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James Hong, 89 Year-Old Chinese American Actor: “I Never Thought It Would Take This Long”

James Hong, 89 Year-Old Chinese American Actor: “I Never Thought It Would Take This Long”

Exclusive: James Hong who has been acting since the 1950s has been fighting for parity for Asian actors for decades. With the success of Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians this weekend employing an Asian cast in all leading roles, the 89 year-old Hong said, “I never thought it would take this long.”

It is, indeed, a watershed moment for Hollywood as this now becomes only the second major studio film outside of The Joy Luck Club in 1993 released with a full Asian cast. Hong, who has around 500 credits (not counting voiceovers like the character of Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda film franchise) has, through impossible odds, racked up the most credits of any actor — living or dead — in Hollywood.

He also soon became a role model to the next generation of Asian actors, as Jason Scott Lee told Deadline three years ago.

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