Burt Kwouk

Biography

Burt Kwouk OBE (Chinese: 郭弼; born 18 July 1930), born Herbert Kwouk, is an English actor of Chinese descent, known for many television appearances and for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films. Career Kwouk was born in Warrington, Cheshire (confirmed by Burt Kwouk on Whodunnit Series 3 appearance), but was brought up in Shanghai until he was about 17 years old. He graduated from Bowdoin College in the USA in 1953. One of Kwouk's earliest film roles was in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) where he played the leader of a prison revolt who later aids the main character in heroically leading orphans to safety. He has appeared in numerous films and television programmes. He may be most famous for playing Cato Fong, Inspector Clouseau's man-servant. The running gag was that Cato was ordered to attack Clouseau when he least expected it to keep him alert, usually resulting in Clouseau's flat being wrecked. Amid the chaos, the phone would ring and Cato would calmly answer it with "Inspector Clouseau's residence," before dutifully handing the phone to his employer. He was a stalwart of the ITC television film series when an oriental character was required. He co-starred in 12/13 episodes of The Sentimental Agent (1963). Kwouk has appeared in three James Bond films. In Goldfinger (1964) he played a Chinese counterpart of Bond's; in the spoof Casino Royale (1967) he played a general and in You Only Live Twice (1967) Kwouk played the part of a Japanese operative of Blofeld. In 1968 he appeared in The Shoes of the Fisherman opposite Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn. Kwouk also appeared as the honourable but misguided Major Yamauchi in the 1980s World War II television drama Tenko. A reference to his appearances in several films with Peter Sellers is found in the opening scene of The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu where Sellers says to him "your face is familiar." Kwouk featured in many UK television productions that called for a man of Oriental appearance. As a result, he became a familiar face in the United Kingdom and appeared as himself in The Harry Hill Show as well as several of Hill's live tours. In 2000 he appeared in an episode of the syndicated western TV series Queen of Swords playing Master Kiyomasa an aged Japanese warrior priest starring with Sung-Hi Lee who played his female pupil Kami. Filmed at Texas Hollywood, Almeria, Spain. From 2001 to 2004 he provided voice-overs on the spoof Japanese betting show Banzai and subsequently appeared in adverts for the betting company, Bet365. From 2002 to the show's end in 2010, he had a regular role in the long-running series Last of the Summer Wine, as Entwistle (2002–2010). His later work also includes voice acting in the audio theatre and video game genres. In 2010, he provided the voice of the CGI character Shen, a Chinese water dragon, for the groundbreaking BBC TV fantasy drama series Spirit Warriors. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama. Selected Filmography - Film Windom's Way (1957) The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Li Expresso Bongo (1959) The Sinister Man (1961) The War Lover (1962) Chung -Radio Operator on B-17 Goldfinger (1964), Mr Ling A Shot in the Dark (1964), Cato - Clouseau's man-servant Curse of the Fly (1965), Tai The Sandwich Man (1966), Ice Cream Man Lost Command (1966) The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966) You Only Live Twice (1967) Casino Royale (1967), Chinese general The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Peng Nobody Runs Forever (1968), Pham Chimh The Chairman (1969), Chang Shou The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Cato Rollerball (1975), Japanese doctor The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Cato The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), Father Shapiro Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Cato The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980), A servant Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Cato Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), Cato Empire of the Sun (1987), Mr Chen I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), Fu King Owner Air America (1990), General Lu Soong Carry On Columbus (1992) Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Cato Kiss of the Dragon (2001), Uncle Tai Beyond Borders (2003), Colonel Gao - TV Danger Man: The Journey Ends Halfway (1961) Tai Danger Man: The Actor (1961) Chen Tung The Sentimental Agent: TV Series (1963) Chin 12/13 episodes. The Avengers: Lobster Quadrille (1964) The Saint: The Sign of the Claw (1965) Tawau Danger Man: Koroshi (1966) Tanaka The Saint: The Gadget Lovers (1967) The Champions: The Beginning (1967) Chinese Major The Saint: The Master Plan (1968) Mr. Ching Deep End (1970) Hot Dog Salesman Lucky Feller (1976) Chinese waiter Warship (1977) Foreign Minister Zee Khay Lim The Water Margin: (1977) Narrator (English dub) It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1977–1978), Me Thant Shoestring (1980) Mr Wing Minder (1980), Sojo Tenko (1981), Major Yamauchi Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (1982), Lin Futu Tickle on the Tum (1984), Willie Wok Noble House (1988), Phillip Chen The House of Eliott (1991), Peter Lo Ching Lovejoy - The Peking Gun (1993) The Harry Hill Show (1997–2000) Queen of Swords episode The Dragon (2001), Master Kiyomassa Banzai (2001–2004), voice-over Last of the Summer Wine (2002–2010), Entwistle Judge John Deed Series 4, Separation of powers (2005) Silent Witness Series 10, Cargo (2006) Honest (2008), Mr Hong Spirit Warriors (2009), Shen Whatever Happened to Harry Hill (2012)

