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Asians were put into a movie or TV mainly as a gimmick, we were never thought of playing the main roles, the leading people. That's the way it was.

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James Hong

James Hong

James Hong (traditional Chinese: ???; simplified Chinese: ???; pinyin: Wú Hànzh?ng; Jyutping: Ng4 Hon3zoeng1; born February 22, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, and director of Chinese descent. He has worked in numerous productions in American media since the 1950s, playing a variety of East Asian roles. He became known to audiences through starring in the crime series The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957–1958), and through numerous appearances on the original Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). Hong is known for his roles in various Hollywood films, such as Chinatown (1974), Airplane! (1980), Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner (1982), David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Jeff Wong in Wayne's World 2 (1993), Master Hong in Balls of Fury (2007), and Jerry Chen in R.I.P.D. (2013). Hong also famously guest starred on the sitcom Seinfeld as a maître d' in the episode "The Chinese Restaurant". As a voice actor, Hong voiced Chi-Fu in Mulan (1998), Daolon Wong on the television series Jackie Chan Adventures (2002–2004) and Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda franchise, in addition to several video game roles including Sleeping Dogs and Call of Duty: Black Ops II (both 2012). Hong also voiced several characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender. With over 600 film and television credits, he is one of the most prolific English-speaking actors of all time.Hong is a founding member, charter member and former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (AAPAA). He also helped establish the East West Players, the oldest Asian American theater in Los Angeles, to increase Asian American representation in the industry.

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