Haing S Ngor

Actor, Gynecologist
Cambodian-born doctor who, after escaping from war-torn Southeast Asia to the US, came to be cast in a co-starring role in "The Killing Fields" (1984). This fact-based feature depicted events which paralleled many of ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1940 in Cambodia

Filmography

Actor (22)

Hit Me 1998 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Vanishing Son IV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fortunes of War 1994 (Movie)

Khoy Thoun (Actor)

The Dragon Gate 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vanishing Son 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Son II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Son III 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

Mr Ho (Actor)

The Commish 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ambition 1991 (Movie)

Tatay (Actor)

The 1990 Miss Universe Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Iron Triangle 1989 (Movie)

Captain Tuong (Actor)

Vietnam, Texas 1989 (Movie)

Wong (Actor)

Nadie Escuchaba 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Love and War 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors Wilde 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Eastern Condors 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

Dith Pran (Actor)

Last Flight Out (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Cambodian-born doctor who, after escaping from war-torn Southeast Asia to the US, came to be cast in a co-starring role in "The Killing Fields" (1984). This fact-based feature depicted events which paralleled many of Ngor's own experiences. A practicing doctor, Ngor was captured, and tortured for years, by the Khmer Rouge following their takeover of Cambodia. He eventually escaped to Thailand and then to the US where he worked at various jobs until director Roland Joffe cast the non-professional as Dith Pran, translator and assistant to The New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg (played by Sam Waterston), upon whose memoirs the drama is based. It was Ngor's acting debut and garnered him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Apart from a couple of action adventure features like the Hong Kong produced "Eastern Corridors" (1987) directed by and starring Jackie Chan-collaborator Samo Hung, Ngor has frequently found himself cast in roles that could not help but revive troubling national memories. He was featured in "The Iron Triangle" (1989) about the relationship between a US Army captain and his 17-year-old Vietcong captor, and set in 1969 Vietnam, "Vietnam, Texas" (1990), a true story about Vietnam vets who live by their own rules in a small Texas town, and Oliver Stone's box-office disappointment "Heaven & Earth" (1993) as the father of a Vietnamese woman whose life evolves from peasant to American housewife.

Ngor made his TV-movie debut in "In Love and War" (1987), another fact-based story about American POWs held by the North Vietnamese. He has had roles in several other fact-based TV dramas and guest shots drawing on the Vietnam experience. Ngor was featured as a Vietnamese general turned organized crime kingpin in a recurring role on the syndicated action series "Vanishing Son" (1994). He was shot to death outside of his home in Los Angeles on February 24, 1996.

Milestones

1996

Killed in an apparent robbery

1995

Had recurring role in sydicated TV series, "Vanishing Sun"

1987

Made first TV-movie, "In Love and War"

1986

TV debut as guest on episodic TV, "Hotel"

1984

Acting debut in co-starring role, "The Killing Fields"; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar

1981

Escaped to Thailand and finally settled in the US

Worked various jobs and tried to resume medical career

Captured and tortured for four years by the Khmer Rouge

Born and raised in Cambodia

Trained as a doctor and began practice in Cambodia

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