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Birth Name

Herbert Tsangtse Kwouk

Birth Place

Warrington

Birth Date

7/18/1930

Death Date

5/24/2016
Known For
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Revenge of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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Tor zum Himmel

Muki

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Liebe im Schatten des Drachen

Min Ju

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The Curse of the Fly

Tai

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Noble House

Philip Chen

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Amy

Man at Meeting (uncredited)

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Koroshi

Tanaka

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The Sinister Man

Captain Feng

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The London Connection

Man at Meeting (uncredited)

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Shooting Elizabeth

Father Chu

Starring In
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Low Winter Sun

Mr. Gim Yeung

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The Great Challenge

Wong

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Wake of Death

Tommy Li

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Stratosphere Girl

Papa-San

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Beyond Borders

Colonel Gao

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Tor zum Himmel

Muki

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Best Ever Bond

Himself

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Kiss of the Dragon

Uncle Tai

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Arabian Nights

Caliph Beder

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Liebe im Schatten des Drachen

Min Ju

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Bullet to Beijing

Kim Soo

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She Good Fighter

Liang

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Son of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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Supercop

The General (voice) (uncredited)

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Shooting Elizabeth

Father Chu

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Carry On Columbus

Wang

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The House of Eliott - Season 1

Peter Lo-Ching (3 episodes, 1991)

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Air America

General Lu Soong

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I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle

Fu King

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Race for Glory

Yoshiro Tanaka

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Noble House

Philip Chen

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Empire of the Sun

Mr. Chen

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Plenty

Mr Aung

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Curse of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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Trail of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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Tenko - Series 2 Complete

Major Yamauchi

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Amy

Man at Meeting (uncredited)

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The Fiendish Plot Of Dr. Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu's Servant

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The London Connection

Man at Meeting (uncredited)

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Revenge of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It

Chinese Delegate

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The Last Remake of Beau Geste

Father Shapiro

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Cato Fong

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The Return of the Pink Panther

Cato Fong

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Rollerball

Japanese Doctor

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Secret Weapon

Matsu Tan (2 episodes, 1978)

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Madame Sin

Scarred Operator

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Deep End

Hot Dog Salesman

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The Chairman

Chang Shou

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The Castle of Fu Manchu

Feng (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Shoes of the Fisherman

Chairman Peng

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Nobody Runs Forever

Pham Chinh

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Koroshi

Tanaka

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You Only Live Twice

Spectre 3

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The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu

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Casino Royale

Chinese General (uncredited)

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The Brides Of Fu Manchu

Feng

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That Swinging City

Ice Cream Man

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Lost Command

Viet Officer

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Our Man in Marrakesh

Export Analysis Manager

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The Curse of the Fly

Tai

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Goldfinger

Mr. Ling

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A Shot in the Dark

Kato

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55 Days at Peking

Old Man (voice)

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The War Lover

Air Crewman (uncredited)

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Satan Never Sleeps

Ah Wang

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The Terror of the Tongs

Mr. Ming

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The Sinister Man

Captain Feng

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Passport to China

Jimmy

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Yesterday's Enemy

Japanese Soldier

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Expresso Bongo

Soho Youth (uncredited)

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The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness

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