Herbert Kwouk, OBE ( Chinese: 郭弼; born 18 July 1930) is an English actor of Chinese descent, known for many television appearances and for his role as Cato in the films. Pink Panther Early life [edit ]
Kwouk was born in
Warrington, Cheshire (confirmed by Burt Kwouk on Whodunnit Series 3 appearance), but was brought up in Shanghai until he was 17 years old, when his Chinese parents returned to Britain. He went to the United States to study and in 1953 graduated from [1 ] Bowdoin College. The Kwouk family fortune had been lost in the [2 ] 1949 revolution and in 1954 he came back to Britain, where a girlfriend, he said, "nagged me into acting". [1 ] Career [edit ]
One of Kwouk's earliest film roles was in
(1958) where he played the leader of a The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 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/Chief Inspector Clouseau's residence," before dutifully handing the phone to his employer.
He was a stalwart of several
ITC television TV series, including , when an Danger Man oriental character was required. He co-starred in 12/13 episodes of (1963). The Sentimental Agent
Kwouk has appeared in three
James Bond films. In (1964) he played Mr. Ling, a Red Chinese expert in nuclear fission; in the spoof Goldfinger (1967) he played a general and in Casino Royale (1967) Kwouk played the part of a You Only Live Twice Japanese operative of Blofeld credited as Spectre 3. [3 ]
In 1968 he appeared in
opposite The Shoes of the Fisherman 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 where Sellers says to him "your face is familiar." The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
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 as well as several of Hill's live tours. Harry Hill Show
In 2000 he appeared in an episode of the syndicated western TV series
playing Master Kiyomasa an aged Japanese warrior priest starring with Queen of Swords 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 and subsequently appeared in adverts for the betting company, Banzai . Bet365 [4 ]
From 2002 to the show's end in 2010, he had a
regular role in the long-running series , as Last of the Summer Wine 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. [5 ] Personal life [edit ]
He was appointed
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama. [6 ] [7 ] Selected filmography [edit ] Film [edit ] (1957) Windom's Way (1958), Li The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1959) Expresso Bongo (1961) The Sinister Man (1962) Ah Wang Satan Never Sleeps (1962) Chung -Radio Operator on B-17 The War Lover (1964), Mr Ling Goldfinger (1964), Cato – Clouseau's man-servant A Shot in the Dark (1965), Tai Curse of the Fly (1966), The Import Manager Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), Ice Cream Man The Sandwich Man (1966) Lost Command (1966) The Brides of Fu Manchu (1967) You Only Live Twice (1967), Chinese general Casino Royale (1968), Peng The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Pham Chimh Nobody Runs Forever The chairman (1969), Chang Shou (1970) hot dog stand man Deep End (1975), Cato The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Japanese doctor Rollerball (1976), Cato The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1977), Father Shapiro The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1978), Cato Revenge of the Pink Panther (1980), A servant The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1982), Cato Trail of the Pink Panther (1983), Cato Curse of the Pink Panther (1987), Mr Chen Empire of the Sun (1990), Fu King Owner I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), General Lu Soong Air America (1992) Carry On Columbus (1993), Cato Son of the Pink Panther (2001), Uncle Tai Kiss of the Dragon (2003), Colonel Gao Beyond Borders TV [edit ] : Hancock's Half Hour How to Win Money and Influence People (1957) 1st Japanese (credited as Burd Kwok) : Danger Man The Journey Ends Halfway (1961) Tai : Danger Man The Actor (1961) Chen Tung : Man of the World The Frontier (1962) Lui : TV Series (1963) Chin 12/13 episodes. The Sentimental Agent : The Avengers (1964) Lobster Quadrille : 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 : Shirley's World A Hell of an Engineer (1972) Shunji (1976) Chinese waiter Lucky Feller (1977) Foreign Minister Zee Khay Lim Warship : (1977) Narrator (English dub) The Water Margin (1977–1978), Me Thant It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1978–1979),Narrator (English dub) Monkey Magic (1980) Mr Wing Shoestring (1980), Sojo Minder (1981), Major Yamauchi Tenko : Doctor Who (1982), Lin Futu Four to Doomsday (1984), Willie Wok Tickle on the Tum (1988), Phillip Chen Noble House (1991), Peter Lo Ching The House of Eliott (1993) Lovejoy – The Peking Gun (1994), Slik Ostrasky Space Precinct – Protect and Survive (1997–2000) The Harry Hill Show episode Queen of Swords The Dragon (2001), Master Kiyomassa (2001–2004), voice-over Banzai (2002–2010), Last of the Summer Wine Entwistle Judge John Deed Series 4, Separation of powers (2005) Silent Witness Series 10, Cargo (2006) (2008), Mr Hong Honest (2009), Shen Spirit Warriors (2012) Whatever Happened to Harry Hill Audio theatre [edit ] Video games [edit ] Miscellaneous [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]