Richard Loo


Actor
Richard Loo

About

Birth Place
Maui, Hawaii, USA
Born
October 01, 1903
Died
November 20, 1983

Biography

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 role...

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Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Collision Course (1976)
Chiang Kai-Shek
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Hai Fat
Kung Fu (1972)
Master Sun
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Mr. Chang
Chandler (1971)
Leo
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Major Chin
Diamond Head (1963)
Yamagata [see note]
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
Otani
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
George Wah
Seven Women From Hell (1961)
Sergeant Takahashi
The Scavengers (1959)
Gen. Woo
Hong Kong Affair (1958)
Li Noon
The Quiet American (1958)
Mr. Heng
Battle Hymn (1957)
General Kim
The Conqueror (1956)
Wang Khan's guard
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
The Bamboo Prison (1955)
Hsai Tung
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Robert Hung
Soldier of Fortune (1955)
Gen. Po-Lin
The Shanghai Story (1954)
Junior officer
Hell and High Water (1954)
Hokado Fujimori
Living It Up (1954)
Dr. Lee
Destination Gobi (1953)
Japanese major
Target Hong Kong (1953)
Fu Chao
China Venture (1953)
Chang Sung
5 Fingers (1952)
Japanese ambassador
The Steel Helmet (1951)
Sgt. Tankaka
I Was an American Spy (1951)
Col. Masamoto
Malaya (1949)
Colonel Genichi Tomura
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Ken Tokoyama, also known as The Weasel
State Department File 649 (1949)
Marshal Yun Usu
Half Past Midnight (1948)
Lee Gow
Rogues' Regiment (1948)
Kao Pang
The Cobra Strikes (1948)
Hyder Ali
Women in the Night (1948)
Colonel Noyama
To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Commissioner Lu
Seven Were Saved (1947)
Col. Yamura
Web of Danger (1947)
Wing
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Japanese officer
Tokyo Rose (1946)
Colonel Suzuki
China's Little Devils (1945)
Col. Huraji
China Sky (1945)
Col. Yasuda
Betrayal from the East (1945)
Tanni
Prison Ship (1945)
Captain Osikawa
First Yank into Tokyo (1945)
Colonel Eco Okunura
Back to Bataan (1945)
Major Hasko
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
"Tokyo Joe"
The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
Maj. Shen
The Purple Heart (1944)
Gen. Ito Mitsubi
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
Dr. Wei
Jack London (1943)
Japanese ambassador
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)
General Chan
The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
Jerry
China (1943)
Lin Yun, Second Brother
Flight for Freedom (1943)
Mr. Yokahata
Rookies in Burma (1943)
Col. Matsuda
Yanks Ahoy (1943)
Japanese
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Hirohito, "A Sweater, Sarong and a Peek-A-Boo Bang" number
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Japanese officer
City Without Men (1943)
Japanese spy
Remember Pearl Harbor (1942)
Japanese radio officer
Bombs over Burma (1942)
Colonel Kim
Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942)
Oshima
Flying Tigers (1942)
Dr. Tsing
Across the Pacific (1942)
First Officer Miyuma
Submarine Raider (1942)
Suji
Manila Calling (1942)
Filipino
Wake Island (1942)
Mr. Saburo Kurusu
A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)
Chinese colonel
Road to Morocco (1942)
Chinese announcer
They Met in Bombay (1941)
Japanese officer
Secret of the Wastelands (1941)
Quan
The Fatal Hour (1940)
Doomed to Die (1940)
North of Shanghai (1939)
Jed's pilot
Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)
Aged Chinese
Island of Lost Men (1939)
General Ling
Daughter of the Tong (1939)
Wong
Panama Patrol (1939)
Tommy Young
Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Chauffeur
Miracles for Sale (1939)
Chinese soldier
Barricade (1939)
Colonel
Shadows over Shanghai (1938)
Fong
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Charlie
Blondes at Work (1938)
Chinese laundry clerk
That Certain Woman (1937)
House boy
West of Shanghai (1937)
Mr. Cheng
Lost Horizon (1937)
Shanghai airport official
The Good Earth (1937)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Chinese waiter
Mad Holiday (1936)
Li Yat
Roaming Lady (1936)
Chinese man
Now and Forever (1934)
Hotel clerk
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Captain Li
The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)
Charlie San

Life Events

Photo Collections

China Sky - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from RKO's China Sky (1945), starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, and Ellen Drew. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
First Yank Into Tokyo - Movie Poster
Here is an original release movie poster from RKO's First Yank Into Tokyo (1945), starring Tom Neal. This is an Insert poster, measuring 14 x 36 inches.

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Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - Only Man In The Navy As TCM’s Eddie Muller has noted, just about all viewers would have known that Bill Williams (as Jim, the partial-amnesiac hospital-escapee and suspected traitor sailor) and Barbara Hale (as Martha), who meet here, were husband and wife off screen; good thing and well-played by director Richard Fleischer, in The Clay Pigeon, 1949.
Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - A Shock Of Some Sort The two goons, motives unknown, have just run fugitive amnesiac sailor Jim (Bill Williams) and Martha (Barbara Hale), his hostage, and the widow of the fellow POW who’s death he’s suspected of causing, off the road, and ensuing events incline her to reconsider his story, in The Clay Pigeon, 1949.
Steel Helmet, The (1951) - The Korean National Anthem Awaiting relief in a Buddhist temple in Korea, grizzled sergeant Zack (Gene Evans) saves nervous Driscoll (Steve Brodie) with help from Tankaka (Richard Loo) then reveals a musical trick he's played on his war-orphan sidekick "Short Round" (William Chun), in Samuel Fuller's The Steel Helmet, 1951.
Steel Helmet, The (1951) - Okay You Ballerinas! With Thompson (James Edwards) guarding "Short Round" (William Chun), sergeant Zack (Gene Evans), having rescued the platoon (Steve Brodie, Robert Hutton, Richard Loo, Richard Monahan et al) he just met from snipers in Korea, agrees to escort them to a jungle temple, in Samuel Fuller's The Steel Helmet, 1951.
Chandler (1971) - About The Same Size Private eye Warren Oates (title character) visits movie veterans Richard Loo (as pawn-broker "Leo") and Gloria Grahame (as "Selma"), wife of an ex-partner, preparing for a job in Chandler, 1971, related only by allusion to the famous writer Raymond.
God Is My Co-Pilot - Don't Call Me Yank! Dennis Morgan (as hero and author Col. Robert Lee Scott), now with the "Flying Tigers," takes on three Japanese "Zero" pilots, including chatty "Tokyo Joe," (Richard Loo), in God Is My Co-Pilot, 1945.
God Is My Co-Pilot - Your Mother Was A Turtle Pilot Tex (John Ridgely) leads his squad against the Japanese in China, Chennault (Raymond Massey) and Scott (Dennis Morgan) observing, American Johnny (Dane Clark) making hay, in God Is My Co-Pilot, 1945.

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