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Philip Ahn (Pil Lip Ahn)

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Biography

Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Korean-American character actor Philip Ahn played hundreds of Chinese and Japanese characters during a long career. He was born in Los Angeles in 1905 (though 1911 is the year usually given, U.S. government records confirm that Ahn was born in 1905), the son of a Korean diplomat. He attended the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Ahn got his first film acting job in 1935 and quickly made a place for himself playing Asians of many ethnicities. Although his kindly demeanor made him perfect for sympathetic roles, he could excel in the occasional villainous "Yellow Peril"-type role. Read more...

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Character: Koro Sumo

Ship Ahoy 1942

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Character: Nichimuro

They Got Me Covered 1943

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Character: Japanese Officer Murdering Takahashi

Behind the Rising Sun 1943

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Character: Major Ching

The Amazing Mrs. Holliday 1943

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Character: Saburo Goto

The Purple Heart 1944

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Character: Leader of City People

Dragon Seed 1944

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Character: Wong Chung Shee

Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture 1949

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Character: Itzumi

Macao 1952

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Character: Sien Tang, Dentist

His Majesty O'Keefe 1954

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Character: Roger Kong

Hell's Half Acre 1954

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Character: Jan Teng

The Left Hand of God 1955

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Character: Old Man, Lun-Wa

Battle Hymn 1957

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Character: Mr. Ding, cafe owner

The Way to the Gold 1957

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Character: Nautaung

Never So Few 1959

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Character: Moki Kaimana

Paradise, Hawaiian Style 1966

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Character: Sazami Kyushu

The Karate Killers 1967

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Character: Korean Grandfather

M*A*S*H 1972

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Character: Charlie Huan

I Spy 1965

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Character: Revolutionary Army Captain

The Good Earth 1937

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Character: Master Kan

Kung Fu 1972

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Character: Dr. Sazami Kyushu

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964

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Character: Wong Chow, the Launderer

Make Room for Daddy 1953

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Character: Major Pak

The Alcoa Hour 1955

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Character: Quong Chu

The Wild Wild West 1965

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Character: Mr. Won

Police Woman 1974

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Character: Mr. Suki

Pete and Gladys 1960

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Character: Mr. Pao - Envoy for Mr. Chia

The Keys of the Kingdom 1944

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Character: Boo Soon

Alcoa Theatre 1957

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Character: Capt. Shu Gat

Four Star Playhouse 1952

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Character: Chinese Major

Alcoa Premiere 1961

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Character: Chen Yu

The Big Valley 1965

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Character: Capt. Hun Kim

The Great Impostor 1961

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