American-Chinese actor Forrest Wheeler became known to television audiences primarily through his work on the ABC hit com “Fresh Off the Boat”, in which he has played the role of Emery Huang since the series debuted in 2015. In addition to this outstanding role, Wheeler has also appeared in several other television shows, voice-overs and commercials, and if you look at these advances, this teen star is definitely ready for a Hollywood star.
Forrest Wheeler’s Bio, Ethnicity, Age
Forrest Wheeler was born on March 21, 2004, in Santa Monica, California, the son of a Caucasian-Asian mixed family. Besides English, he speaks Cantonese and takes lessons in Mandarin. He began his high school education at Campbell Hall School in Studio City, Los Angeles.
Forrest Wheeler was enrolled in his first acting class as a shy and reserved 7-year-old. However, being a natural talent, he needed only a few classes to prepare for agents and auditions. Eventually, he was signed with the Clear Talent Agency, and afterward, he was used in numerous commercials, live performances, talk shows, voice-overs, and TV shows.
Among Wheeler’s notable previous jobs was a voiceover role on the long-running children’s television show Sesame Street. He finally made his screen debut at age 10 with a supporting role in the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi. He also starred in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy II (2013), followed by a role in the comedy Such Good People (2014). The talented actor enjoyed further acting success in 2014 when he appeared as a guest star in successful television series such as Community, New Girl, and Chasing Life.
In May 2014, 10-year-old Forrest Wheeler landed a spot in the main cast of the ABC sitcom “Frisch vom Boot”. The talented actor has been playing the regular character, Emery Huang, since the series premiered in March 2015. Fresh Off the Boat is based on the bestselling memories of the same name and is particularly distinguished by the fact that it is the first TV show in two decades to have a purely Asian main cast. It has also made history as the longest-running Asian-American television show in the history of U.S. television, and the show was renewed for its fifth season in May 2018.
In 2016, Forrest Wheeler collaborated with ISAtv on a web series called “The Forrest Wheeler Adventures” that documented his quest to become a superhero. He also had a guest appearance in the TV animated series Sofia the First (2017), and in 2018 he participated in the Nickelodeon reality game show Paradise Run.
Forrest Wheeler comes from a relatively small family as he is his parents’ only child. It is also known that he was born to a Chinese mother and a Caucasian father. His mother Alice Wheeler is originally from Hong Kong, China. Apart from the above information, there is no other information in the media about Wheeler’s family. One can assume that his parents do not want to share the spotlight with their boy wonder.
Height and Other Facts About Forrest Wheeler
Forrest Wheeler is 177 cm (5 feet 8 inches) tall and has a slender build with a bodyweight of 60 kg (132 lbs). Since he is a teenager, his body measurements are expected to increase steadily. He is also ambidextrous and interestingly, he plays tennis with a two-handed racket.
As in acting, this talented teenager is also a professional in martial arts, as he enrolled in his first martial arts class at the tender age of 5. A testament to his skill in this sport is his participation in the U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championship 2014, where he won seven first and one-second trophy.
In 2015, Wheeler earned his first black belt in karate and his second black belt in extreme martial arts (XMA) the following year.
Thanks to his ability on the big screen, Forrest Wheeler was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of “12 Under 12: Best Child Actors of 2015”. In August 2018, he was also named to the “Top 30 Stars under 18 in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Wheeler’s character in Fresh Off the Boat was originally called “Freddy” before being changed to “Emery”.