Farewell, Uncle Bai Yan: Retired veteran Channel 8 actor dies at age 100
He had celebrated his centennial birthday in May with a party attended by local stars.
Retired Channel 8 actor Bai Yan has died at the age of 100 early on Monday (Aug 19). His granddaughter confirmed the news to Shin Min Daily News: “He's gone peacefully, and we're all together."
Mediacorp has released this statement through a spokesperson: "Over the decades, Bai Yan made significant contributions to the local entertainment industry and touched the lives of viewers and colleagues with the magic of his acting and his generous spirit. He was highly respected and a joy to work with, and will be dearly missed."
Pan Ling Ling has called him “an honorable man,” adding that “I respect him very much."
The late actor was affectionately known as Bai Yan-shu, or Uncle Bai Yan. He had celebrated his centennial birthday in May with a party attended by several local stars, including Zoe Tay and Chen Xiuhuan.
Chen commented on how Bai and his late wife, whom he had often talked about, were “really loving and enviable.” In an article about his birthday gathering in May, she also said that “he talked a lot” during the party and that her impression of him was that he was a happy person who was full of positive energy.
The China-born actor was familiar to older audiences and was known for playing fatherly and grandfatherly figures in Channel 8 dramas such as We Are Family. He was married to actress Ye Qing, who died at the age of 94 in 2016.
Bai started out in a Chinese dance troupe before making his acting debut at the age of 65. He received the Special Achievement Award at the 1996 Star Awards to commemorate his 11-year acting career, and retired after that.