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HAING S. NGOR ("The Killing Fields," 1984): A Cambodian doctor who was tortured by the Khmer Rouge, Ngor brought real life hardship to role of New York Times photographer Dith Pran in Roland Jaffe's film. He continued acting until his 1996 death in a shooting outside his L.A. home believed to be gang related.
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    “HAING S. NGOR (“The Killing Fields,” 1984): A Cambodian doctor who was tortured by the Khmer Rouge, Ngor brought real life hardship to role of New York Times photographer Dith Pran in Roland Jaffe's film.”

    Roland JOFFE, “Staff” (does no one want to take credit for this piece?), not Jaffee.

    And John Houseman was much more than a “theater director and acting teacher,” having produced nearly thirty films, beginning with Orson Welles's “Too Much Johnson” in 1938.