Does the name Jonathan Ke Quan bell? Probably not, considering that he has been out of the limelight for nearly thirty years. He is remembered for his iconic appearances in the 1980’s films “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies.” But where is he now?
Quan Kế Huy was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and was forced to emigrate to the United states when the Army of the Republic of Vietnam was defeated during the Fall of Saigon. He graduated from Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California and attended college at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts and graduated in 1999. He is fluent in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Quan had the privilege of being in two of the greatest hits of the 1980s, and even still today. Each of the films also had the infamously talented Steven Spielberg involved. He wrote the story for “The Goonies” and directed “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” He began acting at age 12, which his first role being in “Indiana Jones” as Harrison Ford’s sidekick, Short Round. After Quan had been cast into the role, his family changed his name to Ke Huy, the name by which he is credited on film, and later changed his own name to Jonathon Ke Quan.
Quan’s other iconic starring role was as Data was the eccentric little inventor from “The Goonies.” In both of these famous American films, he is well known for his spunky, clever persona and energetic attitude.
Aisde from his well-known American film roles, he went on to play as the character Sam on the short-lived television series “Together We Stand” in 1986 and played Jasper Kwong in the sitcom “Head of the Class” from 1989 to 1991. His other roles include a starring role in the movie “Breathing Fire” (1991) and had a cameo in Encino Man (1992). He last appeared onscreen in the 2002 Hong Kong movie, “Second Time Around,” alongside Ekin Cheng and Cecilia Cheung. Although he did not work on screen he later worked as a stunt choreographer for “X-Men” and “The One.”
Today, the child star is 39, and works mostly behind the camera. Is intent going into film school was to remain behind the scenes with most of his work being over seas in Asia. He lives a very private life, however still working behind the scenes on films. In a 2009 interview with thegoonies.com, he admitted that he would be interested in starring in another; Quan just had to wait for the right role to come along. We will just have to wait and see.