‘Hawaii Five-0’ actor and former UFC fighter Taylor Wily dies at 56


Photo: AP

Taylor Wily (pic), a former sumo wrestler who became known for his role as confidential informant Kamekona Tupuola on both "Hawaii Five-0” and "Magnum P.I,” has died, his friend and a "Hawaii Five-0” producer both said Friday. He was 56.

"Hawaii Five-0” executive producer Peter M. Lenkov confirmed his death to The Associated Press and shared multiple tributes to the actor on Instagram, writing "I am devastated. Heartbroken” in a caption of a photo of the two.

KITV 4, based in Honolulu, was the first to report Wily’s death on Thursday. Additional details about the cause remain unknown. TV and radio personality Lina Girl Langi said on the show "Island Life Live” that she announced the news "with a heavy heart,” as Wily was a friend.

Lenkov, Wily's longtime friend and collaborator, shared a second post later on Thursday with a video montage featuring photos and clips with Wily. He wrote, "You charmed me into making you a regular... on the show... and in my life. You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother.”

In an additional statement to the AP, Lenkov said it was hard to describe how "special” Wily was and lauded the actor for his skills.

"Despite the fact that a lot of his ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Magnum’ scenes featured his comedy skills, he was an incredible dramatic actor, as well," Lenvok said. "I had developed a script a couple years back and wrote him a role and was hoping to put him in my next project. I just wanted to keep him close... not just as a friend, but as an artist. Devastated I won’t get that opportunity.”

Wily played Kamekona on "Hawaii Five-0” from 2010 through 2020 and became a fan-favorite. He continued in the same role with the reboot of "Magnum P.I.” and made a memorable appearance as a hotel worker in the 2008 comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

Before he began acting, Wily, born Teila Tuli, was a well-known sumo wrestler and UFC 1 fighter. He became the first knockout victim in UFC history in 1993 when opponent Gerard Gordeau's kick knocked a tooth clear out of Wily's mouth, ending the fight after just 26 seconds.

Wily is survived by his wife, Halona, and their two children. – AP

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Entertainment

K-idol Kim Jae-joong says he was kissed in his sleep by a stalker who invaded his home
HK actor Michael Miu impressed by food at Taman Connaught night market
Singer Bruce Springsteen is officially a billionaire
Singapore actor Ayden Sng dons dragon head costume for Chinese fantasy series
Glen Powell became a dog dad while filming 'Twisters'; now, he's after a degree
Actor Armie Hammer denies cannibal claims, but admits to carving initials into ex-girlfriend’s skin
Ben Affleck still wearing wedding band after solo anniversary, J.Lo continues Hamptons vacation
The late Steve Irwin's son, wildlife conservationist Robert Irwin, tries durian in Singapore
Westlife releases Mandarin song with help of AI
Teens chase K-pop dream at Singapore’s BigHit Music global audition

Others Also Read