Alvin Ing, pioneering Asian actor in the US, dead at 89 of Covid-19 complications


Alvin Ing, know for his roles on Broadway and on tour in 'Pacific Overtures' and 'Flower Drum Song' as well as in films such as 'The Gambler', has died. He was 89. Photo AP

Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for roles on Broadway and on tour in Pacific Overtures and Flower Drum Song as well as in films such as The Gambler, has died. He was 89.

Ing died Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California, of Covid-19 complications, according to his representatives at Mosaic PR.

"His voice was glorious and filled the room with its flawless sound, but beyond that, his sound was steeped in joy. Alvin was a joyful presence to be around at every rehearsal and performance,” said Lea Salonga who starred in Flower Drum Song.

Ing is believed to have performed in more productions of Flower Drum Song in the role of Wang Ta than any other actor.

He also portrayed the Shogun’s mother in the original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976, and reprised the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival. Pacific Overtures playwright John Weidman hailed Ing's "wit, his kindness, his gentleness, and most of all his extraordinary generosity of spirit”.

His film credits included The Final Cutdown, Stir Crazy, Troop Beverly Hills and Smilla’s Sens Of Snow. On TV, he had recurring roles on the soap operas The Doctors and Falcon Crest and guest spots on Benson, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, M.E., Fantasy Island, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hawaii Five-0.

Ing was a Honolulu native and a US Army veteran who was an advocate for the Asian American Pacific Islander community in the entertainment industry, including being an active member of the American Asian Performing Arts Theatre. He had a master’s degree in music education from Columbia.

Broadway star Telly Leung, who performed alongside Ing, said in a tweet that "a generation of Asian performers would not be where are today without his leadership and courage”.

Actor's Equity Association tweeted in his honour: "Not only was Alvin Ing a trailblazer, but he was also an inspiration to a generation of performers. He will be missed.” - AP

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