Indiana Jones child star who gave up acting for 20 years wins Golden Globe

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When Ke Huy Quan quit acting 20 years ago, it was with a heavy heart. The child star of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had dreamed of a lasting career, but found no roles open to him as an adult.

In one of Hollywood’s great comeback stories, Quan is now the winner of a Golden Globe. He was named best supporting actor for his role as a middle-aged husband in Everything Everywhere All At Once, after its writers sought him out for the part.

Among the audience members at Tuesday night’s ceremony was Steven Spielberg, the director who gave Quan his first break as Indiana Jones’s sidekick, Short Round, in 1984.

“I was raised to never forget where I came from and to always remember who gave me my first opportunity. I’m so happy to see Steven Spielberg here tonight. Steven, thank you,” said a tearful Quan, 51.

“When I started my career as a child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I felt so very lucky to have been chosen. As I grew older, I started to wonder if that was it – if that was just luck.

“For so many years I was afraid I had nothing more to offer – that no matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid.”

Quan left acting after years ‘waiting by the phone’

Quan, who also appeared in The Goonies, left acting in the early 2000s after years “waiting by the phone, hoping it would ring”. He enrolled at university and later worked behind the camera in action choreography.

Spielberg had remained a friend and supporter, sending him a Christmas present for the past 39 years.

Quan is only the second Asian actor to win the best supporting actor Globe, following The Killing Fields’ Haing S Ngor in 1984. Quan was born in Vietnam and came to the US with his family as a refugee.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a comedy-drama about an Asian-American family. Its success at the Golden Globes – Michelle Yeoh, who plays Quan’s wife, was named best actress – came after the awards body was heavily criticised for lack of diversity among its ranks.

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