updated 06/07/2010 AT 10:15 AM ET
•originally published 06/07/2010 AT 8:15 AM ET
Ken Jeong, who famously played the naked crime lord in The Hangover, was a scene-stealer again Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards, honoring his wife’s battle against breast cancer with a moving tribute and tears onstage and backstage.
“Todd [Phillips] and Bradley Cooper … helped me through a really difficult time when my wife was going through breast-cancer treatment,” an emotional Jeong, 40, said in accepting the award for Best WTF Moment. “The reason why I did this is that she taught me that life is short, and don’t be afraid to take chances.”
Jeong’s wife Tran, who has been cancer free for two years, beamed from her seat inside the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.