James Hong Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Feb 08, 2024 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on Nov 28, 2023
James Hong is the voice behind Mr. Ping in 'Kung Fu Panda.'
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About James Hong

James Hong is a prolific American actor, director, voice actor, and producer. He is a veteran actor who has appeared in over 600 movies and series.

James Hong started his career as an actor after he got bored of being a road engineer. He decided to pursue his interest in acting in the '50s. One of his most famous roles includes that of Lo Pan, who was an immortal ghost sorcerer in the 1986 cult classic of John Carpenter, 'Big Trouble In Little China'.

James Hong has been a part of the entertainment industry for nearly seven decades. He is still actively involved in many ongoing projects, either as an actor or a director/producer.

James Hong is one of the prolific English-speaking actors who has significantly contributed to the industry. His work has been recognized in different parts of the world.

James Hong has been involved in films that received Oscar nominations, such as 'Everything Everywhere All at Once', nominated for 11 awards at the 2023 Oscars.

While his face is quite popular because of his numerous acting works, his voice is also quite famous. Hong has inspired many Asian actors to pursue their careers in the American entertainment industry.

Hong was honored at the Walk of Fame Class of 2022 alongside other celebrities such as Michael B. Jordan and the late Carrie Fisher. With an immensely successful career, Hong is a talented artist.

Read on to explore more interesting facts about James Hong.

James Hong Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is James Hong's net worth?

James Hong has amassed his net worth as an actor, director, and producer with an estimated net worth of $8 million in 2023.

How much does James Hong earn per year?

James Hong earns money through acting, producing, and directing. He has gained wealth through his various roles in television shows and movies. His annual salary is estimated to be more than $500,000.

In addition to his acting career, James Hong has multiple income sources. He owns several restaurants and a football team, has launched his vodka brand, and has a top-selling perfume and a fashion line.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is James Hong?

James Hong is 5 ft 10 in (177 cm) tall.

How old is James Hong?

James Hong was born on February 22, 1929. As of 2023, he is 94 years old.

Childhood And Education

James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hong had moved to Hong Kong to receive his early education. However, he came back to Minneapolis when he was ten years old. Hong studied at Minneapolis Central High School. James Hong attended the University of Southern California, where he completed his degree after he had studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Hong first became interested in performing arts when he witnessed the rehearsal of Peking Opera performers at his father's Chinese restaurant. He later developed an interest in acting and received training from Jeff Corey.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is James Hong's partner?

James Hong was married to Pearl Huang during 1967-1973. He has been married to Susan Hong since 1977. Susan Hong and James Hong have a daughter, April Hong, born in 1978. April has appeared in many productions, including 'General Hospital' and 'Desperate Housewives'.

Who is James Hong's family?

James Hong was born to Chinese immigrants who had moved to the United States. Hong's father is Ng Fok Hong, also called Frank W. Hong, and his mother is Lee Shui Fa. Hong's father had emigrated from Hong Kong, China, to Chicago, Illinois. He had traveled via Canada to enter the United States. His father had owned a restaurant where James Hong would sometimes sit and watch the different customers. Hong is thus a Chinese American.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

James Hong started his career in acting after being a road engineer for seven and a half years in Los Angeles County. He began his prolific career in the '50s by redubbing the soundtracks of numerous Asian films. One of his popular initial voice dubbing was of the character Groucho from 'Groucho Marx'. He also dubbed the movie 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters'.

James Hong made his acting debut by bagging the role of Barry Chan in 'The New Adventures Of Charlie Chan', a British-American series starring J. Carrol Naish in the role of Charlie Chan. James Hong also played a role in Walt Disney's 'Zorro' in 1959. After acting in many television series, Hong also acquired many movie roles. He mostly got East Asian roles, which he played pretty well. In addition to being an actor, Hong is also pursuing a career as a film producer and film director.

He produced a feature screenplay named 'Patsy Lee & The Keepers Of The 5 Kingdoms' in 2014. It starred Michelle Fang, and the play's director was Zark Ward. Hong is also known for his voice acting. One of the famous works that Hong has lent his voice to is the popular 'Kung Fu Panda'.

