Jonathan Ke Quan is a Vietnamese-American actor and stunt choreographer, born in Saigon, which is now known as Ho Chi Minh City. He is also known as Ke Huy Quan or Ko-Wei Kuan. But in this biography, we will just call him Jonathan. Hopefully that’s okay.
Jonathan Ke Quan’s Family
Jonathan was born on August 20, 1971. His family was soon forced to leave the country, when the Army of the Republic of Vietnam was defeated during the Fall of Saigon. His family was selected for political asylum and emigrated to the United States. He is of Han Chinese descent and he has eight siblings.
Jonathan has been a huge fan of Jackie Chan, since he was a little kid. He’d always dreamt of being an actor himself, and when he was twelve years old he started pursuing his dream actively.
But he followed the regular educational path. Jonathan attended Mt. Gleason Jr. High, located in Tujunga, California. He also went to Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California.
After high school, Jonathan graduated from the University of Southern California, the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is fluent in Vietnamese, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. He also attended the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. To say Jonathan knows a thing or two is a massive understatement!
After he finished his college years, he went on to work as a stunt choreographer on various films. Looks like his acting career is finally ready to take off!
Jonathan Ke Quan’s Wife
Jonathan is married to Corinna Ke Quan and they do not have any children at this moment. They are happily married and luckily there have not been any suggestions or rumours that would make anyone doubt their commitment to each other.
Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones
Jonathan starred in two of the most famous movies that came out during the 1980s. People mostly know him for his appearances in the 1984 Steven Spielberg production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. Mind you, he is still a child at this time. His breakthrough role was actually the Indiana Jones one, which is a funny story.
Jonathan starred as Harrison Ford’s sidekick, Short Round, in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. This role was actually his big break into the movie industry and apparently he did a great job. Short Round was, and anyone who watched the movie can agree, one of the funniest and most unexpected characters to be working alongside Indiana Jones.
It was his brother who initially auditioned for the role of Short Round in the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Jonathan had just followed his elder brother to the audition and the casting executive decided to choose him instead. During the filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, his family changed his name to Ke Huy Quan.
Just for the record, there is no bad blood between the brothers.
Although we’re sure the elder brother sometimes wonders what could have been…
Jonathan Ke Quan in The Goonies
Jonathan’s next big and memorable role came as Data in the adventure comedy movie, The Goonies, where a lot of people remember him from – since Goonies is one of the absolute best movies that’s been remembered from the 1980s.
In the scene in The Goonies, where rocks are falling from the cave ceiling, he screams “Holy S-H-I-T”, spelling the expletive rather than saying it. He did this because his mother made him promise not to use any bad language in the movie. That’s listening to your parents on a whole new level if you ask us.
Since then, he has appeared in numerous other movies and television series.
In 1985, Jonathan appeared in the television short ‘Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough.
In 1986, he 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. He also did a Mandarin language television show called The Big Eunuch and the Little Carpenter in 1993 that ran for forty episodes.
And that’s just a small peek into Jonathan’s filmography. He played dozens of roles, and has several credits as stunt actor as well.
Jonathan Ke Quan in Ohana
Jonathan’s contributions to Hollywood, as well as Japanese, Taiwanese and South Korean cinema have earned him the status of an international superstar. His acting career has been something that a lot of people know next to nothing about since those two roles from the 1980s have been his dominant trademark in show business, but Quan has been around and been keeping busy for a lot longer than people might think.
In fact, he was featured in Finding Ohana (2021), and he’s been keeping his retirement more or less unofficial for a long time now, coming back when he feels the need and taking part in fight choreography over the years.
Jonathan Ke Quan: Net Worth & Salary
Jonathan’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million. His consistent performances in Hollywood made sure Jonathan could ask for a more than fair compensation for his contributions, which resulted in a net worth that can sustain him for a long time to come. Jonathan’s salary is not public information at this time, but it’s fluctuating quite a bit since his roles are irregular at the moment.
Jonathan Ke Quan’s Instagram & Other Social Media
Jonathan is quite active on social media, although Instagram isn’t one of them. You can find Jonathan on Facebook and on Twitter.
Jonathan Ke Quan Wiki
Jonathan’s height is approximately 5ft4 (163 cm) and he has black hair and brown eyes. More details on his physique and his personal life are available on his profile.