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James Hong Biography

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Fast Facts

  • Although born in America, was educated partly in Hong Kong, where his father was from
  • Before becoming an actor, gained a degree in civil engineering and worked as a road engineer in Los Angeles for seven years, using his holidays and sick days for auditions and acting
  • Enrolled in the United States Army during the Korean War, but quickly gained such a reputation for entertaining troops that, before he was deployed, he was asked to stay behind and oversee the army camp's live shows
  • As well as acting, has tried his hand at directing, producing and writing
  • Has an extensive filmography as an actor, with well over 500 films to his name
  • Starred in two totally unrelated films entitled China Girl; one in 1974 and one in 1987
  • Although not necessarily a household name, is a favourite amongst film enthusiasts, with roles in many cult classics including Mulan, Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Wayne's World and Kung Fu Panda