James Hong has also worked in popular movies and series such as 'Big Trouble In Little China', 'Jung Fu Panda', 'Kung Fu Panda 2', 'Blade Runner', and 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D'. Other well-known works of Hong include 'R.I.P.D', 'Flower Drum Song', 'Mulan', 'Jackie Chan Adventures', 'Avatar: The Last Airbender', and 'The Human Vapor'.

What awards has James Hong won?

James Hong's contribution to the entertainment industry has been greatly appreciated. He was awarded the Las Vegas Film Critics Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He won the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2011.

He also received the Behind The Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film in 2012. He then received the CinEuphoric Award for Career, an honorary award, in 2021.

James Hong's Hobbies And Interests

James Hong is passionate about martial arts and has often worked with young martial artists who want to enter the entertainment industry. He developed a passion for the discipline during his early years and even co-founded the Chinatown martial arts school in Los Angeles

His connection to martial arts is also evident in his roles, such as in the 'Kung Fu Panda' franchise, where he voiced Mr. Ping.

Other Interesting James Hong Facts And Trivia

  • James Hong co-founded the East West Players, the first Asian American theatre organization, in 1965.
  • 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 26, 2023, in Los Angeles, California.
  • The films 'Chinatown', 'Flower Drum Song', 'Blade Runner', and 'Airplane' are part of Hong's extensive filmography and are recognized for their aesthetic, historical, and cultural significance.
  • In 1966, Hong auditioned for a role in 'Star Trek: The Original Series', specifically for the role of Mr. Sulu, but he was not chosen.
  • CNN credited James Hong in 2020 for having more acting credits than any other actor in the entertainment industry, with over 600 acting credits.
  • In 1991, James Hong appeared in the 'Seinfeld' episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', playing the character Bruce.
  • James Hong served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1952-1953.
  • James Hong's zodiac sign is Pieces.
  • James Hong portrayed Jeff Wong in the 'Wayne's World 2' comedy sequel.
  • Hong lives in Los Angeles with his wife Susan, whom he married in 1977.
  • Apart from the famous 'Kung Fu Panda', he has also appeared in TV shows like 'Bonanza', 'Perry Mason', and 'I Spy'.
  • In 1959, Hong portrayed a character named Lee Chan in an episode of 'The Loretta Young Show'.
  • Hong portrayed Louis Kew in 'The Case of the Floating Stones' and appeared in three episodes of the NBC military sitcom 'Ensign O'Toole'.
  • James Hong appeared in an episode of 'Kentucky Jones' in 1964. He played a character named Chin King.
  • Hong became the oldest Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient in 2022.
  • In 2020, actor Daniel Dae Kim crowdfunded $55,000 to get James Hong a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Hong's prolific career and advocacy for actors of color inspired the campaign, which reached its goal in four days, showing widespread support for his contributions to the film industry.
  • James Hong portrayed Jade Emperor or Yudi in the 'American Born Chinese' TV series, based on Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel.
  • One of his most recent roles was David Lo Pan in the 1986 film 'Big Trouble in Little China'. This role is one of the most recognized in Hong's extensive career, and he is often approached by fans referencing this character.


Main image credits: s_bukley/shutterstock 

James Hong Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Hanzhang Wu

Date of Birth

1929-02-22

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Minneapolis

Age

Height

177 cm

Eye Color

Black

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor

Education

University of Southern California

Net Worth

8000000

Partner

Susan Hong

Parents

Frank W. Hong, Lee Shui Fa
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Written by Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason

Bachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

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Adekunle Olanrewaju JasonBachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

With over 3+ years of professional experience, Olanrewaju is a certified SEO Specialist and Content Writer. He holds a BSc in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. Throughout his dynamic career, Olanrewaju has successfully taken on various roles with startups and established organizations. He has served as a Technical Writer, Blogger, SEO Specialist, Social Media Manager, and Digital Marketing Manager. Known for his hardworking nature and insightful approach, Olanrewaju is dedicated to continuous learning and improvement.
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