Huang Wenyong

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Huang Wenyong
Chinese name 黃文永
Chinese name 黃文永 (traditional)
Pinyin Huáng Wényǒng (Mandarin)
Ancestry Chaozhou, China[1]
Born 25 July 1952
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Died 20 April 2013(2013-04-20) (aged 60)
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Resting place Bright Hill Crematorium
Occupation Actor, teacher
Years active 1981–2013 (till death)
Children 2- Nicole Ng

Huang Wenyong (25 July 1952 – 20 April 2013) was a Malaysia-born Singaporean actor, musician, and former teacher of Chinese descent. He was an actor for MediaCorp from the early 1980s until his death. Appearing in more than 100 television programmes, he was among the first few batches of locally-trained actors to enter the local entertainment industry and considered to be one of the "pioneers in local Chinese drama".[2][3] Huang died on 20 April 2013 of lymphoma, a cancer of the blood. Reactions to his death were reported to have "flooded the Internet".[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Huang was a teacher in Kuala Lumpur before leaving for Singapore.[5] Huang moved to Singapore in the 1970s, close to penniless then, with only fifty dollars in hand.[6] He joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1977.[7] He is perhaps best known for his appearance in The Awakening in which he played love interest to Xiang Yun's character and The Seletar Robbery during the 1980s. Huang is also known for starring alongside Chew Chor Meng the long-running popular series Don't Worry, Be Happy (1996–2002) and its spin-off Lobang King as the stingy uncle to Chew's character Ah Bee.[8] Huang was nominated for and named one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes every single year in the annual Star Awards since its introduction in 1994, until his death in 2013.[4] In total, Huang starred in more than a hundred Chinese-language television programmes.[4] In addition to acting, Huang sang pieces for a few television sitcoms and also released two albums.[9] He was an ambassador for anti-ageing product company Zell-V.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Huang gained Singaporean citizenship in October 2008 after residing in the country for 27 years.[11] Huang was married with two children: a son and a daughter.[4] He was a "lifelong devotee" of Buddhism.[4]


There was public concern after Huang appeared visibly haggard during MediaCorp Channel 8's 30th Drama Anniversary Show.[12] He clarified that he had been suffering from stomach flu,[13] said to have been contracted in September 2012.[14] During which, he was estimated to have lost 6–7 kilograms in weight.[14] Huang would also experience intervals of severe fever.[14] In November 2012, Huang was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to go for chemotherapy.[4] His condition was not disclosed to the general public until his death,[4] because Huang "wanted to go through this by himself".[15]


Huang died at the Singapore General Hospital at around 5 p.m. (GMT+8) on 20 April 2013, aged 60. The cause of his death was lymphoma cancer.[16] Huang was previously subject to a death hoax earlier in the month, which claimed that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.[17] His medical condition had been kept under the wraps; only very few knew what actually ailed him.[18] Huang's death sparked an "outpouring of grief" from both colleagues and fans alike.[18] Thirty seconds of silence[19] were observed and a special tribute segment aired before the start of the Star Awards ceremony held the evening after his death.[18]


His funeral wake was held a day after his death on 21 April 2013[4] at the Teochew Funeral Parlour, lasting for five days.[18] Xiang Yun and Chen Shucheng delivered eulogies,[20] as did a few others.[21] Funeral attendees were measured by the hundreds.[22][a] To allow their staff to attend the procession, Channel 8 temporarily postponed or rescheduled their production activities.[25] He was cremated at the Bright Hill Crematorium and Columbarium in Sin Ming.[26]


In recognition of his contributions to the television industry in Singapore, Huang was posthumously awarded the "Honorary TV Award" on 28 April 2013, at the Star Awards 2013.[27][28] To commemorate his death, a television special titled Remembering Huang Wenyong was aired on 29 April 2013, as well as reruns of his television appearances being played on television and online platforms.[27]


