Keo Woolford, an actor who played a supporting role as detective James Chang in CBS’s reboot of “Hawaii Five-O,” died Nov. 28 on Oahu, Hawaii. He was 49.
His publicist, Tracy Larrua, announced Mr. Woolford’s death and said the cause was complications from a stroke.
Mr. Woolford was born in Honolulu on Jan. 26, 1967, and over the years appeared in numerous stage productions from Los Angeles to London, including his role as the King of Siam in a revival of the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II musical “The King and I.” He also toured in a one-man show, “I Land,” that highlighted his knowledge of traditional Hawaiian dance, including the hula.
Writing in The Washington Post, critic Pamela Squires called Mr. Woolford “the kind of natural mover who can ingest and spit back any dance style.”
“He’s a good-looking charmer with a silver tongue and a heavy heart,” she wrote of his appearance at Washington’s Dance Place in 2009. “He changes rapidly between dance styles and acquits himself superbly in each. He tells his story in 20 or so vignettes with such names as ‘The Hula Pageant,’ ‘The Audition’ and ‘Wasted.’ He is a great raconteur, telling us his story through amusing anecdotes and occasionally bringing the audience into the experience, including once when he breaks down in drug-addicted despair and at the end when he performs a traditional hula with calm and dignity.”
Mr. Woolford had small roles in several films, including “Act of Valor” (2012) and “Godzilla” (2014). He also wrote and directed “The Haumana,” a 2013 independent film based on his one-man show. He appeared on “Hawaii Five-O” for several episodes between 2011 to 2015.
A list of survivors was not immediately available.
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