R.I.P. Soon-Tek Oh
April 8, 2018 5:02 AM   Subscribe

Actor Soon-Tek Oh, a ubiquitous presence on television in the 70's and 80's (though he is probably best known to younger audiences as the voice of Mulan's father, Fa Zhou), has passed away at the age of 85. Perhaps his greatest legacy is how in 1965 he joined eight other Asian American actors (including Mako and James Hong) to found the East West Players, which is the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (32 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Going through his list of appearances on the IMDB link is like a walk through the history of classic TV
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posted by briank at 7:59 AM on April 8, 2018


Going through his list of appearances on the IMDB link is like a walk through the history of classic TV

Indeed, I can recall specific episodes of M*A*S*H where he played various side characters (along with Mako and James Hong). I was always impressed by his performance, as he managed to briefly steal a bit of the show away from the other doctors and nurses. Someone who paved the way for contemporary Asian actors. Still lots of work that needs to be done.

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posted by Fizz at 8:09 AM on April 8, 2018 [13 favorites]


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posted by camyram at 8:17 AM on April 8, 2018


Damn, he WAS everywhere in the 70s and 80s!

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posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:32 AM on April 8, 2018


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posted by JoeXIII007 at 9:25 AM on April 8, 2018


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(So hoping for no trifecta with James Hong.)
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posted by Joey Michaels at 11:19 AM on April 8, 2018


Exactly what Fizz said.

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posted by Melismata at 12:02 PM on April 8, 2018


He was also Lieutenant Hip in The Man With the Golden Gun, which (even though it's probably my least favorite Bond film) still puts him in very rarefied company.

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posted by Naberius at 1:03 PM on April 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


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posted by Diagonalize at 1:24 PM on April 8, 2018


Aww shit, I've worked with him. We attempted to have a Korean lunch on set one day, with kimchi and bulgogi and other Korean foods. He even helped me with my pronunciation of Korean words. One of the loveliest actors and persons I've ever met. Good bye, sir.

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posted by Purposeful Grimace at 4:08 PM on April 8, 2018 [12 favorites]


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posted by adamgreenfield at 5:28 PM on April 8, 2018


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As much as I remember him from M*A*S*H, to me he's always the Japanese pilot captured after a dogfight with F-14s in "The Final Countdown".
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He had the most beautiful voice.
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