Hollywood legend James Hong Hong was recently inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame, joining an illustrious line of previous inductees such as Connie Chung, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kevin Kwan, Johnny Damon, and Bruce Lee.
An icon: The 91-year-old actor, who has played hundreds of movie and television roles since the 1950s, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, Spectrum News reports.
- Among Hong’s most notable films include “Blade Runner”, “Big Trouble in Little China”, and the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, in which he voiced Po’s father, Mr. Ping.
- On TV, he played roles on “Seinfeld”, “Friends” and both the old and recent iterations of “Hawaii Five-0”.
- Despite a prolific acting career, Hong has largely remained “unknown” to the viewers who have seen his films and TV shows.
- In August, Daniel Dae Kim started a campaign to get Hong a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, NextShark previously reported.
Recognizing greatness: The Asian Hall of Fame is a national recognition event established in 2004 to honor achievements of Asian Pacific Americans in different industries.
- “You know I am 91 and it’s about time because if you wait too much longer who knows what will happen but I’m still very active,” Hong said in jest during the event. “What a beautiful prize. See the dragon in laid gold and my name on the bottom? It is wonderful and it’s very heavy. I thank everybody and the organization for this.”
- This year’s inductees also include Congressmember Judy Chu, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Monster Products founder and CEO Noel Lee, Dancing with the Stars Cheryl Burke, actor/producer Masi Oka, and baseball legend Wally Yonamine, according to organizers.
Feature Image (left) via Getty, (right) via Asian Hall of Fame