Monday, February 19, 2018

RIP Weaver Levy

Actor Weaver Levy died on Thursday February 8, 2018 in Murrieta, California.  Born Waever Kay Levy in Los Angeles, California on Januaryb 14, 1925 was an American of Chinese parents, who is himself bemused by the handle. He was neither English nor Jewish, as his name might implv so in the interest of clarification, he changed it to Weaver. He came all the way to London to make the switch henceforth he will be known either as Weaver Lee or Li Y. Chung He's best remembered by American television viewers for his role of first mate Lasi with Gardner McKay on “Adventures in Paradise." Since leaving the series he has played mainly Oriental roles on such shows as "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Islanders," and first big screen break in “Satan Never Sleeps" for producer-director Leo McCarey and 20th Century-Fox. "This name situation can be confusing.” he once said. “My family name really is Li-y. but pronounced Levy in English. In all it caused all kinds of trouble. "There's one big advantage once you heard his name you never forgot it. A native of Los Angeles. Chung or Lee or Levy spent most of his acting career playing villainous Japanese Armv officers, American Indians Eskimos and even a few Chinese roles. But his part in the TV series had Weaver or Li working more than any other Oriental performer in Hollywood. His big chance eluded him until McCarey signed him up. "This was a rare opportunity for a Chinese actor to break away from the stereotyped role most Orientals play in pictures," Lee-Chung-Levy said. Weaver was unhampered by the Charlie Chan syndrome of wise inscrutability.

LEVY, Weaver (Weaver Kay Levy)
Born: 1/14/1925, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2018, Murietta, California, U.S.A.

Weaver Levy’s westerns – actor:
Sky King (TV) – 1956 (Chan)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1957 (Ah Lum)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Chinese gang member)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 (hotel clerk)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) – 1960 (Ooluk)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Wang)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Kang)

1 comment:

  1. Just finished watching the
    Cheyenne show episode pocketful of stars and wanted to see who were in the program. Unfortunately most of the people are dead and it's a shame that they didn't get the fame they should have gotten may they all rest in peace.