Ke Huy Quan

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Ke Huy Quan
Hanyu Pinyin
Guān Jìwēi
Yue: Cantonese
Yale RomanizationGwāan Gaiwāi
Vietnamese nameVietnamese alphabetQuan Kế Huy[3]

Ke Huy Quan (born August 20, 1971), also known as Jonathan Ke Quan (/kˈkwɑːn/), is an American actor. As a child actor, Quan rose to fame playing Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Data in The Goonies (1985). Following a few roles in the 1990s, he took a 19-year acting hiatus, during which he worked as a stunt choreographer and assistant director.

Quan returned to acting with the family adventure Finding ʻOhana (2021), followed by the critically acclaimed Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), a performance that won him various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Quan is one of two actors of Asian descent to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Academy Award. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2023.[4] He has since starred in the second season of the Disney+ series Loki in 2023.

Early life

Quan Kế Huy was born on August 20, 1971, in Saigon, South Vietnam.[5] He was born into a family of Chinese descent with eight siblings.[6] In 1975, the North Vietnamese occupied the South and took control of Vietnam; three years later, Quan fled from Vietnam with his family.[7] He, along with his father and five siblings, fled to Hong Kong, while Quan's mother and three other siblings went to Malaysia.[8] After staying at a refugee camp in Hong Kong, Quan's entire family was admitted to the United States as part of the Refugee Admissions Program in 1979.[9] In the U.S., Quan grew up in California, where he attended the Mount Gleason Junior High School in Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles and Alhambra High School in Alhambra.[10]

Career

Child stardom and film production

Quan became a child actor at age 12, starring as

Tao-liang Tan.[15]

As an adult, Quan found it difficult to find acting work in the United States. He eventually quit acting and enrolled in the film program at University of Southern California.[5][16] During his time there, he edited a comedy horror short film titled Voodoo alongside fellow student Gregg Bishop, who directed the film.[16] Voodoo won the Audience Award at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival, and continues to be shown to USC students to this day.[17] After graduating from USC, Quan was asked by Corey Yuen to go to Toronto, Ontario, to help choreograph fighting sequences in X-Men (2000).[5][12] For the next decade, he worked behind the scenes on various productions in Asia and the United States.[12] He again helped Yuen as a stunt choreographer for The One (2001).[18] Quan worked as assistant director on Wong Kar-wai's 2046 (2004).[12]

Return to acting and upcoming projects

Sean Astin, Quan, and Corey Feldman at The Goonies panel, 2019 Fan Expo Toronto

Quan was inspired to return to acting following the success of

Academy Award for his role. The Screen Actors Guild Award win made him the first Asian man to win any individual category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with his win of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He was the first Vietnamese-American actor to be nominated in that category.[21][22][23][24] Quan is one of two actors of Asian descent to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the other being Haing S. Ngor in 1985,[25] and is the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Academy Award.[26] Everything Everywhere All at Once is also the most awarded film of all time.[27]

screening (May 2023)

In 2019 he was cast in a supporting role in the Netflix film Finding ʻOhana, released in 2021.[28] Quan approached director Jude Weng after overhearing her describing the film as The Goonies meets Indiana Jones, in both of which Quan had appeared.[16] In February 2022, it was announced that he had joined the cast of the TV adaptation of American Born Chinese for Disney+, which was subsequently released in May 2023.[29][30] In September 2022, Quan was announced to have joined the cast for the second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Loki for Disney+, which premiered on October 6, 2023. For his performance he received a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination.[31][32] In June 2023, it was announced that he had been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an actor.[33] On December 12, 2023, he joined the voice cast for Kung Fu Panda 4.

Personal life

Quan is of

entertainment lawyer and helped Quan negotiate his contract to star in Everything Everywhere All at Once.[12]

Filmography

Film

Film acting work by Ke Huy Quan
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Short Round
1985 The Goonies Richard "Data" Wang
1986 It Takes a Thief Little Guan
1987 Passenger Rick
1991 Breathing Fire Charlie Moore
1992 Encino Man Kim
1996 Red Pirate Kwan Chia Chiang
2002 Second Time Around Sing Wong
2021 Finding ʻOhana George Phan
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once Waymond Wang
2024 Kung Fu Panda 4 Han Voice; post-production[36]
The Electric State TBA Post-production
TBA With Love TBA [37]

Other credits

Other film work by Ke Huy Quan
Year Title Role
2000 X-Men Assistant fight choreographer, translator
2001 The One Assistant action choreography director
2004 2046 Assistant director

Television

Television acting work by Ke Huy Quan
Year Title Role Notes
1986–1987 Together We Stand Sam Randall 19 episodes
1990–1991 Head of the Class Jasper Kwong Main cast (seasons 4–5)
1991 Tales from the Crypt Josh Episode: "Undertaking Palor"
1993 Eunuch & Carpenter Ba Dajia Main role; 40 episodes
2023 American Born Chinese Jamie Yao / Freddy Wong Main role[38]
Loki Ouroboros "OB" / A.D. Doug Season 2; Main role

Awards and nominations

In 2023, Quan won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022).[39][40] He was the first Asian man to win any individual category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the same role, as well as the first Vietnamese-American actor to be nominated in the supporting category.[21][22][23][24]

See also

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