Person Details

Birthday: 1905-03-29 10:57:52

Death: 1978-02-28 10:57:52

Aliases: Phillip Ahn , Phil Ahn , Philip Ann

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Movie Involvements: 64

TV Involvements: 1


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Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Back to Bataan
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6

Back to Bataan

(1945) Col. Coroki
Never So Few
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6

Never So Few

(1959) Nautaung
The Good Earth
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6

The Good Earth

(1937) Captain (uncredited)
The Keys of the Kingdom
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7

The Keys of the Kingdom

(1944) Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia
Macao
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6

Macao

(1952) Itzumi
Halls of Montezuma
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6

Halls of Montezuma

(1951) Maj. Kenji Matsuoda (aka "Nomura")
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
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6

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

(1955) Third Uncle
Stowaway
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7

Stowaway

(1936) Sun Lo

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1975 N/A
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1974 N/A
1973 Chang
Mao Tse Tung
1972 N/A
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1968 N/A
1967 N/A
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Tea
1966 N/A
Dr. Nakamura
1965 N/A
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1963 Mr. Immacona
1962 Akiba
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1961 N/A
Uncle
1960 N/A
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1959 Nautaung
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Yamazuki
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1958 N/A
Tan Chung
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1957 N/A
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Old Man
1956 Hong Kong Citizen (uncredited)
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1955 N/A
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Jan Teng
Third Uncle
1954 Major Ling Wu
Roger Kong
Sien Tang, Dentist
1953 Sin How
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1952 Taglu, a spy
Itzumi
Eitaro Shimizu
1951 N/A
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Wong
Wong San
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Capt. Arito
Maj. Kenji Matsuoda (aka "Nomura")
1950 Dr. Lee
1949 Party Guest
Ah Sing
Wong Chung Shee
Col. Aram
1948 Tran Duy Gian
Ah Wong - Restaurant Owner
Kasim--Houseboy
Ming Gow
Professor Kunioshi
1947 Captain Kong
Louie Chin (as Phillip Ahn)
Jimmy - Bartender (uncredited)
1945 Col. Coroki
Farmer
Dr. Kim
Kato
1944 Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia
Ping
1943 Foo
Japanese Officer Murdering Takahashi
Lin Cho
Hirota
Wu Tan
Shinto Priest
1942 Kai Young
First Officer Kawakami
Joe Matsui
Koro Sumo
Dr. Franklin Ling (as Phillip Ahn)
1940 Dr. Chang
Wu Yung
1939 Col. Wai Kang
Dr. Fung
Sun
Robert Li
1938 Wing Foo
Hong Kong Cholly
Julius
1937 Prince Chung
Kim Lee
Sing Fung, Laundry Man
Ito (Terry's servant)
Crooner
Captain (uncredited)
Fang Tu
1936 Sun Lo
Oxford
1935 Servant
1934 Chinese Waiter
Year Character Movie/Tv

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