Jonathan Ke Quan Biography, Age, Early Life, Career, and Films

Jonathan Ke Quan Biography

Jonathan Ke Quan, born Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan is an American actor and stunt choreographer born in Vietnam and is of Chinese descent. He is best-known for his appearances in the ’80s with the Steven Spielberg productions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. He attended Mount Gleason Junior High located in Tujunga, a neighborhood in California, and the Alhambra High School located in the city of Alhambra in the Western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County in California.
After this, he graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He later pursued further education and graduated at the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom. Along with English, he speaks Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Jonathan Ke Quan’s Early Life

He was born in the small city of Saigon (now called Ho Chi Minh City) in South Vietnam. When he was still young he and his family were forced to leave their home and country after the Army of the Republic of Vietnam was defeated during the Fall of Saigon. His family was granted political asylum and moved to the United States. Here, he started off as a child actor with a small role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Harrison Ford’s sidekick and studied Taekwondo for the cast under Philip Tan. Soon after, his family changed his name, Ke Huy. He later expanded his knowledge of Taekwondo under Tao-Liang Tan.

Jonathan Ke Quan Career

In 1985, he co-starred in The Goonies as a member of the eponymous group of children. The year after, he played as a pickpocket in the Taiwanese movie It Takes a Thief. In 1987, he played alongside the Japanese idol singer Honda Minako in the Japanese movie “Passengers” (Passenjā Sugisarishi Hibi). In the TV series “Together We Stand”, he took on the role of Sam from 1986-87 and later as Jasper Kwong in the sitcom “Head of The Class from 1989-91. Along with these, he starred in the movie “Breathing Fire” in 1991 as well as playing a small role in Encino Man in 1992.
For the entire 40 episodes on the 1993 Mandarin language TV show “The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter”, he took on the starring role. Also, he starred in the 1996 Hong Kong/Vietnam collaboration movie Red Pirate. His most recent appearance was as Sing Wong in the 2002 2002 Hong Kong movie Second Time Around alongside Ekin Cheng and Cecilia Cheung. In 2005 he was named number 67 on vh1’s The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars. He is now a martial artist and working as a stunt coordinator and is a huge fan of Jackie Chan.

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Jonathan Ke Quan Films | Movies

Year

Title

Role

2002

Second Time Around

Sing Wong

1996

Red Pirate

Kwan Chia Chiang

1992

Encino Man

Kim

1991

Breathing Fire

Charlie Moore

1989

Cousin Dave Stole the Cookie

Adrianna

1987

Passenger

Rick

1986

It Takes a Thief

Little Guan

1985

The Goonies

Richard “Data” Wang

1984

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Short Round

Jonathan Ke Quan Television

Year

Title

Role

1986

Together We Stand

Sam

1991

Head of the Class

Jasper Kwong

Tales from the Crypt

Josh

1993

The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter

Ba Dajia

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