This piece was originally published May 10th, 2010
Recently while watching an episode of I Dream Of Jeannie from Season One (in glorious, non colorized black and white) I happened across an appearance by James Hong.
This got me thinking, wow, this guy really has been around forever and shows up in everything!
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1929, Hong spent school time until the age of ten in his family’s original home of Hong Kong, where he studied and then became an engineer for 7 1/2 years, eventually he abandoned this career and decided to devote himself to his hobby of acting and voice over work full time.
Hong’s first notable voice over was for the (uncredited) re dubbing of Dr. Serizawa (and the character Ogata) in the Japanese film Gojira (1954) when it was released for the American market in 1956 as Godzilla, King of the Monsters.