Johnny Yune

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Johnny Yune (October 22, 1936 – March 8, 2020) was a Korean-American actor, singer, and comedian.[1][2] He played the lead in the 1980s movies They Call Me Bruce?[3] and They Still Call Me Bruce.[4]

Yune became well known in the United States for his comedy performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Yune stated that because actor Charlton Heston did not arrive on time, he was given over twenty minutes on the show to make a good impression. Carson liked Yune and had him on the show over 30 times.[5]

Yune performed at the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul, along with Bob Hope and Brooke Shields. From 1989 to 1990, he hosted The Johnny Yune Show (자니윤쇼), the first Americanized talk show in Korea.

Yune died in California from a cerebral hemorrhage on March 8, 2020 at the age of 84.[5]

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  1. "Johnny Yune Profile". New York Times. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  2. "Ailing Korea Tourism Organization Plagued with Ongoing Parachute Appointments". 비즈니스코리아 - BusinessKorea (in Korean). 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  3. Shepard, Richard F. (January 16, 1983). "Korean Comic in 'They Call Me Bruce'" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'BRUCE'--YOU CAN'T CALL IT FUNNY". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1987.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "미국인 웃겼던 코미디언 자니윤 별세…이제 무대는 천국으로". 미주중앙일보. 2020-03-09. Retrieved 2020-03-10.

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