Philip Ahn

Birthday: Mar 29, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
Though often cast as a Japanese or Chinese character, LA-born actor Philip Ahn was of Korean extraction. In films from 1936, Ahn spent the war years portraying dozens of heartless Japanese spies and military officers; ironically, the actor's father was a Korean diplomat who died in a Japanese concentration camp. After the war, Ahn was occasionally permitted to play a sympathetic role, minus stereotypical accent and mannerisms; cast as a lab technician in 1950's The Big Hangover, he has almost as much screen time as nominal star Van Johnson. One of his most substantial roles was as Chinese businessman Po Chang, foster father of young Caucasian tycoon Frank Garlund (Charles Quinlivan) on the brief 1960 TV weekly The Garlund Touch. At the time of his death from lung cancer at age 66, Philip Ahn was best known to American TV addicts as Master Kan on the TV series Kung Fu.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
10% Jonathan Livingston Seagull Chang 1973
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Athlete Old Chinaman 1973
No Score Yet Kung Fu Master Kan 1972
No Score Yet The Karate Killers Sazami Kyushu 1967
100% Thoroughly Modern Millie Tea 1967
No Score Yet Paradise, Hawaiian Style Moki 1966
No Score Yet Diamond Head Emekona 1963
94% Shock Corridor Dr. Fong 1963
No Score Yet Confessions of an Opium Eater Ching Foon 1962
No Score Yet The Great Imposter Hun Kin 1961
57% One-Eyed Jacks Uncle 1961
No Score Yet Never So Few Nautaung 1960
No Score Yet Yesterday's Enemy Yamazaki 1959
No Score Yet Battle Hymn Old Man 1957
71% Around the World in 80 Days Actor 1956
No Score Yet The Left Hand of God Jan Teng 1955
50% Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 3rd Uncle 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Half Acre Roger Kong 1954
No Score Yet His Majesty O'Keefe Sien Tang 1954
No Score Yet Planet Outlaws Prince Tallen 1953
No Score Yet Fair Wind to Java Gusti 1953
No Score Yet Battle Circus Korean Prisoner 1953
44% Macao Itzumi 1952
No Score Yet Japanese War Bride Eitaro Shimizu 1952
No Score Yet Red Snow Tuglu 1952
No Score Yet Secrets of Monte Carlo Wong 1951
No Score Yet I Was An American Spy Capt. Arito 1951
83% Halls of Montezuma Nomura 1950
60% The Big Hangover Dr. Lee 1950
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture Wong 1949
No Score Yet Impact Ah Sing 1949
No Score Yet State Department---File 649 Col. Aram 1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells Ming Gow 1948
No Score Yet The Creeper Wong 1948
No Score Yet The Cobra Strikes Kasim 1948
No Score Yet Women in the Night Prof. Kunioshi 1948
No Score Yet Singapore Bartender 1947
No Score Yet The Chinese Ring Capt. Kong 1947
90% They Were Expendable Army Orderly 1945
No Score Yet Back to Bataan Col. Kuroki 1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot Japanese Announcer 1945
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun Yamamoto 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Mr. Pao 1944
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Saburo Goto 1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed Leader of City People 1944
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell Ping 1944
No Score Yet Around the World Foo 1943
No Score Yet Behind the Rising Sun Actor 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Nichimuro 1943
100% Five Graves to Cairo 2nd Soldier 1943
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Smilin' Jack Wu Tan 1943
No Score Yet China Lin Cho, First Brother 1943
No Score Yet Don Winslow Of The Coast Guard Actor 1943
No Score Yet Submarine Raider 1st Officer Kawakami 1942
No Score Yet Let's Get Tough Joe Matsui 1942
No Score Yet Ship Ahoy Koro Sumo 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Informer Inside Theater 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Chinaman 1942
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay Japanese Officer 1941
No Score Yet Panama Patrol Suri 1939
No Score Yet King of Chinatown Robert `Bob' Li 1939
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls Julius 1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Honolulu Wing Foo 1938
No Score Yet Frontier Town Sing Fong 1938
No Score Yet Red Barry Cholly 1938
No Score Yet Thank You, Mr. Moto Prince Chung 1937
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Kim Lee 1937
No Score Yet Something to Sing About Ito 1937
94% The Good Earth Captain 1937
No Score Yet Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts Sing Fong 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Sun Lo 1936
No Score Yet The General Died at Dawn Oxford 1936
No Score Yet Klondike Annie Wing 1936
No Score Yet Scream in the Night Wu Ting 1935

TV

CREDIT
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Colonel Minh
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Chinese Man
  • 1977
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Grandfather Father Kim
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Master Kan
  • 1974
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Feng
  • 1969
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Dr. Liu
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Quong Chu
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Mr. Lee Chang Dr. Kam Lee Wang Sai
  • 1964
  • 1961
  • 1960

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