Leonard Strong

Birthday:
08/12/1908
Place of birth:
Salt Lake City - Utah - USA:
Biography:
Leonard Clarence Strong (born 12 August 1908, Salt Lake City, Utah - d. 23 January 1980, Glendale, California was a prolific American character actor specialising in playing Asian roles. Beginning with Little Tokyo, U.S.A in 1942, Strong played a gamut of roles as Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Thais, etc. in films such as Dragon Seed (1944),Up in Arms (1944), Jack London (1943), Salute to the Marines (1943), Behind the Rising Sun (1943), Night Plane from Chungking (1943), Bombardier (1943),Underground Agent (1942), and Manila Calling (1942). He played the Thai interpreter in both Anna and the King of Siam and its musical remake The King and I. Strong also appeared in the movie Shane (1953) as homesteader Ernie Wright. Strong achieved some pop culture notoriety for his role on television as "The Claw" on Get Smart. He appeared in a season-five episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960) "The Cure" written by horror writer Robert Bloch. Set deep in an Amazon jungle, Strong plays Luiz, a loyal native who speaks broken English and saves his employer, an oil explorer, from the attempted murder of his supposedly mentally ill and unfaithful wife. Something gets lost in the translation when his employer wants Strong to take her to a psychiatrist 200 miles down river, and he takes her instead to a native headshrinker. The denouement comes when Strong returns alone to the shock of his employer. He says, "I do what you tell me. I take her to my people. The best headshrinkers in the world". Then, pulling his employer's wife's now shrunken head out of a bag, he says, "Best job in the world." Another notable television role was his haunting and mostly silent portrayal of the title character in the original Twilight Zone episode, "The Hitch-Hiker", which is often listed as one of the ten best episodes of the series. With his thumb extended, seeking a ride, and asking "Going my way?", Strong is seen in one of the half-dozen, seconds-long scenes used at the start of every one of the 30 DVDs in the CBS DVD five-season collection, "The Twilight Zone, The Definitive Edition."

Credits

Escape from Zahrain (1962)
as Ambulance Driver
Jet Attack (1958)
as Maj. Wan (North Korean)
Cult of the Cobra (1955)
as Daru
Bengal Brigade (1954)
as Mahindra
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
as Ippy
The Naked Jungle (1954)
as Kutina
Scared Stiff (1953)
as Shorty
Shane (1953)
as Ernie Wright
Destination Gobi (1953)
as Wali-Akhun
The Atomic City (1952)
as Donald Clark
Cargo to Capetown (1950)
as Singh
Backfire (1950)
as Lee Quong
Sword of the Avenger (1948)
as Ming Tang
Jewels of Brandenburg (1947)
as Marcel Grandet
Backlash (1947)
as Willis, Caretaker
First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)
as Maj. Nogira
Back to Bataan (1945)
as Gen. Homma
Blood on the Sun (1945)
as Hijikata
The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
as Mr. Chia
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
as Tama's Father
Bombardier (1943)
as Japanese Officer

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