17 Greatest Hollywood Unknowns to Win Oscar Gold – From Anna Paquin to Hilary Swank (Photos)

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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.