Jonathan Ke Quan is a Vietnamese-American actor and stunt choreographer. He is known for playing Richard Wang in the adventure comedy film ‘The Goonies’ and for portraying Short Round in the flick ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’. As a stunt choreographer, Quan has contributed to the making of the superhero movie ‘X-Men.’ He is also known for his roles in a number of television programs, the most prominent one being the character of Sam in ‘Together We Stand.’ His contributions to Hollywood as well as Japanese, Taiwanese, and South Korean cinema have earned him the status of an international superstar. He is well-educated and is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Manchester. Despite being a popular celebrity, he is known for being humble and soft-spoken. He is a very private person and doesn’t like to share details of his personal life with the media.
Jonathan Ke Quan started acting at the age of 12, appearing in the 1984 action-adventure film ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’. Soon after this, he played the role of an inventor named Richard "Data" Wang in the adventure comedy film ‘The Goonies’. In 1986, he was cast as Sam in the short-lived television series ‘Together We Stand’. The same year, Quan played a pickpocket orphan in the Taiwanese flick ‘It Takes a Thief’. He starred in the Japanese film ‘Passengers’ alongside Japanese singer Honda Minako in 1987.
In the year 1989, the actor played a role in another Japanese movie titled ‘Cousin Dave Stole the Cookie’. Two years later, he joined the cast of the American sitcom ‘Head of the Class’ as Jasper Kwong and also got featured in the movie ‘Breathing Fire’. He played a minor role in the film ‘Encino Man’ in 1992. He next did a Mandarin language TV show called ‘The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter’ that ran for 40 episodes. Quan got a role in the Hong Kong/Vietnam collaboration ‘Red Pirate’ in 1996. His last onscreen appearance was in the 2002 Hong Kong flick ‘Second Time Around,’ alongside Cecilia Cheung and Ekin Cheng.
Jonathan Ke Quan has also served as a stunt choreographer on the American superhero film ‘X-Men’ and the sci-fi martial arts film ‘The One’ as the assistant of the well-known fight choreographer Corey Yuen.
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Family & Personal Life
Jonathan Ke Quan was born as Quan Kế Huy on August 20, 1971 in Saigon (present day Ho Chi Minh City), South Vietnam. He has an elder brother. He was forced to leave his native country when the Army of the Republic of Vietnam was eventually defeated during the Fall of Saigon. His family was given political asylum when they immigrated to USA.
Quan studied at Mount Gleason Jr. High and Alhambra High School in California. After high school, he attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Later on, he graduated from University of Manchester, the United Kingdom. The actor is fluent in Vietnamese, Mandarin, English and Cantonese. He is married to a lady named Corinna.
It was his brother who initially auditioned for the role of Short Round in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’ Quan had just followed his elder brother to the audition and the casting executive decided to choose him instead! After he was cast in this movie, Quan’s parents changed his name to Ke Huy.