Short Round From The Temple Of Doom
1984's Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom tends to be the least popular of the original three Indy films (we ain't counting Kingdom of the Pointless Exercise) and sadly this has often been said to be because Spielberg and Lucas decided to give Dr. Jones an irritating little kid sidekick, Short Round, played by Ke Huy Quan.
True, he was very annoying indeed, but for many of us he is part of our childhood. Combine that with the fact that he also played James Bond wannabe Data in The Goonies in 1985, and you have the makings of an 80s legend and an ideal contender for W*A*T*N!
Quan was born on August 20th 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam. Moving over to the States he attended Alhambra High School in California and soon enough a love of performing began to rear its head.
In 1983 His brother went up for a major role opposite Harrison Ford in the sequel to 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark and just out of curiosity Ke followed his brother along, but in the end the casting people decided to pick him instead for the role of Short Round.
In today's more cynical eyes it now seems a little odd that Dr Jones would recruit a little boy he picked up in the Far East to be his faithful manservant but at the time Short Round simply provided hilarious one-liners, hilariously cheat at cards and hilariously drive a car with wooden blocks tied to the end of his shoes. Hilarious.
Quan studied Tae Kwon Do on the set and apparently, when phoning his mother during the film shoot, he referred to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as 'bearded man one' and 'bearded man two'.
Following his starring role in 1985's The Goonies the dust surrounding Quan's career settled and the only role of note was as a regular on the television sitcom Head of the Class between 1990 and 1991.
In addition to this, he did appear alongside Pauly Shore, Brenden Fraser and fellow Goonie Sean Astin in Encino Man (California Man in Britain) as 'an Asian kid'. But that's not all. 1991 he starred in Breathing Fire, which we've never heard of, but from this excerpt of one online review you can only imagine its cinematic greatness:
"There are some scenes where I'll just break out and laugh at because Data from The Goonies beats the tar out of a 300 lb muscle man. If you find this movie, by all means buy it. It's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen...sadly, it isn't supposed to be."
Currently Ke Huy Quan goes by the name of Jonathan Quan and is now a martial artist and working as a stunt coordinator, having recently worked on X Men and with Jet Li on The One. Amazing. And here's what he looks like . Although he is sitting down...wonder if he's grown much?
So there you have it. That's it. All that preamble and a very short payoff. Sorry. We could have said that he left acting to work for the UN as a Good Will Ambassador, having spent fifteen years rearing tigers in Bengal, before finally settling down in Utah to write books for blind kids. But that would be a lie.