The inspiring story of how Ke Huy Quan: From Indiana Jones to winning big at the Oscars

The Goonies and Indiana Jones actor Ke Huy Quan makes a spectacular comeback with Everything Everywhere All at Once

The inspiring story of how Ke Huy Quan: From Indiana Jones to winning big at the Oscars
Juan Carlos Saloz

Juan Carlos Saloz

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If there is one thing we are learning with this Oscars ceremony, it is that there is no set path that leads directly to the awards. Ana de Armas’ story is one of the most surprising in this regard, as the Cuban actress went from living in a poor family to being nominated for her role in Blonde. Brendan Fraser’s is also one to admire, with a textbook rise and fall.


However, there is another actor who is no slouch when it comes to inspirational stories either. We are talking about Ke Huy Quan, the actor of Everything Everywhere All at Once, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s ceremony. He is the favorite to win the award, and his story is touching.

SAG nominee profile: Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) -  GoldDerby

From martial arts coordinator to Oscar

His name may not ring a bell, but if we tell you that he is Tapon, the kid from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, everything makes more sense, doesn’t it? That’s right, Ke Huy Quan is the child actor from Indiana Jones and The Goonies, the movie in which he played Data. It’s been many, many years since we’ve heard from him, but his comeback is certainly on a par with Fraser’s. Besides, Ke Huy Quan has already won the Golden Globe, so he is the favorite.

The actor from Everything Everywhere All at Once got the role of Stopper by chance, when he accompanied his older brother to the audition. Yes, I know it’s a typical story, but in this case it seems to be true. After his role alongside Spielberg, whom he knows he owes everything to and admires, he was cast in The Goonies, but his career didn’t end there.

Ke Huy Quan on 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' Oscar Nomination – The  Hollywood Reporter

In 1986 he was Sam, one of the protagonists of the series A Life Together, and in 1991 he was in a Japanese martial arts musical called Breathing Fire. Shortly after he also appeared in the series The First in Class, and had a small role in 1992 in The California Man, which also featured Fraser and Sean Astin.

However, he gradually lost prominence and only appeared in Asian productions as a martial arts coordinator. In fact, he was the one in charge of the stunts in the original X-Men movie, and since then he only worked in this position.

But after a role in director Jude Weng’s Ohana, Hawaii’s Treasure, the Daniels brought him back for Everything Everywhere All at Once. And A24’s film may bring his charisma back to the top of Hollwood. It certainly deserves no less.again bring its charisma to the top of Hollwood. Of course, it deserves no less.

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Juan Carlos Saloz

Juan Carlos Saloz

Cultural journalist specialized in film, series, comics, video games, and everything your parents tried to keep you away from during your childhood. Also an aspiring film director, screenwriter, and professional troublemaker.

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