Huang Wenyong

Huang Wenyong (25 July 1952 – 20 April 2013) was a Malaysia-born Singaporean former actor and former teacher of Chinese descent as local media and fellow referred to as "Ah Ge" (senior actor) due to his status. Huang died at the Singapore General Hospital at around 5 p.m. (GMT+8) on 20 April 2013, due to lymphoma at the age of 60.[1][2][3]

Huang Wenyong
Born25 July 1952
Died20 April 2013(2013-04-20) (aged 60)
Cause of deathLymphoma
Burial placeKong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationActor, Teacher
Years active1977–2013
Spouse(s)Teh Kim Hua
Children
  • Huang Runting (son)
  • Nicole Ng (daughter)

Early life and career

Huang was a teacher in Kuala Lumpur before leaving for Singapore.[4] Huang moved to Singapore in the 1970s, close to penniless then, with only fifty dollars in hand.[5] He joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1977.[6] He is perhaps best known for his appearance in The Awakening in which he played love interest to Xiang Yun's character and The Seletar Robbery during the 1980s. Huang is also known for starring alongside Chew Chor Meng the long-running popular series Don't Worry, Be Happy (1996–2002) and its spin-off Lobang King as the stingy uncle Leon Ong Kim Lye to Chew's character Ah Bee.[7] Huang was nominated for and named one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes every single year in the annual Star Awards since its introduction in 1994, until his death in 2013.[3] In total, Huang starred in more than a hundred Chinese-language television programmes.[3] In addition to acting, Huang sang pieces for a few television sitcoms and also released two albums.[8] He was an ambassador for anti-ageing product company Zell-V.[9] He was an actor for MediaCorp from the late 1970s until his death. Appearing in more than 100 television programmes, he was among the first few batches of locally trained actors to enter the local entertainment industry and considered to be one of the "pioneers in local Chinese drama".

Personal life

Huang gained Singaporean citizenship in October 2008 after residing in the country for 27 years.[10] Huang was married with two children: a son and a daughter.[3] He was a "lifelong devotee" of Buddhism.[3]

Health

There was public concern after Huang appeared visibly haggard during MediaCorp Channel 8's 30th Drama Anniversary Show.[11] He clarified that he had been suffering from stomach flu,[12] said to have been contracted in September 2012.[13] During which, he was estimated to have lost 6–7 kilograms in weight.[13] Huang would also experience intervals of severe fever.[13] In November 2012, Huang was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to go for chemotherapy.[3] His condition was not disclosed to the general public until his death,[3] because Huang "wanted to go through this by himself".[14]

Death

Huang died at the Singapore General Hospital at around 5 p.m. (GMT+8) on 20 April 2013, aged 60. The cause of his death was lymphoma.[15] Huang was previously subject to a death hoax earlier in the month, which claimed that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Huang is survived by his wife and two children.[16] His medical condition had been kept under the wraps; only very few knew what actually ailed him.[17] Huang's death sparked an "outpouring of grief" from both colleagues and fans alike.[17] Thirty seconds of silence[18] were observed and a special tribute segment aired before the start of the Star Awards ceremony held the evening after his death.[17]

Funeral

His funeral wake was held a day after his death on 21 April 2013[3] at the Teochew Funeral Parlour, lasting for five days.[17] Xiang Yun and Chen Shucheng delivered eulogies,[19] as did a few others.[20] Funeral attendees were measured by the hundreds.[21][lower-alpha 1] To allow their staff to attend the procession, Channel 8 temporarily postponed or rescheduled their production activities.[24] He was cremated at the Bright Hill Crematorium and Columbarium in Sin Ming.[25]

Legacy

In recognition of his contributions to the television industry in Singapore, Huang was posthumously awarded the "Honorary TV Award" on 28 April 2013, at the Star Awards 2013.[26][27] To commemorate his death, a television special titled Remembering Huang Wenyong was aired on 29 April 2013, as well as reruns of his television appearances being played on television and online platforms.[26]

In October 2014, the Madame Tussauds Singapore museum unveiled a wax figure of Huang.[28][29]

