James Hong

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James Hong
James Hong 2014.jpg
Hong in 2014
Born (1929-02-22) February 22, 1929 (age 88)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) Pearl Huang (m. 1967; div. 1973)
Susan Hong (m. 1977)
Children April Hong (b. 1978)

James Hong (traditional Chinese: 吳漢章; simplified Chinese: 吴汉章; pinyin: Wú Hànzhāng; Jyutping: Ng4 Hon3zoeng1; born February 22, 1929) is an American actor, producer and director. He has worked in numerous productions in American media since the 1950s. He is known for his roles in various Hollywood films, such as Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner (1982), David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Jeff Wong in Wayne's World 2 (1993), and Chi-Fu in Mulan (1998). Hong is also known for playing Dalong Wong in the television series Jackie Chan Adventures and Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

Hong is a former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (AAPAA).

Early life[edit]

Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Frank W. Hong and Lee Shui Fa. His father (Chinese-named Ng Fok Hong) emigrated from Hong Kong to Chicago, Illinois via Canada, where he owned a restaurant. Hong's grandfather was from Taishan.[1] For his early education, Hong moved to Hong Kong, where he lived in Kowloon, before returning to the United States at the age of ten. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School. He studied civil engineering at the University of Southern California, but later became interested in acting and trained with Jeff Corey. Hong was a road engineer in Los Angeles County for seven and a half years, acting during his vacations and sick days. He finally[when?] quit engineering for good to devote himself to acting and voice work full-time.

Hong served in the United States Army at Fort McClellan and Camp Rucker with the Special Services. After finishing his training for the day, he would entertain soldiers during the Korean War; upon witnessing Hong's performing prowess, the camp general asked Hong to stay at Camp Rucker and be in charge of the camp's live shows rather than deploy overseas.[2]

Hong reflected on this experience and how it may have saved his life:

I don't know if I would have liked to go to war in Korea but let's admit it that with a G.I. cap and this face charging at the Korean army, the Koreans would try to kill me. But then if we were to retreat and I turned around and ran back the Americans would try to kill me too because they'd think I'm an enemy in disguise. I definitely think I would have been shot from one side and the other.[2]

Career[edit]

Hong has played over 500 television and film roles.[3] His career in show business began in the 1950s when he redubbed soundtracks of several Asian films. He dubbed the voices of characters Ogata (Akira Takarada) and Dr. Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata) in the 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, as well as the title character in The Human Vapor.

In 1956, he was cast as Jimmy Ling in the episode "Red Tentacles" of the western aviation adventure series Sky King, starring Kirby Grant. He guest starred in the NBC western series The Californians.

In 1957-1958, he was cast as the "Number One Son," Barry Chan, in the British-American TV show The New Adventures of Charlie Chan starring J. Carrol Naish as Charlie Chan. The role of the Number One Son was played by Keye Luke in the predecessor films. However, Keye Luke's character was known as Lee Chan.

In 1959, he appeared as a prince on an episode of Walt Disney's ABC series, Zorro. He was thereafter cast as Chung Lind in the 1960 episode "East of Danger" in the David Janssen NBC crime drama series Richard Diamond, Private Detective. From 1960 to 1962, he appeared four times on the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Hawaiian Eye, twice each on the ABC series Hong Kong and Adventures in Paradise, and once on ABC's related series, The Islanders.[3]

In 1962 he appeared on CBS's Perry Mason as Dean Chang in "The Case of the Weary Watchdog," and in 1963 he played Louis Kew in "The Case of the Floating Stones." He also appeared three times on the NBC military sitcom, Ensign O'Toole. In 1965, Hong was one of the original founding members of the East West Players, an early Asian American theatre organization. Also in 1966 he played the bar owner Mr. Shu in The Sand Pebbles.Hong also appeared in several episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O.

Hong had a small part on a 1972 episode of CBS's The Bob Newhart Show. He was a frequent guest star on the 1972–1975 ABC television series Kung Fu, joined the cast on the final season of CBS's Switch, as Wang, and also played a flight attendant in the original 1979 film The In-Laws. He appeared as a doctor accused of performing an illegal abortion in the Blake Edwards movie The Carey Treatment in 1972. He starred as a uniformed man in the 1980 comedy cult film Airplane!. He has also directed such films as Teen Lust.

