Jonathan Kos-Read, also known as Cao Cao, is an American film and television actor based in the People's Republic of China. While well known in China, his work is little-known in the United States. Kos-Read uses the stage name Cao Cao, which is also the name of the penultimate chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, a historical figure well-known to most Chinese people.
Kos-Read was born in Torrance, California, in 1973. He attended the film and acting schools of New York University, but completed his university career there studying molecular biology. Kos-Read began studying Mandarin Chinese at New York University, and re-located to China in 1997. His first acting role was in 1999.
Kos-Read is married to a Chinese citizen, Li Zhi Yin, with whom he has two daughters, Roxanne and Persephone.