Ke Huy Quan Makes Incredible Comeback With Oscar Win After Quitting Acting Because No One Would Hire Him

Ke Huy Quan ensured no one in the audience was left without tears as he accepted the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar at the Oscars tonight (March 12).

Before landing the part of Waymond Wang, Quan often made hints that he feared his career was at a standstill.

The actor, who is most recognized for his role as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, made a comeback in the multiverse drama Everything Everywhere All At Once.


Quan had already won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors' Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actor, making him the first Asian man to win the latter award. Still, the imaginative mother-daughter drama from the Daniels (directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) gave him a new platform and helped him win this awards season.

During the Academy Oscars, a clearly overjoyed and moved Quan delivered a stirring speech on pursuing one's dreams and how difficult it had been for him to maintain his own.


"My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and, somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage," he said.

"They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it's happening to me. This is the American Dream."

The actor delivered a heartfelt shout-out to his brother, his Everything Everywhere All At Once crew, and his mother, who supported him at home ("Mom, I just won an Oscar!"). Also, he praised his wife, Echo, for supporting him during his struggles to secure new possibilities.


"I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife Echo, who month after month, year after year for 20 years, told me that one day, my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine," Quan said.

"To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. Thank you so much for welcoming me back. I love you."


Recently, Quan mentioned that before to the Daniels, he had not had much luck.

"Your early 20s are supposed to be golden years, and all I did was wait for the phone to ring,"

"The last time they saw me up on screen, I was a little kid, and now I'm a middle-aged man," Quan recently told The Telegraph.

"I had no idea how the audience would respond. I think I've cried more in the last two months than I've cried in the last 20 years."