James Hong Bio
James Hong is an American actor, voice actor, producer, and director of Chinese descent, He has worked in numerous productions in American media since the 1950s, playing a variety of East Asian roles. He became known to audiences through starring in the crime series The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957–1958).
James Hong Age
James was born on February 22, 1929 and is currently 90 years old as of 2019.
James Hong Family|Early Life
James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to mother Lee Shui Fa and father Frank w. Hong. His father emigrated from china to Chicago, Illinois through Canada where he used to own a restaurant.
For his early education, Hong moved to Hong Kong, where he lived in Kowloon, before returning to the United States at the age of ten. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he concentrated the majority of his free time on moving plates and fixing templates for the drill squad.
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James later became interested in acting and trained with Jeff Corey. Hong was a road engineer in Los Angeles County for seven and a half years, acting during his vacations and sick days. He eventually quit engineering for good to devote himself to acting and voice work full-time.
Hong served in the United States Army at Fort McClellan and Rucker with the Special Services. After finishing his training for the day, he would entertain soldiers during the Korean War; upon witnessing Hong’s performing prowess, the camp general asked Hong to stay at Camp Rucker and be in charge of the camp’s live shows rather than deploy overseas.
James Hong Career
Hong’s film career took off in the 1950s where he dubbed soundtracks for several asian films. He dubbed the voices of characters Ogata (Akira Takarada) and Dr. Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata) in the 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, as well as the title character in The Human Vapor.
He was cast as Jimmy Ling in 1956 in the episode “Red Tentacles” of the western aviation tv series “Sky King” and also co-starred in the NBC series “The californians”.
In 1957-1958, he was cast as the “Number One Son”, Barry Chan, in the British-American series “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan” starring J. Carrol Naish as Charlie Chan. The role of the Number One Son was played by Keye Luke in the predecessor films. However, Keye Luke’s character was known as Lee Chan.
In 1959, he appeared as a prince on an episode of Walt Disney’s ABC series, Zorro. He was thereafter cast as Chung Lind in the 1960 episode “East of Danger” in the David Janssen NBC crime drama series Richard Diamond, Private Detective. From 1960 to 1962, he appeared four times on the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Hawaiian Eye, twice each on the ABC series Hong Kong and Adventures in Paradise, and once on ABC’s related series, The Islanders.
In 1962, he appeared on CBS’s Perry Mason as Dean Chang in “The Case of the Weary Watchdog”, and in 1963, he played Louis Kew in “The Case of the Floating Stones”. He also appeared three times on the NBC military sitcom, Ensign O’Toole. In 1965, Hong was one of the original founding members of the East West Players, an early Asian American theatre organization. Also in 1966, he played the bar owner Mr. Shu in The Sand Pebbles. Hong also appeared in several episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O.
Hong had a small part on a 1972 episode of CBS’s “The Bob Newhart Show”. He was a frequent guest star on the 1972–1975 ABC television series “Kung Fu”, joined the cast on the final season of CBS’s Switch, as Wang, and also played a flight attendant in the original 1979 film The In-Laws. He appeared as a doctor accused of performing an illegal abortion in the Edwards movie “The Carey Treatment” in 1972. He starred as a uniformed man in the 1980 comedy cult film “Airplane!” He has also directed such films as Teen Lust.
He also played Mr. Soo on The King of Queens, a restaurant owner again who rents Doug Heffernan and his friends an apartment above his store, in the episode “Apartment Complex” (2006). Additionally, Hong had guest-starred on Friends, playing Hoshi, the former paid assassin and boxing coach for Monica’s boyfriend Pete (played by Jon Favreau) in the episode “The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion”.
Hong also voiced the character Daolon Wong, an evil wizard in the Jackie Chan Adventures television series, and was the voice of Chi Fu in Disney’s Mulan, A.N.T. Farm, Mandarin in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and Professor Chang in Teen Titans. He made a cameo appearance on the television series Las Vegas as a presumed cheating monk. James Hong also lent his voice to the Cartoon Network Animation Chowder as Mung Daal’s mentor in the “Won-Ton Bombs” episode.
In 2006, Hong voiced the character Mayor Tong in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the second season’s episode titled “Avatar Day” in addition to his previous role as Monk Tashi in the first-season episode “The Storm” in 2005. In 2006, he also voiced the character of the High Lama in the film Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
In 2008, he voiced Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda, the adopted father of Po and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance; he later reprised the role on Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production. Furthermore, he and Lucy Liu have been collaborated in the feature film series and in the television series adaptation, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
James Kung Fu Panda Character
After the release of the third film he stated that he hoped to continue in the role, though due to his advanced age the filmmakers should start work on it quickly. In 2015, Hong voiced Azmorigan on Star Wars Rebels as well as the Sugi arms dealer Endente in an unfinished four-part story arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars; the rough animatics for the entire arc have been published on the official Star Wars website.
He appeared in the film Safe (2012). He also provides the voices for the jeweler NPC Covetous Shen in Diablo III, Master Bruised Paw in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Bucky (for two episodes) from the television series Archer, and Uncle Po in Sleeping Dogs. In 2013, he appeared as Ogisan, the gift shop keeper from the Incredible Crew sketch “Magical Video Game Controller” alongside Jeremy Shada and Shauna Case. He also appeared in the film R.I.P.D. (2013).
Hong guest-starred in a 2015 episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the father of Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen, with whom he co-starred in Mulan.
James Hong Net Worth
James has an estimated net worth of 8.5 million dollars as of 2019.
James Hong Personal Life
James had two spouses in his life, the first was Pearl Huang whom he married in 1967 but later divorced, He then married Susan Hong with whom they have a daughter “April Hong” who is also an actress. Susan and James are still together till now.
James and his daughter April
James Hong Filmography
|Grand-Daddy Day Care||2019||Walter||Movie|
|Patsy Lee & The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms||2019||Chuck Lee||Movie|
|Sherlock Gnomes||2018||Salt Shaker (voice)||Movie|
|The Next Kill||2018||Shop Keep||Movie|
|The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time||2018||Confucius||TV Movie|
|Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny||2018||Mr. Ping||TV Show|
|Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon||2018||Movie|
|Nobodies||2017||Ken Choi||TV Show|
|Explosion Jones||2017||Mingo Blaze||TV Show|
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James Hong Kung Fu Panda
James was the voice of Mr. Ping in the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda”.
James Hong Blade Runner
He played as “Hannibal Chew” in blade runner 1982.
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