3 Famous Cambodian Male Actors in the 60s and 70s​

In the 1960s and '70s, there were many talented actors who could make the audience cry or laugh with the plots of the movies. Movies of that period were not only popular among the Cambodian people, but also throughout Asia and Europe. Below are some short biographies about three of the most famous male actors from that era:

Mr. Kong Som Eun

Mr. Kong Som Eun | Photo: blog.bam.org

This male star was one of the most famous actors during the 60s and 70s.  He was born in 1941 in Kandal Steung district, Kandal province, with a father who was an administrator. He had six siblings, all boys, he was the second child. Kong Som Eun and his partner, Raen, were not married. According to his mother, he was a very polite and respectful man who had a lot of charms.

This handsome man entered the arts in 1960. When he first entered the field, he did not tell his parents until he became very famous because his father did not want him to pursue this field. He became very famous from 1970 to 1975.

In his career as an artist, he attended many festivals in Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. In addition, all the films he had competed in overseas festivals have won awards. 

In 1975, he received a contract to shoot three films in Thailand, but he did not leave immediately because he wanted to spend New Year with his family. Unfortunately, on April 17 there was a change in the regime, making him unable to perform and he died during the Khmer Rouge era. His family believed that he may have been killed by the Khmer Rouge around Koh Kor, Koh Thom district, Kandal province, in August 1975.

Mr. Chea Yuth Than

Mr. Chea Yuth than | Photo: Chanbokeo.com

He was born in 1930 in Chroy Changva, Phnom Penh with three siblings; he is the second child. His parents parted ways when he was very young. After parting, the three children came to live with their mother who sells raw milk and salt for a living. After finishing ninth grade, he stopped studying because his family was very poor. He went on to taekwondo for health and teaching taekwondo to earn some money.

Because his family was so poor, he took the medical exam at the age of 16 or 17, during which time he went on guard. US Ambassador (Security). Later, he became a primary care doctor in a hospital and got to know his first wife there. As his wife's family was richer than his, her father did not approve of their marriage, so he and his wife came to live in Chroy Changva. He had two children with his ex-wife (his ex-wife worked at the French embassy). After working as a security guard for the embassy for almost two years, he entered the arts.

The actor entered the art world at the age of 32. The first film he made was "The Earth I Love", which made him very famous. The second film was "Homeless Life". It was also a story that made him very famous. When he became famous, he met his second wife, Ms. Som Vansuk (name in the field, Som Van Sudani). The last film to be shot was "Banana Namva Player".

Mr. Nop Nem

Mr. Nop Nem | Photo: Chanbokeo.com

He was born in 1936 in Sre Khvav village, Cheang Tong commune, Tram Kak District, Takeo Province. He had eight siblings, five brothers, and three sisters. His wife, Kim Nova, was also a well-known co-star. He died during the Khmer Rouge regime.

In 1960, he entered the art world, starring in almost every production of that era, with more than 10 productions, totaling about 72 movies. He also went on to film abroad in Europe.

By: Sareth Moy