Year Work Role Notes
1981 Sunset 落日余晖
When Will I See You Again 又见黄花
1982 Seletar Robbery 实里达大劫案 Chen
The Diamond Chase 圣淘沙之旅
1983 Army Series 新兵小传 Guo Zhenghao 郭正豪
All That Glitters is Not Gold 捷径
CID '83 狮城勇探
1984 Ah Tu 阿突
The Awakening 雾锁南洋I – 天长地久/狮城拂晓 He Ah Shui 何阿水
In the Wilderness 荒原
The Awakening II 雾锁南洋II – 风雨同舟/赤道朝阳 He Ah Shui 何阿水
Pursuit 怒海萍踪
1985 Son of Pulau Tekong 亚答籽
Home is Where Love is 吾爱吾家
1986 The Happy Trio 青春123
Samsui Women 红头巾 Su Ah Zhi
Under One Roof 家和万事兴
The Bond 天涯同命鸟
1987 Five Foot Way 五脚基
Moving On 变迁
1988 Heiress 世纪情
Airforce 空军 Kuang Guozhong 邝国忠
Mystery 迷离夜之"戒"
My Fair Ladies 窈窕淑女
Strange Encounters II 奇缘II之钟馗再捉鬼
The Last Applause 舞榭歌台
1989 Magic of Dance 鼓舞青春
Return of the Prince 丝路迷城
1990 Friends Next Door 我爱芳邻
Marry Me 最佳配偶
1991 The Working Class 上班一族
Guardian Angel 爸爸怕怕
1992 Women of Substance 悲欢岁月
Memories of June 六月的童话
Crazy Chase 抢钱世家
Love is in the Air 爱在女儿乡
1993 Heavenly Beings 再战封神榜
Angel of Vengeance 暴雨狂花
Happy Foes 欢喜冤家
Ninjas in Town 伏魔奇兵
Happy Reunion 年年有余
1994 Thunder Plot 惊天大阴谋
The Challenger 勇者无惧
Fiery Lover 烈火情人
Silk of Love 情丝万缕
1995 Home at 168 大牌168 Nominated - Best Actor, Star Awards 1995
The Ranger 铁血雄心 Telemovie
1996 Ah Xue 阿雪 Lin Shugen 林树根
Diary of a Teacher 老师日记
The Golden Pillow 金枕头
1996-2002 Don't Worry, Be Happy 敢敢做个开心人 Ong Kim Lye 黄金来 Won - Best Comedy Performer, Star Awards 2000
1997 From the Medical Files 医生档案
3-in-1 Love 爱情三合一
A Place to Call Home 薯条汉堡青春豆
My Family, My Love 高家万岁
1998 Around People's Park 珍珠街坊
Men on Crossroads 四个好涩的男人
1999 God of Fortune 财星高照
My Grandpa 公公,你的名字很难叫
2000 On the Frontline 穿梭生死线
The Tax Files 流金税月
The Legendary Swordsman 笑傲江湖
2001 Three Women and A Half 三个半女人 Nominated - Best Actor, Star Awards 2001
The Hotel 大酒店 Mr Goh Guest appearance
The Reunion 顶天立地 Steven Choo
2002 Springs of Life 春到人间 Su Hua 苏华
Fantasy 星梦情真
2003 Health Matters II 一切由慎开始2
Lobang King 我是Lobang King Ong Kim Lye 黄金来 Sitcom
True Heroes 真心英雄 Wang Jiancheng 王建成
Holland V 荷兰村 Lin Jingcai Nominated - Best Supporting Actor, Star Awards 2003
Always On My Mind 无炎的爱
2004 I Love My Home 我爱我家 Xu Chuanjia 传家
These Ties That Bind 家财万贯
My Mighty-in-Laws 野蛮亲家 Fang Chunqiu
2005 Destiny 梦在手里 Shen Congye 沈从业 Nominated - Best Actor, Star Awards 2005
A Promise for Tomorrow 拥抱明天 Fang Zhen
2006 Women of Times 至尊红颜 Andrew Jia Zengmu
Measure of Man 大男人。小男人 Cai Lianwei
2007 The Peak 最高点 Tie Tou
Happily Ever After 凡间新仙人 Yu Di 玉帝
Honour and Passion 宝家为国 Bao Pengju 宝鹏举
The Golden Path 黄金路 Lin Desheng 林德生
2008 Love Blossoms I 心花朵朵开 Yu Dong Cheng
Just in Singapore 一房,半厅,一水缸 Lin Bang (Francis) Nominated - Best Actor, Asian Television Awards 2008
Nominated - Best Actor, Star Awards 2009
Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008: Top 8 Most Likeable Male Lead Characters
Crime Busters x 2 叮当神探 Xia Mingda 夏明达
2009 My A-Go-Go Princess 穿越阿哥哥 Landlord 包租公 Nominated - Favourite Male TV Character, Star Awards 2010
Your Hand in Mine 想握你的手 Zheng Shanguo 郑山国
2010 The Score 无花果 Luo Zhigang 罗志刚
2011 A Tale of 2 Cities 乐在双城 Pan Jiaxiang
Devotion 阿娣 Xu Zhongzheng
Love Thy Neighbour 四个门牌一个梦 Dai Guozhong 戴国忠
2012 Rescue 995 Ke Dashan 柯大山
Blk 88 大牌88 Sim Beng Huat 沈炳发 Animated web series
Joys of Life 花样人间 Han Jianren 韩健仁 Nominated - Best Supporting Actor, Star Awards 2013
2013 It's a Wonderful Life 好运到 Li Yunshun 李运顺 His last television role before his death
Year Work Role Notes
2000 2000 AD 公元2000 Guest Appearance
2001 My Valentine 二月十四 Taiwan production
2003 Homerun 跑吧!孩子 Kun's father
2011 It's a Great, Great World 大世界 Peter


