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Keo Woolford (1967 - 2016)

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Keo Woolford (1967 - 2016)

Keo Woolford, an actor who had a recurring role on the reboot of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 49.

Woolford, who was also a filmmaker, died three days after having a stroke, according to his publicist.

Woolford played Detective James Chang in six episodes of the crime-fighting show that premiered in September 2010 on CBS. The original series, which starred Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett and James MacArthur as Daniel "Danno" Williams.
Earlier this year, CBS renewed the reboot for a seventh season.


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Woolford, who was born in Honolulu and raised in Hawaii, also acted onstage. He played the king of Siam in "The King and I" alongside Elaine Paige at the London Palladium from 2001 to 2002.

He wrote, directed, and produced "The Haumāna," an award-winning independent film in 2013. That same year, the film won the special jury prize for best first feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. A sequel was in the works at the time of Woolford's death.

His other credits include the films "Act of Valor" (2012) and "Godzilla" (2014).

Woolford also was a former member of the popular Hawaii boy band Brownskin.

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