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James Hong Becomes the Oldest Actor to Get a Long-Overdue Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

What should have happened a decade ago, took place yesterday! The 93-year-old American actor, producer and director, James Hong has become the oldest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read on to know more.

A Golden Career of Six Decades

The New Adventures of Charlie Chan star was on the top of the world and was dressed in his traditional Chinese coat for the special occasion. He contrasted it with a navy vest and black trousers along with a grey-blue shirt and a gold silk tie.

James celebrated the latest milestone in his prolific career of six decades as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. The actor is known for working in over 600 films and television credits.

At 93, James has become the oldest person to receive the prestigious title. He was joined by his friends, family and costars like Tia Carrere, Daniel Dae Kim and Jamie Lee Curtis as this star was unveiled.

“I might live until 100 if this keeps up”, James said as the star was unveiled. FYI, James is 31 years older than the Walk of fame. At the ceremony, James said, “I want to feel the moment. He addressed the crowd by saying, “I am here, I am alive.”

James’s co-star Kim said, “…And the fact that he hadn’t been recognized, I thought, was an oversight. And so all I wanted to do was bring attention to the fact that we have this national treasure working today, alive and vital, as you saw, who could use some recognition.”

Interestingly, the Kung Fu (1972-1975) star has secured a prime spot for his star on Hollywood Boulevard, located between the iconic Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Well, it was worth the wait.

James Hong’s Golden Career

Hong made frequent appearances on many television shows like the original Hawaii Five-O (1969–1974), Bonanza (1960), Perry Mason (1962–1963), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965–1966), I Spy (1965–1967), and Kung Fu (1972–1975).

As for his film career, some of Hong’S comedic and dramatic roles in films include, Kahn the butler in Chinatown (1974) and its sequel The Two Jakes (1990), Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner (1982), David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Jeff Wong in Wayne’s World 2 (1993), Master Hong in Balls of Fury (2007), and Jerry Chen in R.I.P.D. (2013).

Hong Is also a voice-over artist and has voiced Daolon Wong in Jackie Chan Adventures (2002–2004), Chi-Fu in Mulan (1998), Mr Ping in Kung Fu Panda made the franchise, Zong Shi in Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021) and Mr Gao in Turning Red (2022)

Hong co-founded the East West Players, which is the first Asian American theatre organization and the longest continuously running theatre of colour in the United States, to increase Asian American representation in the industry.

Hong will continue to Perform…

 

Interestingly, recognizing the groundbreaking body of work from the 93-year-old actor, who has more than 650 credits to his name, actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim started a crowdfunding campaign in 2020 to raise the $55,000 necessary for the long-overdue star.

From being military personnel in the United States Army during the Korean war to gaining recognition with his 50s TV series The New Adventures of Charlie Chan” and “Dragnet” to his current blockbuster, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, James never really stopped working.

Now, Hong wishes to do sci-fi movies. He revealed that “I have not done a super science fiction film yet, you know, except for ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ of course.

But the recent ones? I’d like to be a big monster of some kind, you know, and just go around the universe and travel and just fight, just be an extravaganza! And I hope I can satisfy my audience with the future work I’m going to do. I might live until 100 if this keeps up!” We wish he lives a thousand years and keeps entertaining his fans!

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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