Hong Kong Actor Found Dead in Quarantine Hotel

Kenneth Tsang had more than 200 acting credits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2022 4:12 AM CDT
Veteran Hong Kong Actor Dies in Quarantine Hotel
Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang poses after winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his movie "Overhead 3" at the Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong Sunday, April 19, 2015.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

(Newser) – Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang has died while in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in the city. Tsang was best known internationally for his action roles in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, John Woo’s The Killer in 1989, Rush Hour 2 in 2001 starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and 1998's The Replacement Killers alongside Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino, the AP reports. Tsang had been undergoing seven days of quarantine after returning from Singapore on Monday and was found collapsed on the floor of his hotel room by staff on Wednesday, reports the South China Morning Post.

The Post said Tsang was 87 but other sources gave his age as 86. No cause of death was given and the paper said he had tested negative for the virus and had no underlying medical conditions. In all, Tsang had some 237 acting credits, mainly in Hong Kong film and television productions, and especially in detective and martial arts movies. Born in Shanghai, Tsang began acting after obtaining an architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, making his debut in 1955. In 1969 alone, he was credited in more than 20 movies. He continued working up to the time of his death. Hong Kong currently requires all inbound travelers to undergo quarantine for up to 14 days.

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