James Hong finally gets his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career dating back to the 1950s with over 600 film and TV credits to his name, Hong can be recognized by his fans in all sorts of places, from Plane! And Big Trouble in Little China to Wayne’s World 2 and the Kung Fu Panda movies. James Hong is certainly more than deserved, and this week the 92-year-old actor was listed among a group of other Hollywood legends as one of the latest recipients to get his own star.
This is fantastic news, as it follows a campaign by Hong supporters to honor the actor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Last year, Hawaii five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for Hong’s Walk of Fame Star installation. The campaign successfully surpassed the $55,000 goal, which must have helped the Walk of Fame roster in their decision.
“This guy epitomizes the term ‘working actor,’ and that doesn’t even take into account everything he’s done to better represent the actors of color,” according to the GoFundMe page description. “Let’s show this man the respect and love his career has earned by giving him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! We all know what an important part of Hollywood lore has made the Walk of Fame through the years.” Tourists from all over the world flock to these star-studded blocks that stretch along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, and if you’re reading this, you’ll probably agree that James deserves to be one of them. ‘
Hong is in very good company. The 2022 Walk of Fame Class will also include fellow Hollywood stars Carrie Fisher, Michael B. Jordan, Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Helen Hunt, Regina King, Ray Liotta, Ewan McGregor, Adam McKay, Jason Momoa and Tessa Thompson. TV honors include Byron Allen, Greg Berlanti, Ricky Gervais, Peter Krause, Bob Odenkirk, Holly Robinson Peete, Norman Reedus, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jean Smart, Ming-Na Wen and Kenan Thompson.
Representing the music side of the new honorees include DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, George Clinton, Jr., Ashanti Douglas, Avril Lavigne, Los Huracanes del Norte and Martha Reeves. Richard Blade will be given his own star as the only honor in the radio category, while Michael Strahan will be the first name added for the new sports entertainment category. Among the winners of the live performance are Patti LuPone, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. and Angelica Vale.
“The panel did a fantastic job choosing these very talented people,” said Ellen K, chair of the Walk of Fame selection panel, per Variety. “We can’t wait to see the reaction of every honoree as they realize they are becoming a part of Hollywood history with the unveiling of their star on the world’s most famous walkway!”
Huge congratulations go to Hong and everyone else gets credit on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the Class of 2022. For more from Hong, he recently provided the voice of O-Sensei in the DC animated movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon and will appear in the upcoming sci-fi movie Everything Everywhere All at once starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis. The new list of honorees is coming to us from Variety.