace Guard Episode: "Eye of Newt"
Anything but Love Episode: "First Lady Sings the Blues"
1992 Man Trouble Adele Bliss
1993 Joy Luck Club, TheThe Joy Luck Club Lena St. Clair
Mr. Jones Amanda Chang
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Amy
704 Hauser Margaret Episode: "Triskaidekaphobia"
North Mrs. Ho
Homicide: Life on the Street Emma Zoole Episode: "A Model Citizen"
Episode: "Happy to Be Here"
Chicago Hope Nurse Julia Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart" and Episode: "Love and Hope"
1995 Puzzle Place, TheThe Puzzle Place Julie's Mom Episode: "Family Fun"
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty Lily Yee TV movie
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Claudia Ford TV movie
1995 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Kim Episode: "The Chatterbox"
1995 If Not for You Claire Episode: "Pilot"
1995–1996 Friends Julie 7 episodes
1996 Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, TheThe Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest Angela Chen (voice) TV movie
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Angela Chen (voice) TV movie
1996–1999 Superman Angela Chen (voice) 14 episodes
1997 Blues Brothers Animated Series, TheThe Blues Brothers Animated Series Soon-He / Mrs. Fun (voice) 3 episodes
Tell Me No Secrets Connie Ching TV movie
Murder Live! Marge Fong TV movie
Tracey Takes On... Weng Episode: "Race Relations"
Pinky and the Brain Shopper Episode: "Brain Acres"
New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Ice Maiden #3 (voice) Episode: "Cold Comfort"
Extreme Ghostbusters Episode: "Fallout"
Episode: "Eyes of a Dragon"
1997–1998 Grace Under Fire Dot 12 episodes
1997–2010 King of the Hill Connie
Various (voice)
98 episodes
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Mother (voice) Episode: "Charity"
SubZero Mariko (voice) Video
Dexter's Laboratory Teacher (voice) Episode: "Last But Not Beast"
With Friends Like These... Yolanda Chin
Susan's Plan Carol
Vengeance Unlimited Samantha Episode: "Dishonorable Discharge"
1999 Batman Beyond: The Movie Dana Tan (voice) TV movie
1999 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Mai
1999 Early Edition Amy Hunter Episode: "Play It Again, Sammo"
1999 Rocket Power Trish and Sherry (voice) Episode: "Fall and Rise of Sam / Typhoid Sam"
1999 Y2K Ann Lee TV movie
1999–2001 Kids from Room 402, TheThe Kids from Room 402 Jordan (voice) TV series
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Dana Tan
Various (voice)
22 episodes
Futurama Amy Wong
Inez Wong
Various (voice)
125+ episodes
2000 City of Angels Episode: "Unhand Me"
2000 Teacher's Pet Younghee
Additional voices
TV series
2000 Weekenders, TheThe Weekenders Candace (voice) Episode: "Real Fake"
2000 Pepper Ann Alice Kane Episode: "Complementary Colors"
Episode: "A Is for Average/Alice Kane Went Down to Calcutta"
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Dana Tan (voice) Video
2000–2001 DAG Ginger Chin 17 episodes
2000–2001 Clerks (voice) 2 episodes
2001 Jack the Dog Angel
2001 Max Steel Laura Chen (voice) Episode: "Strangers"
2001 Johnny Bravo Ting (voice) Episode: "Enter the Chipmunk"
2001 No P in the O.O.L. Numbuh 3 (voice) TV movie
2001–2002 Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta Project Agent Lee (voice) 8 episodes
2002 Chang Family Saves the World, TheThe Chang Family Saves the World TV movie
2002 ChalkZone Flunke/Robin (voice) 1 episode
2002 The Division Nora Chen 6 episodes
2002 Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Additional Voices (uncredited)
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Various (voice) 4 episodes
2002 My Wife and Kids Hostess Episode: "Table for Too Many: Part 1"
Episode: "Table for Too Many: Part 2"
2002–2005 Kim Possible Yoshiko (voice) Episode: "Crush"
Episode: "Low Budget"
Episode: "A Very Possible Christmas"
Episode: "Showdown at the Crooked D"
2002–2003 Totally Spies! Lady Dragon
Sunny (voice)
Episode: "Game Girls"
Episode: "Man or Machine"
Episode: "Here Comes the Sun"
2002–2004 Fillmore! Various (voice) 16 episodes
2002–2008 Codename: Kids Next Door Kuki 'Numbuh 3' Sanban (voice)
Genki Sanban
Additional voices
78 episodes
2003 Manhood Bambi
2003 All Grown Up! Bean (voice) Episode: "Interview with a Campfire: "Part 1"
Episode: "Interview with a Campfire: Part 2"
2003 Monk Mrs. Ling Episode: "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man"
2003 Duck Dodgers Dr. Yoshimi (voice) Episode: "The Spy Who Didn't Love Me"
