Richard Ng Yiu-hon, veteran comedian and actor has reportedly passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2023 at the age of 83. Richard Ng rose to fame playing comedic roles in the 1970s and 1980s.
Former chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers Tenky Tien Kai-man confirmed Ng’s death to the Post on Monday, saying that the family had begged for privacy at this time.
In 2019, Ng told the press that he had kidney difficulties; in 2021, he said that he had heart surgery.
Known for his distinctive square jaw, Ng rose to fame in the 1970s as a humorous performer in Hong Kong, where he was joined by the likes of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam-bo, and others.
Ng, who was born and reared in Hong Kong, came to the United Kingdom when he was 15 years old. There, he completed high school and first enrolled in dental school before changing his major to cinema. It was a British soap opera where he made his acting debut.
After moving back to the city in 1970 to assist care for his family, Ng found work in television. The Hui Brothers, hosted by comedian Michael Hui Koon-man and his brother, singer-songwriter Sam Hui Koon-kit, featured cameos by him.
In 1976’s The Private Eyes, about a private detective agency, Ng extended his collaboration with the Hui brothers by playing a police officer.
Richard Ng is survived by his wife and four children, including actor Carl Ng Ka-lung, 47.