Friday, July 31, 2009

Guess who's Asian? (Part 5)

More Asian-ness where you may not expect it...
There aren't many prominent blasians in Australia, but at least one is on TV every week - Faustina Agolley (aka "Fuzzy"), host of Video Hits and a former model. She was born in London to Chinese and Ghanaian parents. Never would have picked the Chinese part, but once you know it's not hard to notice.
Jamie Cullum is the UK's highest-selling jazz artist of all time, although I suspect that's a fairly loose definition of "jazz". I do have a soft spot for his track Mind Tric though. The man dubbed "Sinatra in sneakers" has Burmese blood on his mother's side.

He certainly doesn't look Asian enough to play the King of Siam, but turns out there is a little Asian in Yul Brynner somewhere. The acting legend (1920 - 1985) was born in Vladivostok to a Russian mother and a Swiss father with Mongolian heritage. It is claimed Brynner played up his Mongol ancestry to add to his mystique (he also claimed to be of Romany ancestry), so I can't totally confirm this one. In any case, a brilliant actor, and on the occasions I've been told I look like him, can't say I'm unhappy about that.

Also bearing a striking resemblance to me (physique-wise, anyway) is professional wrestler Dave Batista, a 5-time world heavyweight champion. His father and mother have Filipino and Greek backgrounds respectively.
Down the other end of the size scale is Herve Villechaize (1943-1993), best known as Tattoo on the Fantasy Island series, and as the evil henchman Nick Nack in the Bond flick The Man with the Golden Gun. While raised in France by his English mother and French stepfather, he is part Filipino on his father's side.

Want more on this topic? Try "Guess who's Asian?" part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

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