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RE: Dith Pran was in Killing Fields

From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 17:32:07 PDT

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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
    <> 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)
    <> and won an Academy 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
    <,+Harold> in Best Years of Our Lives, The
    (1946) <> 50 years ago to win an academy
    award <> .


    Kimberly Herbert ( kimberly <kimberly> )
    CAM Administrator
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

    -----Original Message-----
    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.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Patricia Knott < pknott <pknott> >
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk < artsednet
    <artsednet> >
    Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 5:56 PM
    Subject: Re: Killing Fields
    I am almost positive it was the same person.

    From: San D Hasselman < kprs <kprs> >
    Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <artsednet>
    Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 17:42:19 -0400
    To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <artsednet>
    Subject: Re: Killing Fields

    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)

    San D

    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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