Ke Huy Quan

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Ke Huy Quan
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Quan in 2018
Born (1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 50)
Other namesJonathan Ke Huy Quan
EducationUniversity of Southern California
OccupationActor, stunt choreographer
Years active1984–2004, 2019–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese關繼威
Simplified Chinese关继威
Vietnamese name
VietnameseQuan Kế Huy

Ke Huy Quan (Chinese: 關繼威; Vietnamese: Quan Kế Huy; born August 20, 1971), also known as Jonathan Ke Quan (/kˈkwɑːn/), is a Vietnamese-American actor and stunt choreographer.

Quan played Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Data in The Goonies (1985). In 1990 and 1991, he co-starred as Jasper Kwong in the sitcom Head of the Class over two seasons.

Quan stopped acting due to a lack of opportunity in the late 1990s, when he received his film degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts. He went on to work as a stunt coordinator and assistant director.

He returned to acting as Waymond Wang in the film Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), a role for which he received critical acclaim.

Early life and education[edit]

Quan was born on August 20, 1971,[1] in Saigon, South Vietnam (present-day Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)[2] to Vietnamese parents of Chinese descent.[3] He has eight siblings.[4]

In 1978, his family fled Vietnam. He, his father, and five siblings arrived in a refugee camp in Hong Kong, while his mother and three other siblings fled to Malaysia.[5][6] His whole family emigrated to the United States in 1979.[5]

Quan attended Mount Gleason Jr. High in Tujunga, California, and Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California.[7] Quan graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1999.[5] After graduation, he worked with Hong Kong fight choreographer Corey Yuen on several projects.[6]

Career[edit]

Quan became a child actor at age 12, starring as Harrison Ford's sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.[8] The casting director auditioned children at Castelar Elementary School, which also included his younger brother.[4][6]

Sean Astin, Quan, and Corey Feldman at The Goonies panel, 2019 Fan Expo Toronto

In 1985, Quan co-starred in The Goonies as a member of the eponymous group of children, the inventor Richard "Data" Wang. He played a pickpocket orphan in the 1986 Taiwanese movie It Takes a Thief. In 1987, he appeared in the Japanese movie Passengers (Passenjā Sugisarishi Hibi) 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 1990 to 1991.

He starred in the movie Breathing Fire (1991) and had a small role in Encino Man (1992). He played the starring role in the 1993 Mandarin language TV show The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter which ran for forty episodes. He also starred in the 1996 Hong Kong/Vietnam co-production Red Pirate.

Having studied Taekwondo under Philip Tan on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Quan later trained under Tao-liang Tan.[9]

1998–2018: Transition into film production[edit]

As an adult, Quan found it difficult to find acting work in the United States. He eventually quit acting and enrolled in the film program at University of Southern California.[5][2] After graduating from USC, Quan was asked by Corey Yuen to go to Toronto, Canada, to help choreograph fighting sequences in X-Men (2000).[1][2][6] For the next decade, he worked on various productions in Asia and the United States.[6]

He again helped Yuen as a stunt choreographer for The One (2001).[10] Quan worked as assistant director on Wong Kar Wai's 2046 (2004).[6]

2018–present: return to acting[edit]

In 2018, Quan was inspired by the success of Crazy Rich Asians (2018) to return to acting. That same year, the Daniels began casting for their film Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022). They struggled to cast the actor for Waymond Wang, who would appear as three separate characters in the film. Co-director Daniel Kwan stumbled upon Quan on Twitter. Two weeks after getting a talent agent, Quan received a call to audition for the film.[5] After landing the role of Waymond Wang, Quan received a supporting role in Netflix film Finding ʻOhana (2021) in September 2019.[11] Quan approached director Jude Weng after overhearing her describing the film as The Goonies meets Indiana Jones, both of which Quan had appeared in. The film was Quan's first acting credit since the release of Second Time Around in 2002, although he considered Everything Everywhere All at Once his acting comeback as he shot the latter before Finding 'Ohana.[5]

In January 2020, Quan was announced as a cast member of Everything Everywhere All at Once.[12] The film was released in March 2022 to critical acclaim, with Quan's performance receiving praise and media attention.

In February 2022, it was announced that he had joined the cast of the TV adaptation of American Born Chinese for Disney+.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Quan is fluent in English, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. He is Vietnamese American of Han Chinese (specifically from the Chinese Hoa minority from Vietnam) ancestry. Quan is married[5] and resides in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.[2] He remains close friends with his Goonies costar, Jeff Cohen, who is also Quan's entertainment lawyer.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Short Round American film
1985 The Goonies Richard "Data" Wang American film
1986 It Takes a Thief (糊塗妙賊小神偸) Little Guan (小關) Taiwanese film
1987 Passenger (パッセンジャー 過ぎ去りし日々) Rick Japanese film
1991 Breathing Fire Charlie Moore American film
1992 Encino Man Kim American film
1996 Red Pirate (紅海盜/飛虎奇兵) Kwan Chia Chiang (關家強) Hong Kong film
2002 Second Time Around (無限復活) Sing Wong Hong Kong film
2021 Finding ʻOhana George Phan American film
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once Waymond Wang American film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Together We Stand Sam 19 episodes
1991 Head of the Class Jasper Kwong Main cast (seasons 4–5)
1991 Tales from the Crypt Josh Episode: "Undertaking Palor"
1993 The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter (大太監與小木匠) Ba Dajia (巴大家) Main role; TV series from Taiwan, 40 episodes
TBA American Born Chinese Freddy Wong Upcoming series[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1984 Youth in Film Awards Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Won
1985 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
1986 Youth in Film Awards Best Young Actor in a New Series Together We Stand Won
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Awards Best Supporting Actor Everything Everywhere All At Once Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Ke Quan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2015. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Ito, Robert (April 5, 2022). "Ke Huy Quan: From Short Round to Romantic Lead in Just Four Long Decades". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  3. ^ Tamagawa, Emiko (April 8, 2022). "Actor Ke Huy Quan returns in front of the camera in 'Everything, Everywhere, All at Once'". www.wbur.org. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Ke Huy Quan (Goonies, Temple of Doom) Niagara Falls Comic Con 2019 Q&A Panel, Convention Junkies, June 17, 2019, archived from the original on December 12, 2021, retrieved April 19, 2020
  5. ^ a b c d e f g February 24, Clark Collis; EST, 2022 at 03:01 PM. "What Short Round did next: The strange journeys of Ke Huy Quan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Ebiri, Bilge (March 11, 2022). "In Another Life, Ke Huy Quan Was a Star". Vulture. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Ke Quan". Empire. August 22, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Canby, Vincent (May 23, 1984). "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Nick Mamatas (December 14, 2012). "10 reasons we still love The Goonies 25 years later". Syfy Wire. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "The kid from Indiana Jones: What does he look like now?". Now (1996–2019 magazine). August 8, 2015. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 30, 2019). "'Young Sheldon' Director's Feature Debut 'Finding Ohana' Lands at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 23, 2020). "A24 Reunites With 'Swiss Army Man' Directors; Finance & Distribute AGBO's 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'". Deadline. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  13. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 7, 2022). "Michelle Yeoh Among Eight Cast in Disney Plus Series 'American Born Chinese'". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 7, 2022). "'Shang-Chi's Michelle Yeoh & Destin Daniel Cretton Reunite For Disney+ Series 'American Born Chinese;' Chin Han, Yeo Yann Yann & Daniel Wu Also Star". Retrieved February 7, 2022.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 387.

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