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Haing S. Ngor, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Ngor in THE KILLING FIELDS.

Haing S. Ngor: Best Supporting Actor 1984: MovieActors.com

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THE KILLING FIELDS (Drama – R)

Haing S. Ngor won his Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a journalist's assistant trapped in Cambodia during the unfolding genocide.










About Haing S. Ngor (1940 – 1996)

Dr. Haing S. Ngor was born on March 22nd, 1940, in Samrong Young, Cambodia. He was a skilled gynecologist and surgeon, working in the Cambodian Army as a medical officer. He was captured by the evil Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, after the radically cruel Khmer Rouge takeover. He was imprisoned in a re-education concentration camp where he was abused and tortured.

Dr. Ngor then endured four years of starvation and poor treatment where he made secret his profession and level of education because he would've been killed if he was found out. The Khmer Rouge was executing the educated and the professionals. After the Vietnam invasion in 1979, he and his niece refugeed to Thailand and then to the United States.

Although Dr. 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. He at first refused the role, but then accepted it because he had promised his dying wife to tell the story of suffering inflicted on the Cambodian people.

Though the cruelty, executions and torture, not to mention the conditions of the camp were hard to watch in this disturbing film, still didn't show how bad it all was.

In a 1984 interview, Dr. Ngor stated, "The film is real, but not real enough. The cruelty of the Khmer Rouge is not bad enough."

For telling this horrible tale of cruelty and injustice, based on personal experience, Dr. Ngor won an Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Haing was the first non-professional to win an Oscar, since Harold Russell, who won the 1946 Supporting Actor Oscar.

Since then, Dr. Haing S. Ngor occasionally appeared in such films as Vietnam;(1989), and the Iron Triangle; (1990) but has spent most of his time helping refugees from Southeast Asia. In 1988, he wrote an autobiography of his life, "Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey."

In 1996, Ngor 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. He had refused to give up a cherished gold watch and a chain that had a picture of his wife, who was allowed to die in her childbirth by the cruel Khmer Rouge soldiers.

Ironically, Ngor survived the cruel bullies in Cambodia, only to die at the hands of American thugs twnety-seven years later.

Dr. Haing S. Ngor's notable movie credits include...

VIETNAM WAR STORY: THE LAST DAY (1989)
THE IRON TRIANGLE (1989)
AMBITION (1991)
HEAVEN AND EARTH (1993)
MY LIFE (1993)
FORTUNES OF WAR (1994)
THE DRAGON GATE (1994)
HIT ME (1996)


Dr. Haing S. Ngor's television credits include...

IN LOVE AND WAR (1987)
LAST FLIGHT OUT (1990)
VANISHING SON (2, 3, 4 ) (1994 - 1995)


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Haing S. Ngor in THE KILLING FIELDS.