Beal Wong

born: 11 May 1906
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
died: 06 February 1962
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(circulo-vascular collapse/cerebral hemorrhage, age 55)

American actor. Wikipedia says he was born in Idaho but this is not confirmed. His older and younger siblings were documentably all born in Los Angeles. Beal's WWII Draft Card says he was born in Los Angeles.
In the late 1920's he was part of a Chinese dancing/acting vaudeville troupe that performed internationally and nationally and included the parents (to be) of Harry Lowe Jr., whilst Chester Gan was a "lodger" with actor Bruce Wong's family (Beal's younger brother). In 1936 he had a starring role in his Bruce's all-Chinese, Cantonese language feature which is considered a "lost film", "Sum Hun" or "Heartache".
Real name: William Beal Wong
Height: 5'6½"
Films listed on this page: 1 film with Laurel & Hardy.



The Big Noise
Japanese officer on submarine

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Acknowledgements: (1929 Sep 26 ship passenger: vaudeville Chinese troupe as Willie Wong) (1935 Dec 15 "LA Times" p26: "Sum Hun" star) (lost film: Chinese language) (bio says born in Idaho without a source) (WWII Young Mens Draft Cards 1940 Oct 16 LA "Willie Beal Wong": ht. 5' 6 1/2": wt 130 lbs.: Central Casting) (1940 Oct 16 LA: WWII Draft Card at Family Search) (1962 Feb 6 LA Death Certificate) (1962 Feb 6 LA grave: bio)
Jim Jarvis (bio notes and research)

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