Godfrey Gao, the Canadian-Taiwanese actor and mannequin who died immediately on Tuesday, is being remembered as a pioneering entertainer whose quick profession bridged the divide between the Asian and North American industries and who shattered stereotypes about Asian males.
Gao, 35, was filming Chase Me, a Chinese language selection sequence, when he suffered a cardiac arrest, in accordance with his company JetStar Leisure. They confirmed that he was pronounced useless in hospital, triggering an outpouring of shock and grief from followers and co-stars.
Gao, who was born in Taiwan and raised on B.C.’s North Shore, is remembered as a pioneer who straddled fame in North America and throughout Asia years earlier than the movie and sweetness industries turned extra conscious of telling various tales.
However earlier than he was signing modelling contracts and starring in movies, Gao walked the halls of Argyle Excessive College in North Vancouver and attended Capilano College, the place he performed on the varsity’s basketball staff.
Paul Eberhardt coached Gao in 2014 and 2015 and remembers him as a humble, hardworking younger athlete who talked about returning to Taiwan to pursue basketball.
“I do not assume the thought of doing performing or modelling or something like that was actually on his radar. I believe when he went again to Taiwan, he type of stumbled into that,” stated Eberhardt.
“I do know a variety of his teammates, when he would come again, would give him a tough time and tease him about…