Hong and Dan Fogler at the 2007 Comic-Con International.

Hong is perhaps most widely known as the immortal ghost sorcerer Lo Pan in John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China (1986), as the eye manufacturer Chew in Blade Runner, as Evelyn Mulwray's loyal and vigilant butler in Chinatown and The Two Jakes, and as the low-rent private eye in Black Widow. He would then appear in the 1989 film The Vineyard.

Hong appeared as a host in a Chinese restaurant on All In the Family's 1975 episode "Edith Breaks Out" as well as on the well-known Seinfeld episode "The Chinese Restaurant". Hong also played a similar role in several episodes of The Big Bang Theory during its first season, as well as in the "Color Blind" episode during the first season of Alias. Hong portrayed Chow Ting, a dry cleaner with the power to wash sins and guilt from a person's conscience in the 1985 Tales from the Darkside episode "It All Comes Out in the Wash." Hong appeared as a villain in a season three episode of The X-Files. He appeared in two episodes of The West Wing (Ep. 1.11; 3.15) as the Chinese Ambassador to the US. He also played Mr. Soo on The King of Queens, an Asian restaurant owner again who rents Doug Heffernan and his friends a loft apartment above his store, in the episode "Apartment Complex" (2006). Additionally, Hong had guest-starred on Friends, playing Hoshi, the former paid assassin and boxing coach for Monica's boyfriend Pete (played by Jon Favreau) in the episode "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion".

Hong played Jeff Wong, Cassandra Wong's martial arts expert father in the 1993 comedy sequel Wayne's World 2. In 1994, he, his wife Susan and daughter April appeared as a family riding mountain bikes beneath the Hollywood sign in the mountain-bike travel-adventure documentary, "Full Cycle: A World Odyssey." He had a small role in the 1998 independent film Broken Vessels. He played the role of Mr. Takato in the movie Chasing Zoey, the final episode of Zoey 101. His character taught Michael Barret how to operate a manual transmission, and it was revealed at the end of the episode that he did not exist. Hong also voiced the character Daolon Wong, an evil wizard in the Jackie Chan Adventures television series, and was the voice of Chi Fu in Disney's Mulan, A.N.T. Farm, Mandarin in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and Professor Chang in Teen Titans. He made a cameo appearance in the television series Las Vegas as a presumed cheating monk. James Hong also lent his voice to the Cartoon Network animation Chowder as Mung Daal's mentor in the "Won-Ton Bombs" episode. In 2006, Hong voiced the character Mayor Tong in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the second season's episode titled "Avatar Day" in addition to his previous role as Monk Tashi in the first-season episode "The Storm" in 2005. In 2006 he also voiced the character of The High Lama in the film Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!

Hong's voice also appeared as Colonel Zhou Peng in the video game Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, Dr. Chang in 2007's Def Jam Icon, Ancient Wu in True Crime: Streets of LA, and reprising his role as Chew in the Blade Runner video game. His most recent appearances were in the films Balls of Fury and The Day the Earth Stood Still. In 2008, he voiced Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda, the adopted father of Po and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance; he later reprised the role on Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production. Furthermore, he and Lucy Liu have been collaborated in the feature film series and in the television series adaptation, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. After the release of the third film he stated that he hoped to continue in the role, though due to his advanced age the filmmakers should start work on it quickly. In 2015, Hong voiced Azmorigan on Star Wars Rebels as well as the Sugi arms dealer, Endente in an unfinished four part story arc of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"; the rough animatics for the entire arc have been published on the official Star Wars website.

He appeared in the 2012 film Safe. He also provides the voices for the jeweler NPC Covetous Shen in Diablo III, Master Bruised Paw in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Bucky (for two episodes) from the TV series Archer, and Uncle Po in Sleeping Dogs. In 2013, he recently appeared as Ogisan, the gift shop keeper from the Incredible Crew sketch, "Magical Video Game Controller", alongside Jeremy Shada and Shauna Case. He also appeared in the 2013 film R.I.P.D.

