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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1905-03-29

Day of Death 1978-02-28

Place of Birth Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Phillip Ahn
  • Phil Ahn
  • Philip Ann

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1975 Wonder Woman (1 episode)
1975 Switch (1 episode)
1974 Police Woman (2 episodes)
1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull as Chang
1973 Voodoo Heartbeat as Mao Tse Tung
1972 Kung Fu (62 episodes)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 Anna and the King (1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H (2 episodes)
1972 Sanford and Son (1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (4 episodes)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie as Tea
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 Time Tunnel (1 episode)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley (1 episode)
1963 Diamond Head as Mr. Immacona
1962 A Girl Named Tamiko as Akiba
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 Confessions of an Opium Eater
1961 Kraft Mystery Theatre (1 episode)
1960 The Islanders (1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (1 episode)
1960 Checkmate (1 episode)
1960 Johnny Midnight (1 episode)
1959 Never So Few as Nautaung
1959 Hawaiian Eye (3 episodes)
1959 Adventures in Paradise (4 episodes)
1959 The Rebel (1 episode)
1959 The Third Man (1 episode)
1959 Yesterday's Enemy as Yamazuki
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1959 One Step Beyond (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 Hong Kong Confidential as Tan Chung
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (2 episodes)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1957 Battle Hymn as Old Man
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Hong Kong Citizen (uncredited)
1956 Telephone Time (1 episode)
1955 Jungle Jim (1 episode)
1955 Navy Log (2 episodes)
1955 The Left Hand of God as Jan Teng
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing as Third Uncle
1954 The Shanghai Story as Maj. Ling Wu
1954 Hell's Half Acre as Roger Kong
1953 Target Hong Kong as Sin How
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Red Snow as Taglu, a spy
1952 Macao as Itzumi
1952 Japanese War Bride as Eitaro Shimizu
1951 Dragnet (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Secrets of Monte Carlo as Wong
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 I Was an American Spy as Capt. Arito
1951 Halls of Montezuma as Maj. Kenji Matsuoda (aka "Nomura")
1950 The Big Hangover as Dr. Lee
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Party Guest
1949 Impact as Ah Sing
1949 Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture as Wong Chung Shee
1948 Rogues' Regiment as Tran Duy Gian
1948 The Creeper as Ah Wong - Restaurant Owner
1948 The Cobra Strikes as Kasim--Houseboy
1948 The Miracle of the Bells as Ming Gow
1948 Women in the Night as Professor Kunioshi
1947 The Chinese Ring as Captain Kong
1947 Intrigue as Louie Chin (as Phillip Ahn)
1947 Singapore as Jimmy - Bartender (uncredited)
1945 Back to Bataan as Col. Coroki
1945 China Sky as Dr. Kim
1945 Betrayal from the East as Kato
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom as Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell as Ping
1943 Around the World as Foo
1943 Behind the Rising Sun as Japanese Officer Murdering Takahashi
1943 China as Lin Cho
1943 Don Winslow of the Coast Guard as Hirota
1943 The Adventures of Smilin' Jack as Wu Tan
1943 December 7th as Shinto Priest
1942 China Girl as Kai Young
1942 Submarine Raider as First Officer Kawakami
1942 Let's Get Tough as Joe Matsui
1942 A Yank on the Burma Road as Dr. Franklin Ling (as Phillip Ahn)
1940 Drums of Fu Manchu as Dr. Chang
1940 The Shadow as Wu Yung
1939 Barricade as Col. Wai Kang
1939 Disputed Passage as Dr. Fung
1939 Panama Patrol as Sun
1939 King of Chinatown as Robert Li
1938 Charlie Chan in Honolulu as Wing Foo
1938 Red Barry as Hong Kong Cholly
1938 Hawaii Calls as Julius
1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto as Prince Chung
1937 Daughter of Shanghai as Kim Lee
1937 Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts as Sing Fung, Laundry Man
1937 Something to Sing About as Ito (Terry's servant)
1937 Roaring Timber as Crooner
1937 China Passage as Dr. Fang Tu (as Phillip Ahn)
1936 Stowaway as Sun Lo
1936 The General Died at Dawn as Oxford
1935 Shanghai as Servant
1934 Desirable as Chinese Waiter

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