THE KILLING FIELDS
(Drama - R)
Haing S. Ngor (1940 - 1996)
Haing S. Ngor was born on March 22nd, 1940, in Samrong Young, Cambodia. He was a skilled gynecologist and surgeon but in 1975 he was ordered out of Phnom Penh along with the rest of the city's 2 million inhabitants after the Khmer Rouge takeover . He then endured four years of starvation and torture in a sort of concentration camp, where he made secret his profession and level of education for he would be killed if he was found out. After the Vietnam invasion in 1979, he and his niece refugeed to thailand and then to the United States.
Although Haing S. Ngor had no acting experience he was chosen for the role of the journalist's assistant trapped in the killing fields of Cambodia. It is sort of ironic that he won an Oscar for a role in a movie about the killing fields, when he was a survivor of the real killing fields.He was the first non-professional since Harold Russell ( best supporting actor 1946) to win an Oscar.
Since then Haing S. Ngor has occasionally appears in such films as Vietnam (1989), and the Iron Triangle(1990) but spent most of his time helping refugees from Southeast Asia. In 1988 he made an autobiography of his life, "Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey" .
In 1996, he was shot to death in his garage. Some say that he was killed by Khmer Rouge agents but it was found that he was probably killed while resisting being robbed by gang members.
Haing S. Ngor's other films include:
His televisiion credits include...
IN LOVE AND WAR
LAST FLIGHT OUT
VANISHING SON (2, 3, 4 )
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