James Hong showcased a variety of martial arts moves and performed alongside traditional Chinese lion dancers as he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 93-year-old film veteran said he prefers to “feel the moment” rather than deliver an acceptance speech as he unveiled the surprise performance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles ceremony.
“As you can see, I don’t have speeches because I’m not that type of person,” he told the crowd.
“I just come here, I want to feel the moment, just be here and see people I haven’t seen in a long time.”
He donned a shiny red jacket and then joined the cast for the energetic routine.
Hong was presented with the award by actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim and US actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who praised Hong’s “activism and fearlessness” throughout his long career.
The actor was one of the founders of the East West Players in 1965, the country’s first professional Asian American theater organization that helps provide opportunities and education about Asian culture.
During his 68-year career, he has amassed over 600 acting credits, including 469 for television, 148 films, 32 short films, and 22 video games.
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His roles include those on Blade Runner, Chinatown, Kung Fu Panda, US sitcom Seinfeld and more recently Disney’s Turning Red and Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Hong is the oldest honoree to receive a star on the Walk of Fame and pretended to shake weirdly in his chair when the fact was read out.
He wore an elaborate shawl that appeared to be made of leaves and held a fan with a picture of his own face on it.
In her introductory speech, Curtis praised Hong’s power of “impact and transformative change.”
“The center of James Hong, the human, is kindness and love, and these two qualities in and from him continue their concentric circle of influence and transformative change in those who watch and know him, myself much included.” she said.
“I’m sorry if there are kids here, but it’s damn time to honor James Hong with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“God bless you all and God bless James Hong.”
Kim added that the actor “embodies the trailblazer,” revealing that Hong capitalizes all of his emails.
“You really deserve the honor that you will receive and you make us all so very, very proud,” he said.
Hong joked, “I don’t know how to get through the day with all these compliments, my head is getting too big.”
The actor’s star is 2,723. on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It is dedicated to the Movies category and is located at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Madame Tussauds.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/james-hong-joined-by-traditional-lion-dancers-at-hollywood-walk-of-fame-ceremony-41637042.html James Hong accompanied by traditional lion dancers at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony