Benson Fong

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Born

10/10/1916

Died

8/1/1987

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Benson Fong was an American actor of Chinese heritage. He was born KuÀng B«êngxiÓng on October 10, 1916 in Sacramento, California to a family of merchants. He obtained his high school diploma in Sacramento before leaving for China to continue his studies. He later returned to California and found more success in playing character roles in movies than in participating in his family's business. He started his movie career by playing minor roles in a string of films before landing more relevant roles in movies like "Flower Drum Song," "The Keys of the Kingdom," "His Majesty O'Keefe," and "Our Man Flint." Benson was often tasked to play Japanese or Chinese characters but he is best known as "Tommy Chan" in the Charlie Chan movies made between 1944 and 1946. In the later part of his acting career, he became more visible on television. Audiences may recall him portraying "The Old One" in Kung Fu and "Mr. Tang Wu in Disney's "The Love Bug." Benson was also an accomplished restaurateur being the owner of Ah Fong restaurant which has several branches in the California area. He had two children with wife Gloria. On August 1, 1987, Benson suffered a stroke and died in California.