Friday, October 5, 2012

RIP Kwan Shan

 Veteran Hong Kong actor Kwan Shan dies

Published on Oct 04, 2012

Hong Kong - Former 1960s Hong Kong screen idol Kwan Shan, who was the handsome, romantic hero in many a Shaw Brothers movie during the heyday of Mandarin films in Hong Kong, has died.

Apple Daily Hong Kong said the star, born in China in 1933, was 79. Best known these days perhaps as the father of actress Rosamund Kwan, he was a top dramatic leading man in the late 50’s through the 1960s. Back in the 1950's, Kwan was the first actor from HK to win a Best Actor Award at a European Film Festival. After his leading man days were over by the mid 70’s, he continued making sporadic appearances as a supporting actor in some terrific films.

Tall and dashing, Kwan Shan was a leading man of the 50s and 60s who sent many women swooning over his good looks and dream lover image. Kwan had an auspicious start to his career with the leading role in The Story Of Ah Q in 1958. Starred in this film made him won the Best Actor Award at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

Kwan was best known for his role in the Doe Ching classic Love Without End opposite Asia’s biggest movie queen, Linda Lin Dai. He would go on to make other hits such as Vermilion Door, Too Late for Love and Farewell My Love.

Kwan faded out of the leading man scene in the mid-80s, becoming better known thereafter as the father of actress, Rosamund Kwan Chi-lam. It cited a friend of his actress daughter Rosamund Kwan as saying he died from lung cancer. Rosamund sent an SMS on Wednesday to friends, saying Kwan died on Monday, and that his funeral will be held next Thursday at the Hong Kong Funeral Home.

SHAN, Kwan
Born: 4/20/1933, Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Died: 10/1/2012, Hong Kong, China

Shan Kwan’s western – actor:
Millionaire’s Express - 1986

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