James Hong Gets Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Thanks Fans for Support

Posted 2022/05/10 3 0

After almost seven decades of performing on-screen, James Hong finally has his place on the famous walkway.

It has been way too long coming but James Hong has his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A veteran of the screen with nearly seven decades of experience, the Big Trouble in Little China star is still very much active to this day. The 93-year-old can even be seen on the big screen in the acclaimed movie Everything Everywhere All at Once which has garnered great acclaim.

Feeling that it wasn’t right for Hong not to be on the Walk of Fame, actor Daniel Dae Kim had launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money necessary to nominate Hong. The immense fan support for Hong had the campaign hitting its goal without issue, and it wasn’t long before it was announced that the veteran actor would be getting his star in 2022. It had happened so fast that, for his part, Hong himself was pretty much just learning about the campaign by the time it had surpassed its goal.

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Per Variety, here’s what Hong said about the fans who donated money for him to be nominated.

“In actuality, I didn’t hear a thing. Somehow the internet wasn’t quite working or I didn’t get the email. The next thing I hear, they had the money already. I want to thank all the fans and friends who donated their money. It boggles my mind to think that there’s enough people out there who would do that. And I don’t know who they are, so I’ll just have to thank them through your article.”

Of what inspired the mission to get Hong on the famous walkway, Daniel Dae Kim added:

“Of course, even then I knew who he was and all that he had accomplished. Then, around five or six years ago, I was meeting some friends and we started naming all the amazing projects that he’d been a part of. We realized the number was literally in the thousands. It caused me to ask why more people didn’t know him by name, or recognized his incredible career. That’s when I decided that I would do what I could to get him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

James Hong Has No Retirement Plans

There have been dozens upon dozens of roles portrayed by Hong over the past several decades, but the prolific actor does not plan on slowing down anytime soon. He detailed how part of the reason he works so much is that he hopes to improve Asian representation in film. While there have been improvements in more recent years compared to when Hong was first getting started, the actor also feels that there’s still more work to be done.

“I’ve worked for all that for 70 years and it’s just beginning as far as I’m concerned. Maybe another 10 years when I’m looking down at this world and I say, ‘Yeah, progress.’ Even if I wanted to retire, I don’t think they would let me.”

Congratulations to James Hong. You can watch his complete Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in the video below.

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