Personal life[edit]

Hong with his wife and daughter in Hollywood, 1994.

Hong lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Susan (née Tong), whom he married in 1977. They have a single daughter, April.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1954 Dragonfly Squadron South Korean Pilot Trainee Uncredited
1955 Soldier of Fortune Chinese Policeman Uncredited
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Fifth Brother Uncredited
1955 Blood Alley Communist Soldier Uncredited
1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Ogata/Serizawa (voice) Uncredited
1956 Flight to Hong Kong Traffic Policeman Uncredited
1957 Battle Hymn ROK. Maj. Chong Uncredited
1957 China Gate Charlie
1957 The Seventh Sin Chinese Officer Uncredited
1959 Blood and Steel Japanese Draftsman
1959 Never So Few General Chao Uncredited
1960 The Human Vapor Narrator/Mizuno (voice) English version
1961 Flower Drum Song Headwaiter
1965 The Satan Bug Dr. Yang
1966 One Spy Too Many Prince Phanong
1966 Destination Inner Space Ho Lee
1966 The Sand Pebbles Victor Shu
1968 The Bamboo Saucer Archibald
1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. Chin
1970 The Hawaiians Ti Chong
1971 Fearless Fighters One Man Army (voice) English version
1972 The Carey Treatment David Tao
1973 Hot Connections The Snooper Uncredited; also director
1974 Dynamite Brothers Wei Chin
1974 Chinatown Khan, Evelyn's Butler
1974 The Missiles of October U Thant
1975 China Girl Y.C. Chan
1976 No Deposit, No Return Ming Lo
1976 Bound for Glory Chili Joint Owner
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Yes Man #3
1978 Go Tell the Spartans The Old Man
1979 The In-Laws Bing Wong
1979 Teen Lust Director
1980 Airplane! Japanese General
1981 True Confessions Coroner Wong
1981 So Fine Asian Man #1
1982 Blade Runner Hannibal Chew
1982 Yes, Giorgio Kwan
1983 Breathless Grocer
1984 Ninja III: The Domination Miyashima
1984 Missing in Action Gen. Trau
1986 The Golden Child Doctor Hong
1986 Big Trouble in Little China David Lo Pan
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Snotty
1987 China Girl Gung Tu
1987 Black Widow Shin
1988 Vice Versa Kwo
1988 Hot to Trot Boss
1989 Tango & Cash Quan
1989 The Jitters Tony Yang Sr.
1989 The Vineyard Dr. Elson Po Also writer and director
1989 Tax Season Mr. Tagasaki
1989 Caged Fury Detective Randall Stoner
1990 Honorable Profession (Hunter) Officer Chin's father
1990 The Two Jakes Kahn
1990 Shadowzone Dr. Van Fleet
1990 Too Much Sun Frank, Sr.
1990 Dragonfight Asawa
1990 Bethune: The Making of a Hero Unknown character
1991 The Perfect Weapon Yung
1991 Missing Pieces Chang
1991 Mystery Date Fortune Teller
1991 Goodbye Paradise Cook
1991 Crime Lords Ling
1992 Talons of the Eagle Mr. Li
1992 Body Trouble Boomer
1993 Wayne's World 2 Jeff Wong
1993 L.A. Goddess Edward
1993 Merlin Leong Tao
1994 The Shadow Li Peng
1994 Femme Fontaine: Killer Babe for the C.I.A. Master Sun
1994 Operation Golden Phoenix Mister Chang
1995 Bad Company Bobby Birdsong
1995 Tank Girl Che'tsai
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Y B'ham
1995 Guns and Lipstick Mr. Song
1995 Cyber Bandits Tojo Yokohama
1995 Gladiator Cop Parmenion
1996 Infinity Abacus operator
1996 Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite Sun
1996 The Secret Agent Club Mr. Yamata
1996 South Beach Academy Johnny Staccato
1996 Paper Dragons Master Tsai
1997 Bloodsport III Master Sun
1997 McHale's Navy Asian Leader Uncredited
1997 Red Corner Lin Shou
1997 Catherine's Grove Doctor Lee
1998 Mulan Chi-Fu (voice)
1998 Broken Vessels Mr. Chen
1998 Breakout Mr. Wang
1999 G2: Mortal Conquest Parmenion
1999 Singapore Sling Adam Chance Also director
2000 The Art of War Ambassador Wu
2001 The Ghost Jing's Adoptive Father
2002 Hero Qin Emperor (voice) English version
2002 The Biggest Fan Larson
2002 The Idol Zao
2003 Pray Another Day General Hu Phlung Pu Short film
2003 Ghost Rock Weng
2004 Latin Dragon Mr. Rhee
2005 Forbidden Warrior Muraji, The Warlord
2005 American Fusion Dr. Wong
2006 Exit 38 Dr. Shen
2006 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Monk
2006 One Night with You Freddy
2007 Adventures of Johnny Tao: Rock Around the Dragon Sifu
2007 Shanghai Kiss Mark Liu
2007 Balls of Fury Master Wong
2007 Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! The High Lama (voice)
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Mr. Wu
2008 Kung Fu Panda Mr. Ping (voice) Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2010 Genghis Khan
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Sifu
2011 Tattoo The Old Man Short film
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Mr. Ping (voice) Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2012 Safe Han Jiao
2012 Junk Yukio Tai
2013 R.I.P.D. Grandpa Jerry Chen
2013 The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone Faleaka
2013 Blunt Movie Travel Hang / Grandpa
2015 Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest Dr. Zin (voice)
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Mr. Lee
2015 Monkey King: Hero Is Back Old Monk (voice) English version
2015 Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon Wizard Short film
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Mr. Ping (voice)
2016 Fortune Cookie Gui Po
2016 Better Criminal Harold Fat

