James Hong, actor who breaks barriers, earns a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 93 after decades in film and television


HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES — James Hong, the barrier-breaking Asian film legend, on Tuesday became the oldest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He celebrated with a little song and a dragon dance. It was a day of pure joy for the longtime actor.

At 93, Hong is 31 years older than the Walk of Fame.

“I want to feel the moment,” Hong said at the ceremony as he stood next to Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Dae Kim.

“Before, I used to do, you know, little, little things here and there, except for ‘Everything, everywhere, all at once,'” Hong later said.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is Hong’s latest film – and it’s a box office hit. Curtis, her co-star in the film, spoke on her behalf. Kim did the same, who nominated Hong for the star and raised the funds to make it happen.

“And the fact that he didn’t get recognized, I thought, was an oversight,” Kim said. “And so, all I wanted to do was draw attention to the fact that we have this national treasure that is functioning today, alive and vital, as you have seen, that could benefit from a some recognition.”

Fans have recognized Hong since the mid-1950s. On television, he starred in “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan.” His hundreds and hundreds of television appearances include “Kung Fu” in the 70s, “Dynasty” in the 80s, and “Seinfeld” in the 90s.

On the big screen, he was in “Blade Runner” and “Big Trouble in Little China.” He was a voice in the original “Mulan” and in the “Kung Fu Panda” films.

Hong has worked a lot and he hasn’t finished yet.

“I haven’t made a great sci-fi movie yet, other than ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and ‘Blade Runner’, of course. But the newer ones? I’d like to be a big freak, you know, and just go around the universe and travel and just fight, just be extravagant!” said Hong. “And I hope that I can satisfy my audience with the future work that I will do. I could live to be 100 if this continues!”

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