Nathan Jung, the actor behind roles in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “The A-Team,” and “Kung Fu,” has unfortunately passed away at the age of 74.
The actor passed away last week on April 24. Recently, his friend, Timothy Tau, confirmed the news publically to Variety. However, his cause of death has not been revealed.
Nathan Jung’s Career
His friend also tweeted a reel of Nathan Jung’s acting career on his Twitter account. It shows just how expansive and long Jung has been working as a professional actor.
His first role was in 1969 when he appeared in a single episode of the cult classic TV series, “Star Trek: The Original Series.” In the show, he played Ghengis Khan. He appeared in the third season in “The Savage Curtain” episode. After this, Jung kept up his career with small roles over the past 35 years or so.
Jung even appeared alongside other “Star Trek” cast members in other projects. He was in “Corvette Summer” in 1978 with Stanley Kamel, Eugene Roche, Dick Miller, and Paddi Edwards.
In the next decade, he was recognizable in TV roles in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Burke’s Law,” and “Martial Law.” Unlike other actors, Nathan Jung was able to easily make that transition into film roles as well. He was in the hilarious comedy film from 1993 called “Surf Ninjas.” You may also recognize him from movies like “Black Rain,” “Darkman,” and “Longshot.”
Jung Tribute from Friend
He had retired from acting back in 2016. He was last seen, or rather heard in this case, narrating the “Nathan Jung v. Bruce Lee” documentary. It told the story of when he met entertainment legacy Bruce Lee while they were both working on his film, “Here Comes the Bride.” He also got the chance to work with Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee in “Rapid Fire” and “Showdown in Little Tokyo.”
You will find posted below an extended reel of Nathan Jung (b. Nov. 29, 1946 in Bakersfield, California, d. April 24,…Posted by Timothy Tau on Monday, April 26, 2021
His friend Timothy Tau posted a long message regarding Nathan Jung on his Facebook page as well. He calls him “the man, the myth, and the legend, who we miss dearly already.” He said he was “truly larger than life.” This is also literally true, he points out, he was 6-foot-4.
He also points out that his friend was everywhere, but also “virtually invisible” due to what Tau calls “the racist casting practices of Tinseltown that denied him the capacity to be so much more.” He shared the news the day after the Academy Awards.
“Thus, tonight, the night that Chloe Zhao becomes the first woman of Chinese or Asian descent and first woman of color to win Best Director, Youn Yuh-Jung becomes the first actress of Korean descent to win Best Supporting Actress, and Steven Yeun becomes the very first Asian American Best Leading Actor nominee, it may be the best time to reflect on how much we have come, and yet still have to go,” Tau wrote.
His goal is to release a series of Jung’s true Hollywood tales one day.