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1955 TV Reader's Digest Judge No. 4 Episode: "The Brainwashing of John Hayes"
1955 Fireside Theatre Unnamed character Episode: "Bamboo Cross"
1955 Cavalcade of America Unnamed character Episode: "Barbed Wire Christmas"
1956 Crossroads Young Sentry Episode: "Calvary in China"
1956 Sky King Jimmy Ling Episode: "Red Tentacles"
1956 The Man Called X Unnamed character 2 episodes
1956 Crusader Lin Quon Episode: "A Little Friend"
1956 NBC Matinee Theater Unnamed character Episode: "The Lighted Window"
1956 Four Star Playhouse Cpl. Ikura Episode: "Yellowbelly"
1956 The Millionaire Lee Episode: "The Jay Powers Story"
1957–1958 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan Barry Chan 36 episodes
1958 Tombstone Territory Lum Chen Episode: "Tong War"
1958 General Electric Theater Bellboy Episode: "The Cold Touch"
1958 Playhouse 90 Soldier Episode: "Nightmare at Ground Zero"
1958 Buckskin Chei-Lan Episode: "China Boy"
1958 Flight Unnamed character Episode: "Decision"
1958 Dragnet Unnamed character Episode: "The Big Green Monkey"
1959–1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Chung Lin / Young Man 2 episodes
1959 The Gale Storm Show Fred Kim Episode: "An Old Chinese Custom"
1959 The Californians Charlie Wong Episode: "Gold-Tooth Charlie"
1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Danny Episode: "The Ming Vase"
1959 Cimarron City Tang Episode: "Chinese Invasion"
1959 Peter Gunn Johnny Chang Episode: "Lady Windbell's Fan"
1959 Steve Canyon Lui Ling Episode: "Sabotage"
1959 Zorro Chiu Chang Episode: "Señor China Boy"
1959 Bat Masterson Ching Sun Episode: "To the Manner Born"
1959 Letter to Loretta Lee Chan Episode: "Vengeance Is Thine"
1959 Death Valley Days China Joe Episode: "Lady of the Press"
1959–1960 Bachelor Father Jimmy / Cousin Frank 2 episodes
1960 Sugarfoot Hatchetman Episode: "The Highbinder"
1960 Rescue 8 Jimmy Episode: "Ti-Ling"
1960 Johnny Ringo Charlie Chung Episode: "Single Debt"
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Tour Guide Episode: "House of the Dead"
1960 Bonanza Number One, Hop Sing's Cousin 2 episodes
1960 Hong Kong Lung Poy / Chen 2 episodes
1960–1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show Sam Wong / Jack Wong 2 episodes
1960–1961 Hawaiian Eye Various 4 episodes
1961 The Islanders Wu Pan Episode: "The Strange Courtship of Danny Koo"
1961 Cheyenne Suchin Episode: "Legacy of the Lost"
1961–1962 Adventures in Paradise Kim Fong / Lim Fong 2 episodes
1962 87th Precinct Mike II Episode: "Square Cop"
1962 Have Gun – Will Travel Priest Episode: "Coming of the Tiger"
1962 Checkmate Louis Quong Episode: "In a Foreign Quarter"
1962 Wagon Train Ceong Wai Kok Episode: "The John Augustus Story"
1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show Priest / Quan 2 episodes
1962–1963 Ensign O'Toole Headwaiter / Pvt. Osano / Stagemanger 3 episodes
1962–1963 Perry Mason Louis Kew / Dean Chang 2 episodes
1963 The Outer Limits Wen Li Episode: "The Hundred Days of the Dragon"
1964 Kentucky Jones Chin King Episode: "Mail Order Bride"
1964 Slattery's People Wing Fong Episode: "Question: Is Laura the Name of the Game?"
1964–1965 Mickey Seymour Kwan 2 episodes
1965 Ben Casey Harry Lee Episode: "No More, Cried the Rooster - There Will Be Truth"
1965 The Fugitive Edward Hee Episode: "End of the Line"
1965–1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Prince Phanong / Mr. Chang 3 episodes
1965–1966 The Wackiest Ship in the Army Migura / Aigin / Agaki 4 episodes
