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Actor Lee Weng Kee dies of pneumonia

BY DAWN TAY

VETERAN Singapore stage and television actor Lee Weng Kee died of pneumonia two nights ago.

The 55-year-old thespian was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for pneumonia three weeks ago.

Lee, who is more familiar to TV audiences for his roles in sitcoms like Growing Up and Happy Belly, enjoyed an acting career that spanned more than 20 years.

Aside from home-grown TV dramas, he also starred in numerous stage plays (Ah Kong's Birthday Party, Army Daze) and movies (Chicken Rice War, Money No Enough).

The bachelor's last public performance was last October in DJ Dennis Chew's play, The Patient, which was part of Action Theatre's double-bill, Shocks And Shiok!.

He won over the audience with a convincing portrayal of Jonathan Tan, a sick old man who is convinced that vicious ghosts are after him. He was represented by artist company Fly Entertainment.

He was also a member of the Association of Singapore Actors, where he strove for more recognition and development of the profession in Singapore.

DEPARTED: Lee, seen here
in a 1997 photo, was a theatre
veteran.

Theatre director-actress Selena Tan, who co-starred with Lee in Ah Kong's Birthday Party more than 10 years ago, paid tribute to him.

She reminisced about her working experience with Lee: "Those were my most fun days with him. We always had a great time. He was very fun to do improvisations with and challenged me to stay in character."

She added: "He was a dedicated performer. He was a quiet, confident and unassuming man who enjoyed rehearsing very much and performing even more."

Toy Factory Productions director- playwright Goh Boon Teck, who worked with Lee for more than 15 years in productions like The Tinted Edge, called Lee's passing a "big and sad loss for our theatre scene".

Goh, who was shocked when he heard the news yesterday morning, said: "He was among the first batch of Singapore's full-time actors and one of our theatre veterans."

Despite Lee's seniority, Goh said that the former was always ready to take care of younger performers.

He said: "We will all miss him a lot."

dawnt@sph.com.sg


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