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Shih Kien
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Actor
    (January 1, 1913-June 3, 2009)
    Born in Shigang Village, Panyu, Guangdong, China
    AKA Shek Kin, Sek Kin
    Appeared in the films ‘The Book and the Sword’ (1960) ‘Enter the Dragon’ (1973) ‘Drunken Master’ (1978) and ‘The Young Master’ (1980)
    Recipient of the Hong Kong Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (1996) and Professional Achievement Award (2003)
    Died of kidney failure at age 96
    ‘Shih’ is the family name, displayed according to the Eastern custom.
    He was a sickly child.
    When ‘Enter the Dragon’ was filmed, he did not speak English (the dubbing job fell to Keye Luke).
    In his later years, he sported a ‘skunk stripe’ around the mutton-chop area.
    Many of his roles in wuxia (films about ‘martial heroes,’ sorcery, and/or chivalry) were, like Han in ‘Enter the Dragon,’ villains.
    As such, ‘kan yan kin,’ or ‘villain kin’ was a popular reference to him in Hong Kong.
    During the Second Sino-Japanese War, he was part of a traveling theater to raise funds for the anti-Jap movement.
    He was actually a close friend of Bruce Lee — which extended to his funeral.
    His image as a film villain led to an offer to participate in a 1980 Ricola mint candy commercial.
    He married only once, in 1936, to a Christian who would inspire his conversion to the religion.
    At the age of 90, he was featured in a documentary on ‘chop socky’ Hong Kong cinema.

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