Kawleikgyin Ne Win

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Kawleikgyin Ne Win
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Born Ne Win
(1928-10-01)1 October 1928
Hinthada, Pegu Province, British Burma
Died 2 June 1983(1983-06-02) (aged 54)
Yangon, Yangon Division, Myanmar
Occupation actor, director
Years active 1959 – 1983
Spouse(s) Khin Marla
Children Yaza Ne Win
Hayma Ne Win
Parents U Thet Pe, Daw Tin
Awards Burmese Academy Award
Payin Yaung 1969
Aka-Ga A-Chit Anhit-Ga Myitta 1979

Kawleikgyin Ne Win (Burmese: ကောလိပ်ဂျင်နေဝင်း, pronounced: [kɔ̀lèdʑɪ̀ɴ nè wɪ́ɴ]; 1 October 1928 – 2 June 1983) was a two-time Burmese Academy Award winning Burmese film actor and director. Born Ne Win, he was given his famous moniker after his successful debut film, Kawleikgyin (The Collegian), so as not to be confused with the late Burmese strongman of the same name, Gen. Ne Win.

Early life[edit]

Ne Win was born in Hinthada (Henzada), Ayeyarwady Division, the son of Daw Tin, a teacher, and U Thet Pe, a police officer. After graduating from Coming High School in Hinthada, Ne Win enlisted in the Burmese Navy in 1946. He left the navy in 1951 to enroll in Rangoon University. At the university, Ne Win played for the Rangoon University football team as a striker forward. Ne Win proved a talented footballer. He made the Burmese national team in 1955, and won the Best Player award given by the Burma Football Federation in 1956. Ne Win earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958.

Career[edit]

Ne Win made his film debut in 1959 with Kawleikgyin. Director Chinn Sein cast Ne Win, a nationally well-known footballer, to play the title role in his film about a love story between a beautiful girl and a carefree Rangoon University sportsman. The film's enormous popularity instantly made Ne Win one of the leading men of Burmese cinema. Known as Kawliekgyin Ne Win from then on, he remained a leading man in the 1960s, starring in dozens of films.

Starting in the late 1960s, Kawleikgyin Ne Win successfully switched into older, father-figure roles. He won his two Burmese Academy Awards late in his career in 1969 and 1979.

His family[edit]

Kawleikgyin Ne Win was married to Khin Marla, daughter of the late Bo Zeya, a member of the legendary Thirty Comrades and military leader of the Communist Party of Burma. He has 4 children. His only son and his second youngest daughter are both successful artists in their own right. His son Yaza Ne Win is a comedic actor and singer, and was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The daughter Hayma Ne Win is one of the most successful Burmese singers, popular during the late 1980s and 1990s. His eldest daughter Thandar Ne Win has her own business firm and owns hotels. His youngest daughter, Yupar Ne Win is loving in America. Kawleikgyin Ne Win never witnessed his children's professional success which came after his death in 1983.

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