‘Flower Drum Song’ and Movie Star Alvin Ing Die at 89 | WIVT

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FILE – In this file photo from December 10, 2014, Alvin Ing attends the New York premiere of “The Gambler”. Ing, known for his Broadway and touring roles in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song” as well as in films such as “The Gambler”, has passed away. He was 89 years old. Ing died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. On Saturday due to complications from COVID-19, according to his representatives at Mosaic PR. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP, file)

NEW YORK (AP) – Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for his Broadway and touring roles in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song” as well as in films such as “The Gambler”, has passed away. He was 89 years old.

Ing died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., Of complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to his representatives at Mosaic PR.

“Her voice was glorious and filled the room with impeccable sound, but beyond that her sound was steeped in joy. Alvin was a joyful presence in every rehearsal and performance, ”said Lea Salonga who performed in“ Flower Drum Song ”.

Ing has reportedly starred in more “Flower Drum Song” productions as Wang Ta than any other actor.

He also played the mother of the shogun in the original Broadway production of “Pacific Overtures” in 1976 and reprized the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival. “Pacific Overtures” playwright John Weidman hailed “l ‘spirit of Ing, his kindness, his gentleness and above all his extraordinary generosity of spirit ”.

His film credits included “The Final Cutdown”, “Stir Crazy”, “Troop Beverly Hills” and “Smilla’s Sens of Snow”. On television, he has had recurring roles in the soap operas “The Doctors” and “Falcon Crest” and commercials on “Benson”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Quincy, ME”, “Fantasy Island”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent “,” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD “and” Hawaii Five-0 “.

Ing was originally from Honolulu and a United States Army veteran who was an advocate for the Asian American Pacific Islander community in the entertainment industry, most notably as an active member of the American Asian Performing Arts Theater. He had a Masters in Music Education from Columbia.

Broadway star Telly Leung, who starred alongside Ing, said in a tweet that “a generation of Asian artists wouldn’t be where they are today without their leadership and courage.”

The Actor’s Equity Association tweeted in his honor: “Not only was Alvin Ing a pioneer, but he was also an inspiration to a generation of artists. We will miss him.”


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