Jonathan Ke Quan

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Jonathan Ke Quan
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Quan in 2007
Born Quan Kế Huy
(1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 45)
Saigon, South Vietnam
(now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Residence Alhambra, California
Nationality Vietnamese, American
Other names Jonathan Ke Huy Quan
Education Alhambra High School
University of Southern California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Corinna

Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan (Vietnamese: Quan Kế Huy; Chinese: ; Cantonese: Gwāan Gaiwāi, Mandarin: Guān Jìwēi; born: August 20, 1971) is a Vietnamese-born American actor and stunt choreographer of ethnic Chinese descent.[1] He is best known for his appearances in the 1980s Steven Spielberg productions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom[2] and The Goonies.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Quan was born in Saigon, South Vietnam (present-day Ho Chi Minh City, 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 emigrated to the United States. He became a child actor at age 12, starring 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. 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 1989 to 1991. He also 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 collaboration movie Red Pirate. He last appeared onscreen in the 2002 Hong Kong movie Second Time Around alongside Ekin Cheng and Cecilia Cheung.

Personal life[edit]

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 United Kingdom.[3] 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.[4] He worked as a stunt choreographer for X-Men[5] and The One as the assistant of renowned Hong Kong fight choreographer Corey Yuen.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Short Round Won – Young Artist Award
1985 The Goonies Richard "Data" Wang
1986 It Takes a Thief (糊塗妙賊小神偸) Little Guan (小關) Taiwan movie
1987 Passenger (パッセンジャー 過ぎ去りし日々) Rick Japanese movie
1991 Breathing Fire Charlie Moore
1992 Encino Man Kim
1996 Red Pirate (紅海盜/飛虎奇兵) Kwan Chia Chiang (關家強) Hong Kong movie
2002 Second Time Around (無限復活) Sing Wong Hong Kong movie
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Together We Stand Sam 19 episodes
1991 Head of the Class Jasper Kwong Season 5
1991 Tales from the Crypt Josh Season 3 Episode 9
1993 The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter (大太監與小木匠) Ba Dajia (巴大家) Starring; TV series from Taiwan, 40 episodes



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

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