Career milestones

Lim Kay Tong (left) as the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the film, 1965; and Adrian Pang (right) as Mr Lee in the musical, The LKY Musical.
Lim Kay Tong as the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the film, 1965.PHOTO: MM2 ENTERTAINMENT
Lim Kay Tong (left) as the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the film, 1965; and Adrian Pang (right) as Mr Lee in the musical, The LKY Musical.
Adrian Pang as Mr Lee in the musical, The LKY Musical.PHOTO: METROPOLITAN PRODUCTIONS

LIM KAY TONG

1954: Born in Singapore

1975-1980: Receives a double degree in literature and theatre from the University of Hull in Britain. Trains at London's Webber Douglas Academy Of Dramatic Art

1985: Involved in the founding of TheatreWorks, one of Singapore's first professional theatre companies. He also originates the role of the protagonist in the late dramatist Kuo Pao Kun's influential play The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole

1986: Appears in the Sean Penn- Madonna movie Shanghai Surprise, one of a string of bit parts in Hollywood films over the years

1996-2001: Plays the patriarch of the Tay family in the popular television drama series Growing Up

2004: Wins warm reviews as the frustrated taxi driver protagonist of the film Perth (2004), directed by Ong Lay Jinn

2015: Plays former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the movie 1965 co-directed by Randy Ang and Daniel Yun


ADRIAN PANG

1966: Born in Malacca, Malaysia

1987: Reads law at London's Keele University, then goes on to get his drama diploma at theatre and film school Artts International in York

1992-2001: Based in Britain as a stage and screen actor, with roles in shows such as The Fragile Heart (1996) with Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Spy Game (2001) with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford2001: Signs on with the now-defunct SPH MediaWorks TV broadcaster as an actor and host

2005: After MediaWorks merges with MediaCorp, Pang gets a leading role in the 100-part Mandarin drama Portrait Of Home 1 and 22010: Founds theatre company Pangdemonium with his director wife Tracie Pang

2014: Wins the third of his Best Actor trophies at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards for David Lindsay-Abaire's tear-jerking family drama Rabbit Hole

2015: Plays Mr Lee Kuan Yew in Metropolitan Productions' The LKY Musical

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Career milestones'. Print Edition | Subscribe