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"As an actor, demonstrating your feelings in front of people is not what you're supposed to be doing. You're supposed to hold your emotions and control them, and not show them all over the place."

Ng Hon-Cheung (吳漢章), aka James Hong (born February 22, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), is an American character actor of Chinese descent, and a very, very prolific one at that. He credibly claims more credits than any other actor, living or dead (with the possible exception of Frank Welker); as of November 2022, his entry at IMDb lists 454 credits as "Actor" (starting in 1954), 36 "As Himself", and 39 other miscellaneous credits.

You may remember him as:

Name a TV series, from Have Gun – Will Travel to The X-Files to Malcolm in the Middle, and he's probably been in at least one episode. Fans of Seinfeld may remember him as the Maitre d' from the famous "Chinese Restaurant" episode. He also played Maitre d's at Chinese restaurants in Flower Drum Song (1961), All in the Family (1975), Alias (2001) and The Big Bang Theory (2007-8). By his own account, one of his beliefs is to always handle his roles seriously and try to infuse his characters with humanity, even if the character (as was frequently the case in his earliest roles) was written as a one-note ethnic stereotype.invoked

As a voice actor, he has performed such roles as Chancellor Chi-Fu in Mulan and Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda franchise, as well as playing Heng Long in Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, Azmorigan in Star Wars Rebels, Daolon Wong in Jackie Chan Adventures, Professor Chang in Teen Titans, Uncle Po in Sleeping Dogs (2012), O-Sensei in Batman: Soul of the Dragon, The Elder in Star Wars: Visions, Mr. Gao in Turning Red, and even a couple of characters on Avatar: The Last Airbender (Monk Tashi of the Southern Air Temple and Mayor Tong of Chin Village, to be exact).

He is also a former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists, and co-founder of the East-West Players, a training ground for generations of Asian-American actors coming after him. In 2022, he became the oldest person to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at age 93.

His extensive body of work includes:

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