Charlie Chan - Most Unforgetable Character

Chang Apana The real Charlie Chan Image courtesy of Honolulu Police Department website.
Famous Hollywood movie character Charlie Chan was in fact based on Honolulu Police Department Detective Chang Apana, who joined the force in 1898. Energetic and fearless, Apana was renown for remarkable achievements as a detective. he retired in 1932 after serving 34 years as a detective. Chang Apana died in 1933, and is buried at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery in Honolulu.

Visit these sites for more on Charlie Chan:

Honolulu Police Department

Charlie Chan Fan Site

The Philip Ahn Admiration Society

The Online Mystery Network

Charlie Chan & The Oklahoma Lawyer Mystery

Howard Berlin's Charlie Chan Fan Site

TV Character Charlie Chan Warner Oland played Chan from 1931 - 1938 TV Character Charlie Chan Sidney Toler played Chan from 1938 - 1947 TV Character Charlie
Chan Roland Winters played
Chan from 1947 - 1949

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