James Hong is a famous American actor and filmmaker. He is widely known for appearing in the same character as Lo Pan in the movies such as Big Trouble in Little China, The Chronicles, Chuck, etc. Besides acting, Hong has also given direction in many movies.
He is famous among the public for contributing more than half of his lifespan to the American entertainment industry with more than 700 film and television credits.
The early life of James Hong
On February 22, 1929, James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Moreover, currently, James is 93 years old. Likewise, the talented actor, Hong, comes from an Asian ethnicity and holds American nationality.
Hong is the son of Frank W. Hong and Lee Shui Fa. His father was originally from Hongkong and later moved to the USA via Canada, where they raised Hong. Furthermore, his parents owned a restaurant in Minneapolis. Moreover, his father, Frank, became the local Hip Sing Tong leader. More along with his family, Hong’s grandfather lived in Taishan.
James got his early education in China, whereas he did civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. However, his interest in acting overruled his career as a civil professional, and he followed his dream career as an actor.
Before gaining success as an actor, Hong worked as a road engineer in LA. Furthermore, he worked in LA for seven and a half years. Likewise, he started acting during his vacations and sick leaves. And later on, James quit his day job as a road engineer and started voice acting and acting full time.
Who is James Hong’s Wife?
James Hong married his ex-wife Pearl Huang, an actress by profession. The couple tied their knots on 9 May 1967. But the happily married couple could no longer take their marriage further, so in the year 1973, they divorced. But, the reason behind Pearl and James’ divorce remains a complete mystery even today.
A few years after the divorce from his ex-wife, the I Spy actor then married the actress Susan Hong née Tong, who is 30 years younger than him. Furthermore, James and his wife remain married. Moreover, no rumors regarding Susan and James’s divorce have come to light yet.
Susan came to the spotlight for her appearance in Man of a Thousand Faces. The lovely couple has been living together happily since October 20, 1977. They also share a child. Furthermore, the married couple welcomed a daughter named April Hong. What’s more, like her parents, April also works in the entertainment industry.
Net Worth and Social Presence of James Hong
James Hong has an approximate Net Worth of $8 Million. He falls among the actors having the highest monthly salary. Moreover, James has come a long way since he started acting. And with more than half a century of experience in the industry, Hong managed to earn his wealth.
Hong’s monthly salary is estimated to be more than $50,000. The primary source of James’ income is acting. However, he also makes money from directing, giving voiceovers and other works.
Despite his massive wealth, James keeps a low-key life. And so much of Hong’s assets remain a complete mystery to the world. Likewise, the cars and houses owned by James remain hidden. James must own a house worth hundreds of thousands of USD as he lives in LA, California.
Moreover, Hong doesn’t like sharing much about his personal life on social media sites. However, thousands of fans follow the voice of Mr. Ping on his social media.
The voiceover actor can be found on his Twitter account @IAmJamesHong and Instagram account thejameshong, among which his Instagram account is verified. He has done very few posts on both his social accounts.
The Kung Fu actor made his first step into the acting field in 1952. He was struggling to come into the limelight in the starting days of his career. Later in 1957AD, he got a chance to participate in the Detective Series, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, which became a turning point in his acting career.
Additionally, he started getting several roles in the television shows like Hawaii Five-O, Perry Mason, I Spy, The Two Jakes, etc. Then he gained roles in many movies in the character of Hannibal Chew in The Blade Runner, Jeff Wong in Wayne’s World 2 and Gong Gong Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once, which won the heart of many audiences.
Besides acting, Hong is also a voiceover artist. His voice can be heard in animated series such as Kung Fu Panda, Turning Red, Jackie Chan Adventures, etc. He has given his voice even in the video game roles.
James was among the various co-founders of East West Players, an American Theatre. A star respected his continuous devotions on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 93.
Military Service of Hong
James Hong served in the US Army as a Special Services at Forth McClellan and Camp Rucker. Moreover, after the camp General saw James performing, the said general asked Hong to stay at Camp Rucker.
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