Here's What Happened to 'Hawaii Five-O' Police Detective Chin Ho Kelly after the Show Ended
"Hawaii Five-O" fans know just how much of a hero Detective Chin Ho Kelly is, but may be unaware of the actor's behind the scene moments! Here's what happened to the actor after the show ended.
The lives of celebrities are usually under scrutiny by the media. Tabloid runs wild with different news concerning celebrities. The renowned actor, Kam Fong, is famous for his feature in the series, and his role oozed of commitment to a just cause.
50 years ago today in 1968, the first regular series episode of the police procedural drama #HawaiiFiveO aired on CBS starring #JackLord #JamesMacArthur #KamFong and #Zulu. A pilot episode aired on September 20th with Tim O'Kelly cast as Danny Williams. pic.twitter.com/ZzWSvH58KM— Silver Age Television 📺 (@SilverAgeTV) September 26, 2018
However, varied sources have described his personal life. The TV star happened to have been a victim of tragedies but was still able to overcome the challenges and attained a zenith in his profession.
His birth name was Kam Tong Chun, which meant "golden temple," but he adopted the name Fong in the 1960s as he kick-started his profession in the movie industry. His dedication and professionalism earned him an esteemed position as an inspiration even among colleagues.
Chun's first family was a victim of the catastrophic World War II bombing; it claimed the lives of his wife and two children.
The iconic star remarried and had other children, namely, Dickson, Brenda and Valerie Chun. Sadly, he died in 2002, after combating lung cancer. He appeared to have lived an accomplished live as loved ones, co-workers and friends had incredible things to say about him.
Remembering #KamFong (RIP), police officer and actor, best known for his role as police detective Chin Ho Kelly on the original #HawaiiFiveO police procedural series, btd 1918. pic.twitter.com/lacynMa99t— Silver Age Television 📺 (@SilverAgeTV) May 27, 2019
It appeared that his role on TV as a devoted detective wasn't entirely different from his disposition to situations in real life as an individual. The details garnered from co-stars and family, revealed the star also had a humorous side.
"A Death in the Family" was the only episode of #HawaiiFiveO where "Chin Ho Kelly" (#KamFong) wore a mustache. "Chin Ho Kelly" was also the only member of the cast of the original #HawaiiFiveO to be "killed off." pic.twitter.com/fauIWprCaF— Silver Age Television 📺 (@SilverAgeTV) May 4, 2019
According to his son, Fong always joked with the cast; they were all like a family, as they maintained their relationship after the show.
Before he bagged the role of playing Detective Chin Ho, he served in the Honolulu police department for over a decade, with such an experience, no wonder he was loved and always at his A-game on screen!
His fans didn't just admire him; he lived a good life and was a role model to his son. They both co-authored his autobiography; and Dickson, who is also an actor, described his dad as "special."
The "Hawaii Five-0" star featured in several other productions, such as "Ghost of the China Sea," "Seven Women From Hell," and "Diamond Head." While he is deceased his works speak for him, as he was a man of exemplary character!