Singapore Actor Osman Zailani Dies Aged 85

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SINGAPORE – Veteran local actor Osman Zailani died on Tuesday (Jul 4), according to Facebook posts by family members including former Singapore Idol Hady Mirza.

Hady said Osman, his grandfather, died at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital at 9.30pm. The 85-year-old had been ill for more than two weeks and was admitted to hospital two days before Hari Raya, according to a Berita report.

Osman, whose real name was Mohammad Kechut, worked more than 50 years in the show business and was known to be a prolific actor who favoured villain roles.

He starred in TV and film productions locally, as well as internationally, and worked with legendary entertainers like P Ramlee and Sudirman Arshad. Osman played the father of main character Tookoo, the late Sudirman’s role, in the hit 1982 Malaysian film Kami.

In the 1970s, he played Ong Lee, a character in Hollywood crime TV series Hawaii Five-0. His acting credits also include the movie Saint Jack. – Channel News Asia