Jonathan Ke Quan
|Jonathan Ke Quan|
|Born||Quan Kế Huy
August 20, 1971
Saigon, South Vietnam
|Other names||Jonathan Ke Huy Quan|
|Education||Alhambra High School
University of Southern California
Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan (Vietnamese: Quan Kế Huy; ; born: August 20, 1971) is a Vietnamese-born American actor. He is best known for his appearances in the 1980s Steven Spielberg productions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies.
Early life and career
Quan was born in Saigon, South Vietnam. He was forced to leave his country when the Army of the Republic of Vietnam was defeated during the Fall of Saigon. His family was selected for political asylum and immigrated to the United States. He became a child actor and, at age 12, starred as Harrison Ford's sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. After being cast, his family changed his name to Ke Huy, the name by which he is credited in the film.
In 1985 he co-starred in The Goonies as a key member of the eponymous group of kids, the kid inventor Richard "Data" Wang. In 1986, he appeared in the Japanese movie "Passengers" (Norimono) with the Japanese idol singer Honda Minako. He played Sam on the short-lived TV series Together We Stand (1986–1987) and played Jasper Kwong in the sitcom Head of the Class from 1989 to 1991. He also starred in the movie Breathing Fire (1991) and had a cameo in Encino Man (1992). He last appeared onscreen in the 2002 Chinese movie Second Time Around alongside Ekin Cheng and Cecilia Cheung.
He attended Mount Gleason Jr. High in Tujunga, California, and Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California. After high school, he graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He later attended the University of Manchester, in the UK. He is fluent in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Having studied Taekwondo under Philip Tan on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, he later trained under Tao-liang Tan. He worked as a stunt choreographer for X-Men and The One as the assistant of renowned Hong Kong fight choreographer Corey Yuen. In 1995, he moved to Australia to pursue a solo music career.
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Short Round||Won – Young Artist Award|
|1985||The Goonies||Richard "Data" Wang|
|1991||Breathing Fire||Charlie Moore|
|2002||Second Time Around||Sing Wong|
- "Ke Huy Quan". The New York Times.
- Canby, Vincent (May 23, 1984). "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". The New York Times.
- "Jonathan Ke Quan". The New York Times.