James Hong 詹姆斯·洪
President & CEO
UNIVERSE II PRODUCTION, INC.,
PAN PACIFIC PICTURES LLC
James Hong’s career in Hollywood has spanned nearly six decades and over 500 film and television roles. With a wide range of skills, he has portrayed the evil villain to the good guy with equal poise. Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s has lived in Hong Kong 4 years. He graduated from USC and practiced civil engineering for the County of Los Angeles. Over the one and a half years he worked as an engineer, he continued to perform in movies. His first feature, Soldier of Fortune with Clark Gable which led to Blood Alley with John Wayne and then Love is a Many Splendored Thing with William Holden among others.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
My first job in Hollywood was an amateur one. I appeared on the Groucho Marx TV quiz program called YOU BET YOUR LIFE. The audience wrote in and as a result I got the second biggest fan mail ever on Groucho Marx’s program. That change my whole life and career. I received offers from nightclubs because I was very funny in Groucho’s show. Also I was picked up by an agent, Bessie Loo Agency and a writer helped me write some materials. However, I did finish my college education and received my degree in civil engineering. I practiced engineering for a while, but I changed my career to acting.
What keeps you awake at night?
I sleep fairly well, but my sleep apnea and my ambitious nature makes me have nightmares. However, these nightmares and dreams have become part of my tools and resources for acting and writing scripts.
WHAT WAS THE LAST PRESENT YOU RECEIVED?
I received a very artistic figurine/statue of Mr. Ping of Kung Fu Panda 3 from DreamWorks Studios. They gave this to me because they felt I did a very good job doing the voice for Mr. ping, Father of Po.
WHAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PLACE YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED TO?
I have traveled within the United States recently, but the most exciting and extraordinary places I have visited in my life is China just after the Cultural Revolution. Also I was very lucky to have traveled to the remote parts of Russia just after the Republics broke up; and of course, South Africa was an amazing country which I visited.
WHAT’S ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
That at this present moment, I can still get up from this computer and do the breakdance. Maybe one of these days I will throw a great big party and we can all dance. Let me hear from you if you would like to join me. Hooray!! Live life while you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!