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Picture Credit:

Kam Fong

Birth Date: May 27, 1918
Birth Place: Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA

Date of Death: October 18, 2002 / Age: 84
Location of Death: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Cause of Death: lung cancer

Biography: Kam Fong Chun (May 1918, Honolulu, –October 18, 2002) was an American actor whose claim to fame was his 1968 to 1978 star performance as Chin Ho Kelly, a police detective on the CBS television network series Hawaii Five-O. Chun was cast in the role after having served for sixteen years in the Honolulu Police Department as a police officer. He was a graduate of President William McKinley High School.

Chun's life was filled with tragedies. His brother burned to death as he was painting the family home and someone had lit a match. Chun watched as his brother get tortured. On June 8, 1944, Chun lost his family in a freak air disaster that devastated their home in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two B-24 bombers collided over the Chun residence, killing wife Esther, four-year old daughter Marilyn and two-year old son son Donald. Chun recalled in an interview, "Everything came crashing down, barely missing Kalakaua School. My wife and children were killed. I lost my family in five minutes. All I wanted to do was die."

Chun later remarried Gladys Lindo in 1949. They later bore a two sons, Dennis and Dickson, and daughters Brenda and Valerie Chun.

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Starring/Leading Roles

Hawaii Five-0 / Hawaii Five-O (1968) ... Det. Chin Ho Kelly (1968-1978)

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