• Jonathan Ke Quan is a Vietnamese-born actor and stuntman who is most known for his role in “The Goonies”.
• He was born in Vietnam, and his family was granted political asylum in the US.
• He attended college at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and University of Manchester.
• Jonathan has acted in many international films and television series and works as a stunt coordinator and stuntman.
• He has a net worth estimated at over $1 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1971
FactHis brother was the one actually auditioning for the role of Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Jonathan just followed his brother along, but the casting people decided to pick him instead.

Jonathan Ke Quan is a Vietnamese-born actor and stuntman, who starred in “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom”, but is most iconically remembered for his role in “The Goonies” as the character who was nicknamed ‘Data’. Although he might not be remembered by many, Jonathan remains an icon of Hollywood. Here is a quick look at the life and success of the actor.

Early life and family

Jonathan was born in Vietnam, in the city that is today called Ho Chi Minh, on 20 August 1971.

His hometown used to be called Saigon, but the name was changed after the fall of Saigon, when the Vietnam Republic came to an end. It was during this time that Jonathan was born, and his parents were granted political asylum and moved to the US, and where Jonathan was raised and granted citizenship.

He spent most of his childhood in Tujunga, California and later moved to Alhambra, California where he completed his high school education. At the age of 12, when auditions were held at his school, Jonathan landed the role of ‘Short Round’, Indiana Jones’ sidekick for the film “Temple of Doom”.

His brother also auditioned for the same role but was outdone by Jonathan. Jonathan has eight siblings, but most of the details of his personal life have been kept quiet, and not much is known about his parents and siblings.

Educational background

Jonathan attended the Mount Gleason Junior High in Tujunga, California, and later moved and completed high school at Alhambra High School. After matriculation, he attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Jonathan was also later accepted into the University of Manchester in England.

Jonathan Ke Quan

During his time on the set of “Indiana Jones”, Jonathan received training in martial arts, and continued to train afterwards under Tao-Liang Tan.


The 1984 release of “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” was the start of Jonathan’s promising career. A year later, he starred as the inventor Richard ‘Data’ Wang in the film “The Goonies”, and landed the role of Sam in the short-lived television series “Together We Stand”.

From there he went on to appear in many more roles in international films of Vietnamese, Japanese and South-Korean origins, which afforded him international recognition as a film star. These titles include “It Takes a Thief” in which Jonathan played a young pickpocket, and “Passenger” a Japanese drama in which he starred alongside the Japanese idol Minako Honda. This was in 1987, and should not be confused with the 2005 ‘Passenger’ Japanese film. He also starred in television roles in the early nineties, including “Head of The Class” and “Tales From The Crypt”.

Jonathan continued his success in showbiz, featuring as a stunt co-ordinator in the films “X-Men” and Jet Li’s famous “The One”, among other films and TV series during the 1990s. Today, he continues to add his talent to the filming industry, but is mostly seen behind the scenes and during the after production as both a stunt co-ordinator and stuntman. Among his many achievements, one of the most iconic moments was possibly working alongside the acclaimed action choreographer Corey Yuen.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Little has ever been made public concerning Jonathan’s likes, dislikes and personal preferences, since he lives a conservative life and does not share insight into his personal affairs. The actor and stuntman have never been involved in any controversies or scandals, and lives a quiet private life.

He is known for being a Christian and can speak several languages fluently, including Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese and of course, English. He is of Han Chinese descent, and is a practised martial artist with training in Taekwondo.

After being cast in his first film, his parents changed his name to Ke Huy.


Jonathan has kept his romantic endeavours secret too, and successfully hid the truths about his personal life from the tabloids. However, Jonathan is married to a lucky lady by the name of Corrina, but the nature and duration of their relationship hasn’t been made public. As of yet, it is not known whether or not Jonathan has any children, or are expecting to have children.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 20 August 1971
  • Hair colour: Black
  • Eye colour: Black
  • Height:  5ft 4ins (1.64m)
  • Weight: 150lbs (68kgs)
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: American/Vietnamese

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Net worth

Jonathan has never shared the total wealth he has accumulated over the course of his prominent career, and thus only guesses can be made in regards to his net worth. On average, a stuntman makes $70,000 on an annual basis, with the most in-demand stuntman reaching well above $250,000. Taking this into regard, Jonathan has at the very least a net worth estimated by sources at over $1 million.

General Info

Full NameJonathan Ke Quan
Net Worth$1 million
Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1971
ProfessionChild actor, Child actor
EducationUniversity of Southern California, University of Southern California


MoviesSecond Time Around, Encino Man, Breathing Fire, The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Voodoo, Second Time Around, Encino Man, Breathing Fire, The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Voodoo
TV ShowsHead of the Class, Together We Stand, Head of the Class, Together We Stand

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1He is now a martial artist and working as a stunt coordinator, recently worked with Jet Li on "The One" [2002]
2Is a huge Jackie Chan fan.
3Was number 67 on vh1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005)
4In the scene in The Goonies (1985), where rocks are falling from the cave ceiling, he screams "Holy SH-I-T", spelling the expletive rather than saying it. He did this because his mother made him promise not to use any bad language in the movie.
5Attended Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, USA.
6His brother was the one actually auditioning for the role of Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Jonathan just followed his brother along, but the casting people decided to pick him instead.
7When phoning his mother during the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) movie shoot, he referred to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as bearded man 1 and bearded man 2.
8Studied Tae Kwon Do under Philip Tan in 1983 on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and has also trained in the art under Tao-Liang Tan.
9Speaks fluent English, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin.




Mou han fou wut2002Sing Wong
1997 Fei hu qi bing1997as Ko-Wei Kuan
Encino Man1992Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesJosh
Head of the Class1990-1991TV SeriesJasper Kwong
Breathing Fire1991Charlie Moore
Passenger: Sugisarishi hibi1987Rick (as Ke Huy Quan)
Nothing Is Easy1986-1987TV SeriesSam
The Goonies1985Data (as Ke Huy Quan)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom1984Short Round (as Ke Huy Quan)


The One2001assistant: Mr. Yuen
X-Men2000assistant fight choreographer / translator: Mr. Yuen - uncredited


Enigma2009/IShort stunt coordinator
X-Men2000stunt rigger - uncredited



Assistant Director

The One2001assistant director to the action choreography - uncredited



Editorial Department

The Other Side2006/Iadditional editor


Voodoo1999Short producer

Sound Department

The Other Side2006/Ifoley artist


Far2012/IShort special thanks


Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy2003Video documentaryHimself (as Ke Huy Quan)
The Making of 'The Goonies'1985TV Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2010TV SeriesRichard 'Data' Wang
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryShort Round (uncredited)
The Light and Magic of 'Indiana Jones'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Stunts of 'Indiana Jones'2003Video documentary shortHimself


Won Awards

1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a New Television, Comedy or Drama SeriesTogether We Stand (1986)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or DramaIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Nominated Awards

1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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