1930s child actor Layne Tom, Jr. dies (1927-2015)

Layne Tom, Jr, born in Los Angeles, was a child actor during the 1930s and 40s. You may remember him as Mako in The Hurricane (1937) with Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall. He also played 3 different Charlie Chan sons in Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) and Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise (1940).

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He is the father of fitness television host, Kiana Tom. I used to watch Kiana’s popular show, Kiana’s Flex Appeal. Usually I know about Studio era Hollywood actors first but this is a rare occasion where I had first heard of the youngster, Kiana, only born in the 1960s. Through Kiana I learned about her father.

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