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Haing S. Ngor was a native of Cambodia, and before the war was a physician
(obstetrics) and medical officer in the Cambodian army. He became a captive
of the Khmer Rouge during the and was im prison
<http://us.imdb.com/SearchBios?prison> ed and tortured; in order to escape
execution he denied being a doctor or having an education. He moved to the
U.S. as a refugee in 1980, and though he had no formal acting experience, he
was chosen to portray photographer Dith Pran in Killing Fields, The (1984)
<http://us.imdb.com/Title?0087553> and won an Academy Award
<http://us.imdb.com/SearchBios?Award> . He went on to a modestly
distinguished acting career, while continuing to work with human rights
organizations in Cambodia on improving the conditions in resettlement camps,
as well as attempting to bring the perpetrators of the Cambodian massacre to
justice. On 25 February 1996, Ngor was found shot to death in the garage of
his apartment building in Los Angeles. Relatives and friends speculated that
the killing was revenge for his opposition to the Khmer Rouge
He was the first non-professional since Harold Russell
<http://us.imdb.com/Name?Russell,+Harold> in Best Years of Our Lives, The
(1946) <http://us.imdb.com/Title?0038351> 50 years ago to win an academy
award <http://us.imdb.com/SearchBios?award> .
From: Mark Alexander [malexander06]
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 5:09 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Dith Pran was in Killing Fields
I'm pretty sure that Dith Pran played himself in the movie.
From: Patricia Knott < pknott <pknott> >
To: ArtsEdNet Talk < artsednet
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: Killing Fields
I am almost positive it was the same person.
I seem to remember the same thing...but here's the question...Was the person
who died the photographer or the actor who played the photographer? (But
then again I seem to remember that they didn't hire an actor to play the
photographer--again old age sinking in)
Patricia Knott wrote:
The Killing Fields is one of those movies I will watch and watch. If you
have never seen it it will change you.
I would "bet the house' but not my life, that Dith Pran died not too long
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