With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, October 11, 2008

ACF 161: R.I.P. Kim Chan

Beloved actor Kim Chan died in Brooklyn, New York, last Sunday, October 5th, 2008. He is survived by his son Michael Chandler.

Chan was in his 90s when he passed away. According to his niece Judy Gee, he was probably 93 or 94. On IMDb.com, his birth was listed as being in 1917, which would have made him about 91. No matter his exact age: he lived a full and productive life and will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

Born in China, he came to the United States with his father and two older sisters in 1928. He worked for years in various jobs in laundries, restaurants, etc. During this time he also sought roles as an actor in film, television and the theater. His breakthrough role was as Jonno, the butler to talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) in Marin Scorsese's King of Comedy (1982). My first real memory of him was his ongoing role in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which ran on television 1993-1997.

Pictured above is Mr. Chan as crime boss "Uncle Benny" in Lethal Weapon 4. The screenshot is from early in the scene at the dentist office where he is given a large dose of laughing gas to get him to talk. A terrific scene, in my opinion.

One of his quotes at IMDb is: "I always like comedy. I enjoy making somebody laugh."

That you did, Mr. Chan. That and much more. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.

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