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Also Known As: Died: November 20, 1983
Born: October 1, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Maui, Hawaii, USA Profession: actor

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One of the most prolific character actors of the 20th century, Chinese-American Richard Loo had his most recognizable role as a Thai industrialist in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." Born in Hawaii to Chinese parents, Loo moved to California in his teens and became an actor after his career as a businessman was unsuccessful. In the '30s he mostly had uncredited bit roles as Chinese men, but when World War II began he would often be cast as a villainous Japanese soldier, as he was in the 1944 submarine drama "The Purple Heart." Other war movie roles include supporting parts in the spy drama "Tokyo Rose" and "Back to Bataan," starring John Wayne. In one of his rare sympathetic roles he played a Japanese-American soldier in Samuel Fuller's Korean War film "The Steel Helmet" in 1951. Although principally a character actor in small parts, he did occasionally have more substantial supporting roles. He played a general in the Clark Gable adventure "Soldier of Fortune," appeared with William Holden in the romance "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," and was Major Chin in the Oscar-nominated period drama "The Sand Pebbles" in 1966. Aside from his role in "The Man with the Golden Gun," he also...

One of the most prolific character actors of the 20th century, Chinese-American Richard Loo had his most recognizable role as a Thai industrialist in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." Born in Hawaii to Chinese parents, Loo moved to California in his teens and became an actor after his career as a businessman was unsuccessful. In the '30s he mostly had uncredited bit roles as Chinese men, but when World War II began he would often be cast as a villainous Japanese soldier, as he was in the 1944 submarine drama "The Purple Heart." Other war movie roles include supporting parts in the spy drama "Tokyo Rose" and "Back to Bataan," starring John Wayne. In one of his rare sympathetic roles he played a Japanese-American soldier in Samuel Fuller's Korean War film "The Steel Helmet" in 1951. Although principally a character actor in small parts, he did occasionally have more substantial supporting roles. He played a general in the Clark Gable adventure "Soldier of Fortune," appeared with William Holden in the romance "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," and was Major Chin in the Oscar-nominated period drama "The Sand Pebbles" in 1966. Aside from his role in "The Man with the Golden Gun," he also made several appearances on the martial-arts-themed TV show "Kung Fu," where he played a Shaolin monk master.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Collision Course (1976) Chiang Kai-Shek
2.
 Man With the Golden Gun, The (1974) Hai Fat
3.
 Kung Fu (1972) Master Sun
4.
 Chandler (1971) Leo
5.
 One More Train to Rob (1971) Mr. Chang
6.
 The Sand Pebbles (1966) Major Chin
7.
 Diamond Head (1963) Yamagata [see note]
8.
 Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962) George Wah
9.
 A Girl Named Tamiko (1962) Otani
10.
 Seven Women From Hell (1961) Sergeant Takahashi
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Born 1 October 1903 on Maui, Hawaii; died 20 November 1983 in Los Angeles rose to recognition during the 1930s and 1940s playing stereotypical parts as a Japanese soldier, spy, officer, interrogator. He was of ethnic Chinese heritage. He moved to California in his teens and attended the University of California then tried business but the market crash of 1929 put an end to that. He then tried theatre and made his first movie in 1931. He played in such films as I Was An American Spy, The Purple Heart, God Was My Co-pilot, The Steel Helmet and Malaya with Sydney Greenstreet, James Stewart and Spencer Tracey. He was married to Bessie Loo, a Hollywood agent.

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