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Khigh Dhiegh

Highest Rated: 97% The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Birthday: Aug 25, 1910

Birthplace: Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA

Khigh Dhiegh, born Kenneth Dickerson, was of Anglo-Egyptian-Sudanese descent, but that didn't stop him from making a career out of playing Asian roles, almost always as a villain. He started his professional career in the 1950s, appearing in minor roles on programs like the anthology drama series "Robert Montgomery Presents" and the highly rated "United States Steel Hour." In 1962, he appeared as the Chinese brainwasher, Dr. Yen Lo, in the political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate," an indelible role which would clinch his career playing villains. In 1968, he appeared for the first time in the role for which he is best remembered, playing policeman Steve McGarrett's arch-enemy, Wo Fat, an elusive and violent Chinese spy, in the hit crime drama "Hawaii Five-O." He would play Wo Fat, who remains one of the most remembered television villains of all time, off and on until 1980, when he was finally captured towards the end of the series. Other memorable roles included playing the title character in the 1975 detective series "Khan!," Attila the Hun in the 1977 biography series "Meeting of Minds," and Four Finger Wu, head of a smuggling clan, in the 1988 TV mini-series adaptation of James Clavell's novel "Noble House." Along with his acting career, Dhiegh was also a Taoist philosopher who penned several books on the subject, and founded the Taoist Sanctuary in Los Angeles.

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet 44% Goin' Coconuts Wong (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Nine Dragons Wo Fat (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Murder Eyes Only Wo Fat (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Dee Jen-djieh (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: The 90-Second War Wo Fat (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: F.O.B. Honolulu Wo Fat (Character) - 1971
67% 40% The Mephisto Waltz Zanc Theun (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0 Wo Fat (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Destructors King Chou Lai (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 14% Thirteen Frightened Girls Kang (Character) - 1963
97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Dr. Yen Lo (Character) $1.9M 1962

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noble House Four Finger Wu (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1950

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