Year Show Notes
1998 Bon Appetite 食指大动
2003 Be My Guest 客人来
2004 Durian Delights 你吃我吃它刺刺刺
Star of All Trades 行行出艺人
2006-2009 Living Golden Age 黄金年华
2010 Shop & Save
2012 30 Years of Drama - Theme Song Concert 《戏剧情牵30 - 我们的主题曲》演唱会 Huang Wenyong, Chen Shucheng and Xiang Yun were presented the night's prestigious "Television Guru" award.
2012 Silver Carnival Series 1 银色嘉年华

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Show Title of award TV Show / Notes
Star Awards 1997 Special Achievement Award
Star Awards 2001 Nominated Best Actor Three Women And A Half
Star Awards 2003 Nominated Best Supporting Actor Holland V
Star Awards 2005 Nominated Best Actor Destiny
Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show 1980s Era Screen Heartthrob
Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show Top 5 Onscreen Couples with Xiang Yun The Awakening
Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show Evergreen Veteran
Asian Television Awards 2008 Nominated Best Drama Performance by an Actor Just in Singapore
Star Awards 2009 Nominated Best Actor Just in Singapore
Star Awards 2011 Top 10 Favourite Male Artistes Award First Top 10 award after only being nominated for 16 years.
Star Awards 2013 (Posthumous) Nominated Best Supporting Actor Joys of Life
Star Awards 2013 (Posthumous)[30] Honorary TV Award Award represented by wife and daughter
Star Awards 2013 (Posthumous) Top 10 Favourite Male Artistes Award represented by Xiang Yun
  • Awards won were highlighted in green

See also[edit]


  1. ^ One source gives the figure as over 800,[21] another states it as 500,[23] and a third source writes 1,000.[24]


  1. ^ 黃文永病逝, 21 April 2013, China Press
  2. ^ Lim, Karen (22 April 2013). "Farewell, Ah Shui". AsiaOne. 
  3. ^ "Huang Wenyong: The Man behind the Star". Channel NewsAsia. 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h DeHart, Jonathan (April 22, 2013). "Huang Wenyong: Singapore Mourns Death of Veteran Actor". The Diplomat. 
  5. ^ "Xiang Yun: "He has given me only happy memories"". Channel NewsAsia. 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Lee, Jan (April 28, 2013). "Star Awards pays tribute to Huang Wenyong". The Straits Times. 
  7. ^ "黄文永淋巴癌逝 终年60岁 向云悲慟". Oriental Daily News. April 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ Huang Wen Yong Celeb Bios
  9. ^ "Veteran actor Huang Wenyong has died". AsiaOne. April 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Zell-V Ambassador - Huang Wen Yong". Zell-V. June 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "新加坡资深艺人黄文永21日于医院病逝 享年60岁" (in Chinese). April 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Chua, Charlene (April 1, 2013). "Huang Wenyong fans furious about rumours of his death". AsiaOne. 
  13. ^ Huang Wenyong clarifies on sudden weight loss
  14. ^ a b c "黄文永病两个月-爆瘦7公斤". xin msn (in Chinese). November 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chen Guohua reveals why Huang Wenyong kept his cancer a secret". AsiaOne. April 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ Huang Wenyong dies of cancer at age 60
  17. ^ ST: Fans of actor Huang Wenyong furious about rumours of his death
  18. ^ a b c d Han, Wei Chou; Lam, Evelyn; Leong, Wai Kit (April 21, 2013). "Star Awards pays tribute to Huang Wenyong amid outpouring of grief". Channel News Asia. 
  19. ^ "Huang Wenyong's death casts pall over Star Awards show". The Straits Times. April 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ Han, Wei Chou (April 24, 2013). "Star-studded send-off for Huang Wenyong". Channel News Asia. 
  21. ^ a b Shah, Salimat (April 24, 2013). "Fans, celebs bid farewell to Huang Wenyong". Yahoo!. 
  22. ^ "Huang Wenyong's wish for drama re-run to be fulfilled". AsiaOne. April 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Huang Wenyong's daughter tweets about his passing". AsiaOne. April 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Actors are among hundreds at Huang Wenyong's funeral". AsiaOne. April 24, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Production work makes way for Huang Wenyong's funeral". Channel News Asia. April 23, 2013. 
  26. ^ Ng, Gena; Ferroa, Susan (April 24, 2013). "Last applause for Huang Wenyong". Channel News Asia. 
  27. ^ a b "Huang Wenyong to be honoured with special award at "Star Awards 2013 Show 2"". TODAY. April 22, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Tv - Actor Huang Wenyong Loses Cancer Battle". Contact Music. April 22, 2013. 
  29. ^ 《大牌88》 节目介绍
  30. ^ "Huang Wenyong to be honoured with special award at "Star Awards 2013 Show 2"". Channel News Asia. April 22, 2013.