Legendary Asian American actor James Hong has finally received his long-awaited Hollywood Walk of Fame star, making him the oldest actor to get one at 93 years old.
The new star, located between Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the TCL Chinese Theatre, was unveiled during a ceremony attended by actor Daniel Dae Kim and Hong’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” co-star Jamie Lee Curtis on Tuesday.
“[Hong] has worked with thousands of actors, many of whom were and are A-list and some of whom line these streets today,” Kim, who launched a campaign in 2020 to help Hong get his Walk of Fame star, said in his speech during the event. “Today, he takes his rightful place among them.”
“He’s a passionate performer. He’s a hilarious presence on set. … But I also think we share a commitment to ambition, to hustle and flow,” Curtis, who also has a Walk of Fame star, said.
She later added, “It’s about f*cking time that we are here honoring James Hong with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
“I’m here! I’m alive,” Hong proclaimed right during the event. “I don’t have any speeches because I’m not that kind of person. I just come here, I want to feel the moment, just be here and see you people, every one of you whom I haven’t seen for a long time. It is a joy to see familiar faces.”
As Hong delivered his speech, musicians and lion dancers started banging drums and crashing cymbals nearby. The actor joined in the festivities, dancing along with them before inviting his friends to join him.
Besides the Walk of Fame star, Hong also received a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles, which was presented to him by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
Hong, whose career began in the 1950s, has reportedly appeared in 469 TV shows, 149 feature films, 32 short films and 22 video games. He has been credited in several notable films and TV series, including “Kung Fu Panda,” “Friends,” “Blade Runner,” “Seinfeld,” “Chinatown” and the “Hawaii Five-0” reboot.
Out of the 2,723 stars on the Walk of Fame, only 19 are dedicated to celebrities of Asian descent, including Anna May Wong, Mako, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu.
Last year, Hong’s name was added to the list of celebrities who will be getting their own stars on the Walk of Fame. Other celebrities on the list include actor Ming-Na Wen, actor Jason Momoa and rapper Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.