Retired Channel 8 actor Bai Yan dies aged 100

Late Singaporean actor Bai Yan in a CNA documentary. Bai died at 3am on Monday (19 August) at the age of 100. (Screenshot: CNA video)

SINGAPORE — Veteran local actor Bai Yan passed away on Monday (19 August) at the age of 100.

The retired Channel 8 actor died from pneumonia at 3am in hospital, his granddaughter Jenny told Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao. He had been hospitalised for pneumonia 10 days ago.

Bai Yan was born in 1920 in Wuhan, China, and came to Singapore at a young age with a song and dance troupe. He married local movie star Ye Qing in 1944.

Ye Qing died in 2016 at the age of 94.


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Bai Yan’s first television role was in the 1985 drama series Blossoms in the Sun. He was 65 at the time.

Following an 11-year career with Channel 8, Bai Yan retired in 1996 after he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Star Awards.

On 5 May this year, more than 130 artists and crew gathered to celebrate Bai Yan’s 100th birthday. Guests in attendance included Zoe Tay, Christopher Lee, Aileen Tan, Jin Yinji, Zheng Geping, Hong Huifang, Pan Lingling and Chen Xiuhuan.

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