1965–1967 I Spy Various 4 episodes
1966 I Dream of Jeannie Chan Episode: "Jeannie and the Kidnap Caper"
1966 The Donna Reed Show Jim Episode: "Is There a Small Hotel?"
1966 The F.B.I. Tom Kagawa Episode: "The Hiding Place"
1966–1967 Iron Horse Ching Lee / Chun Lee 2 episodes
1967 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Mr. Wong Episode: "You Bet Your Won Ton"
1967 CBS Playhouse Vietnamese Lieutenant Episode: "The Final War of Olly Winter"
1967, 1985 This Is the Life Yuan Tai 2 episodes
1968–1969 Family Affair Phil Lee / Mr. Chung 2 episodes
1969–1974 Hawaii Five-O Various 4 episodes
1970 Here's Lucy Lee Wong Episode: "Lucy, the Laundress"
1970 The Bill Cosby Show Doctor #2 Episode: "Is There a Doctor in the Hospital?"
1971 The Young Lawyers Court Clerk Episode: "The Bradbury War"
1971 Vanished Ned Lee Television film
1971 Mission: Impossible Yin Episode: "The Merchant"
1971 The Forgotten Man Major Thon Television film
1971 A Tattered Web Police Surgeon Television film
1971–1975 All in the Family Chinese Waiter / Doctor 2 episodes
1972 The Bob Newhart Show The Man Episode: "Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry"
1972–1975 Kung Fu Various 9 episodes
1973 Ironside Wilson Episode: "All Honorable Men"
1973 Barnaby Jones Sid Ching Episode: "The Deadly Prize"
1973 Pueblo Super C Television film
1973 The New Perry Mason Nhi Khanh's Brother / Wong 2 episodes
1973 Sunhshine Dr. Wilde Television film
1974 The Missiles of October U.N. Secretary-General U Thant Television film
1974 Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Prior Television film
1975 McMillan & Wife Bellhop Episode: "Love, Honor and Swindle"
1975 Cannon Wan Lee Episode: "The Melted Man"
1975–1976 Harry O Lan Wuyen / Leonard Soon 2 episodes
1976 The Blue Knight Jimmy Episode: "The Great Wall of Chinatown"
1976 The Rookies Matsumoto Episode: "Blue Movie, Blue Death"
1976 S.W.A.T. Kwan Loon Episode: "The Chinese Connection"
1976 Jigsaw John Frank Chen 15 episodes
1976 Baretta Dr. Pao Episode: "The Ninja"
1976 The Rockford Files Forensic Expert Kumagi Episode: "The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit"
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Robert Lee 2 episodes
1976 Flying Misfits Col. Ikuda Episode: "Presumed Dead"
1977 Starsky and Hutch Su Long Episode: The Psychic"
1977 The Bionic Woman Kurosawa Episode: "Doomsday Is Tomorrow"
1977 Panic in Echo Park Larry Lee Television film
1977 Days of Our Lives Dr. Haramaki Episode: "2962"
1977 Wonder Woman Oshima Episode: "The Man Who Could Move the World"
1977 Bethune General Nieh Television film
1977–1978 Switch Wang 4 episodes
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Dr. Kirin Kwo Low Episode: "Sole Survivor"
1978 Dr. Scorpion Ho Chin Television film
1978 Last of the Good Guys Japanese Man Television film
1978 Maude Morris Fong Episode: "Maude's Big Move: Part 1"
1978 Charlie's Angels Prof. Perkins Episode: "Angels in Vegas"
1978 My Husband Is Missing Quan Dong Television film
1979 Mandrake Theron Television film
1979 Salvage 1 Lee Chow Episode: "Shangri-la Lil"
1979 Taxi Wealthy Passenger Episode: "The Great Race"
1979 Hart to Hart Holy Man Episode: "The Man with the Jade Eyes"
1979 When Hell Was in Session Nguyen Television film
1979 Diff'rent Strokes Mr. Lee Episode: "The Dog Story"
1980 The Hustler of Muscle Beach Desk Clerk Television film
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon Yutong Television film
