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Did you know? Fitness Guru Kiana Tom Father was Child Actor + Charlie Chan Series 20th Century Fox?

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Aloha! I am often asked what inspired me to get into fitness and television. I thought I'd share this with you. My parents are very athletic and greatly influenced my life and career.

Mom was a Physical Education teacher and pioneered aerobics and body mechanics, was a college basketball coach and taught numerous sports. Dad a child actor. Here is a peak into his career. Mom's is coming soon. Aloha! 

Note from Layne Tom, Jr.

Dear Friends and Fans of the Charlie Chan series, Thank you for all of your emails and letters requesting interviews, signed photographs and information about my experiences in the Charlie Chan Films.  Please enjoy the photographs taken from a special time of my life.

Aloha! Layne Tom, Jr.

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ABOUT: LAYNE TOM JR. LAYNE TOM, JR. WAS A CHILD ACTOR IN THE LATE 1930'S - 40'S. HE ENJOYED A WONDERFUL CAREER IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, HAVING PERFORMED IN THE MOVIES, ON RADIO AND ON STAGE. LAYNE TOM, JR. OFTEN DID "LIVE" PERFORMANCES AND VAUDEVILLE SHOWS, WHICH WAS POPULAR AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER IN L.A. ONE PERFORMANCE IN PARTICULAR WAS A HILARIOUS INTRODUCTION AT ONE SHOW: BEFORE THE CURTAIN WAS OPENED, A VOICE SINGING, OFF STAGE, THE SONG 'WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING' IN PERFECT IRISH ACCENT. TO EVERYONE'S SURPRISE AND DELIGHT, AS THE CURTAIN PARTED - OUT STROLLED LAYNE TOM JR. IN FULL CHINESE COSTUME SINGING!

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LAYNE WORKED WITH PARAMOUNT THEATERS IN LOS ANGELES, CA.- AND WAS BEST KNOWN IN THE MOVIES FOR HIS ROLE AS CHARLIE CHAN'S SON IN 3 CHARLIE CHAN SERIES: "AT THE OLYMPICS," "HONOLULU" STARRING WARNER OLAN SON #2 AND #5 RESPECTIVELY.

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"MURDER CRUISE" STARRING SYDNEY TOLER, SON #5 AND #7.

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HE PLAYED THE ROLE OF 'MAKO' IN THE CLASSIC 1937 FILM, "THE HURRICANE". HIS FELLOW CAST MEMBERS WERE STARS: JON HALL, DOROTHY LAMOUR, RAYMOND MASSEY, MARY ASTOR, THOMAS MITCHELL AND MORE.

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HE WAS IN THE MOVIE, ''THE STOWAWAY' STARRING SHIRLEY TEMPLE, "LADY OF THE TROPICS" STARRING HEDY LAMAAR AND "SAN FRANCISCO" WITH CLARK GABLE.

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 AS AN ADULT, LAYNE PLAYED THE ROLE OF A NORTH KOREAN GENERAL IN THE MOVIE "PORK CHOP HILL" STARRING GREGORY PECK.

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PRIOR TO THE INVENTION OF T.V., HE HAD A SUPPORTING ROLE ON RADIO WITH THE "LUX RADIO SHOW" A RADIO VERSION OF THE FILM "CHINA" STARRING LORETTA YOUNG, ALAN LADD AND WILLIAM BENDIX. APPEARED IN THE TV SERIES "HAWAIIAN- EYE," "ADVENTURES IN PARADISE" AND OTHERS.

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LAYNE TOM CURRENTLY RESIDES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH HIS WIFE, MARILYNN. SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, AN AMAZING ARTIST, AVID TENNIS PLAYER AND "EVERYONE LOVES HER." LAYNE AND MARILYNN ENJOY TRAVELING, DINING WITH FRIENDS AND RECENTLY ATTENDED THE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL WHERE LAYNE TOM SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS FOR CHARLIE CHAN FANS.

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HE AND MARILYNN HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS: KIANA: TELEVISON HOST & FITNESS EXPERT OF "KIANA'S FLEX APPEAL" FAME, LAURIE: AN AVID MARTIAL ARTS ENTHUSIAST & DENTAL HYGENIST, 2 GRAND DAUGHTERS, 1 GRAND SON & A RESCUE DOG NAMED "TUTU."

ALOHA! For autographed movie photos to add to your collection, please click here.

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