James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a career that spans 7 decades he has been cast in over 500 television and film roles. James is one of the founders of the East-West Players, the oldest and largest Asian American theater in Los Angeles as well as previously serving as president and charter member of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists (AAPAA). He is a former member of the SAG Board of Directors. James lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he continues to take roles as well as teach acting at The Hong Acting Workshop.