1980 Fantasy Island The Butler Episode: "Crescendo/Three Feathers"
1981 Soap Peking Tom Episode: "Season four, episode 12"
1981 Dallas Ambassador Episode: "Ewing-Gate"
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Billy Joe Fong Episode: "Miz Tisdale on the Lam"
1982 The Letter Old Man Television film
1982–1983 Marco Polo Phags-pa 4 episodes
1983 Inspector Perez Benson Liu Television film
1983 St. Elsewhere Mr. Wong Episode: "Graveyard"
1983 Bring 'Em Back Alive Fu Kahn Episode: "The Hostage"
1983 Dynasty Doctor Chen Ling 5 episodes
1983 General Hospital Sung Cho Lee
1983 Falcon Crest Charles Fong 3 episodes
1983 China Rose Professor Chen Television film
1983 T. J. Hooker Mr. Hong / Dr. Hong 2 episodes
1983 Manimal Grandfather Tan Episode: "Breath of the Dragon"
1984 The Fall Guy Chen Ying Episode: "Always Say Always"
1984–1985 The A-Team Byron Fong / General Chow / Wan Chu 2 episodes
1985 Blade in Hong Kong Key Tam Television film
1985 Tales from the Darkside Chow Ting Episode: "It All Comes Out in the Wash"
1985 American Playhouse Chinese immigrant Episode: "Paper Angels"
1985 Cagney & Lacey Mr. Nguyen Episode: "Old Ghosts"
1985 Airwolf General Rangavara Episode: "Half-Pint"
1985–1987 Santa Barbara Dave Cheng / Harry Yamada 3 episodes
1985–1988 Hunter Henry Chin / Chang 2 episodes
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Unknown character Episode: "The Road to Tobago"
1986 It's a Living Minister of Protocol Episode: "Jewel Heist"
1986 Who's the Boss? Thomas Ping Episode: "Mona's Limo"
1986–1991 MacGyver Chu / Kuang / Lee Wenying 4 episodes
1987 Outlaws Mr. Luc Episode: "Primer"
1987 Magnum, P.I. Han Episode: "Forty"
1987 Stingray Man with Goatee Episode: "Anytime, Anywhere"
1987 Miami Vice Riochi Tanaka Episode: "The Rising Sun of Death"
1987–1989 Tour of Duty Jimmy / Col. Li Trang / Quang 3 episodes
1988 Beauty and the Beast Chiang Lo Yi Episode: "China Moon"
1988 Leap of Faith Li Television film
1988 The Equalizer Sirit Bansari Episode: "Riding the Elephant"
1989 The Karen Carpenter Story Dr. Dentworth Television film
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Col. Chan Miniseries
1989 War of the Worlds Soo Tak Episode: "The Last Supper"
1989 Gideon Oliver Li Chou Episode: "Tongs"
1989 Jake and the Fatman Hiram Episode: "The Lady in Red"
1989 The Rocket Boy Mr. Wong Television film
1990 China Beach Bac Si Episode: "Holly's Choice"
1990 Booker Mr. Jaycom Episode: "Love Life"
1990 Nasty Boys Oscar Episode: "Home Again"
1990 Last Flight Out Inspector Quang Television film
1990 Framed Mr. Chew Television film
1990 Partners in Life M.C. Television film
1991 Seinfeld Bruce Episode: "The Chinese Restaurant"
1991 Morton & Hayes Hong Kong Theatre Manager Episode: "Oafs Overboard"
1991–1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Mr. Chen / Gardener 3 episodes
1992 Forever Knight Dr. Chung Tung Wa Episode: "Cherry Blossoms"
1992 The Specialists Narrator (voice)
1992 Raven Black Dragon Warlord Episode: "Prey"
1993 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Katzmer (voice) Episode: "Enter the Madkat"
1993–1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Lee Pow 3 episodes
1994 Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery Nathan Television film
1994–1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Dalai Lama 2 episodes
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Episode: "Chi of Steel"
1995 Triplecross Old Chinese Man Television film
1995 Legend Chai Episode: "Clueless in San Francisco"
