Philip Ahn
Actor
Philip Ahn
Philip Ahn was a Korean-American actor. He was the first Asian-American film actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Golf: Damascus ready to sting county again - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Google News - over 5 years
Reigning Dewey Ricketts Memorial tournament champion Philip Ahn and fellow senior Brandon Fisher pace a Churchill squad that also features juniors Zach Satan and Ryan Chirumbole and sophomore Brandon Levenson, all of whom competed in tournaments this
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You sure do look funky in that outfit - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Can I get some help? Look for me some help.' Want help limiting misunderstandings? Then heed this advice from Master Kan (Philip Ahn) in NBC's 1972-75 original 'Kung Fu' series: 'To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.'
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Editorial Observer; Goodbye to Pat Morita, Best Supporting Asian
NYTimes - about 11 years
Pat Morita, the Japanese-American actor, died on Thanksgiving Day in Las Vegas. He was 73. News reports over the weekend were not specific about the cause of death or funeral details. Also not clear was what Hollywood would do now that Mr. Morita is gone. The movie and TV industry has never had many roles for Asian-American men, and it seemed for a
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FILM VIEW; Villains of the World! Hollywood Beckons
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Wanted: a new public enemy. Height, weight, sex, age and racial origins immaterial as long as the public enemy is sadistic, effete and strictly dishonorable. Wanted: a new public enemy. Height, weight, sex, age and racial origins immaterial as long as the public enemy is sadistic, effete and strictly dishonorable. Time and circumstances are
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Philip Ahn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 72
    Ahn died on February 28, 1978, due to complications from surgery.
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  • 1968
    Age 62
    In 1968, Ahn made a USO tour of Vietnam, visiting both American and Korean troops in South Vietnam.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 46
    In 1952, Ahn made his television debut on the Schlitz Playhouse, a series he would make three additional appearances on.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 29
    Ahn's first film was A Scream in the Night in 1935.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (1939). 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).
  • 1934
    Age 28
    It was not until 1934 that he could afford to attend the University of Southern California.
    More Details Hide Details His father told him if he really wanted to be an actor, he had to be the best actor he could and convinced him to take acting and cinematography courses. While still a student, he appeared in a stage production of Merrily We Roll Along, which toured the western United States. Ahn served as president of the USC Cosmopolitan Club, was chairman of the All University Committee on International Relations, and was assistant to the dean of male students as advisor for foreign student affairs. He organized visits by foreign dignitaries, including Princess Der Ling of China, Indian journalist Chaman Lal and archeologist-explorer Robert B. Stacey-Judd. After completing his second year, however, Ahn dropped out to act full-time.
  • 1926
    Age 20
    They had not seen each other from the time Dosan returned to Korea in 1926, before the birth of his youngest son.
    More Details Hide Details Working with the Korean government, Ahn helped to establish a park to honor his father and was able to have his parents buried there. Ahn's younger brother, Philson, had a minor acting career. He was best known as "Prince Tallen" in the twelve-episode serial Buck Rogers, featuring Buster Crabbe. In the 1950s, Ahn opened a Chinese restaurant with his sister, Soorah. "Phil Ahn's Moongate Restaurant" was one of the first Chinese restaurants in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley, and lasted for more than thirty years before finally closing.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1923
    Age 17
    Ahn graduated from high school in 1923, and went to work in the rice fields around Colusa, California.
    More Details Hide Details The land was owned by the Hung Sa Dan, or Young Korean Academy, a Korean independence movement that trained Koreans to become leaders of their country once it was free from Japanese rule. Since Koreans could not own land in California, the Academy put the property in Ahn's name. Unfortunately, the rice crops failed because of heavy rains, and Ahn found himself deeply in debt. He went to work as an elevator operator in Los Angeles to pay back the debt and help support his family.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on March 29, 1905.
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