Actor Spotlight: James Hong

Created by Laura Frantz, collection development librarian

You might not recognize his name, but you definitely know his face. Veteran character actor, James Hong, is the latest celebrity to be immortalized with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The 93-year-old actor also made history by being the oldest person to ever receive a star. Hong’s very long list of television and movie credits include “Blade Runner,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Mulan,” “Turning Red,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and many more. 

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, who nominated Hong for the star, spoke at the ceremony about the challenges Hong had to overcome to establish his career. “I’m looking at all of you right here, many of you who deserve to be here, as well. In time, I’m confident that it will happen,” Kim said, addressing many of Hong’s Asian American co-stars. “But I’m equally confident in saying that no one will have blazed the trail the way that James Hong has. … Today, during the heart of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it’s only fitting that we honor someone who personifies the term ‘trailblazer.’” Discover some of James Hong’s best-known roles here.