He's probably been in more movies than any actor in Hollywood history

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James Hong is everywhere. With 600+ credits under his belt, he might be the most credited actor in Hollywood history.
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He spoke Mandarin with Keanu Reeves in "The Day the Earth Stood Still." He backflipped his way out of a fight in "Wayne's World 2." He was the supportive, noodle-loving Mr. Ping in "Kung Fu Panda." On television, he was the maître d' in the episode of "Seinfeld" titled "The Chinese Restaurant."

Without exaggeration, Hong might be the most prolific actor in Hollywood history. With more than 600 credits to his name, he may lay claim to the most credits of any actor, living or dead.

Inspired by Chinese operas in Minneapolis

Hong's path to stardom started, as many do, as a child practicing in front of a mirror. But he kept his acting aspirations from his parents.

"Well, you know, Chinese parents want you to do some professional jobs rather than be an actor," Hong says. "Being an actor is like the last rung in the ladder of professions. They don't even call it a profession because it's shameful to demonstrate your feelings in front of an audience. You were taught to be kind of quiet and to keep to yourself."

Still, he received some of his favorite acting inspiration from his father's herb shop in Minnesota.

"All the laundrymen from Minneapolis had nothing to do on weekends, so they would gather at my father's store, herb store," Hong recalls. "I remember that, because we'd have those little wooden stools and they all gathered there, and they hired these Chinese opera people from San Francisco to come and do their thing ... I was only a little boy. You watch them with wide eyes, 'Wow! What a profession.'"

With more than 600 acting credits, James Hong might be one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood history.

He started his career as a civil engineer

To please his parents, Hong graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in civil engineering. While working for Los Angeles…
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