Ralph Ahn, the actor who played Tran on “New Girl,” has passed away at the age of 95, Variety reports.
Ahn’s passing was announced by the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles. He died on February 26.
Ahn was born on September 28, 1926, in Los Angeles. He was the son of Dosan Ahn Chang-Oh a Korean independence activist.
Ahn was one of about a hundred Korean Americans who served overseas during World War II. He later became an actor, following in the footsteps of his brother Philip, who is said to be the first Korean American film actor in Hollywood.
According to Variety, Ahn appeared in several films including “Eyes of an Angel,” “Younger and Younger” and “Life Stinks.” He also appeared in several television shows like “The Golden Girls,” “Suddenly Susan,” “The King of Queens,” “The Shield,” “The Division” and “Gilmore Girls.”
Ahn is perhaps best known for playing Tran in “New Girl.” Tran became Nick Miller’s friend after meeting him at a park. Throughout the series, Nick would ask Tran for advice while the two sat in the park.
Jake Johnson, who played Nick Miller in the series, posted a tribute to Ahn on social media.
“RIP. So much fun to work with. He gave so much with literally no lines. I loved when he was on set. I was always expecting to somehow work with him again.
Condolences to his family/friends,” Johnson wrote in the caption of his post.
Olivia Munn, who briefly played Nick Miller’s love interest, also paid tribute to Ahn in her Instagram stories. She thanked him for paving the way for AAPI actors.
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