1995 Chicago Hope Dr. Tsu Episode: "The Ethics of Hope"
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Qwan Lok Episode: "Murder in the Courthouse"
1995–1997 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Emperor / Mr. Sung / Ba-Ba (voice) 2 episodes
1996 The X-Files Hard-Faced Man Episode: "Hell Money"
1996 Sisters Mr. Lon Episode: "War and Peace: Part 1"
1996 Home Improvement Dave Episode: "Games, Flames & Automobiles"
1996 Malcolm & Eddie Milton Episode: "Dead Guy"
1997 Murphy Brown Supervisor Monk Episode: "Desperate Times"
1997 Ellen The Waiter Episode: "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"
1997 Friends Hoshi Episode: "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion"
1997 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Stan Episode: "The Ring"
1997–2001 Dexter's Laboratory Resident Advisor / Mr. Chau (voice) 2 episodes
1998 The Practice Mr. Wong Episode: "In Deep"
1998 The Drew Carey Show Government Worker Episode: "The High Road to China"
1999 The Pretender Mr. Lee Episode: "Mr. Lee"
1999 Millennium Monk Episode: "Bardo Thodol"
1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Zhang Lao / Gen Soon (voice) Episode: "Chasing the Serpent"
1999–2000 Martial Law Weng Chu / Mayor Chang Yen 3 episodes
2000 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Mr. Chin
2000–2002 The West Wing Chinese Ambassador 2 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Daniel Chin Episode: "Hinkytown"
2001 Epoch Ambassador Po Television film
2001 The Chronicle David Lo Pan Episode: "Here There Be Dragons"
2001 Charmed Zen Master Episode: "Enter the Demon"
2001 Alias Joey Episode: "Color Blind"
2001–2002 The Division Professor Carson Chan / Chinese Businessman 2 episodes
2002–2004 Jackie Chan Adventures Dalong Wong (voice) 18 episodes
2003 Lost at Home Henry Episode: "Good Will Hunting"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Min Episode: "Let It Bleed"
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Mr. Li Episode: "Ida's Boyfriend"
2004 Teen Titans Prof. Chang (voice) Episode: "X"
2004 Sucker Free City Kwok Television film
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sweatshop Owner Episode: "Debt"
2004 Center of the Universe Mr. Darawan Episode: "Independence Day"
2004–2006 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Mandarin (Voice) 2 episodes
2005–2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Mayor Tong / Additional characters / Dour Mon (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Twenty Good Years Dr. Fong Episode: "The Elbow Incident"
2006 The King of Queens Mr. Soo Episode: "Apartment Complex"
2006 The Loop Chen Ming Episode: "The Year of the Dog"
2006 Dragon Dynasty Gao Television film
2006 Totally Awesome Mr. Yamagashi Television film
2006 Las Vegas Monk Soli Tendar Episode: "Delinda's Box: Part 2"
2007 In Case of Emergency Mr. Lee Episode: "Your Goose Is Cooked"
2007 Bones Joseph Han Episode: "The Boneless Bride in the River"
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Jon Leibowitz Episode: "The Lady Varnishes"
2007 Chuck Ben Lo Pan Episode: "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp"
2007 An Accidental Christmas Rico Television film
2007–2008 The Big Bang Theory Chen 2 episodes
2008 Zoey 101 Mr. Takato Episode: "Chasing Zoey"
2009 The Beast Tre Lee Kuo Episode: "The Walk In"
2009 Chowder Lo Muin (voice) Episode: "Won Ton Bombs"
2010 Generator Rex Vendor / Providence Agent (voice) Episode: "Rabble"
