Keo Woolford Dies: ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Actor & Filmmaker Was 49


Keo Woolford, a Hawaiian actor and filmmaker who played Detective James Chang on Hawaii Five-O, has died. His publicist Tracy Larrua told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Woolford died Monday at Pali Momi Medical Center in Waimalu after suffering a stroke on Friday. He was 49.

Woolford wrote and directed the critically praised 2013 indie feature The Haumana, which focused on hula and Hawaiian culture. He had just completed the script for a follow-up to the film at the time of his death and was expected to conduct cast auditions in January, Larrua told the Star Advertiser. His other film work included small roles in films including 2012’s The People I’ve Slept With (see photo above), Godzilla (2014) and Act of Valor (2012).

Woolford is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Detective James Chang on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O, a character he played for from 2011-2015.


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