Filmography

Television/Serials

YearWorkRole
1981Sunset 落日余晖N/A
When Will I See You Again 又见黄花N/A
Spring Is Always Green 悲欢年华Gu Zhong Han 谷中寒
1982Seletar Robbery 实里达大劫案Xiao Chen 小陈
The Diamond Chase 圣淘沙之旅Tang Yong Da 汤永达
1983Army Series 新兵小传Guo Zheng Hao 郭正豪
All That Glitters is Not Gold 捷径N/A
CID '83 狮城勇探Wu Zhi Hui 吴稚辉 (ASP)
1984Ah Tu 阿突N/A
The Awakening 雾锁南洋I – 天长地久/狮城拂晓He Ah Shui 何阿水
In the Wilderness 荒原Fang Xiang 方翔
The Awakening II 雾锁南洋II – 风雨同舟/赤道朝阳Yang Bing Wen 杨炳文
Pursuit 怒海萍踪Guang Xu 光绪
1985Son of Pulau Tekong 亚答籽Wen Chao Qiang 温朝强
Home is Where Love is 吾爱吾家Luo Wen Hao 罗文浩
1986The Happy Trio 青春123Huang Shao Wei 黄少威
Samsui Women 红头巾Su Ah Zhi 苏阿治
Under One Roof 家和万事兴Guo Yi Ji 郭一基
The Bond 天涯同命鸟Zhou Gui Chu 周桂初
1987Five Foot Way 五脚基Liu Qi Hua 刘启华
Moving On 变迁Zhuang Rong Fa 庄荣发
Strange Encounters 奇缘 之《钟馗捉鬼》Zhong Kui 钟馗
1988Heiress 世纪情Zhou Yu Shu 周玉树
Airforce 空军Kuang Guo Zhong 邝国忠
The Last Applause 舞榭歌台Jiang Tian Ran 姜天然
Mystery 迷离夜之"戒"Ding Min Chang 丁民昌
My Fair Ladies 窈窕淑女Zhao Yong Sheng 赵永生
Strange Encounters II 奇缘II 之《钟馗再捉鬼》Zhong Kui 钟馗
1989Magic of Dance 鼓舞青春N/A
Return of the Prince 丝路迷城Hua Shi Jin 花似锦
1990Friends Next Door 我爱芳邻Tang Da Wen 唐大文
Marry Me 最佳配偶Liu Ri Xin 刘日新
1991The Working Class 上班一族N/A
Guardian Angel 爸爸怕怕Tao Zui Mu 陶醉木
1992Women of Substance 悲欢岁月N/A
Memories of June 六月的童话Zhang Zhong Hua 张中华
Crazy Chase 富贵也疯狂Zhao Yi Ben 赵义本
Love is in the Air 爱在女儿乡Mai Da Cheng 麦达成
1993Heavenly Beings 再战封神榜Lü Dong Bin 吕洞宾
Angel of Vengeance 暴雨狂花Zhang Da Fu 张大富
Happy Foes 欢喜冤家Zhang Tian Shi 张天狮
Ninjas in Town 伏魔奇兵Xiao Peng 小鹏(鹏叔)
Happy Reunion 年年有鱼Zhu Ruo Guang 朱若光
1994Thunder Plot 惊天大阴谋Sir Ou 区Sir
The Challenger 勇者无惧Dong Qi Long 董奇隆
Fiery Lover 烈火情人Shi Zhong Ping 石中平
Silk of Love 情丝万缕Fan Li Ren 范立仁
1995The Ranger 铁血雄心Army Officer 军官
Home at 168 大牌168Zhuo Tie Shu 卓铁树
Strange Encounters III 奇缘III 之《灶神》Emperor 黄帝
Strange Encounters III 奇缘III 之《门神》Tang Tai Zong 唐太宗
The Last Rhythm 曲终魂断Chen Zhi Yuan 陈志源
The Golden Pillow 金枕头Chen Hao Wen 陈浩文
1996Ah Xue 阿雪Lin Shu Gen 林树根
Triumph Over The Green 爱拼球会赢Himself 黄文永
Diary of a Teacher 老师日记Wu Chuang Xin 吴创新
3-in-1 Love 爱情三合一Wang Yong 王永
1996-2002Don't Worry, Be Happy 敢敢做个开心人Ong Kim Lye 黄金来
1997My Family, My Love 高家万岁Gao Zhi An 高志安
Hope 人间有梦A-Qin 阿勤
A Place to Call Home 薯条汉堡青春豆Liu Wei Zhong 刘伟忠
From the Medical Files 医生档案Chen Jun Lin 陈俊麟
1998Men on Crossroads 四个好涩的男人Wang Zhi Wei 王志伟
Dreams - Little Santa 七个梦 之《圣诞小人》Wang De 王德
Around People's Park 珍珠街坊Wang Xi 王喜
1999God of Fortune 财神爷Zhao Gong Ming 赵公明 (中路元帅)
My Grandpa 公公,你的名字好难叫Fang Da Peng 方大鹏
2000The Tax Files 流金税月Lin Zhi Lun 林志伦
The Legendary Swordsman 笑傲江湖Lin Zhen Nan 林镇南
2001Three Women and A Half 三个半女人Zhang Yong Xing 张永兴
The Hotel 大酒店
The Reunion 顶天立地Steven Choo
2002Health Matters 一切由慎开始 之《孕妇杀手》N/A
Fantasy 星梦情真Yang Xiong 杨雄
Springs of Life 春到人间Su Hua 苏华
2003Lobang King 我是Lobang KingOng Kim Lye 黄金来
True Heroes 真心英雄Wang Jiancheng 王建成
Holland V 荷兰村Lin Jingcai 林精采
Always On My Mind 无炎的爱N/A
2004I Love My Home 我爱我家Xu Chuanjia 许传家
These Ties That Bind 家财万贯N/A
My Mighty-in-Laws 野蛮亲家Fang Chunqiu 方春秋
2005Destiny 梦在手里Shen Congye 沈从业
A Promise for Tomorrow 拥抱明天Fang Zhen 方震
2006Women of Times 至尊红颜Andrew Jia Zengmu 贾增木
Measure of Man 大男人。小男人Cai Lianwei 蔡连伟
2007The Peak 最高点Tie Tou 铁头
Happily Ever After 凡间新仙人Yu Di 玉帝
Honour and Passion 宝家为国Bao Pengju 宝鹏举
The Golden Path 黄金路Lin Desheng 林德生
2008Love Blossoms I 心花朵朵开Yu Dong Cheng 于东成
Just in Singapore 一房,半厅,一水缸Lin Bang (Francis) 林邦
Crime Busters x 2 叮当神探Xia Mingda 夏明达
YearWorkRoleNotes
2009My A-Go-Go Princess 穿越阿哥哥Landlord 包租公N/A
Your Hand in Mine
想握你的手
Zheng Shanguo
郑山国
  • 1/2 of the Male Lead 两大男主角之一
  • 180 episodes long-running drama
  • Pairs up with Chen Liping
2010The Score
无花果
Luo Zhigang
罗志刚
  • Pairs up with Xiang Yun
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2011A Tale of 2 Cities
乐在双城
Pan Jiaxiang
潘佳翔
  • Pairs up with Xiang Yun
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Devotion
阿娣
Xu Zhongzheng
许中正
  • Pairs up with Zoe Tay
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Love Thy Neighbour
四个门牌一个梦
Dai Guozhong
戴国忠
2012Rescue 995
995
Ke Dashan
柯大山
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Blk 88
大牌88
Sim Beng Huat
沈炳发

