Philip Ahn Overview:

Character actor, Philip Ahn, was born Pil Lip Ahn on Mar 29, 1905 in Los Angeles, CA. Ahn appeared in over 180 film and TV roles. His best known films include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, One-Eyed Jacks, Paradise Hawaiian Style, and Battle Hymn. As mentioned above, he also played the role of Master Kan in the TV series Kung Fu which ran from 1972 through 1975. Ahn died at the age of 72 on Feb 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA .


Sombre-faced Philip Ahn was cast in oriental roles from the mid-1930s in an assorted collection of inscrutable types, mostly sympathetic until the war years, when his thin, unsmiling expression turned quite readily to nastiness. These roles carried bitter irony as Ahn's father was a Korean diplomat who died in a wartime Japanese prison camp. Ahn found a secure niche in the 1970s with his running role as the old man in the TV series Kung Fu.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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No, this isn’t an alternate universe. There really was a film from the 1930s starring both Anna May Wong and Phillip Ahn. They’re?not just supporting players or bit parts to fill in a few stereotypical roles, either, but actual leads. More amazing still, they both speak English without a... Read full article

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Philip Ahn Quotes:

Lt. Tom Quincy: Are you Ah Sing? Understand? You understandee English?
Ah Sing: [nods] Also French, Italian, and Hebrew.

[first lines]
Arthur Bickett: But gentlemen, I know nothing about this article being printed. I was out of town.
Secret Police Major Kajioka: Then let me read what is printed here in your paper. "If Japan wants to control China we must first crush the United States just as in the past we have to fight in the Russo-Japanese war."

Third Uncle: We shall now have tea and speak of absurdities.

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