‘M*A*S*H’ Actor Richard Lee-Sung Dead at Age 91

by Samantha Whidden
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Richard Lee-Sung, an actor of the hit series M*A*S*H, reportedly passed away just days after he turned 91 years old in August.

According to MASH Matters Podcast, Richard Lee-Sung passed away on August 16th of this year. He was a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The podcast revealed the late actor’s obituary, which reads, “He leaves behind a legacy of family, friends, and people he influences throughout his lifetime with his good-natured humor, spirited laugh and smile, and a positive approach to everything in life.

Richard Lee-Sung’s obituary also revealed that the late actor was very proud of his acting career on-stage and onscreen. His career notably expanded to nearly 50 years. This included several appearances on M*A*S*H. “These roles were some of his best memories as an actor with an amazing cast, crew, and director [Alan Alda], whom he had the highest respect.”

Richard Lee-Sung also notably loved the U.S. and had “great pride” in seeing as a U.S. Marine and to be part of the Chosin Few in the Korean War. “He will be missed for his love and kindness to all people regardless of differences. And making everyone laugh, smile, and feel valued.”

The late actor’s family goes on to add that they will miss him dearly. But they know he is making heaven “a whole lot more fun” while his characters on film and TV as well as his positive impact on friends and family carries on. 

Richard Lee-Sung Had Some Amazing Roles During His Acting Career

Richard Lee-Sung’s acting career notably began in 1965 on I Spy. He went on to play in several well-known series. This includes M*A*S*H, Kung Fu, S.W.A.T., Happy Days, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk, What’s Happening!!, How the West Was Won, and Quincy M.E.

Richard Lee-Sung last acting appearance was in 2010’s Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime. The film notably follows Temudjin, who will later be the famous Genghis Khan, who becomes the most powerful emperor of Mongolia. The late actor’s role in the film was not revealed, but he starred alongside Richard Tyson, Daming Chen, Bekim Fehmiu, Rodney A. Grant, and Daniel Greene. 

According to his mini-bio on IMDb, Richard Lee-Sung self-proclaimed himself as the “Sex Symbol of Chinatown.” He was originally born in El Paso, Texas in 1930 and moved to Los Angeles during his childhood. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and earned the Purple Heart as a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir. He was also a popular bartender at Tang’s and General Lee’s in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. The late actor also preferred to be called “Curlee.” His stage credits notably include productions with the East-West Players, Pacific Overtures, and the Flower Drum Song. 

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