Philip Ahn

Place of birth:
Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Philip Ahn (born Pil Lip Ahn (안필립), March 29, 1905 – February 28, 1978) was a Korean American actor. He was the first Korean American film actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ahn's first film was A Scream in the Night in 1935. He appeared in the Bing Crosby film Anything Goes, though director Lewis Milestone had initially rejected him because his English was too good for the part. His first credited roles came in 1936 in The General Died at Dawn and Stowaway, opposite Shirley Temple. He starred opposite Anna May Wong in Daughter of Shanghai (1937) and King of Chinatown (1937). During World War II, Ahn often played Japanese villains in war films. Mistakenly thought to be Japanese, he received several death threats. He enlisted in the United States Army, having served in the Special Services as an entertainer. He was discharged early because of an injured ankle and returned to making films. Ahn appeared in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Around the World in Eighty Days, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, with Elvis Presley. He got to play Korean characters in Korean War movies such as Battle Circus (1953) and Battle Hymn (1956). In 1952, Ahn made his television debut on the Schlitz Playhouse, a series he would make three additional appearances on. Ahn would also be cast in four episodes of ABC's Adventures in Paradise, four episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Hawaiian Eye, and the CBS crime drama Hawaii Five-O. He made three appearances each on Crossroads, Bonanza, and M*A*S*H. He would also appear in two television movies. Ahn's most notable television role was as "Master Kan" on the television series Kung Fu. A Presbyterian, Ahn felt that the Taoist homilies his character quoted did not contradict his own religious faith.


Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
as Chang
Voodoo Heartbeat (1973)
as Mao Tse Tung
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
as Tea
Diamond Head (1962)
as Mr. Immacona
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
as Akiba
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
as Uncle
Never So Few (1959)
as Nautaung
Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
as Yamazuki
Hong Kong Confidential (1958)
as Tan Chung
Battle Hymn (1957)
as Old Man
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
as Hong Kong Citizen (uncredited)
The Left Hand of God (1955)
as Jan Teng
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
as Third Uncle
The Shanghai Story (1954)
as Major Ling Wu
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
as Roger Kong
His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
as Sien Tang, Dentist
Target Hong Kong (1953)
as Sin How
Red Snow (1952)
as Taglu, a spy
Macao (1952)
as Itzumi
Japanese War Bride (1952)
as Eitaro Shimizu
Secrets of Monte Carlo (1951)
as Wong
China Corsair (1951)
as Wong San
I Was an American Spy (1951)
as Capt. Arito
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
as Maj. Kenji Matsuoda (aka "Nomura")
The Big Hangover (1950)
as Dr. Lee
The Gal Who Took the West (1949)
as Party Guest
Impact (1949)
as Ah Sing
Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)
as Wong Chung Shee
State Department: File 649 (1949)
as Col. Aram
Rogues' Regiment (1948)
as Tran Duy Gian
The Creeper (1948)
as Ah Wong - Restaurant Owner
The Cobra Strikes (1948)
as Kasim--Houseboy
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
as Ming Gow
Women in the Night (1948)
as Professor Kunioshi
Intrigue (1947)
as Louie Chin (as Phillip Ahn)
The Chinese Ring (1947)
as Captain Kong
Singapore (1947)
as Jimmy - Bartender (uncredited)
They Were Expendable (1945)
Back to Bataan (1945)
as Col. Coroki
China's Little Devils (1945)
as Farmer
China Sky (1945)
as Dr. Kim
Betrayal from the East (1945)
as Kato
The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
as Mr. Pao, Envoy for Mr. Chia
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
as Ping
Around the World (1943)
as Foo
Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
as Japanese Officer Murdering Takahashi
China (1943)
as Lin Cho
Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)
as Hirota
The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
as Wu Tan
December 7th (1943)
as Shinto Priest
China Girl (1942)
as Kai Young
Submarine Raider (1942)
as First Officer Kawakami
Let's Get Tough (1942)
as Joe Matsui
Ship Ahoy (1942)
as Koro Sumo
A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)
as Dr. Franklin Ling (as Phillip Ahn)
Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)
as Dr. Chang
The Shadow (1940)
as Wu Yung
Barricade (1939)
as Col. Wai Kang
Disputed Passage (1939)
as Dr. Fung
Panama Patrol (1939)
as Sun
King of Chinatown (1939)
as Robert Li
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)
as Wing Foo
Red Barry (1938)
as Hong Kong Cholly
Hawaii Calls (1938)
as Julius
Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
as Prince Chung
Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
as Kim Lee
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (1937)
as Sing Fung, Laundry Man
Something to Sing About (1937)
as Ito (Terry's servant)
Roaring Timber (1937)
as Crooner
The Good Earth (1937)
as Captain (uncredited)
China Passage (1937)
as Fang Tu
Stowaway (1936)
as Sun Lo
The General Died at Dawn (1936)
as Oxford
A Scream in the Night (1935)
as Wu Ting (as Philip Ann)
Shanghai (1935)
as Servant
Desirable (1934)
as Chinese Waiter © 2020

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