Gao starred in 'Mortal Instruments' and was the first Asian model featured by Louis Vuitton in a global campaign. He had been shooting a segment for Zhejiang Television's hit show 'Chase Me' when he suddenly fell to the ground unconscious.
Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao, whose star was on the rise in mainland China, died early Wednesday after collapsing during the filming of a popular reality TV show in southeastern China. He was 35.
Gao had been shooting a segment as a guest contestant on Zhejiang Television's hit show Chase Me in the southeastern Chinese city of Ningbo. Chase Me's format involves two teams taking part in physical contests in urban areas after midnight. The show is famous for being physically demanding, requiring its celebrity contestants to exert themselves almost constantly during filming.
According to a statement released by Zhejiang Television, Gao suddenly slowed down during a running challenge and fell to the ground unconscious. "The on-site medical staff started treatment immediately and transported him to a hospital," the statement said. "Unfortunately, after two hours of rescue treatment, the hospital pronounced him dead of sudden cardiac arrest."
Gao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but later moved to Vancouver, Canada during his youth. After finishing college in Vancouver, Gan returned to Taiwan and found fast success as a model. In 2011, he famously became the world's first Asian model to appear in a global campaign for Louis Vuitton. He soon transitioned to acting, appearing a in a spate of Taiwanese TV dramas and films, and later made his Hollywood debut in 2013 as Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
In 2016, Gao appeared in the Chinese romantic drama Remembering Lichuan, which became a nationwide sensation with young Chinese viewers and made him a major start in the country.
He also played the police chief in 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and mogul Louis B. Mayer in 'Gable and Lombard.'
Allen Garfield, the New Jersey character actor who specialized in playing nervous types while appearing in such films as The Conversation, The Candidate, The Stunt Man and Nashville, has died. He was 80.
His sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed his death in a brief conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier, actress Ronee Blakley posted the news of Garfield's death on Facebook, saying that he had died Tuesday and that the cause was COVID-19. Garfield and Blakley played husband and wife in Robert Altman's Nashville 1975.
Garfield suffered a stroke as he was set to appear in Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate 1999, then suffered another one in 2004 that led him to reside at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills. A spokeswoman for the MPTF facility did not know if Garfield was there at the time of his death.
Born Allen Goorwitz on Nov. 22, 1939, in Newark, he went by his real name in several films, including The Brink's Job 1978 and One From the Heart 1981, midway through his career.
Garfield boxed as an amateur, worked as a sportswriter and studied with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York. He appeared often onstage before making his film debut in Orgy Girls '69, followed by other big-screen appearances in 1971 in Woody Allen's Bananas and The Organization, starring Sidney Poitier.
Often playing jumpy types, he worked for Francis Ford Coppola in The Conversation 1974 and The Cotton Club 1984 and for Wim Wenders in A State of Things 1982 and Until the End of the World 1991.
He also portrayed Louis B. Mayer in Gable and Lombard 1976 and police chief Harold Lutz in Beverly Hills Cop II 1987, and his résumé also included roles in Teachers 1984, Desert Bloom 1986, Dick Tracy 1990, Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 and The Majestic 2001.
"The reason I didChief Zabu is that Allen Garfield is from the Actors Studio, I'm from the Actors Studio, and we worked together there on stuff," actress Marianna Hill said in a 2016 interview with Shaun Chang for the Hill Place blog. "Allen Garfield happens to be a great actor. He's a really underrated actor. Allen was the hardest-working actor, but nobody realizes that about him because he seems to be a natural."