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Why did Victor Sen Young....AKA: Sen Yung, Sen Young,
Victor Sen Yung, keep changing the spelling of his name through out the different Chan movies as well as other projects he did? And, is Benson Fong still alive?
Well Im going to help Rush out here....
Benson Fong...born October 10th 1916 In Sacramento
Ca....Died August 1'st 1987 of a stroke in Los
Angeles...He was the owner of several restaruants
called "Ah Fongs" in southern California...he is course remebered well as # 3 son in the CC films..
he was also in several episodes of My Three Sons
as Steves [Fred McMurray] co-worker at the aeronautics
plant...As to your Sen Young Question? I'll leave that
one to a real expert...Oh Rush?
Mike is correct in his information regarding Benson Fong. The restaurant that Mike mentioned, "Ah Fong's," was a regular meeting place for a good number of Hollywood stars. I used to correspond with a person who knew Mr. Fong and his restaurant (Her son called him "Uncle Ben.") and she had some fun things to relate about him and his eatery.
Now, as to Victor Sen Yung, you bring up a very good question. Throughout the Charlie Chan series at Fox, he was billed as Sen Yung. Then, after the series had moved to Monogram, He was called Victor Sen Yung. Why this was so, exactly, I cannot say. Probably it was at the suggestion of the studio that his first name be added, or, maybe it was at Mr. Yung's request. This would be a good subject for some research, perhaps!
I'm thinking part of the reason for the name change was to "Americanize" himself to get more work as an actor. I believe there are others that have done the same thing, though none come to mind.
Back in 1991 I went to a Sci-Fi Convention to see actor John Levene. He's known to Doctor Who Fans as Sgt. Benton of U.N.I.T. While talking with him I found out he had acquired a "stage name" of John Anthony Blake saying it was more of an American name. I don't know offhand if it worked though...
VERY good point!