Sihung Lung, 72, the Taiwanese actor who had pivotal...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 15, 2002

Sihung Lung, 72, the Taiwanese actor who had pivotal roles in director Ang Lee's well-regarded "Father Knows Best" trilogy of films, died of liver failure May 2 in Taipei.

Mr. Lung also appeared in Mr. Lee's Academy Award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and acted in more than 100 Chinese-language films.

Born in a village in mainland China, Mr. Lung completed his secondary-school education and joined the Nationalist armies of Chiang Kai-shek as a teen-ager. He fled to Taiwan in 1949 in the face of the Communist victory in the civil war.

While in his 20s, he started his acting career in an army theater group in Taipei. By age 40, he was acting in Taiwanese television productions - often cast in tough-guy roles.

He had retired when Mr. Lee, who remembered seeing him in productions when he was a child, asked him to play the part of the father in Pushing Hands, the first of Mr. Lee's trilogy in which a parent with grown children confronts a vastly changing world. The others are The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman.

In Crouching Tiger he played Sir Te, a wise court official in Beijing who receives the 400-year-old sword, the Green Dynasty.

Edward Carey, 85, an oil executive who provided financial support to his brother, Hugh Carey, in his successful campaign for governor of New York, died Sunday in New York.

Edward Carey founded the New England Petroleum Corp., which became one of the largest private petroleum companies in the country. It supplied oil to electric utilities on the East Coast, and had interests in shipping and oil exploration and production overseas.

Mr. Carey's financial success allowed him to heavily contribute to the gubernatorial campaign for his younger brother, who was a congressman from Brooklyn for 14 years before deciding to run for governor. Hugh Carey served two terms as governor from 1975 to 1982.

Ruth Cracknell 76, one of Australia's most respected comic and stage actresses, died in Sydney on Tuesday from a respiratory illness.

Ms. Cracknell was best known for her starring role in the Australian Broadcasting Corp. hit comedy Mother and Son. In the show, which ran from 1983 to 1993, Ms. Cracknell played an overbearing mother sliding toward dementia who manipulated her hapless son.

Ms. Cracknell also was an accomplished stage actress who honed her vocal style in radio. At age 20, she joined a Shakespearean company in Sydney and began a professional radio career. In 1952, she moved to England to work for the British Broadcasting Corp.

William Martin Sr., 107, the grandson of a slave who received one of France's highest honors for his service with American forces during World War I, died Thursday at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Martin had been in failing health since a son, John Wesley Martin, died in November, the family said.

Mr. Martin, a native Texan, enlisted in the Army in July 1918 and was sent to France with the 815th Pioneer Infantry Regiment - one of four all-black units that served in the Great War. Few of those soldiers ever saw combat. Trained to be infantrymen, they were used primarily in construction, to unload ships or bury the dead.

Mr. Martin told his family he was "over there to fight," but was assigned to a burial detail.

French President Jacques Chirac marked the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, in 1998, by conferring the Legion of Honor on Allied veterans who fought on French soil. Mr. Martin received his that December, in a ceremony held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Mr. Martin, then 103 years old, beamed as the medal, one of France's most distinguished awards, was placed on his lapel by Francois Bujon de l'Estang, the ambassador to the United States.

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