Ten fun facts about Jake Gyllenhaal

Fact 1
As of 2013, Haing S. Ngor was only the second Asian actor to win an Oscar at the Academy Awards.

Fact 2
Haing S. Ngor lost half of his right pinky finger when the communist guerrilla organization known as Khmer Rouge waged civil war in 1970.

Fact 3
Prior to the Cambodian war he was working as a obstetrics physician and also served as a medical officer for the Cambodian Army.

Fact 4
Haing S. Ngor became a refugee in the United States in 1980 after he was released by the Khmer Rouge.

Fact 5
In the film “The Killing Fields”, he portrayed photographer Dith Pran and won the Oscar for the role even though he had no formal acting training of experience prior to accepting the part.

Fact 6
While acting, he also worked with numerous human rights organizations in Cambodia in hopes of changing conditions so that no one would have to go through the type of torture he faced when imprisoned prior to moving to the states.

Fact 7
Haing S. Ngor was murdered in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 1996. There are lots of controversies surrounding his murder but nothing has been proven.

Fact 8
Haing S. Ngor’s father was of Chinese descent and his mother was Khmer. His middle name was Somnang.

Fact 9
In 1988, he published his own autobiography with the help of author Roger Warner titled “Haing Ngor: A Cambodian Odyssey”.

Fact 10
The majority of film and television roles that Haing S. Ngor acted in took place during times of war.

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Short about Jake Gyllenhaal
Was a Cambodian born war survivor who later became a Hollywood actor.

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