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The Legacy of Academy Award Winner Haing Ngor

Haing Ngor
Haing Ngor in The Killing Fields

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Haing Ngor, the first Asian male actor ever to win an Academy Award for a supporting performance and debut performance.
Ngor portrayed journalist Dith Pran in the 1984 movie, The Killing Fields. The movie detailed the roles of Pran and fellow journalist Sydney Schanberg played in bringing the horrors of the Cambodian genocide to the world and later efforts to locate Pran who disappeared after being taken prisoner by the Khmer Rouge.

Ngor was murdered by three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” street gang who said they killed him in a robbery. Others to this day are convinced the murder was politically motivated carried out by sympathizers of the Khmer Rouge.

Ngor himself survived The Killing Fields in real life and his wife lost her life to the Khmer Rouge.

KTLA recently aired a story on Ngor’s legacy which was reported and produced by a KTLA reporter and friend of Ngor.

You can check it out below.

KTLA NEWS: Dr Haing S. Ngor from DeepFocus Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.


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