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Actor, James Hong

James Hong will be going home to Minneapolis, MN for Central High School’s Class of January and June 1947 Reunion for Everyone is 80 (or almost) Celebration! The 1947 Class reunion celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at the Jensen's Supper Club on 3840 Sibley Memorial Highway in Eagan, Minnesota 55122. James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Frank W. Hong, emigrated from Hong Kong to Chicago through Canada and was a restaurant owner while his grandfather's ancestral homeland was Taishan, China. For his early education, Hong moved to Hong Kong, and returned to the United States at age ten. He studied civil engineering at the University of Southern California, but later became interested in acting and trained with Jeff Corey. Mr. Hong, widely known by his nickname, Jimmy or Hongster Prongster in High School, was a road engineer for Los Angeles County for 7 1/2 years, acting during his vacations and sick days.  He finally quit engineering for good to devote himself to acting and voice work full time.

James Hong, Writer/Director has had over 500 feature movies and TV roles and is still going strong. Mr. Hong has entertained web_lopanmillions as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, the voice of Chi Fu in Mulan, and appeared opposite popular stars like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner and Jack Nicholson in Chinatown and The Two Jakes. His television credentials include Kung-Fu (both past and present), Hawaii 5-0, Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, and scores of others. Versatility has been JAMES HONG'S trademark throughout his nearly fifty-five years as an actor and entertainer. His film roles have ranged from Faye Dunaway's ominous butler in Chinatown to a nerd master in Nerds in Paradise.

James Hong as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China

James Hong's first stint in show business was performing in a nightclub comedy duo with his partner, Don Parker. His flair for comedy led to a spot as a contestant on You Bet Your Life, where his impersonation of host Groucho Marx earned him a contract at a popular San Francisco club, Forbidden City. After college, he did work at a Los Angeles civil engineering job for a while. He quit the instant he was cast into three feature films, the first with Clark Gable in Soldier of Fortune and the third one being the 1955 hit Love is a Many Splendored Thing with William Holden and Jennifer Jones.

James Hong's recent films include: The Day The Earth Stood Still (James plays opposite Keanu Reeves) and the animation blockbuster Kung Fu Panda. James is currently finishing work on the sequel to Kung Fu Panda, Kaboom Of Doom, reprising his role as Mr. Ping, Po's dad (Jack Black). James said: "if you love Kung Fu Panda, you'll go crazy for the sequel. I can tell when I'm voicing the goose father. I love going to work at Dreamworks."

James completed work earlier this year in Thailand as the character Faleaka in the action, adventure feature film The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone. The film is scheduled for release in 2011. James will be working on a second feature to be shot in
Thailand December of 2009. Visit: www.jameshong.com, www.imdb.com/name/nm0393222/ for more info on James Hong.

 

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