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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 February 1929Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Nickname Jimmy
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but at some point along the way became interested in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California and practiced for 1½ years as a road engineer with the County of Los Angeles. He took sick leaves and vacation time to do films. He finally quit engineering to focus on acting full time.

He is one of the founders of the East-West Players, the oldest Asian American theater in Los Angeles. He served as president and charter member of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists.

Hong is one of the most prolific and well-recognized Asian-American character actors of movies and television. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is planning to produce and direct his own films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Dicker

Spouse (2)

Susan Hong (20 October 1977 - present) (1 child)
Pearl Huang (9 May 1967 - 1973) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Gruff, yet softly spoken voice

Trivia (6)

Unsuccessfully auditioned for the part of Sulu on Star Trek (1966).
Father of April Hong.
Was a contestant on Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life (1950).
Once worked as an engineer for the city of Los Angeles.
Twenty years after losing the coveted role of Sulu on Star Trek (1966) to actor George Takei, James Hong's and Takei's characters faced off against one another in a scene on MacGyver: The Wish Child (1986).
Has starred in two completely different films with the same title, "China Girl" - 1975 X-rated film and the 1987 Abel Ferrara film. In the 1975 film, he was billed as James Young.

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