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 My-ca Dinh Le

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My-ca Dinh Le

Birth
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hồ Chí Minh Municipality, Vietnam
Death 23 Jul 1982 (aged 7)
Valencia, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cypress, Orange County, California, USA
Plot Churchyard section, Map #08, Lot 1839, Single Ground Interment Space 3
Memorial ID 7288675 View Source

Born in Vietnam, the son of Daniel Le and his wife Kim-Hoa, his family settled in California in the 1970s. My-ca was an extrovert who loved getting his picture taken but was not a professional actor. His parents were approached about letting the boy appear in a motion picture, and it was decided it would be a good experience for him. He was introduced to the film's director, John Landis, who thought the child was perfect for the part. My-ca and 6 year old Renee Chen, were hired illegally, without the use of proper work permits and was set to film his scene around 2 AM on July 22, proper contracts for child actors normally stipulate that they be finished working far earlier. The scene was to be of two children being rescued from a war torn village. Actor Vic Morrow entertained his two young co-stars, making faces to put them at ease, and the first night's shooting ended after about an hour and a half. The children returned the following night to finish the scene. At about 2:20 AM, Landis called action. Morrow went into the knee-deep water, holding a child under each arm. The director ordered the helicopter lower. Two special effects charges were detonated close together and apparently damaged the aircraft. The helicopter lost control and went nose down. Below, Morrow dropped Renee Chen then made a grab at her but the helicopter's skid slammed into the child, killing her. Then its spinning main rotor struck and killed Morrow and My-ca. Witness Daniel Le was taken to a local hospital and treated for shock. Director Landis and four others crew members were tried and acquitted of child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter in the deaths.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Graving Queen of the OC
  • Added: 24 Mar 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7288675
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7288675/my-ca-dinh-le : accessed ), memorial page for My-ca Dinh Le (7 Jan 1975–23 Jul 1982), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7288675, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .