Ke Huy Quan’s performances as Richard “Data” Wang in “The Goonies” and Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” are perhaps iconic in the canon of 80s family adventure cinema, but, Quan being an Asian actor in 1980s Hollywood, these roles did not lead to as successful an acting career as they should have.
“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an actor,” Quan revealed to The New York Times in April 2022. “As I got older, though, when I realized I wanted to do this, there just weren’t a lot of offers. When there was, the role was very formulaic, and all the Hollywood Asians were fighting for By the time I was in my early twenties, the phone had stopped ringing.
Quan eventually quit acting, but, since he didn’t want to walk away from the film industry altogether, he decided to apply to the University of Southern California’s film school, from which he earned his graduated in 1999. In the following years, he worked as a member of the stunt team and assistant director in the United States and Hong Kong. Then, in 2018, the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” inspired him to return to acting. He called his agent friend and asked if he would like to represent him; two weeks later, the offer for the role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” arrived. The rest, of course, is the story of this universe.