Classic Film Club


Victor Sen Yung




Victor Sen Yung was born Sen Yung [揚森] in San Francisco, California, in 1915.   His mother died in 1919 during the Spanish Flu Pandemic.   His father placed the children in an orphanage and returned to China to find another wife.   He returned three years later and reclaimed his children.

Yung worked his way through school, graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in animal husbandry.   While completing graduate work in Los Angeles, he began working as an extra in the film business.

Yung made his film debut in The Good Earth (1937) with Paul Muni.   He went on to appear in more than 90 feature films through 1980.   Yung was featured in 18 Charlie Chan mysteries between 1938 and 1948.

He primarily appeared in television roles beginning in the early 1950s and was a regular on the long running series Bonanza (1959-1973).

Yung was one of the passengers on a U.S. commercial airline flight that was hijacked by Bulgarian terrorists in 1972.   When the F.B.I. stormed the plane, he was one of four passengers shot. Two died. He survived with a gunshot wound in the back.

Yung died of asphyxiation at his home in Los Angeles, in 1980, from a leaking gas pipe.   His body was not discovered for 10 days.

Other Pictures

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The Good Earth

The Good Earth
  • The Good Earth
  • 1937
  • Paul Muni and Luise Rainer star in an adaptation of Pearl Buck's classic novel about a Chinese farmer and his wife who struggle to survive drought and famine during the 1920s.

The Letter

The Letter
  • The Letter
  • 1940
  • Bette Davis stars as a plantation wife who murders her lover.

    Directed by William Wyler.

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TV Series



  • Bonanza
  • 1959-1973
  • as Hop Sing
  • NBC