Nathan Jung dies aged 74
Star Trek actor Nathan Jung has died aged 74. The sad news has been confirmed by his close friend and attorney Timothy Tau.
Tau told Variety that Nathan died on April 24, but no cause of death has been confirmed.
Tau also paid tribute to Nathan on Twitter by reflecting on his incredible career as an actor.
He then described him as “truly larger than life” in another tribute on his Facebook page.
Tau branded Nathan “the man, the myth, and the legend, who we miss dearly already.”
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Nathan Jung died on April 24
Nathan Jung has been a prominent figure in the movie industry for decade
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Nathan has been a prominent figure in the movie industry for decades.
The star rose to fame in 1969 when he played Genghis Khan in ‘The Savage Curtain’ episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.
The six-foot-four actor was usually cast in ‘heavy’ or ‘enforcer’ type roles during his film and TV career due to his stature.
He appeared in several hit TV shows in the 1970s and 80s, including M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, General Hospital, and Manimal.
Nathan Jung played Genghis Khan in ‘The Savage Curtain’ episode of Star Trek: The Original Series
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Nathan also landed roles in CHiPS, Riptide, and Hunter.
He also starred in Sanford and Son, where he played Helen Funai’s cousin, Saburyo.
The actor also boasted a stint in the legendary TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Martial Law.
The California-born star had the rare opportunity to work with Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee during his career.
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Nathan acted alongside Hollywood legend and martial artist Bruce Lee on an episode of Here Comes the Brides in 1969.
He went on to play Leslie Nielsen’s right-hand man in the 1993 comedy Surf Ninjas.
Nathan also appeared in independent Asian American films while building his career in Hollywood.
He appeared in at least 18 movies and 26 various roles across TV.
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However, his friend Tau claimed he had “the capacity to be so much more”, but was prevented from doing so as he was also “invisible” due to what Tau referred to as the “racist casting practices of Tinseltown”.
His final role before his death 2016 was as the narrator for Tau’s ‘Nathan Jung V Bruce Lee’.
The project was a documentary short film focusing on the actor’s meeting with Bruce Lee on Here Comes the Brides.
Nathan is survived by his nephew, Keith Jung.
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