Ke Huy Quan, a former child star in two major movies of the 1980s, has made an incredible comeback by winning an Academy Award. Quan was a refugee from Vietnam who settled in the US and became famous for playing Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Data in The Goonies.
However, as he grew up, the roles dried up and he moved behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator and assistant director, working on such films as X-Men (2000). Inspired by the success of Crazy Rich Asians, Quan decided to pursue acting again and received a call about Everything Everywhere All at Once.
He won the award for best supporting actor and thanked his mother, who watched from home. Quan’s life changed when he accompanied his younger brother to an audition for Indiana Jones and the casting director suggested he try out too.
Although his career dwindled, Quan never gave up on his dream, and it was one of his old co-stars, Jeff Cohen, who helped him negotiate his contract for Everything Everywhere All at Once.