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Philip Ahn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Philip Ahn (born Pil Lip Ahn (안필립), March 29, 1905 – February 28, 1978) was a Korean American actor. He was the first Korean American film actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ahn's first film was A Scream in the Night in 1935. He appeared in the Bing Crosby film Anything Goes, though director Lewis Milestone had initially rejected him because his English was too good for the part. His first credited roles came in 1936 in The General Died at Dawn and Stowaway, opposite Shirley Temple. He starred opposite Anna May Wong in Daughter of Shanghai (1937) and King of Chinatown (1937). During World War II, Ahn often played Japanese villains in war films. Mistakenly thought to be Japanese, he received several death threats. He enlisted in the United States Army, having served in the Special Services as an entertainer. He was discharged early because of an injured ankle and returned to making films. Ahn appeared in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Around the World in Eighty Days, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, with Elvis Presley. He got to play Korean characters in Korean War movies such as Battle Circus (1953) and Battle Hymn (1956). In 1952, Ahn made his television debut on the Schlitz Playhouse, a series he would make three additional appearances on. Ahn would also be cast in four episodes of ABC's Adventures in Paradise, four episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Hawaiian Eye, and the CBS crime drama Hawaii Five-O. He made three appearances each on Crossroads, Bonanza, and M*A*S*H. He would also appear in two television movies. Ahn's most notable television role was as "Master Kan" on the television series Kung Fu. A Presbyterian, Ahn felt that the Taoist homilies his character quoted did not contradict his own religious faith.

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Mar 29, 1905 In Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Desirable 1934-09-08
Latest Project:
Series Johnny Midnight 2022
Known For
Poster of Voodoo Heartbeat
Poster of M*A*S*H
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of Perry Mason
Series Johnny Midnight Unknown 2022
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull Chang 1973-10-23
Movie Voodoo Heartbeat Mao Tse Tung 1973-10-01
Series Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14
Series Anna and the King Unknown 1972-09-11
Series Kung Fu 1972-10-14
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie Thoroughly Modern Millie Tea 1967-03-22
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series The Time Tunnel Dr. Nakamura 1966-09-09
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie Confessions of an Opium Eater Ching Foon 1962-06-20
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie Diamond Head Mr. Immacona 1962-12-27
Movie A Girl Named Tamiko Akiba 1962-12-27
Movie One-Eyed Jacks Uncle 1961-03-30
Series Kraft Mystery Theatre Unknown 1961-06-14
Series Checkmate Unknown 1960-09-17
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Series The Islanders Unknown 1960-10-02
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Series The Third Man Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Yesterday's Enemy Yamazuki 1959-09-10
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie Never So Few Nautaung 1959-12-07
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie Hong Kong Confidential Tan Chung 1958-10-01
Movie Battle Hymn Old Man 1957-02-14
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Hong Kong Citizen (uncredited) 1956-10-17
Movie The Left Hand of God Jan Teng 1955-09-02
Movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Third Uncle 1955-08-18
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Jungle Jim Unknown 1955-09-26
Movie Hell's Half Acre Roger Kong 1954-06-01
Movie His Majesty O'Keefe Sien Tang, Dentist 1954-01-16
Movie The Shanghai Story Major Ling Wu 1954-09-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Target Hong Kong Sin How 1953-02-06
Movie China Venture Adm. Amara 1953-09-07
Movie Macao Itzumi 1952-04-11
Movie Japanese War Bride Eitaro Shimizu 1952-01-29
Movie Red Snow Taglu, a spy 1952-07-07
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie I Was an American Spy Capt. Arito 1951-04-14
Movie China Corsair Wong San 1951-06-12
Movie Halls of Montezuma Maj. Kenji Matsuoda (aka "Nomura") 1951-01-04
Movie Secrets of Monte Carlo Wong 1951-06-20
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Big Hangover Dr. Lee 1950-05-26
Movie State Department: File 649 Col. Aram 1949-02-11
Movie Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture Wong Chung Shee 1949-03-02
Movie The Gal Who Took the West Party Guest 1949-09-01
Movie Impact Ah Sing 1949-03-20
Movie Women in the Night Professor Kunioshi 1948-01-02
Movie The Miracle of the Bells Ming Gow 1948-03-27
Movie The Cobra Strikes Kasim--Houseboy 1948-04-24
Movie Rogues' Regiment Tran Duy Gian 1948-12-28
Movie The Creeper Ah Wong - Restaurant Owner 1948-09-01
Movie Singapore Jimmy - Bartender (uncredited) 1947-08-13
Movie The Chinese Ring Captain Kong 1947-12-06
Movie Intrigue Louie Chin (as Phillip Ahn) 1947-12-06
Movie Betrayal from the East Kato 1945-04-24
Movie China Sky Dr. Kim 1945-05-16
Movie China's Little Devils Farmer 1945-05-27
Movie Back to Bataan Col. Coroki 1945-05-30
Movie They Were Expendable Unknown 1945-12-07
Movie The Story of Dr. Wassell Ping 1944-07-04
Movie The Keys of the Kingdom Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia 1944-12-15
Movie The Adventures of Smilin' Jack Wu Tan 1943-01-05
Movie December 7th Shinto Priest 1943-01-01
Movie Don Winslow of the Coast Guard Hirota 1943-04-06
Movie Behind the Rising Sun Japanese Officer Murdering Takahashi 1943-08-01
Movie China Lin Cho 1943-04-21
Movie Around the World Foo 1943-11-27
Movie Ship Ahoy Koro Sumo 1942-04-16
Movie Let's Get Tough Joe Matsui 1942-05-29
Movie A Yank on the Burma Road Dr. Franklin Ling (as Phillip Ahn) 1942-01-29
Movie Submarine Raider First Officer Kawakami 1942-06-04
Movie China Girl Kai Young 1942-12-09
Movie The Shadow Wu Yung 1940-01-05
Movie Drums of Fu Manchu Dr. Chang 1940-03-15
Movie King of Chinatown Robert Li 1939-03-17
Movie Panama Patrol Sun 1939-03-20
Movie Barricade Col. Wai Kang 1939-12-08
Movie Disputed Passage Dr. Fung 1939-10-25
Movie Hawaii Calls Julius 1938-03-12
Movie Charlie Chan in Honolulu Wing Foo 1938-12-30
Movie Red Barry Hong Kong Cholly 1938-10-18
Movie Roaring Timber Crooner 1937-07-03
Movie China Passage Fang Tu 1937-03-12
Movie Something to Sing About Ito (Terry's servant) 1937-09-30
Movie The Good Earth Captain (uncredited) 1937-06-02
Movie Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts Sing Fung, Laundry Man 1937-11-26
Movie Thank You, Mr. Moto Prince Chung 1937-12-24
Movie Daughter of Shanghai Kim Lee 1937-12-17
Movie The General Died at Dawn Oxford 1936-11-17
Movie Stowaway Sun Lo 1936-12-25
Movie A Scream in the Night Wu Ting (as Philip Ann) 1935-07-29
Movie Shanghai Servant 1935-07-19
Movie Desirable Chinese Waiter 1934-09-08