Throughout his decades-long career, the Minnesota native has racked up 700 acting credits in movies, TV shows, and video games.
LOS ANGELES Nearly 70 years ago, James Hong left Minnesota to pursue a career in acting. On May 10, after cementing his place as one of the most prolific actors in history, Hong finally secured his place on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Hong, now 93, was honored at a ceremony Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, where fellow actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Dae Kim spoke about his lifetime achievements.
And the achievements, there are many. Throughout his career, Hong has racked up 700 acting credits in movies, TV shows, and video games. You might recognize Hong’s face or voice from classics like “Blade Runner and Chinatown” and animated movies like “Kung Fu Panda” and Mulan.
More recently, Hong has had roles in “Turning Red” and Everything Everywhere All At Once, where he starred alongside Curtis.
The center of the film Everything Everywhere All at Once and the center of James Hong the human is kindness and love, Curtis said. And these two qualities in him, and from him, continue their concentric circle of influence and transformative change in people who look at him and who know him very well, including.
Hong is the oldest honoree to receive a star on the Walk of Fame and the only living actor to have worked with Clark Gable and Groucho Marx, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is also one of 19 people of Asian descent to earn a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which includes more than 2,700 names.
“While this number is entirely too low,” Kim said during her remarks in honor of Hong, “it underscores the fact that we need to celebrate each and every one of us who has been blessed with recognition, and this includes the other three AAPI actors inducted this year.” These stars are Jason Momoa, Ming-Na Wen and apl.de.ap, from the Black Eyed Peas. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
During his time on the mic, Hong admitted that he hadn’t prepared a acceptance speech, saying, “I want to feel the moment…just to be here and see you.” During the ceremony, Hong danced with the SHAOLIN Entertainment Group as they performed a traditional Chinese lion dance, and of course, posed with his well-deserved star.
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