ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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If you were a child of the 80s, then hearing the phrase "short round" immediately makes you think of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as the line, "You cheat, Doctor Jones!" echoes in your head. Short Round had by far some of the best lines in a movie packed with unforgettable ones, and his prosaic, no-nonsense style played to hilarious effect off the dashing craziness of Indiana Jones.

But as a child of the 80s (or even the 90s), then you know that Short Round isn't the only reason child actor Jonathan Ke Quan is forever immortalized in pop culture history. He also had a role in one of the greatest kids' adventure movies of all time. Come on, don't tell me that The Goonies doesn't fit that description. Other than Chunk and the Truffle Shuffle, Quan's Data was the most colorful character with his Batman-like gadgetry and tool belt.

...even if he wasn't always the most graceful or lucky of the Goonies.

But after that, Quan's acting career kind of just went...cold. Sure, he was in a handful TV shows and movies after that, but with the most memorable of those projects being Encino Man and last acting role having been in 2002, it's pretty safe to say Quan's transition from child actor to legit adult actor didn't exactly pan out.

So where is he now?

Would you believe that Quan is, of all things, a stunt coordinator and martial artist? That's right, dorky, clumsy Data is the guy who teaches other guys how to float like butterflies and sting like bees.

Yep, seriously. This guy.
Yep, seriously. This guy.

He's studied Tae Kwon Do since he was a child, first under Philip Tan and then under the veteran Tao-liang Tan. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, he later attended the University of Manchester, then turned his sights to martial arts and stunt work.

And this resume hasn't exactly been shabby, either: Two of the more notable films on his resume are X-Men, on which he was a stunt coordinator, and Jet Li's The One, where he was the first assistant to Corey Yuen, renowned Hong Kong fight choreographer.

In other words, this goofy kid...

is the same guy who grew up to help choreograph and train Jet Li to do this:

And now you know what happened to Short Round. Crazy, right?


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