Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for roles on Broadway and tour in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song” as well as in films such as “The Gambler,” has died.
“A generation of Asian performers would not be where are today without his leadership and courage,” Broadway star Telly Leung said in a tweet.
According to his representatives at Mosaic PR, Ing died Saturday, July 31, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank, California, of Covid-19 complications.
He was 88 years old.
Cause of Death
Broadway actor Alvin Ing dies of breakthrough COVID-19complications. “Although he was fully vaccinated, Ing was first diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July then confirmed to have COVID-19 a few days later,” a statement from Alvin Ing’s reps read.
According to his representatives, the actor died on Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, of breakthrough COVID-19 complications.
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“Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a duty to himself and his fellow citizens to be fully vaccinated,”
“Although he was fully vaccinated, Ing was first diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July then confirmed to have COVID-19 a few days later. After two weeks of battling COVID-19, Ing passed away due to cardiac arrest.”
Ing is believed to have performed in more productions of “Flower Drum Song” in the role of Wang Ta than any other actor.
He also portrayed the Shogun’s mother in the original Broadway production of “Pacific Overtures” in 1976 and reprised the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival. “Pacific Overtures” playwright John Weidman hailed Ing’s “wit, his kindness, his gentleness, and most of all his extraordinary generosity of spirit.”
His film credits included “The Final Cutdown,” “Stir Crazy,” “Troop Beverly Hills,” and “Smilla’s Sens of Snow.” On TV, he had recurring roles on the soap operas “The Doctors” and “Falcon Crest” and guest spots on “Benson,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “Fantasy Island,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
Broadway star Telly Leung, who performed alongside Ing, said in a tweet that “a generation of Asian performers would not be where are today without his leadership and courage.”
Actor’s Equity Association tweeted in his honor: “Not only was Alvin Ing a trailblazer, but he was also an inspiration to a generation of performers. He will be missed.”