2003 Kim Possible: The Secret Files Yoshiko (voice) Video
2003 Samurai Jack Samurai Jack's mother
Additional characters (voice)
3 episodes
2003 Bad Santa Lois
2003 Line of Fire Korean Jury Member Episode: "This Land Is Your Land"
Justice League Unlimited Chung
Dana Tan
Dr. Light (voice)
Episode: "Epilogue"
Episode: "The Great Brain Robbery"
Episode: "Eclipsed"
2003–2005 Teen Titans Gizmo
Jinx (voice)
6 episodes
2004 Infinite Darcy, TheThe Infinite Darcy Darcy Chang (voice) TV series
2004 Teacher's Pet Younghee (voice)
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Carla TV movie
2004 Mulan II Su (voice) Video
2004 My Wife and Kids Annie Hoo Episode: "Jr. Sells His Car"
Episode: "Restaurant Wars"
2004 In Good Company Obstetrician
2004–2006 W.I.T.C.H. Yan Lin
Various (voice)
51 episodes
2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Yoshiko (voice) TV movie
2005 Danger Rangers Various (voice) Episode: "Fires & Liars"
2005 Barbershop Dana 4 episodes
2005 Threshold Janet Tam Episode: "The Order"
2005 Clifford's Puppy Days Shun, Lucy Sidarsky (voice)
2005–2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Joo Dee
Additional voices (voice)
3 episodes
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Susan Long
Counselor Chang (voice)
25 episodes
2006 God's Waiting List Sylvia
2006 Courting Alex Jan Episode: "Everything I Know About Men"
2006 Let Go Beverly TV movie
2006 Grey's Anatomy Audrey Episode: "Begin the Begin"
2006 In from the Night Dr. Myra Chen TV movie
2006 Codename: Kids Next Door - Operation: Z.E.R.O. Kuki 'Numbuh 3' Sanban (voice) TV movie
2006 Closer, TheThe Closer Dr. Tann Episode: "Borderline"
2006 Me, Eloise (voice) Episode: "Eloise Goes to School"
2006–2008 Men in Trees Mai Washington 26 episodes
2006–2009 Replacements, TheThe Replacements Tasumi (voice) 43 episodes
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Numbuh Three (voice) TV movie
2007 Grim Adventures of the KND, TheThe Grim Adventures of the KND Numbuh 3 (voice) TV movie
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Amy
Various (voice)
2007–2008 Legion of Super Heroes Zyx (voice) Episode: "Child's Play"
Episode: "Trials"
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Amy Wong
Inez Wong (voice)
2008 Futurama: Bender's Game Amy
Various (voice)
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bae Chin Episode: "Say Uncle"
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Amy Wong
Inez Wong
Trixie (voice)
2009 Without a Trace Kim Tan Episode: "Devotion"
2009 Hawthorne Mrs. Tanaka Episode: "The Sense of Belonging"
2010–2011 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Bonnie Chang (voice) Episode: "Gator Watch"
Episode: "All Tied Up With a Boa"
2010 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!"
2010 Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Jessica (voice) Video
2010 Fish Hooks Barb (voice) Episode: "Bea Becomes an Adult Fish"
2010–2013 Pound Puppies Various (voice)
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Market Sheep (voice)
2011 Curious George Mei (voice)
Chasing Eagle Rock Roxanne Post-production
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Song (voice) TV series
2012 Napoleon Dynamite Tokiko (voice) Episode: "Scantronica Love"
2012–2014 Supernatural Mrs. Linda Tran Episode: "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?"
Episode: "A Little Slice Of Kevin"
Episode: "Captives"
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Gizmo
Jinx (voice)
Episode: "Laundry Day"
Episode: "Girl's Night Out"
2014 Turbo FAST Hayaku
Translator (voice)
Episode: "Turbo Drift"
2014 The Simpsons Amy Wong (voice) Episode: "Simpsorama"
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Sashi's Mom (voice) Episode: "Flurgle Burgle"
Pretty Little Liars Rebecca Marcus
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lara Video

See also


  1. Lauren J Tom, 1959-08-04, Los Angeles, CA
  2. Lauren Tom (Untold Stories), Chinese American Museum
  3. "Lauren Tom Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  4. Article from Detour Magazine Accessed 7 February 2010
  5. Article from In Style Magazine Accessed 7 February 2010
  6. Bommer, Lawrence (1990-03-09). "Updated `Tis Pity` Set In Mussolini`s Italy". Chicago Tribune.
  7. Tom, Lauren (2012-10-02). "". @erictbar: That’s great! My monk sounds great. :) Did you happen to do Li-Li, a young girl in The Valley of the Four Winds, as well? @LaurenTom9000: Yep! Glad you had fun with the Monk! :)
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