2010 Gigantic Restaurant Owner Episode: "Zen and the Art of Getting Over It"
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Mr. Ping (voice) Television special
2010–2011 I'm in the Band Leon 2 episodes
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Chen / Red Wizard (voice) 2 episodes
2011 Trinity Goodheart Mr. Kwon Television film
2011 Archer Bucky (voice) Episode: "Heart of Archness: Part II & III"
2011 A.N.T. Farm Kenny Episode: "CANTonese Style Cuisine"
2011–2013 Pair of Kings Timothy Kalooka-Khan 7 episodes
2011–2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Mr. Ping (voice)
2012 2 Broke Girls Mr. Chang Episode: "And the Silent Partner"
2012–2016 Regular Show in Space Various (voice) 3 episodes
2013 Incredible Crew Ogisan Episode: "Magical Video Game Controller"
2013 The First Family Benny Episode: "The First Senior Discount"
2013 Summoned Frank Television film
2013 Key & Peele Mr. Shin Episode: "Tackle & Grapple"
2013 China, IL Wise Old Monk (voice) Episode: "Prank Week"
2014 Drunk History Hyotaro Inouye Episode: "Hawaii"
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ho Chan (voice) Episodes: "A Chinatown Ghost Story" and "End Times"
2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Endente (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. William May Episode: "Purpose in the Machine"
2015 SuperMansion Po (voice) Episode: "They Shoot Omega Pets, Don't They?"
2015–2016 Star Wars Rebels Azmorigan (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Rush Hour Honorable Dragon 3 episodes
2016 Elementary Meng Zhou Episode: "Who Is That Masked Man?"
2016 Mike Tyson Mysteries Professor Hong (voice) Episode: "Unsolved Situations"
2016 The Blacklist The Coroner Episode: "Dr. Adrian Shaw"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1997 Blade Runner Dr. Chew (voice)
1998 Disney's Animated Storybook: Mulan Chi-Fu (voice)
2002 Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon Father Lee / Village Elder / Chai Wan (voice)
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA Ancient Wu / additional characters (voice)
2005 Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Colonel Zhou Peng (voice)
2005 Project Snowblind Dr. Joseph Law (voice)
2005 Narc Inspector Lau (voice)
2005 True Crime: New York City Mr. Lin (voice)
2007 Def Jam: Icon Dr. Chang (voice)
2008 Kung Fu Panda Mr. Ping (voice)
2010 Alpha Protocol Hong Shi (voice)
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Additional characters (voice)
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Mr. Ping (voice)
2012 Diablo III Covetous Shen, Jeweler (voice)
2012 Sleeping Dogs Uncle Po (voice)
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Master Bruise Paw (voice)
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Premier Chen (voice)
2013 Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death Heng Long (voice)
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Covetous Shen, Jeweler (voice)
2015 Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Mr. Ping (voice)

References[edit]

  • Pilato, Herbie J. The Kung Fu Book of Caine: The Complete Guide to TV's First Mystical Eastern Western. Boston: Charles A. Tuttle, 1993. ISBN 0-8048-1826-6
  1. ^ JamesHong.com Official website
  2. ^ a b Leung, Albert (November 4, 2009). "Home from Hollywood: James Hong's nostalgic return to Minnesota". China Insight. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b James Hong at the Internet Movie Database

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