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Victor Sen Yung
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    (October 18, 1915-November 9, 1980)
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Birth name was Sen Yew Cheung
    Portrayed Charlie Chan's 'Number Two Son' Jimmy/Tommy Chan in 16 films (1938-48) and Hop Sing in Bonanza (1959-73)
    Appeared in the films 'The Good Earth' (1937), 'Across the Pacific' (1942), 'Secret Agent of Japan' (1942), 'Betrayal in the East' (1945), 'Chinatown at Midnight' (1950), 'Target: Hong Kong' (1952), 'Soldier of Fortune' (1955), 'Jet Attack' (1958), 'Flower Drum Song' (1961), 'The Hawaiians' (1972) and 'The Man with Bogart's Face' (1980)
    Died of asphyxiation from a gas leak
    He was also billed as Sen Yung, Sen Young, Victor Young and Victor Sen Young.
    No explanation was given for his character changing from Jimmy Chan to Tommy Chan.
    His role on Bonanza was stereotypical as he provided comic relief with broken English dialogue.
    He was a salesman for a chemical company trying to get 20th Century Fox to purchase a flame-retardant compound when he was urged to audition for 'The Good Earth.'
    He joined the US Army Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of captain.
    He was shot and wounded during the hijacking of a Pacific Southwest Airlines plane he was a passenger on (1972).
    He was talented cook who authored 'The Great Wok Cookbook' (1974).
    A scholarship was established in his name at the University of California, Berkeley, where he had majored in animal husbandry.

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