Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jack Ong Dead at 76

Jack Ong passed away on Tuesday, June 13 from complications arising from a malignant brain tumor. He was 76.

A longtime resident of Santa Monica, Ong passed peacefully in Castle Rock, Colorado with his beloved sister, Glenna Lee, by his side holding his hand as he went to be with his Lord.

Born November 6, 1940, Jack Ong was the seventh of eight children born to Kam Fong and Jeung Shee Ong, who immigrated to Mesa, Arizona, where he grew up. He graduated from Arizona State with a degree in journalism and served in the US Navy as a photojournalist in the Philippines, after which he led an eclectic life. After moving to Santa Monica, he followed his passion for the entertainment industry and had numerous roles in the stage, movies, TV, commercials, and audiobooks. He became a close confidant of Oscar-winner Dr. Haing S. Ngor, and headed his foundation upon Dr. Ngor’s untimely death. He held various positions in marketing, public relations, and advertising. Ong's strong Christian faith led him to become a licensed pastor in the Missionary Church, where he was able to minister to many people in this capacity. He was also an active member of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California promoting the interest and welfare of the Chinese community. He was awarded the Golden Spike Award in 2013 for Excellence in Community Service.

Hi acting credits included Days of our Lives (as Dr. Wu in 1993), The Young and the Restless (in 1995), ER, California Dreams, Friends, Touched by and Angel and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 2011, Ong memorably guest-starred on ABC soap oepra General Hospital as Mr. Yi, whose family played a key part in the wedding of Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco).

Ong is survived by his sister Lily and brother-in-law Ray Lew, niece Karen and husband Terry Chan, and many more extended family members.

Watch a clip from 2011 below of Ong on General Hopsital.

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