Voice-over[30]
Joys of Life
花样人间
Han Jianren
韩健仁
2013It's a Wonderful Life
好运到
Li Yunshun
李运顺
Films/Movies
YearWorkRoleNotes
20002000 AD 公元2000Guest Appearance
2001My Valentine 二月十四Taiwan production
2003Homerun 跑吧!孩子Kun's father
2011It's a Great, Great World 大世界Peter

Variety Shows

YearShowNotes
1995Those Were The Days 旧情绵绵Host with Zeng Xiao Ying (曾晓英) first, then with Huang Yu Ling (黄毓玲)
1998Bon Appetite 食指大动
2003Be My Guest 客人来
2004Durian Delights 你吃我吃它刺刺刺
Star of All Trades 行行出艺人
2006-2009Living Golden Age 黄金年华
2010Shop & Save
201230 Years of Drama - Theme Song Concert 《戏剧情牵30 - 我们的主题曲》演唱会Huang Wenyong, Chen Shucheng and Xiang Yun were presented the night's prestigious "Television Guru" award.
2012Silver Carnival Series 1 银色嘉年华

Accolades

Star Awards – Acting / Hosting Awards
YearCeremonyCategoryNominated workResult
19952nd Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorHomes In 168Nominated
19974th Star Awards CeremonySpecial Achievement AwardN/AWon
4th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
19985th Star Awards CeremonyBest Comedy PerformerDon't Worry Be HappyNominated
5th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
19996th Star Awards CeremonyBest Comedy PerformerDon't Worry Be HappyNominated
6th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
20007th Star Awards CeremonyBest Comedy PerformerDon't Worry Be HappyWon
7th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
20018th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorThree Women And A Half
(as Zhang Yongxing)
Nominated
8th Star Awards CeremonyBest Comedy PerformerDon't Worry Be HappyNominated
8th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
20029th Star Awards CeremonyBest Comedy PerformerDon't Worry Be HappyNominated
9th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200310th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActorHolland V
(as Lin Jingcai)
Nominated
10th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200411th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200512th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorDestiny
(as Shen Congye)
Nominated
12th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200613th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200714th Star Awards CeremonyEvergreen VeteranN/AWon
14th Star Awards Ceremony1980s Era Screen HeartthrobN/AWon
14th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
200915th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorJust in Singapore
(as Lin Bang Francis)
Nominated
15th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
201016th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
201117th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 10
201218th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
201319th Star Awards CeremonyHonorary TV Award (Posthumous)N/AWon
19th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActorJoys of Life
(as Han Jianren)
Nominated
19th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 10

See also

Notes

  1. One source gives the figure as over 800,[20] another states it as 500,[22] and a third source writes 1,000.[23]

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