Masi Oka is being promoted to series regular on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” TV Guide reports.
Oka, who played time traveler Hiro Nakamura in NBC’s “Heroes” from 2006 to 2010, played Dr. Max Bergman — an eccentric, piano-playing medical examiner — in four episodes of “Five-0’s” first season. His other credits include the sitcoms “Scrubs” and “Reno 911” and the movies “Get Smart” and “Balls of Fury.”
IMDB reports that Oka is also starring in and executive-producing a pilot for Syfy, “The Correctors,” which involves travel to parallel universes.
A native of Tokyo and a graduate of Brown University, Oka has worked as a visual effects artist at George Lucas’ ILM (Industrial Light and Magic). His credits there include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “War of the Worlds,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “The Perfect Storm,” and the three “Star Wars” prequels.
CBS is expected to renew the series, which stars Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, Scott Caan as Danny Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, and Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua.
Several Asian Pacific American actors have had recurring roles on the show, including Taylor Wily, Will Yun Lee, Sab Shimono, Kelvin Han Yee, Kelly Hu, Mark Dacascos, and Al Harrington, who was a regular on the original “Hawaii Five-0” from 1969 to 1975.