Campaign seeks Walk of Fame star for legendary Minnesota native

Even if you don't know James Hong by name, you know his face.
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It's hard to name just one movie James Hong has been in, because there's so many — and it's practically guaranteed that you remember him from at least one of them. 

From the Academy Award-nominated "The Sand Pebbles" to "Blade Runner" to "Big Trouble in Little China" to "Wayne's World 2," Hong has hundreds of acting credits to his name and has been described as one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood history. 

The only thing the 91-year-old doesn't have is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but fellow actor Daniel Dae Kim (of "Lost" and "Hawaii Five-0" fame) is trying to change that. 

Kim has launched a GoFundMe to raise the money necessary to secure Hong a place on that storied path.

"This man epitomizes the term 'working actor,' and that's not even taking into account all he's done to help further representation for actors of color," Kim says on the GoFundMe, adding that Hong also served the Asian-American community by co-creating East West Players, "the nation's premier Asian American theater."

The effort is seeking $55,000, and is within striking distance of that goal after just three days, having raised just over 50 grand as of this writing.

$50,000 is required by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to install a star, while the rest will cover GoFundMe service fees, Kim notes. 

Hong was born in Minneapolis in 1929, the son of a restaurateur and herb-store owner who'd immigrated from China. He would go on to graduate from Minneapolis Central High School and study civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. 

According to his IMDb bio, he ended up at the University of Southern California, eventually working for Los Angeles County while pursuing acting on the side. Eventually, he left his day job to work in Hollywood full-time.

Now, he may have the most acting credits in the history of Hollywood, as he says in this interview about his life story:

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