Alvin Ing, a pioneering Asian American actor who appeared on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower drum song and Stephen Sondheim Pacific Overtures, and whose guest roles on numerous television series spanned from the 1970s until very recently, he died on July 31. He was 89 years old.
“I’m sorry for the loss of my friend,” he wrote The King and I actor Alan Ariano on Twitter. “RIP Alvin Ing.”
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Lea Salonga, who starred opposite Ing in the 2002 Broadway revival of Flower drum song, tweeted a photo of her with Ing in rehearsal for the production, noting, “I never forgot that his shoulders were the ones we were all the youngest on. Rest in peace, my dear. “
Born in Honolulu, Ing studied music at the University of Hawaii before moving to New York at age 25, where he landed several roles off-Broadway and in touring stage productions before making his Broadway debut in the original 1976 production of Stephen Sondheim-John. Musical weidman Pacific Overtures. He would repeat his Pacific Overtures acting as Shogun’s mother when the musical was revived on Broadway in 2004 with BD Wong.
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Also on Broadway, Ing starred in the 2002 revival of Flower drum song, a production that featured a highly revised book by David Henry Hwang. Ing, like Uncle Chin, performed a song, “My Best Love,” which had been left out of the original 1958 production. Ing also appeared in many other productions of the musical.
Other stage credits include Two Lords of Verona, City of Angels, Suzie Wong’s World and the Dick Lee musical Sing at dawn.
Ing’s numerous television credits, beginning with a recurring period from 1974 to 1975 in a daytime drama. The doctors, would include the 1976 presentation of Pacific Overtures, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Benson, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Agents of SHIELD and the 2018 reboot of Hawaii Five-0. Appeared in movies like Go mad (1980), Smilla’s sense of snow (1997), and this year Bad detectives. In 2014, he played Mister Lee on The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange.
During the 1970s, Ing participated in the Theater for Asian American Performers, performing skits and protesting Asian American stereotypes.
In 2013, Ing auditioned for The X factor, announcing that he would celebrate with a nine-course dinner in Chinatown:
Ing also performed in cabaret for decades, coming out publicly as gay at such an event in 2016 at the age of 84. to interview Since the beginning of this year, Ing explained that decision: “Lainie Sakakura, who put together my performance, convinced me that I was old enough not to be so reticent about it. In a way, it was very satisfying, but I’d really like to do it for the gay community … Because number one, I’m old, I’m Asian, and I’m gay, so maybe I am, I don’t know, an inspiration to other people. “.
Information on the survivors was not immediately available.
I’m sorry for the loss of my friend
RIP ALVIN ING
May 26, 1932 – July 31, 2021 pic.twitter.com/Nq5itTW4c5
– Alan Ariano (@AlanAriano) August 1, 2021
This is an old photo of my friend Alvin Ing. The other photo was taken while we were at rehearsal for Flower Drum Song (with @thejosellana Y @tellyleung). I never forgot that his were the shoulders on which we were all the youngest. Rest in peace, my dear. pic.twitter.com/bEv9miAqha
– Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) August 1, 2021
There was only one ALVIN ING, and a generation of Asian artists would not be where they are today without his leadership and courage. Boy, will I miss you, buddy. https://t.co/X2rIhlgSOm
– Telly Leung (@tellyleung) August 2, 2021
– Seth Rudetsky he / he (@SethRudetsky) August 1, 2021