Legendary Asian American actor James Hong, 93, receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star | Showbiz
KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – Prolific Asian American actor James Hong has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 93-year-old veteran actor is one of 19 talents of Asian descent to receive the honor.
With over 700 credits and memorable roles in iconic movies like Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Chinatownand the kung fu panda films, Hong has had a long career in Hollywood since 1954.
During the ceremony, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Everything, everywhere, all at once co-star Jamie Lee Curtis who gave speeches to honor Hong’s legacy in Hollywood films.
Sporting a bright red Hanfu, Hong made no speeches, instead celebrating and soaking up the occasion with a traditional lion dance performance.
“As you can see, I don’t have a speech because I’m not that kind of person,” he told the crowd.
“I just come here, I wanna feel the moment, just be here and see people I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Hong even joined the performers, showing off martial arts moves and breaking down in the dance.
Kim spoke about the struggle Asian American actors have undertaken in the past to break into the industry, mentioning her own challenges that pale in comparison to Hong’s struggle rising in Hollywood in its nastiest form towards the Asian actors.
“I’m equally confident in saying that no one will have paved the way like James Hong did,” Kim said during his speech.
“Today, in the midst of Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, it’s only fitting that we honor someone who personifies the term ‘pioneer’.”
Halloween Star Curtis also praised Hong’s kindness and grace, saying it was finally time for him to be recognized in Hollywood.
“I don’t know how I’m going to survive this day with all these compliments, my head is getting too big.” Hong joked.
The actor’s star is the 2,723rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard across from Madame Tussauds.