Birthday: February 5
Hawaii-born Dennis Chun’s career spans over 40 years, with him appearing in some of television’s most beloved series, such as the original “Hawaii Five-O,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Island Son,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Wonderland Cove” and “Raven.”
“Hawaii Five-0” has a special place in Dennis’ heart – his father, Kam Fong, played Chin Ho Kelly in the original series. In addition, Chun’s significant other, Hawaii artist Laura Mellow, appears on the current incarnation as Duke’s wife, Nalani Lukela.
On the stage, Chun has performed in numerous local productions, such as “Rashomon,” “Song of a Nishei Fisherman,” “Class C Trial in Yokohama,” “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “Life of the Land.”
Chun’s feature credits include “Goodbye Paradise” and “Inferno in Paradise.” Also, he has appeared in several local commercials throughout the years.
Chun used his acting skills locally to bring the crime-fighting dog McGruff to life for Hawaii’s children. During his tenure, the McGruff program was awarded the 1987-1988 National Crime Prevention Award. Also, Chun has also been the in-house voice for the Chaminade University Athletic program and for the Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament.
In 1996, Chun’s efforts as the chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Board garnered him recognition by the Honolulu Star Advertiser as one of the “10 who made a difference for Hawaii.” His efforts as senior bailiff and a court operations specialist with the Hawaii Judiciary earned him a “Meritorious Service Award.” Also, while working as a security officer, he received several commendations, including one for his role in apprehending a bank robber.
Chun is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science. His birthday is Feb. 5.