Just this May, veteran local actor Bai Yan turned 100 and in celebration of this milestone, he had a massive private birthday bash at popular Chinese restaurant Yummy Palace.
The party saw over a hundred guests including celebrities such as Christopher Lee, Zoe Tay and Pan Ling Ling.
Sadly, at around 3am on 19 August 2019, the well-loved actor passed away after being hospitalised for pneumonia.
His wake will be held at the Singapore Casket and his funeral will be held this coming Friday, 23 August 2019.
Bai Yan was born in Wuhan, China in 1920 and he came to Singapore before World War II as part of a Chinese dance troupe to perform acrobatics, magic tricks and skits.
In 1944, he married one of Singapore’s first movie stars, Ye Qing and they had three children together. She passed away in 2016 at a ripe old age of 94.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Bai was known for his magic and acrobatic acts that were mixed with dance.
He made his small screen debut at age 65 when he was invited to join the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation as an actor. That was when his career kicked off and he soon became a popular star of period dramas in the 1980s. Some well-loved shows that he has acted in include Blossoms In The Sun, Men Of Valour and My Fair Ladies.
He retired from acting in 1996 after receiving the Special Achievement Award at the Star Awards in 1996 and over the course of his 11-year career, he has acted in over 70 TV serials.
Rest In Peace, Bai Yan. You will be missed.
Photo credits: The Straits Times
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