Ke Huy Quan, the visitor on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, which was recorded in entrance of scholars at Chapman College, is a implausible actor whose journey from Nineteen Eighties baby stardom, in movies like 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1985’s The Goonies, to a finest supporting actor Oscar nomination this yr for All the pieces All over the place All at As soon as, is nothing in need of unbelievable.
The Vietnam-born actor was, as The Related Press put it, “one of the unbelievable faces — and voices — of the Nineteen Eighties,” and as GQ famous, he was additionally, on the time, “one of many solely seen Asian faces in any Western media, a lot much less two of the most important blockbusters on the planet.”
After which, for greater than 20 years, Quan, now 51, disappeared from the general public eye — however not from the enterprise he cherished. The story of his return to performing — which has resulted in SAG, Golden Globe, Critics Selection, Gotham, New York Movie Critics Circle, Los Angeles Movie Critics Affiliation and Nationwide Society of Movie Critics awards, in addition to a BAFTA nomination and Impartial Spirit and Oscar nominations — might be a film itself.
To cite a latest piece within the Los Angeles Occasions, “F. Scott Fitzgerald famously mentioned there are not any second acts in American lives, however he’d by no means met Ke Huy Quan.”