Daniel Dae Kim is Fundraising to Get Actor James Hong a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
James Hong has more than 600 credits in TV and film.
According to Entertainment Weekly it’s believed to be the most of any actor, living or dead. So, why hasn’t he gotten a star on the walk of fame?
Well, Lost actor Daniel Dae Kim is wondering the same thing so he’s decided to launch a fundraiser to help make it happen. The fundraiser picked up steam last week and already his GoFundMe campaign is almost to its $55,000 goal.
James “epitomizes the term ‘working actor,’ and that’s not even taking into account all he’s done to help further representation for actors of color,” Daniel wrote in the GoFundMe description. “Not only was he one of the few who worked steadily when there were even fewer roles than there are now, but he also served the Asian American community by co-creating the legendary East West Players theater company with fellow pioneers like Mako and Nobu McCarthy, just to name a few.”
“We are happy to consider Mr. Hong if he agrees on the nomination in writing,” Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez told Variety in response, adding, “We don’t endorse GoFundMe petitions because what happens with the funds if the person is not selected? They should have a back-up plan in case that happens.”
Daniel, in fact, does have a plan! He wrote that the funds will be donated to a charity in James’s honor if his nomination is not accepted.
Speaking to CNN earlier this month, James reflected on his career and the continued struggles of Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.
“Even though the actors and singers have talent, they can’t move forward because there are not enough roles,” he said. “That’s a shame, because it’s a waste of good talent. We can’t express ourselves in the way we want to in the mainstream movies and TV because it’s controlled by somebody else. [But] Asians are beginning to do their own plays and own TV series and movies and getting big box office. So it’s only a matter of time.”
We’re so for this! You have our vote, James.