Haing S. Ngor

Haing S. Ngor

Cambodian-American physician and actor
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Haing S. Ngor

Haing Somnang Ngor (Khmer: ហ៊ាំង សំណាង ង៉ោ, Chinese: 吳漢潤; pinyin: Wú Hànrùn, March 22, 1940 – February 25, 1996) was a Cambodian American physician, actor, and author who is best known for winning the 1985 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his debut performance in the movie The Killing Fields, in which he portrayed Cambodian journalist and refugee Dith Pran. He was also the first ever male Asian actor to win an Oscar for a supporting performance and debut performance. His mother was Khmer and his father was of Chinese Teochew descent. Ngor and Harold Russell are the only two non-professional actors to win an Academy Award in an acting category.

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Haing Somnang Ngor
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The Killing Fields
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Date of birth
22 March 1940
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Samrong Young, Cambodia
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Date of death
25 February 1996
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Age
55 (age at death)
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Cause of death
Homicide
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Rose Hills Memorial Park Whittier, California, U.S.
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Actor, physician, author
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