Kieu Chinh

Actor, Talk show host
A Vietnamese character actress who got her start in film when Joseph L. Mankiewicz came to Saigon for location footage for his offbeat "The Quiet American" (1958), Kieu Chinh soon became one of South Vietnam's ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1938

Filmography

Actor (42)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 2008 (Movie)

Chinese Woman (Actor)

Journey From the Fall 2007 (Movie)

Ba Noi (Actor)

Face 2005 (Movie)

Mrs Liu (Actor)

Tempted 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Green Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Kieu (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beast 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce 2000 (Movie)

Thanh (Actor)

No Way Out: The Fall of Saigon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Grandma Nguyen (Actor)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

Asian Woman (Actor)

Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Riot 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

Suyuan (Actor)

Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

Madame Trac (Actor)

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam, Texas 1989 (Movie)

Mailan (Actor)

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

Leang (Actor)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

Mama San (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Fly Away Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation C.I.A. 1964 (Movie)

Kim-chinh (Actor)

The Quiet American 1957 (Movie)

Buddhist nun (Actor)

Cover Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Last Flight Out (TV Show)

Actor

My Husband Is Missing (TV Show)

Actor

The Bakery (TV Show)

Actor

The Children of An Lac (TV Show)

Actor

The Letter (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Victim (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Ride the Thunder 2015 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

A Vietnamese character actress who got her start in film when Joseph L. Mankiewicz came to Saigon for location footage for his offbeat "The Quiet American" (1958), Kieu Chinh soon became one of South Vietnam's best-known personalities, making over 40 films and hosting her own popular TV talk show. In the mid-1960s she also appeared in several American productions including "A Yank in Vietnam" (1964) and "Operation C.I.A." (1965), the latter opposite Burt Reynolds. Having lost a father and a brother in conflicts with the French in the early 50s, Kieu Chinh quickly left for the US when the North Vietnamese invaded in 1975. TV-movies including "The Children of An Lac" (1980), "The Letter" (1982) and "The Girl Who Spelled Freedom" (1986) have kept her busiest, but feature films offered her roles in "Hamburger Hill" (1987) and "Gleaming the Cube" (1988). Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993) offered Kieu Chinh one of her best parts to date as a mother reaching out to her daughter over games of mah-jongg.

Relationships

Brother
was killed along with his mother while still a newborn in an Allied bombing raid during WWII

Nguyen Chinh

Father
from a wealthy Buddhist family never saw father again after he decided not to accompany Chinh to Saigon in order to look for her older brother when she was 14 father sent Chinh on a plane with family friends and she never saw him again in 1978 Chinh found out that he had died destitute in Hanoi

An Chinh

Mother
was killed in WWII during an Allied bombing raid while in a hospital shortly after giving birth

Vanessa Chinh

Daughter
born 1956

Jean-Pierre Chinh

Son
born c. 1961 was in a severe car accident at age 24 which left him with burns on half his body underwent long slow recovery

Paul Chinh

Son
born c. 1959

Lan Chinh

Brother
born c. 1934 joined revolutionary forces of Ho Chi Minh c. 1954 to fight against the French Chinh long thought he was dead, but exchanged letters with him in 1993 and made plans to see him later that year for the first time in 39 years

Tinh Chinh

Sister
older married c. early 1950s and settled in Paris

Nang Te

Husband
eldest son of the Nguyens Dai Do, the family friends who took Chinh in when she was sent to Saigon by her father when Nang Te was scheduled for training in Fort Benning, Georgia, his mother was afraid he might stay to live in the U.S. so she arranged a marriage with Chinh married c. 1955, divorced 1980 father of Chinh's three children

EDUCATION

sent by father to a French-run Catholic school; left Hanoi at age 14

Milestones

2007

Starred in "Journey from the Fall," an epic feature following a Vietnamese family through the aftermath of the fall of Saigon

2002

Co-starred in the independent drama, "Face"

2000

Co-starred in Gurinder Chadha's ensemble, "What's Cooking?"

1997

Had featured role in the Showtime drama "Riot"

1993

Co-starred in Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club"

1989

Cast in the HBO drama special, "Vietnam War Story: The Last Days"

1987

Acted first US feature in over 20 years, the Vietnam War drama, "Hamburger Hill"

1986

Co-starred in the ABC TV-movie, "The Girl Who Spelled Freedom"

1983

Appeared in five episodes of "Dynasty" (ABC) playing Sister Agnes

1980

Served as technical advisor and acted in the CBS TV-movie, "The Children of An Lac"

1977

Made TV-movie debut in "Cover Girls"

1977

First acting job in the U.S. (After almost two years) in an episode of the CBS series, "M*A*S*H"; episode was loosely based on her life

1975

Left Saigon on April 24, one week before Saigon fell to the Vietcong; moved to California with the help of performers who had appeared on her TV show, including the American actress Tippi Hedren

1969

Produced the war epic "Nguoi Tinh Khong Chan Dung (Faceless Lover)"

1965

Appeared in "Operation C.I.A." opposite Burt Reynolds

1964

Appeared in the American production, "A Yank in Vietnam"

1958

American film debut as a Buddhist nun in "The Quiet American"

1957

Attended a reception for Figaro Productions, which journeyed to Saigon for location shooting for "The Quiet American"

1957

Acting debut starring in the Vietnamese production, "Hoi Chuong Thien Mu (The Bells of Thien Mu Temple)"

1954

Taken in by another family at age 14 when she flew to Saigon (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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A documentary based on her life, Kieu Chinh: A Journey Home by Patrick Perez / KTTV, won the Emmy in 1996.

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Chinh was awarded a "Refugee of the Year" award by the US Congress, a certificate of "recognition for outstanding and multifaceted contributions to the artistic world and the mosaic of American society" (1990)

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Emissary for Vietnam to the annual Asian Film Festival for 15 years.

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